Asus has unleashed ROG Phone 5. The game’s flagship has been redesigned to improve performance and ergonomics, and now offers multiple flavors in the Ultimate edition with 18GB of RAM.
Let’s classify the different versions. Vanilla’s Asus ROG Phone 5 has three main configurations or versions A, B, and C, as Asus calls it. The difference between them is the memory configuration.
A has 12GB or 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, B adds a basic 8 / 128GB model, and C has 8 / 128GB and 12 / 256GB configurations. Please note that most models use UFS 3.1 storage, except for version C phones and 128GB version B models. Was this too technical? No, of course not – gaming phones (such as gaming PCs) are all spec-related.
|AsusROG Phone 5||8/128 GB –€ 800||12/256 GB –€ 900||16/256 GB –€ 1,000|
|Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro||16/512 GB –€ 1,200|
|Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate||18/512 GB –€ 1,300|
Next up is the Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro. It has a single memory option: 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS storage. Finally, ROG Phone 5 Ultimate increases RAM to a record 18GB (storage remains 512GB, no 1 TB option or microSD slot).
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Limited Edition
All three are powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. No surprises here. Asus designed the phone to improve performance thanks to other components. Surprisingly, the biggest win came from the battery.
It has a total capacity of 6,000 mAh and is divided into two cells. This split allowed Asus to bring the motherboard closer to the center of the phone. This has two advantages. First, you can bring AeroActive Cooler 5 as close as possible to the chipset. Second, the heat generated is kept away from the user’s fingers.
The split design also allowed the company to double the charging speed to 65W. As before, you can use the USB-C port on the bottom of your phone to charge it, or you can use the USB-C port on the side (this allows you to play and charge comfortably). The side port can also be used to connect an external monitor via HDMI, connect headphones, or power the AeroActive Cooler 5. I will return to the cooler soon. Let’s take a look at the display.
ROG Phone 5 grows with its predecessor, the 6.59-inch to 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED display. It is HDR10 + certified and covers 111% DCI-P3 color space and 151% sRGB. It is also brighter than older displays and has achieved 800 knits on the APL100 (full white display).
The resolution and refresh rate remain 1080p + and 144Hz (1 ms response time), but the touch sampling rate is now up to 300 Hz (from 270 Hz). According to Asus, the touch latency is 24.3 ms. Resolution note: There is no adaptive refresh rate. The display can run at 60, 120, and 144 Hz (using an automatic mode that allows you to switch between them based on content).
The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and has a special coating to make your fingers slip easily when you sweat.
Despite the increased diagonal screen, Asus was able to cut the bezel by 25%, so the ROG Phone 5 is only a few millimeters tall, actually one millimeter narrower than its predecessor. The weight is basically the same as 238g.
The Pro and Ultimate versions are bundled with Aero Active Cooler 5. Tested by Asus, it was found that the fan lowered the surface temperature by 15 ° C and the chipset temperature by 10 ° C. The cooler also has two physical shoulder buttons, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a kickstand. Even without a cooler, there is a shoulder button (AirTrigger 5 ultrasonic button). These can also be used as non-game shortcuts. For example, you can hold the phone in portrait mode.
If you need more accessories, the ROG Kunai 3 gamepad is compatible with ROG Phone 5 (redesigned versions are available). With ROG Clip, you can use it if you have a PS4, Xbox, or Stadia controller at hand. There is also a Professional Dock with an HDMI port and two USB ports. TwinView Dock 3 is not supported.
There’s not much to say about cameras other than “same.” The main module has the same 64MP Quad Bayer sensor (Sony IMX686) with 2×1 OCL autofocus and the lens aperture remains f / 1.8. Next is a 13 MP ultra-wide camera (125º, 11 mm) with no autofocus. Finally, there is a 5MP macro cam.
The selfie camera is basically the same, with a 24 MP sensor (with quad bayer) and a dimming fixed focus f / 2.45 lens. The main rear camera can record 8K / 30fps video or 4K at 60fps (and 120 fps for low motion), and the video image stabilization is electronic.
The camera is clearly not the focus of the Asus ROG Phone 5, but a great audiovisual experience is the focus. That’s why it has a 3.5mm headphone jack with an ESS Sabre ES9280AC Pro Quad DAC. Class G amplifiers automatically detect the impedance of the headphones and switch to the appropriate mode (supports 8 ohms to 1,000 ohms headphones).
It also features front-fire stereo speakers with two Cirrus Logic CS35L45 amplifiers, each capable of delivering 21% more power to the speakers than the previous generation. If you use a Bluetooth speaker or headset instead, aptX Adaptive, LDAC, and AAC codecs are supported.
We need to go back to the differences between the three models. The vanilla phone has the same RGB backlit Republic of Gamers logo as the 2020 phone. The other two have a small touch-enabled display on the back called ROG Vision.
ROG Phone 5 Pro has a color PM-OLED display, but perhaps the more attractive Ultimate model has a monochrome PM-OLED display. The display shows customizable graphics for incoming calls while charging or loading the game.
The three models will be released as-is on Android 11 and you can choose to use either the game-inspired ROGUI or ZenUI like Stock.
The prices for the three main versions of Asus ROG Phone 5 are: Pro and Ultimate are bundled with Aero Active Cooler 5, but the vanilla model comes with only the Aero case and Hyper Charger. The vanilla model will be available later this, the Pro will be available in April, and the Ultimate Limited Edition will be available in May.