From the entrance, when the telephone is powered off, there is not a lot to note concerning the new Asus ROG Telephone 5. However on the again, when its brand lights as much as distinction its black dot-matrix sample end with scorching pink ’80s punk rock highlights, you may’t assist however take discover. Significantly, you simply have to play some Blondie or Speaking Heads to finish the impact.
The ROG Telephone 5 is a fourth-gen gaming telephone. ROG stands for the Republic of Avid gamers. And this yr, Asus knocked it out of the park. This is not a serious redesign however fairly a spherical of serious tweaks that make this telephone one other step nearer to an “ideally suited” that Asus has been chasing since 2018. Each enchancment from the Gorilla Glass Victus on the display and up to date audio system to relocating cooling components to the center of the telephone are accomplished with the aim of constructing the last word gaming telephone.
- Superb battery life
- 144Hz show
- Quite a few controls for charging and efficiency
- Final version with ROG Imaginative and prescient show
Do not Like
- Weight: It is a heavy telephone
- Cameras do not stay as much as the remainder of the telephone
- US worth is unknown, so it is not clear if the telephone is value it
Maybe the most important change this yr is that there are three new ROG telephones as an alternative of only one. There’s the common ROG Telephone 5 with the ’80s punk vibe. Then there’s the ROG Telephone 5 Professional that comes with a removable fan known as the AeroActive Cooler 5. And as an alternative of a brand that lights up, the Professional has the ROG Imaginative and prescient show which is a mini coloration show strip on the again to indicate off graphics. It may possibly show alerts and animations for incoming calls, when the battery is charging and extra. In reality, you may even make your personal customized graphics for the again show. It is an absolute blast to make use of and my inside 9-year-old approves.
The third mannequin is the ROG Telephone 5 Final. It has a matte white again adorned with black hairlines and neon blue accents, all of which stole my coronary heart as quickly as I laid eyes on it. Just like the Professional, there is a again show strip, but it surely’s black and white. The Final additionally comes with an AeroActive Cooler 5 however what actually makes it the “final telephone” is the 18GB of RAM on the within. My new work laptop computer solely has 16. If you add in a 2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and a beefy GPU to all that RAM, you get probably the most highly effective Android telephone we have ever examined. You possibly can see our efficiency check outcomes on the backside of the overview.
Asus ROG Telephone 5 fashions
|Telephone||Value||RAM||Storage||AeroActive Cooler 5||Lighting|
|Asus ROG Telephone 5||799 euros||8GB||128GB||None||RGB brand|
|Asus ROG Telephone 5||899 euros||12GB||256GB||None||RGB brand|
|Asus ROG Telephone 5||999 euros||16GB||256GB||None||RGB brand|
|Asus ROG Telephone 5 Professional||1,099 euros||16GB||512GB||Included||Imaginative and prescient show coloration|
|Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final||1,299 euros||18GB||512GB||Included||Imaginative and prescient show black and white|
What do you do if in case you have a strong gaming telephone to overview? You recreation. I performed driving video games, conflict video games, problem-solving video games, zombie video games, vertical video games and a bizarre silent film recreation. Typically I performed video games with the fan connected and different instances I used the nifty Kunai 3 Gamepad accent, which Asus sells individually.
144Hz screen and the longest battery life we tested
During all this gaming a few things stood out. The screen is amazing. You can set its refresh rate up as 144Hz, but I found that the auto refresh rate worked best as it didn’t kill the battery as quickly. Also, this review comes out just weeks ahead of the launch of the RedMagic 6 gaming phone with a 165Hz screen.
Battery life on the Asus ROG Phone 5 is incredible. It has a 6,000-mAh capacity and it is made up of two 3,000-mAh batteries. This design means you can fast charge it with a 65-watt charger. After a day of normal use, I usually had about 40% of the battery left.
Battery tests on the ROG Phone 5 for continuous video playback on Airplane mode clocked an average of 20 hours, 15 minutes and that was with the screen locked in at 120Hz. With the screen refresh rate set to auto, it averaged a time of 28 hours, 4 minutes. The longest time for any phone we tested this year and the second longest time for any phone in the past few years (just behind the).
The ROG Phone 5 brilliantly lets you control the battery and handful of different ways. You can set limits for how much of the battery charges, choose slow charging speeds and even schedule when it charges. One of the cooler features is something we also saw last year on the. If you’re gaming and plugged into power, the ROG Phone 5 will run on power from the cable instead of charging the battery. This prevents the phone from getting warmer which can affect gaming performance.
ROG Phone 5 has even more touch game controls
There are so many ways to control and interact with the games you play. AirTriggers, which are touch sensors located on the sides of the phone, are even easier to use this year because they’re larger and go edge-to-edge. If you’re using the Pro or Ultimate version, there’s an extra sensor on the back for input. Add the AeroActive Cooler 5 to the phone, and you get the addition of two mini paddle buttons. That said, I noticed a lot of mobile games have simplistic controls. But I imagine having more options for game control mapping will appeal to people who are into esports.
The ROG Phone 5 is heavy and cameras are mediocre
But it isn’t all fun and games with the Asus ROG Phone 5. There are some drawbacks. The ROG phone 5 is heavy. It weighs more than the, and last year’s ROG Phone 3. The ROG Phone 5 is the heaviest phone I’ve ever tested. And after a long bout of gaming, you feel that weight. Even more so when you add a case or a fan or the gamepad accessory.
I know this is a gaming phone but I do wish the cameras were better. On the back, there’s a main 64-megapixel camera that uses. There’s a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera and a 5-megapixel macro camera. The main camera takes some decent photos in bright light. But when you get into dimmer situations like indoors the image quality suffers. If it’s dark, the phone automatically goes into a night mode that produces mediocre results. Below are three of the better photos I took with the ROG Phone 5.
The ROG is capable of shooting up to 8K resolution at 30 frames per second, but the story was the same as photos. Take a look at the video below of video I shot with the ROG Phone 5. I wish Asus took advantage of all the power it has from the processor, RAM and GPU to help the ROG phones take better photos.
There isn’t a US price for the ROG Phone 5 yet
Another downside is there isn’t any water- or dust-resistance. For the price, it seems like there should be. And if you’re wondering about that price, that makes two of us. At this time, US pricing hasn’t been announced. If we go by European pricing and convert to US dollars, a baseline ROG Phone 5 would be $950 and the ROG Phone Ultimate would cost $1,540. (See the chart below for the full breakdown of international conversions.)
Be careful with those conversions, though. They probably aren’t the actual US prices — European prices include tax — so it’s hard to put a value on these phones. If the baseline ROG Phone 5 was $700 or even $800, it would be an excellent value. And if the Ultimate was $1,200, I’d have no problem recommending it to someone looking for a gaming phone. But until those prices are announced, who knows. For that reason, I’m holding off on scoring this review until US prices are announced.
Asus ROG Phone 5 specs vs. Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro, Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
|Asus ROG Phone 5||Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro||Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate||Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra|
|Display size, resolution||6.78-inch AMOLED, 2,448×1,080, 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10 Plus, 300Hz touch rate||6.78-inch AMOLED, 2,448×1,080, 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10 Plus, 300Hz touch rate||6.78-inch AMOLED, 2,448×1,080, 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10 Plus, 300Hz touch rate||6.8-inch AMOLED 2x, 3,200×1,440 pixels|
|Pixel density||395 ppi||395 ppi||395 ppi||515 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.09×2.72×0.36 in||6.09×2.72×0.36 in||6.09×2.72×0.36 in||2.97×6.5×0.35 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||172.8×77.2×10.29 mm||172.8×77.2×10.29 mm||172.8×77.2×10.29 mm||75.6×165.1×8.9mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||8.57 oz; 243g||8.57 oz; 243g||8.57 oz; 243g||8.07 oz; 229g|
|Mobile software||Android 11||Android 11||Android 11||Android 11|
|Camera||64-megapixel (wide), 13-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (macro)||64-megapixel (wide), 13-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (macro)||64-megapixel (wide), 13-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (macro)||108-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (3x telephoto), 10-megapixel (10x telephoto)|
|Processor||2.84GHz Snapdragon 888 5G||2.84GHz Snapdragon 888 5G||2.84GHz Snapdragon 888 5G||2.84GHz Snapdragon 888 5G|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB UFS3.1||512GB UFS3.1||512GB UFS3.1||128GB/256GB, 512GB|
|RAM||8GB, 12GB, 16GB||16GB||18GB||12GB, 16GB|
|Battery||6,000 mAh (2x 3,000 mAh)||6,000 mAh (2x 3,000 mAh)||6,000 mAh (2x 3,000 mAh)||5,000 mAh|
|Special features||5G-enabled, 65W quick charging, ROG logo, Wi-Fi 6E, Dual-SIM, Comes with case||5G-enabled, 65W quick charging, ROG Color Vision display, Wi-Fi 6E, Dual-SIM, Comes with case and AeroActive Cooler 5||5G-enabled, 65W quick charging, ROG Black and White Vision display, Wi-Fi 6E, Dual-SIM, Comes with case and AeroActive Cooler 5||IP68 rating, 5G-enabled, 100x Space Zoom, 10W wireless charging, 10x optical zoom|
|Price off-contract (USD)||TBA, but European prices convert to $950 (8GB RAM, 128GB storage), $1,065 (12GB RAM, 256GB storage), $1,185 (16GB RAM, 256GB storage)||TBA, but European price converts to $1,420 (16GB RAM, 512GB storage)||TBA, but European price converts to $1,540 (18GB RAM, 512GB storage)||$1,200 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||TBA, but European prices convert to £685 (8GB RAM, 128GB storage), £770 (12GB RAM, 256GB storage), £855 (16GB RAM, 256GB storage)||TBA, but European price converts to £1,025 (16GB RAM, 512GB storage)||TBA, but European price converts to £1,110 (18GB RAM, 512GB storage)||£1,329|
|Price (AUD)||TBA, but European prices convert to AU$1,235 (8GB RAM, 128GB storage), AU$1,390 (12GB RAM, 256GB storage), AU$1,540 (16GB RAM, 256GB storage)||TBA, but European price converts to AU$1,850 (16GB RAM, 512GB storage)||TBA, but European price converts to AU$2,000 (18GB RAM, 512GB storage)||AU$1,849|