Asus launched its 5th generation of ROG Phones, once again creating a stir in the mobile gaming industry with its top notch specs.
The gaming flagship now comes in various flavors sporting up to 18 GB of RAM in the top variant. The phone runs on Android 11 out of the box. The gaming beast got a sleek modern finish as its predecessor crafted for gamers with an additional tiny monochromatic OLED on the rear side for modern aesthetics.
The phone features a 6.78” Samsung-made AMOLED display, 0.19″ bigger than its predecessor. Its a HDR10+ display 111% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and 151% of sRGB which is able to achieve 800nits at full brightness.
The resolution and refresh rate remain the same as the previous ROG at 1080p+ and 144Hz with a touch sampling rate of 24.3 ms.
The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and has a special coating that keeps your fingers gliding effortlessly even if they get sweaty. The bezel is 25% narrower than its predecessor
There’s not much to say about the camera as ROG is not a camera centric phone. The main module has the same 64 MP Quad Bayer sensor (Sony IMX686) with 2×1 OCL autofocus, the lens aperture remains at f/1.8, a 13 MP ultra wide camera (125º, 11 mm), still no autofocus and a 5 MP macro cam.
The selfie camera is essentially the same it has a 24 MP sensor (with Quad Bayer) and a dimmer fixed-focus f/2.45 lens. The main rear camera can record 8K/30 fps video or 4K at 60 fps (and 120 fps for low motion), with electrical video stabilization.
The flagship sports a Snapdragon 888 SOC which is not unusual on this phone as this phone is a performance-centric phone, no surprise here but the battery is the unique factor here, Asus split the battery into two 3000 mAh units.
This split allowed Asus to position the motherboard closer to the center of the phone, which has two advantages. First, it allows the AeroActive Cooler 5 to get as close to the chipset as possible. Secondly, the users’ fingers remain cooler in spite of the heat dissipated by the phone.
To that end, there’s a 3.5 mm headphone jack on board with an ESS Sabre ES9280AC Pro Quad DAC. The Class G amp automatically detects the impedance of your headphones and switches to the appropriate mode (it supports headphones between 8 Ohm and 1,000 Ohm). Also on board are front-firing stereo speakers powered by two Cirrus Logic CS35L45 amps, each of which can deliver 21% more power to its speaker than on the previous generation.
The split also allows Asus to double the charging speed to 65W by enabling the batteries to charge using two different USB-C ports at the bottom and side respectively. The USB-C ports also act as HDMI-OUT and as a power source for AeroActive Cooler 5.
When it comes to gaming phones, the accessories are the icing on the cake, allowing basic tweaks with the device and this is no strange for the new Asus ROG Phones too.
The AeroActive cooler is such one charm. When Asus tested it, it found the fan to reduce surface temperature by 15ºC and chipset temperature by 10ºC. The cooler also packs two physical shoulder buttons, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a kickstand.
Other accessories include the ROG Kunai 3 gamepad which is a redesigned version for ROG Phone 5. The TwinView Dock 3 is not supported.
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is undoubtedly the best gaming phone you could but buy but this phone is certainly a overkill for the current phone gaming industry with the top variant featuring 18 GB of RAM, is unnecessary for today’s mobile apps and games and considering the cloud gaming platforms, the phone surely is a overkill.
The top variant, ROG Phone 5 Ultimate gets a price tag of 1,299 EURO (or $1583 or Rs. 79,999) and cheaper versions at a starting price tag of 950$ (or Rs. 49,999).