THE ASUS ROG PHONE 5

THE ULTIMATE GAMER’ PHONE IS BACK!
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Hi everyone! So ASUS has yet another surprise for the mobile gaming enthusiasts and I dare say this one will definitely blow your mind away- Yes like ASUS has done in the previous year with the ASUS ROG Phone 3.

This time around we have the ROG Phone 5… Yes i know, what happened to ROG Phone 4?! Well, the explanation is quite simple, according to GSMArena the number ‘four’ in Chinese just happens to sound similar to their word for death, so apparently naming products after this number is considered bad luck and is always avoided.

                                     ASUS ROG Phone 5
Dimensions 172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm (6.80 x 3.04 x 0.41 in)
Weight 238 g (8.40 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame

RGB light panel (on the back)
Pressure sensitive zones (Gaming triggers)

Display AMOLED, 1B colors, 144Hz, HDR10+, 800 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak)
Screen Size 6.78 inches, 109.5 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2448 pixels (~395 ppi density)
Glass Type Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
OS Android 11, ROG UI
Chipset Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GPU Adreno 660
Card Slot No
Internal Storage 128GB/256GB/512GB(Ultimate Model Only)
Memory/RAM 8GB/12GB/16GB/18GB(Ultimate Model Only)
Main Camera 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF
13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm, 125˚ (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.0, (macro)
Video 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@480fps; gyro-EIS
Selfie Camera 24 MP, f/2.5, 27mm (wide), 0.9µm
Video 1080p@30fps
Sound Yes, with DTS:X stereo speakers (2 dedicated amplifiers)

With 3.5mm Jack

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, GNSS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.1 (side), USB Type-C 2.0 (bottom), accessory connector, USB On-The-Go
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery Li-Po 6000 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 65W, 70% in 30 min, 100% in 52 min (advertised)
Reverse charging 10W
Power Delivery 3.0
Quick Charge 5
Colors Phantom Black, Storm White, and Matte White(Ultimate Model Only)

THERE’S NOT JUST ONE ROG 5 BUT A GROUP/FAMILY OF THEM

Another note to keep in mind is that when I say “ROG Phone 5” I simply do not mean a single device, it actually is a group of devices. The main notable differences are in available bands and network connectivity, as well as storage and memory variants.

These variants of the vanilla ROG Phone 5 are A, B, and C. Variant A has two storage and memory options starting with 12GB/256GB and 16GB/256GB, next up is variant B with three options; 8GB/128GB, 12GB/256GB, and 12GB/256GB.

Vanilla ROG Phone 5

Lastly we have variant C which only has two options 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB. As you will know, these variants are meant for different markets. Furthermore, ASUS has gone further not just to have a vanilla version but we also have an ASUS ROG Phone 5 Pro, which has 16GB of Memory and 512GB of storage, as well as ROG Phone 5 Ultimate which ups the RAM to an insane 18GB.

ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

DESIGN AND DISPLAY

DESIGN

The ROG Phone 5 is in every way a gaming smartphone, all the way from the design to the performance. The design is loud and screams “PLAY MORE”, starting from it’s sharp accents, huge logos, and RGB to prove it’s worthy of the title of “gamer. The phone measures 172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm (6.80 x 3.04 x 0.41 in) making in taller and thicker than it’s predecessors.

As you would have guessed it, most of the weight of the device comes from the large 6000mAh battery which will be talked about later. The front glass is GG Victus whilst that at the back is GG 3 both sandwiched by an aluminum frame. As you would expect, the phone is very slippery and can be difficult to handle thus a case is highly recommended.

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The type-C port on the side of the phone is the better port as compared to the traditional port at the bottom of the phone. It is a USB 3.1 gen 2 in terms of transfer speed. That means theoretical speeds of up to 10Gbit/s. It is also the way to get video out i.e. DisplayPort 1.4. That typically means 4K@30Hz, 144p@75Hz or 1080p@144Hz without any chroma sub sampling. Find out more at GSMArena.com. There are ultrasonic Air-triggers on the phone to help or improve the gaming experience, these can also be mapped to a specific action as per game.

DISPLAYImage Credit: GSMArena
The ROG Phone rocks a 6.76-inch 144Hz OLED display with a resolution of 2448 x 1080 pixels. As for the refresh rate, there are four different refresh modes to choose from i.e. 60Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz and Auto. The latter adaptively changes the refresh rate depending on what you’re doing on the phone at every particular time.

INTERNALS

It runs on Android 11 out the box with ROG UI skin on top of it. The power behind the ASUS ROG Phone 5 is the SD888 with clock speeds as follows: 2.84 GHz on its primary Kryo 680 core, 2.42 GHz on its three other “big” Kryo 680 ones and 1.8 GHz on the four “small” Kryo 680 ones. Paired with the processor is the Adreno 660.

CAMERAS

Just a reminder on all the selfie enthusiasts and photographers, this is a “gaming” smartphone so I would advise not to expect too much from its camera prowess. The main camera is the popular 64MP, Quad-Bayer Sony IMX686 sensor.

It’s a 1/1.7″ unit, with 0.8 µm individual pixels and 2×1 OCL PDAF, with an aperture of f/1.8. This has Laser AF and one LED flash setup with no OIS. Next is the 13MP ultrawide camera which has a 125-degree FOV and an aperture of f/2.4.

Then lastly is the 5MP, f/2.0 shooter. On the front is a 24MP selfie camera with aperture of f/2.0 and pixel size of 0.9 µm with no autofocus.

BATTERY

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There’s a standard 6000mAh battery on board to keep the phone juiced up, this is something that ASUS has kept as a norm for it’s gaming smartphones and I personally appreciate it. The total 6,000 mAh capacity is actually split between two symmetrical 3,000 mAh cells, which sit on both sides of the CPU PCB. The phone comes with a 65-W HyperCharge adapter which Asus advertises a charging rate of 70% or (4200 mAh) in just 30 minutes on the ROG Phone 5.

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