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Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate mini review


Introduction

There isn’t any level in pretending the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is something however a “flex”. Nothing unsuitable with that both – Asus itself is aware of it too effectively and has harassed a number of occasions that the Ultimate version of its already industry-leading gaming handset will solely be obtainable in very small numbers, doubtless for use largely as a promotional software. A idea additional backed-up by the truth that we and plenty of different media shops received one and it was accompanied, as promised, by an entire field of ROG “swag”. A hat, some badges, a towel, a face masks and a few Lego-style constructing blocks. You can examine most it out on this pic, which must be probably the most “FPS” ever worn by a human.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

The level we are attempting to make is that we’re conscious that hardly any finish customers will be capable to get their fingers on the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. Still, we aren’t going to overlook the chance to take a look at probably the most insanely-cool model of what’s already one of many coolest gadgets round proper now.

This is just not going to be an exhaustive review. We have already executed our due diligence with the common ROG Phone 5, which you’ll be able to examine in-depth here. The Ultimate version additionally affords us the chance to get a glimpse of the ROG Phone 5 Pro, as effectively and notably the extra couple of contact sensors on the again cowl and the ROG Vision show and its performance, since each it and the Ultimate now we have, share these options.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

So, with out additional ado, what’s it that the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate affords over its common sibling? Well, the primary bits in no specific order are – two additional Air Trigger-style contact sensors on the again cowl, together with an ROG Vision Display – a black and white one, to go together with the general aesthetic of the cellphone. The Pro model really has its ROG Vision show in full shade, however that is hardly an enormous change by way of on a regular basis usefullness.

The Ultimate additionally comes with an insane 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The remainder of the variations are beauty. The Ultimate is available in a silky-smooth white matte end. Its field can also be extra extravagant than the vanilla one and contains the AeroEnergetic Cooler 5, which you must in any other case purchase individually. You can take a look at this desk for extra particulars on variations between the three ROG Phone 5 editions.









ROG Phone 5 UltimateROG Phone 5 ProROG Phone 5 Version AROG Phone 5 Version BROG Phone 5 Version C
ColorsMatte WhileGlossy BlackPhantom Black / Storm White
Memory/Storage18GB/512GB16GB/512GB12GB/256GB, 16GB/256GB8GB/128GB, 12GB/256GB, 16GB/256GB8GB/128GB, 12GB/256GB
Extra sensors2 additional contact sensors on the againNO
Back cowlROG Vision – monochrome PMOLED showROG Vision – Color PMOLED showROG (RGB gentle) brand
Data priceSupport EN-DC(5DL+FR1)
FR1: DL as much as 4.0Gbps / UL 542Mbps (after April FOTA)
LTE 7CA DL Cat20 Up to 2.0Gbps UL Cat13 Up to 150Mbps
DC-HSPA+: DL 42Mbps / UL 5.76Mbps
2×2 MIMO and CA with 4×4 MIMO help
Support EN-DC(5DL+FR1)
FR1: DL as much as 4.0Gbps / UL 542Mbps (after April FOTA)
LTE 7CA DL Cat20 Up to 1.4Gbps UL Cat13 Up to 150Mbps
DC-HSPA+: DL 42Mbps / UL 5.76Mbps
2×2 MIMO and CA with 4×4 MIMO help
Bands5G (n41/77/78/79, n66, n71, n1,n2 n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38,n40 *US not Support n40)
FDD-LTE (1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800),25(1900), 26(850),28(700), 29(700),30(2300), 32(1500), 66(1700/2100), 71(600)
TD-LTE (34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 48(3600), 42(3500) * US not Support b40) (800 (19)/ 850(5/6) / 900(8) / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 1(2100)
EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2)
5G n41/77/78/79, n1, n3, n7, n8, n20 , n28, n38
FDD-LTE 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900),18,19, 20(800),26, 28(700)
TD-LTE 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 48(3600), 42(3500) * US not Support b40
WCDMA HSDPA 850(5) / 900 / 1700/1800/1900 / 1(2100)
EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2)
AccessoriesAeroEnergetic Cooler 5
Aero case
HyperCharger
ROG Ultimate fan reward assortment
Aeroactive Cooler 5
Aero case
HyperCharger
Aero case
HyperCharger

We’ll undergo the primary additions to the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate one after the other.

Package and unboxing

One of the slightly-underwhelming facets of the vanilla ROG Phone 5 must be its downgraded retail package deal. Both by way of aesthetics and more-unfortunate nonetheless – further equipment. We cannot say we care all that a lot concerning the form of the field itself or how fancy it’s, since it’s destined for a drawer or wardrobe anyway. Still, traditionally, the ROG Phone line has all the time had that additional little bit of gamer “flare” ranging from the field. Not a lot with the vanilla ROG Phone 5.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

Well, the Ultimate version is certainly a step-up and a “return to form” of types by way of packaging. And we aren’t even speaking concerning the additional field of “swag” that comes with each unit. The cellphone itself sits in a hexagonal prism that’s held collectively by magnets and opens down the center to disclose two cradles on both facet. One of them has the cellphone, whereas the opposite incorporates the AeroEnergetic Cooler 5.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

There is a few extra stuff beneath the cradles too – a 65W brick that makes use of Asus HYPERCHARGE know-how, based mostly on Power Delivery 3.0 + PPS at 3.3V to 21V and 3A of present. Plus, a pleasant braided cable to go together with it. You additionally get a particular Aero case for the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (a clear one, as a substitute of black), some stickers and a spare rubber cowl for the facet connector. We want Asus included the latter for the vanilla ROG Phone 5 since it is rather simple to lose.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

Beyond that, there may be loads of artwork throughout the field, together with on the within of the sleeve that covers the field. There is even a particular AR image, like those we have seen earlier than on earlier ROG Phones. You scan that throughout the Armory Crate app within the Connect part to unlock content material.

Design and black and white ROG Vision show

There isn’t any distinction on the within between the common ROG Phone 5 and the Ultimate editions. Nor the Pro one, for that matter. The again panel design on the Ultimate could be very noticeably completely different, although. Beyond the plain white shade, which is definitely extra of a grey in individual, the texture and end are additionally completely different. In place of the sleek, shiny and smudge-prone glass on the common ROG Phone 5, the Ultimate has a type of matte look. As far as the texture goes, it’s virtually silky.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

Asus went for a monochrome aesthetic, infused with gamery geometry and components, which is of course going to be a polarizing look, however this specific reviewer digs it. The delicate blue accents specifically works effectively with the black and whereas primary shade scheme. There is a small strip close to the digital camera, the rim of the facility button and the SIM card tray.

Of course, the primary attraction on the again of the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate must be the ROG Vision show. Like we already talked about, the Ultimate will get a black and white unit to go higher with its shade scheme, whereas the ROG Phone 5 Pro has a correct shade one. We aren’t quire certain why Asus felt the necessity to actually impose this limitation, since largely the identical impact might have been achieved by pre-loading solely monochrome designs on the Ultimate and nonetheless put a shade show on it. Not that it actually issues that a lot. The tiny diagonal panel fulfils its objective both means.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

In typical Asus vogue, the software program implementation for the ROG Vision show is in-depth and really versatile. You can have completely different, particular person results – static or animated in several situations together with attaching an exterior accent to the ROG Phone 5, toggling X Mode, having the show on, charging, gaming and getting a name. Asus can also be partnering with recreation publishers to show particular content material for in-game occasions, like profitable a match.

There are loads of built-in animations to select from, plus the power to create your individual, based mostly on a picture, textual content or “signature”. You can add one or a couple of pictures, aligning and cropping them simply the best way you want and including an animation impact on prime. Text results and signatures are very related and each require you to enter textual content, choose from the few eye-catching included fonts, a shade after which an animation impact. The solely distinction with “signature” is that it does a scrolling textual content impact, by default, so you’ll be able to embody an extended string.


ROG Vision UI - Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review
ROG Vision UI - Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review
ROG Vision UI - Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

ROG Vision UI - Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review
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ROG Vision UI - Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

ROG Vision UI

Additional Rear contact controls

Both the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate and Pro have a few additional contact controls on the again panel. These are dubbed Rear contact and positioned fairly low on the again, with the intention of being operated with both your center or ring finger. Just just like the AirTrigger sensors on the facet of the ROG Phone 5, these function a textured end as type of a information in your fingers.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

Speaking of the ultrasonic AirTrigger system, the Rear contact controls are related, however quite a bit less complicated in design. These can solely acknowledge swipes in each instructions, or simply left or proper, relying in your wants. There isn’t any option to faucet them as soon as, not to mention separate them out into two tappable segments, just like the AirTrigger sensors.


Rear touch - Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review
Rear touch - Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

Rear touch - Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review
Rear touch - Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

Rear contact

Beyond that, a swipe gesture on the Rear contact controls remains to be mappable to an on-screen tab gesture or a macro, similar to you are able to do with some operate on the AirTriggers or the 2 bodily buttons on the AeroEnergetic Cooler 5. In truth, including all of those collectively, you find yourself with a whopping 18 mappable inputs on the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate and Pro variants. Frankly, too many for us to deal with.

And that is earlier than delving into the mappable Motion controls, which on the ROG cellphone 5 have been massively prolonged and now whole 6 completely different gestures. You can learn extra about that within the controls section of the full review.

Performance

Last, however not least, we simply needed to run a couple of benchmarks on the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate and see how they stack-up in opposition to the common ROG Phone 5. We had been anticipating to get the very same scores because the couple of additional gigs of RAM the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate has for a whopping whole of 18GB is extra of a “flex” than a sensible addition to the 16GB already obtainable on the common ROG Phone 5. We cannot actually consider any sensible situation the place it could be right down to these additional gigs to make a distinction in efficiency.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

Other than that, the 2 fashions have the identical Snapdragon 888 chipset and an identical internals and cooling programs – each passive and lively, within the type of the AeroEnergetic 5 cooler. Starting with GeekBench then, it hardly comes as a shock that the Ultimate editions scores identically to its sibling.

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is best


  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode+ FAN)
    3745

  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (X Mode+ FAN)
    3729

  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
    3728

  • ROG Phone 5
    3710

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode)
    3709

  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (perf. mode)
    3704

  • OnePlus 9 Pro
    3636

  • OnePlus 9
    3629

  • Xiaomi Mi 11
    3489

  • Sony Xperia 1 II
    3318

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (SD)
    3294

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SD)
    3244

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is best


  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (X Mode+ FAN)
    1129

  • OnePlus 9
    1129

  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
    1128

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode+ FAN)
    1127

  • OnePlus 9 Pro
    1126

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode)
    1121

  • ROG Phone 5
    1110

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SD)
    1109

  • Xiaomi Mi 11
    1085

  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (perf. mode)
    1020

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (SD)
    988

  • Sony Xperia 1 II
    897

What about these 2GB of additional RAM? We hear you asking. Well, in case your actually wish to see these in motion, AnTuTu is a superb alternative, since it’s a compound benchmark that takes under consideration issues like reminiscence and storage, as effectively. Our vanilla ROG Phone 5 benchmarks had been executed on a 16GB/256GB unit, in comparison with the Ultimate version, with its 18GB/512GB setup. We additionally made certain to run in each the default efficiency mode on the ROG Phone Ultimate, in addition to the all out X-Mode with the AeroEnergetic 5 cooler connected. Just like we did for the common ROG Phone 5.

AnTuTu 8

Higher is best


  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (X Mode+ FAN)
    745994

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode+ FAN)
    718864

  • OnePlus 9
    715196

  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
    708579

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode)
    708531

  • ROG Phone 5
    708216

  • OnePlus 9 Pro
    691055

  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (perf. mode)
    686835

  • Xiaomi Mi 11
    668722

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SD)
    657273

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (SD)
    571312

  • Sony Xperia 1 II
    534701

That’s not a foul flex if we are saying so ourselves. But, will that translate to extra precise FPS in recreation in any means? Well, like we mentioned, in all chance – no. Unless, somebody comes out with an Android recreation that manages to make use of greater than 16GB of RAM (give or take system utilization).

3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is best


  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (perf. mode)
    6679

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode+ FAN)
    5763

  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (X Mode+ FAN)
    5761

  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
    5745

  • ROG Phone 5
    5744

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode)
    5740

  • OnePlus 9 Pro
    5701

  • Xiaomi Mi 11
    5673

  • OnePlus 9
    5667

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SD)
    5547

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (SD)
    4194

Here are some GFXBench on-screen numbers to additional hammer within the level.

GFX Aztek Vulkan High (onscreen)

Higher is best


  • ROG Phone 5
    43

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode)
    43

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode+ FAN)
    43

  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (X Mode+ FAN)
    43

  • OnePlus 9
    43

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (SD)
    34

  • OnePlus 9 Pro
    27

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SD)
    25

  • Xiaomi Mi 11
    24

  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (perf. mode)
    21

  • Sony Xperia 1 II
    20

GFX Aztek ES 3.1 High (onscreen)

Higher is best


  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (X Mode+ FAN)
    41

  • ROG Phone 5
    40

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode)
    40

  • ROG Phone 5 (X Mode+ FAN)
    40

  • OnePlus 9
    40

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (SD)
    34

  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro (perf. mode)
    32

  • Sony Xperia 1 II
    27

  • OnePlus 9 Pro
    24

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SD)
    23

  • Xiaomi Mi 11
    22

Final ideas

If there was ever any doubt that the ROG cellphone 5 Ultimate is a uniquely superior machine, having skilled it ourselves, we will guarantee you that it was unfounded. It by some means manages the unimaginable – to ship a fair cooler model of the superb ROG Phone 5. To reiterate as soon as once more, nevertheless, the Ultimate version could be very restricted in availability and meant as extra of a showpiece than a marketable product. OK, however say you do handle to get entry to at least one, do you have to get it over the vanilla?

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

The reply could be a really strong no. Even if you’re the last word gamer cellular gamer and cash isn’t any object, there may be hardly any sensible purpose to exit of your option to purchase the Ultimate. The additional RAM will not get you any extra real-world efficiency. The unique white end on the again, whereas cool, is just not essentially cooler than the opposite obtainable shade choices. Unless you’ll be able to’t stay with no white ROG Phone or the swag field of ROG-branded items, probably the most devoted followers on the market ought to nonetheless most likely stick with the ROG Phone 5 Pro.

Rog Phone 5 Ultimate review

It has you coated with the additional Rear contact buttons, in addition to the ROG Vision rear show and even ships with the AeroEnergetic Cooler 5 within the field. That being mentioned, you need to have completely no regrets with going for the vanilla ROG Phone 5 both. Besides nonetheless being the most effective gaming smartphone, it is a superb all-round flagship cellphone, with distinctive versatility underneath its collar. Of course, nobody cellphone is ideal and there are many drawbacks to contemplate as effectively. For the total model, head on over to our full ROG Phone 5 review.

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