Asus ROG Phone 5: this gaming phone packs a punch
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
12 GB RAM and 256 GB memory
8 GB RAM and 128 GB memory
The comparison: ROG Phone 5 versus ROG Phone 3
|ROG Phone 5||ROG Phone 3|
|Display||6.78" AMOLED, 1080 × 2448 pixels, 395 ppi||6.59" AMOLED, 1080 × 2340 pixels, 391 ppi|
|Refresh/sample rate||144 Hz/300 Hz||144Hz/270 Hz|
|RAM/memory||16/12/8 GB RAM, 256/128 GB memory||16/12/8 GB RAM, 512/256 GB memory|
|Chip set||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865/865+|
|Battery||6 000 mAh||6 000 mAh|
|Charging technology||65 watt (cable), wireless charging no||30 watt (cable), wireless charging no|
|Connectivity||5G, Wi-Fi 6||5G, Wi-Fi 6|
|Main camera||64 MP + 13 MP + 5 MP||64 MP + 13 MP + 5 MP|
|Front camera||24 MP||24 MP|
|Extra info||3.5 mm jack socket yes, memory expansion no, IP certification no||3.5 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.