Another 12 months, one other ROG Phone. Asus has relentlessly been maintaining its efforts to ship “The ultimate smartphone gaming experience” for 4 years now. With nice success, we would we add.
This time round, now we have the shiny new ROG Phone 5 to get acquainted with. A Republic of Gamers product via and thru, however one which does issues a bit in another way than its predecessors in some regards, whereas staying true to type in lots of others. There’s loads to debate, so with out additional ado, we’ll simply soar straight into it.
First issues first, Yes, it is the ROG Phone 5 as a substitute of 4. Don’t fear about it; you have not by chance skipped an iteration alongside the best way. The clarification is definitely easy and one which now we have encountered earlier than with Chinese and Taiwanese naming conventions. The quantity ‘4’ in Chinese simply occurs to sound just like their phrase for demise, so naming merchandise after this quantity is taken into account unfortunate and is averted.
That’s paradoxically, in all probability the least intriguing bit in regards to the ROG Phone 5, although. Let’s begin with the truth that the ROG Phone 5 is extra of a household of units than a single mannequin.
Asus ROG Phone 5 specs at a look:
- Body: 172.8×77.3×10.3mm, 238g; metallic physique; RGB mild panel (on the again), Pressure delicate zones (Gaming triggers).
- Display: 6.78″ AMOLED, 1B colours, 144Hz, HDR10+, 800 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak), 1080x2448px decision, 20.4:9 side ratio, 395ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Adreno 660.
- Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 16GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS/Software: Android 11, ROG UI.
- Rear digital camera: Wide (major): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Ultra vast angle: 13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm, 125˚; Macro: 5 MP, f/2.0.
- Front digital camera: 24 MP, f/2.5, 27mm (vast), 0.9µm.
- Video seize: Rear digital camera: [email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, [email protected]; gyro-EIS; Front digital camera: [email protected]
- Battery: 6000mAh; Fast charging 65W, Reverse charging 10W, Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 5.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (underneath show, optical); NFC; 3.5mm jack.
There are anyplace between two to 5 distinct variations out there, relying on the way you rely them. The vanilla ROG Phone 5 has an A, B and C variant, denoting their variations in out there bands and community connectivity, in addition to reminiscence variants. Starting from variant “C”, the bottom configuration is an 8GB/128GB one with a 12GB/256GB tier additionally out there. Variant “B” provides a 3rd choice to the record – 16GB/256GB. Variant “A” shouldn’t be out there within the base 8GB/128GB tier, however may be had in each 12GB/256GB and 16GB/256GB configs.
Granted, clearly, a few of these variants are meant for various markets. Still, that is already loads complicated in our thoughts, however issues prolong previous the vanilla ROG Phone 5 this 12 months. And we’re not speaking a few “Strix” variant, like in earlier generations, which could nonetheless be a factor. Instead, this 12 months Asus has an ROG Phone 5 Pro, in addition to and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.
The Pro variant has 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, whereas Ultimate ups the RAM to a whopping 18GB of capability. The Ultimate version is anticipated to be a particularly restricted providing.
There are some bodily variations in comparison with the Pro/Ultimate. Both of those have PMOLED ROG Vision shows on the again, as a substitute of the ROG RGB emblem, in addition to a pair of additional contact inputs. There are some unique colours and finishes – Glossy Black on the Pro and Matte While, with a satin matte end on the Ultimate. You additionally want to purchase both the Pro or the Ultimate to get the Asus Aeroactive Cooler 5 snap-on lively cooling accent within the field. And should you go Ultimate, additionally, you will get an unique present bag of ROG “swag” past that.
This explicit review and all the testing and benchmarking was carried out on a daily ROG Phone 5 unit with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
This variant scenario is undoubtedly a bit complicated. Still, there are other ways of it from a extra optimistic angle, specifically that of additional selection for the end-user and Asus attempting to forged a wider web this time round in hopes of interesting to as many potential consumers as attainable.
On the flip facet of this argument, there are positively some questionable choices with the ROG Phone 5 as nicely, that may very well be passed-off as simplification or diversification measures, however are literally form of downgrades or “side-grades” at finest. Notable examples embody the moderately odd indisputable fact that after two consecutive years of intentionally preserving the identical footprint with ROG Phones and compatibility with the rising ROG accent ecosystem, the chain is formally damaged with the ROG Phone 5. It is barely taller than its predecessors and leaves behind help for such killer devices because the Desktop Dock and the TwinView Dock.
Also, the Aeroactive Cooler shouldn’t be bundled with each unit for the primary time ever. And in a extra basic sense, whereas nonetheless clearly on prime of its sport, the ROG Phone 5 is arguably a bit “lighter” within the innovation division in comparison with its predecessors.
We’ll positively dig extra into these “interesting choices” surrounding the ROG Phone 5 within the following pages.
An awesome place to start out appears to be the retail field itself and its contents. Getting a brand new ROG Phone bundle has all the time been a little bit of an expertise in itself. Doubly so for us, since Asus used to ship precise briefcases chuck-full of equipment our method. With final 12 months’s ROG Phone 3, the packaging began getting a bit tamer, type of synergistically so with the design of the cellphone itself, which was justifiable and moderately smart.
The ROG Phone 5 takes issues to the following stage in additional methods than one. The field we acquired was only a common rectangle. A elaborate one, for positive, full with some artwork, but it surely solely took us a break up second to open the magnetic flap and get to the unit. No alien tetrahedranes, pyramids sliding into one another, hidden compartments, and magic augmented actuality symbols. Joking apart, we recognize the additional sensibility in an in any other case pricey bundle that can in the end find yourself in a closet someplace.
We are so much much less appreciative of the omission of the ROG Aeroactive Cooler 5, although. Every different ROG Phone prior to now used to have its corresponding Aeroactive cooler bundled. You can positively select whether or not to see this as a handy strategy to save less-demanding customers some cash or an in any other case manufacturer-beneficial cost-saving measure. It’s as much as you. Plus, you do nonetheless get one should you go for the Pro or Ultimate variant of the ROG Phone 5. Probably the previous, because the latter will likely be extraordinarily restricted in availability.
We did not get any spare plastic plugs for the ROG Side connector this time round, which isn’t a serious deal, however continues to be value mentioning. On the plus facet, Asus nonetheless throws in its highly-specific Aero case in black or white, to match your unit’s colour. It has a specific form largely mandated by the should be suitable with the Aeroactive Cooler 5, to permit for the ROG emblem to be seen, whereas nonetheless offering at the least some safety. At least the corners are lined.
For charging you continue to get a really versatile HyperCharger unit from Asus. It is a 65W brick that makes use of Asus HyperCharge expertise, primarily based on Power Delivery 3.0 + PPS at 3.3V to 21V and 3A of present. This implies that you solely want a good USB 2.0 or 3.0 Type-C to Type-C cable rated on the base 3A to take full benefit of the charger. Asus gives a pleasant braided one within the field.
The ROG Phone 5 truly has two separate 3,000 mAh cells, with MMT tech and double-wired break up design, which works together with the HyperCharge tech to permit the 65W charging pace – a transparent improve over the ROG Phone 3, whereas additionally producing much less warmth. More on that later.
One fascinating facet word is that the 65W charger additionally helps Quick Charge 5.0, making it surprisingly versatile to only have readily available for all kinds of charging wants. Plus, it is compact, particularly for a non-GaN unit.