Asus ROG Phone 5: this gaming phone packs a punch
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Asus ROG Phone 5: this gaming phone packs a punch

Andrea Jacob
Zurich, on 22.03.2021
It’s the gaming phone among smartphones. The Asus ROG Phone 5 is available in three versions and offers up to 16 GB of RAM. Keep reading to find out what this particular device offers on the hardware and software side.

Not only does it look sleek, powerful and exceptional, but it also gives you the concentrated power of a gaming smartphone. Its predecessor, the ROG Phone 3, already wowed gamers worldwide. Now the successor is hitting shelves with high-end hardware and big promises. The Asus ROG Phone 5 is ready for preorder. If you’re toying with the idea of getting the Pro Edition, you’re going to have to wait a little longer.

Asus ROG Phone 5

16 GB RAM and 256 GB memory

ROG Phone 5 (16GB) (256GB, Phantom Black, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)
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ASUS ROG Phone 5 (16GB) (256GB, Phantom Black, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)
ROG Phone 5 (16GB) (256GB, Storm White, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)
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1099.–
ASUS ROG Phone 5 (16GB) (256GB, Storm White, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)

12 GB RAM and 256 GB memory

ROG Phone 5 (12GB) (256GB, Phantom Black, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)
Showroom
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ASUS ROG Phone 5 (12GB) (256GB, Phantom Black, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)
ROG Phone 5 (12GB) (256GB, Storm White, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)
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999.–
ASUS ROG Phone 5 (12GB) (256GB, Storm White, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)

8 GB RAM and 128 GB memory

ROG Phone 5 (128GB, Phantom Black, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)
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ASUS ROG Phone 5 (128GB, Phantom Black, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)
ROG Phone 5 (8GB) (128GB, Storm White, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)
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849.–
ASUS ROG Phone 5 (8GB) (128GB, Storm White, 6.78", Dual SIM, 64Mpx, 5G)

The comparison: ROG Phone 5 versus ROG Phone 3

ROG Phone 5ROG Phone 3
Display6.78" AMOLED, 1080 × 2448 pixels, 395 ppi6.59" AMOLED, 1080 × 2340 pixels, 391 ppi
Refresh/sample rate144 Hz/300 Hz144Hz/270 Hz
RAM/memory16/12/8 GB RAM, 256/128 GB memory16/12/8 GB RAM, 512/256 GB memory
Chip setQualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 865/865+
Battery6 000 mAh6 000 mAh
Charging technology65 watt (cable), wireless charging no 30 watt (cable), wireless charging no
Connectivity5G, Wi-Fi 65G, Wi-Fi 6
Main camera64 MP + 13 MP + 5 MP64 MP + 13 MP + 5 MP
Front camera24 MP24 MP
Extra info3.5 mm jack socket yes, memory expansion no, IP certification no3.5 mm jack socket yes, memory expansion no, IP certification no

ROG Phone 5 facts and figures

The ROG Phone 5 measures 6.78 inches and weighs a hefty 242 grams. No wonder, it’s jam-packed with hardware that makes gamers go weak at the knees. At least mine do. It’s evident that the ROG Phone 5 is equipped with the latest and most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. It has eight cores that clock at up to 2.842 GHz. Depending on the model, you can benefit from 8 to 16 GB of RAM. Put to the test with 16 GB RAM and 256 GB memory, the phone got 5 out of 5 points in the benchmark test carried out by «Geekbench». It was the best result.

What would a gaming smartphone be without great connectivity? Probably a paperweight. Again, there’s nothing to worry about here. Out of the box, you get 5G as the transmission standard and the Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6. And what else does a gaming smartphone need? Good, rich sound. Here, too, the Asus engineers wanted to deliver the best performance. The front-facing stereo speakers give you the audio quality you could only wish for. It’s hardly surprising that the ROG Phone 5 won the silver medal in the DXOMark sound test. The cherry on the cake is that four mics Asus has installed in the device. No more covering them with your fingers. In addition, there’s this rare feature: Aa 3.5 mm jack for your headphones.

The power comes from the more powerful 6,000 mAh battery. Now, the device charges with up to 65 watts instead of 30. Already tried, tested and loved is the Asus battery management system. With the battery optimisation mode, you can set a charge cap or even implement scheduled/maximum charging. This protects your battery and increases its service life. By the way, you can charge the device via two different USB-C ports. On the side or at the bottom.

While everything about the ROG Phone 5 screams world class, the installed triple camera is more in the mid-range. If you only take photos occasionally, it will work fine for you. But it’s definitely not the phone’s main feature. In my opinion, it’s the trade-off you have to make to get the rest of the power. At least at this point in time on the smartphone market. In any case, the main camera is composed as follows: Standard 64-MP lens, 13-MP wide-angle lens and 5-MP macro sensor. While we’re on the subject of drawbacks, you should know that there’s no wireless charging, no micro SD card expansion and no IP certification.

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Andrea Jacob
Andrea Jacob
Senior Category Business Manager, Zurich
My head is crammed with ideas. And I add a new one every minute. I enjoy discussions and forming my own opinions. I love gadgets and anything that has a motor. I’m definitely in the right place.

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