Asus has unleashed the ROG Phone 5. The gaming flagship has been redesigned to enhance efficiency and ergonomics and now is available in a number of flavors with the Ultimate version sporting 18GB of RAM.
Let’s break down the completely different variations. The vanilla Asus ROG Phone 5 has three most important configurations or variations A, B and C as Asus calls them. The distinction between them is the reminiscence configuration.
A has 12GB or 16GB of RAM and 256GB storage, B provides a fundamental 8/128GB mannequin and C is available in 8/128GB and 12/256GB configurations. Note that almost all fashions use UFS 3.1 storage, besides the model C telephones and the 128GB model B mannequin. Was this an excessive amount of technical speak? No, after all, not – gaming telephones (like gaming PCs) are all concerning the specs.
Next up is the Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro, which has a single reminiscence choice – 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS storage. Finally, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate will increase the RAM to the record-equaling 18GB (storage stays at 512GB, there’s no 1 TB choice and no microSD slot).
All three are powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset, no surprises right here. Asus designed the telephone to have a efficiency benefit because of different parts and, surprisingly, the most important win got here from the battery.
It has a 6,000 mAh complete capability, break up between two cells. This break up allowed Asus to place the motherboard nearer to the middle of the telephone, which has two benefits. First, it permits the AeroEnergetic Cooler 5 to get as near the chipset as doable. Second, the warmth that’s produced is evaded the consumer’s fingers.
The break up design additionally allowed the corporate to double the charging velocity to 65W. As earlier than, you should utilize the USB-C port on the underside of the telephone for charging or the USB-C port on the facet (which lets you play and cost comfortably). The facet port may also be used to hoop up an exterior monitor over HDMI, to attach headphones or to energy the AeroEnergetic Cooler 5. We’ll get again to the cooler in a second, let’s have a look at the show.
The ROG Phone 5 goes massive with a 6.78” Samsung-made AMOLED show, up from 6.59” on its predecessor. It is HDR10+ licensed and has 111% protection of the DCI-P3 coloration area, 151% of sRGB. And it’s brighter than the previous show, attaining 800 nits at APL100 (that could be a full white show).
The decision and refresh charge stay at 1080p+ and 144Hz (1 ms response time), whereas the contact sampling charge has gone as much as 300 Hz (up from 270 Hz). According to Asus, the contact latency is 24.3 ms. A word concerning the decision: there’s no adaptive refresh charge, the show can run at 60, 120 and 144 Hz (with an Auto mode that may change between them primarily based on content material).
The display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and has a particular coating that retains your fingers gliding effortlessly even when they get sweaty.
Despite growing the display diagonal, Asus managed to shave 25% off the bezels so the ROG Phone 5 is just a few millimeters taller and truly a millimeter narrower than its predecessor. Weight is actually the identical at 238g.
The Pro and Ultimate variations will come bundled with the AeroEnergetic Cooler 5. When Asus examined it, it discovered that the fan reduces floor temperature by 15ºC and chipset temperature by 10ºC. The cooler additionally packs two bodily of shoulder buttons, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a kickstand. Without the cooler you continue to get shoulder buttons – the AirTrigger 5 ultrasonic buttons. These can be utilized as shortcuts exterior of video games too, e.g. by squeezing the telephone in portrait mode.
If you need extra equipment, the ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad is appropriate with the ROG Phone 5 (and there’s a redesigned model out there). The ROG Clip will help you use a PS4, Xbox or Stadia controller you probably have one useful. There can be the Professional Dock with an HDMI port and two USB ports. The TwinView Dock 3 isn’t supported.
There’s not a lot to say concerning the digital camera other than “it’s the same”. The most important module has the identical 64 MP Quad Bayer sensor (Sony IMX686) with 2×1 OCL autofocus, the lens aperture stays at f/1.8. Next up is a 13 MP extremely huge digital camera (125º, 11 mm), nonetheless with out autofocus. Finally, there’s the 5 MP macro cam.
The selfie digital camera is actually the identical it has a 24 MP sensor (with Quad Bayer) and a dimmer fixed-focus f/2.45 lens. The most important rear digital camera can report 8K/30 fps video or 4K at 60 fps (and 120 fps for low movement), video stabilization is digital.
The digital camera is clearly not the main focus of the Asus ROG Phone 5, however a wonderful audiovisual expertise is. To that finish, there’s a 3.5 mm headphone jack on board with an ESS Sabre ES9280AC Pro Quad DAC. The Class G amp robotically detects the impedance of your headphones and switches to the suitable mode (it helps headphones between 8 Ohm and 1,000 Ohm).
Also on board are front-firing stereo audio system powered by two Cirrus (*144*) CS35L45 amps, every of which might ship 21% extra energy to its speaker than on the earlier era. If you need to use a Bluetooth speaker or headset as an alternative, aptX Adaptive, LDAC and AAC codecs are supported.
We want to return to the variations between the three fashions once more. The vanilla telephone has an RGB backlit Republic of Gamers brand, identical because the 2020 telephone. The different two have small touch-enabled shows on the again dubbed ROG Vision.
The ROG Phone 5 Pro has a coloration PM-OLED show, whereas the supposedly fancier Ultimate mannequin has a monochrome PM-OLED show. The shows present customizable graphics for incoming calls, throughout charging or whereas a recreation is loading.
The three fashions are launching with Android 11 out of the field and offer you a selection between utilizing the gaming-inspired ROG UI or the stock-like Zen UI.
Here are the costs for the three most important variations of the Asus ROG Phone 5. Note that the Pro and Ultimate come bundled with the AeroEnergetic Cooler 5, whereas the vanilla mannequin will get solely the Aero case and HyperCharger. The vanilla mannequin will likely be out there later this, Pro is coming in April and the Ultimate restricted version goes on sale in May.
|Asus ROG 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|