The ROG Phone 5 is Asus’ fourth-generation gaming smartphone, and it seems the company has gone on a grand scale. A look at the spec sheet shows that Asus has assembled the most ideal hardware. The ROG Phone 5 configuration is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888SoC, and it comes with up to 18GB of LPDDR5X RAM! So is this an ultimate gaming smartphone you can buy in India? We got our hands on the ROG Phone 5 and here are a couple of initial feelings.
Phone models and prices
Asus has three smartphones under the ROG 5 array: ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. The latter is stacked to the gills and will be imported in restricted quantities here in India. Asus has released two variations of the ROG Phone 5, the base variation has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the top form has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. These are valued at Rs. 49,999 and Rs. 57,999 separately, and will be available in glossy black or white.
The ROG Phone 5 Pro has a single configuration with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, valued at Rs. 69,999, and it could be sold with a glossy Phantom Black finish. Additionally, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate just arrived in a Storm White matte finish with 18GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for Rs 79,999. Each of the variations has LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.
Attractive specifications and hardware
The ROG Phone 5 is an important smartphone and houses a 6.78-inch screen with a 20.4: 9 aspect ratio. It is a guaranteed HDR 10+ AMOLED panel made by Samsung and offers Full-HD + resolution. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, but it is set to 120Hz naturally. Asus claims 1200 nits of maximum brightness. There is Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and Gorilla Glass 3 on the back. The display has thin bezels on the sides, but has slightly thicker ones on the top and bottom, which house stereo speakers. The top bezel also has a 24-megapixel selfie camera and a warning LED.
Pick up the phone and you will see that it is very substantial at 236g. The case is made of metal, but it is snug, which makes it comfortable to hold. The force and volume buttons are on the correct side of the edge towards the middle, making them exceptionally easy to press. They also offer great criticism. You also get Ultrasonic AirTriggers on the correct side (the top when held horizontally) for gaming. In the left half of the case, the ROG Phone 5 has a second USB Type-C port for charging and a dedicated connector for accessories, including the Aeroactive Cooler 5. The SIM board on the left has two Nano-SIM openings but no card. microSD space.
On the back, the ROG Phone 5 has a triple camera arrangement comprising an essential 64-megapixel camera that uses pixel binning to transmit 16-megapixel shots, a 13-megapixel super-wide spot camera with a field of view of 125 degrees and a 5 megapixel large-scale camera. Each of them is housed in a slim, oddly molded camera module that sticks out a bit. The ROG Phone 5 has an Asus ROG logo on the back with customizable RGB lighting. The ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate have small auxiliary PMOLED screens in place that can display status information.
The Asus ROG Phone 5 includes a 6,000 mAh battery that is part of two cells of 3000 mAh each to help with fast charging and prevent the phone from heating up under load. The two cells are towards the top and bottom of the smartphone, while the motherboard that houses the SoC is in the middle. Another advantage of this arrangement is that the Aeroactive Cooler 5 accessory sits directly on top of the SoC when plugged in, for viable cooling. Asus claims the ROG Phone 5 is apt for 65W fast charging, however it only ships a 30W charger in the case. In case you need to use a faster charge, you need to purchase a viable charger separately.
Snapdragon 888 under the hood
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is the first smartphone we have used with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. The processor is clocked at 2.84 GHz and should have the option to broadcast some amazing reference numbers. Asus ships the ROG Phone 5 with Android 11 and ROG UI on top. The user interface is flawless and offers many customizations. The ROG Phone 5 had the January Android security fix, which is really later. Some pre-installed apps on the phone, for example Instagram and Facebook, were noticed, but can be uninstalled right away, so it shouldn’t be a problem. There were no noticeable spam notifications during our experience with the ROG Phone 5.
Asus also sent me the Aeroactive Cooler 5, but it may be bundled with the ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate models. ROG Phone 5 buyers must purchase it separately. The Aeroactive Cooler 5 clips onto the phone and should line up with the pins on the left. It draws power from the phone’s battery. Regardless of the fan, there are two actual activation buttons on the Aeroactive Cooler 5 that bring the activation count to four on this device. The Asus ROG Phone 5 is equipped with probably the best hardware available today and cases to offer the best gaming experience.
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