Asus has launched the most anticipated gaming phone of the year, today, at an online event. The new ROG Phone 5 is the successor to the ROG Phone 3.
Asus has in fact launched 3 variants for the ROG Phone this year.
Notably, the ROG Phone 5 series includes – Asus ROG Phone 5, Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. The Rog Phone 5 will be available in black and storm white colors, the Pro variant in only black color, and the Ultimate edition in the storm white color.
Asus ROG Phone 5
Starting with its looks, Asus is going with the gaming-centric design as they have used in the previous ROG phone that includes a cool LED animation design at the back. The front side has thin bezels at the top (houses the selfie camera) and the bottom side.
The camera module is similar to what we have seen on the ROG Phone 3.
Additionally, we got a cyberpunky retro 8-bit pixel dot design at the rear. The RGB logo also has two lighting zones that provide cool looks and even show the notification light.
The ROG Phone 5 weighs about 238 grams and also has a thickness close to 10 mm. The phone comes with vapor chamber cooling and has the chipset in the middle, along with two batteries on each side. It has dual batteries forming a massive 6000 mAH capacity.
The LED backlights of the phone are similar to something we have seen on the Asus G14 laptop.
Overall the build quality on the previous ROG phones has been robust, and the ROG 5 is also well built.
Performance & Operating system
For incredible performance, the ROG Phone 5 is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Octa-core processor fabricated on a 5nm chipset that offers a 2.84Ghz clock speed and up to 25% increased CPU performance.
Furthermore, it comes with an Adreno 660 GPU that is excellent for gaming and can easily max out games like COD mobile or Fortnite.
Thanks to the advanced vapor chamber cooling, the phone runs cool and has an excellent sustained performance in gaming and heavy tasks.
We have got the latest Android 11 operating system based on the ROG UI. Also, Asus gives us an option to switch UI from the ROG to the stock experience.
I have used both the ROG Phone II and ROG Phone 3 for quite a long time, and the UI feels good and neat with minimal bloatware.
The ROG Phone 5 comes with an AMOLED panel in ROG Phone 5 and it also offers a 6.78 screen size along with an FHD+ 1080 pixels resolution, 1100nits brightness, and 144Hz refresh rate.
The Asus ROG phone 5 is 2mm longer and 1mm wider than the current model(Asus ROG Phone 3) and it is also is HDR10+ certified.
Audio, Connectivity & other features
It comes with dual 7 magnet speakers for balanced stereo audio and even comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack for audiophiles.
The phone has dedicated DAC support, and you will get excellent audio when using both wireless and wired headphones.
In fact, it is one of the rare flagship devices that comes with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Additionally, the Haptic feedback feature and vibrations make the gaming experience more realistic and immersive.
For your full control over gaming, it offers Airtrigger 5 on the right side of the phone and even comes with the 10 gesture control. Air triggers are pretty impressive and offer you an edge in mobile games such as PUBG.
Aforementioned, the ROG Phone 5 comes with a dual 3000mAH battery which together offers a massive 6000mAH battery capacity.
For charging the battery, the Asus offers a 30 Watts superfast charger(which can charge it from 0-50% in just 30 minutes).
It comes with a side-mounted Type-C charging port for connecting accessories like Aero Cooler and also there is a Type C port at the bottom for charging and data transfer.
Notably, the ROG Phone 5 lacks wireless charging. It also doesn’t offer an IP rating making it prone to water damage.
The Gaming monster comes with impressive cameras that we have earlier seen on the Asus Zenfone 7 Pro. There is a 64MP(f/1.8) SONY IMX686 main camera, a 13MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP macro lens.
It can do video recordings up to 8K video resolution at 30 frames per second.
At the front, the ROG Phone 5 has a 24MP (f/2.45) front-facing camera for selfies.
Variants & Price
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is available in India to purchase from Flipkart starting 15th April 2021.
The 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage costs EURO 799 but is available in India for Rs. 49,999.
The 12 GB Ram version with 256 GB storage is also available in India for Rs. 57,999.
Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro
The ROG Phone 5 Pro comes with a 64 x 256 color display at the back, and it is fully customizable and can show many animations based on your system events or as per your choice.
Also, it comes with two extra Airtrigger buttons at the rear of the phone so that you get good control over your game.
The Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB onboard storage and costs Euro 1199 but is available in India at a slightly lower price of Rs. 69,999.
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate features are the same as ROG Phone 5 Pro, and it is an incredible phone for Asus fans.
However, the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate comes with an insane 18 GB RAM and 512GB onboard storage at a euro 1299 and is available in India for Rs. 79,999.
The Storm White Ultimate Edition ROG Phone 5 is an incredible phone and definitely a head-turner.
If money is not a constraint and you love gaming, there is no better phone than the ROG 5 Ultimate Edition.
Written By Ayush Sharma