Asus has recently released a new phone in their ROG lineup, the ROG phone 5. This gamer-centric phone is released to mainly target gaming enthusiasts and e-sports players. The phone is packed with very impressive features and uses some of the best technologies ASUS has to offer. Starting at only 689 dollars, it is pretty affordable too. In this article, I will give you a detailed review of the latest ROG phone 5. I will also discuss whether you should buy this phone or not.
ROG Phone 5 Variants And Their Price
Let’s start by talking about the different variants of ROG Phone 5. The phone comes in three main variants. Rog phone 5, Rog phone 5 pro, and Rog phone 5 ultimate.
As mentioned earlier, the Rog phone 5 that is, the basic variant having 8 GB RAM and 128 GB ROM costs around 700 US dollars. And the 12GB RAM and 256GB ROM variant is priced at around 800 US dollars.
The ROG phone 5 does not have a secondary rear display that the ROG phone 5 pro and ROG phone 5 ultimate has. But it does have a dot-matrix RGB ROG logo at the back.
ROG phone pro will cost you about 1200 US dollars. The main noticeable difference between ROG phone 5 and its pro variant is the rear POMLED display. And another difference is, you do not get an RGB ROG logo at the back of ROG phone 5 pro and ultimate.
The ROG phone 5 ultimate is the top of the line model for this device. You get a whopping 18 GB of RAM and 512 GB ROM with this model. The extra RAM will come in handy if you are into hardcore online gaming. The ROG phone 5 ultimate will set you back about 1500 US dollars.
What’s In The Box?
In a time when major mobile manufacturers like Apple and Samsung are not including important items such as a charger in the retail box, it is very refreshing to see ASUS providing everything you will possibly need and then some in their retail box.
The retail box of ROG phone 5 comes with a 65 Watt fast charger, a hard plastic case, and a braided USB Type-C cable. But the box of ROG phone 5 ultimate takes it to the next level.
You actually get two boxes with the ROG phone 5 ultimate. The smaller box contains all the accessories that you get with the ROG phone 5 and an extra aero-active cooler. And the bigger box contains a towel, a ROG branded cap, legos, ROG-themed playing cards, a sticker book, and a ROG badge.
Connectivity Of ROG Phone 5
In terms of connectivity, ROG phone 5 offers everything you would need for your daily usage. It has 5G support and support for wifi V6 in all of its models. Additionally, it also has NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, and dual-band GPS. The ROG phone 5 also has a 3.5mm headphone jack with high-quality 24bit audio DAC.
All models of ROG phone 5 comes with two USB Type-C ports. The bottom one has USB 2.0 connectivity and the one placed on the side has USB 3.1 connectivity that can work as an accessory terminal. You can connect aftermarket accessories with the phone by using the side USB 3.1 port.
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How Is The Display?
All ROG phone comes with a brilliant 144hz HDR10+ 10-bit AMOLED display. The phone features an impressive 6.7 inches 1080 x 2448 pixels 2K resolution display with 1200 nits peak brightness. That means you get a very sharp display that can offer great outdoor visibility even when looked under direct sunlight.
In terms of protection, the 5th gen ROG phone uses the latest version of gorilla glass Victus. It will protect your phone’s display from minor drops and scratches. Although it is recommended to use a screen protector and a bumper case if you want to protect your device from major damage.
What About The Battery?
The ROG phone 5 comes with two 3000 mAh non-removable Lithium polymer batteries providing a total 6000 mAh battery capacity. The reason behind dividing the batteries into two parts is to accelerate the charging rate. With the provided 65W fast charger, the ROG phone 5 can charge up to 70% in just 30 minutes and charge up 100% in just over 50 minutes.
You get a lot of battery customization options with the new ROG phone. For instance, you can decide how fast your battery will charge. Additionally, you can also decide how much battery you want to fill up in a single charge. With heavy usage and 144hz refresh rate turned on, the phone will easily get you through a day and a half.
How Is The Performance?
Performance is the key highlight of this gaming-centric device. Paired with the latest Snapdragon 888 processor and 144hz display, the ROG phone 5 offers you the best gaming performance you can currently get from any mobile device.
It also sits right at the top of many benchmark sites. Asus has taken many ingenious steps in order to ensure that their device can deliver the peak performance.
For instance, the ROG phone 5 has a feature called bypass charging mode. It allows the device to get direct power from the charger without charging the battery. This feature helps to reduce battery heat and reduce the chances of thermal throttling.
The latest ROG phone comes with 3 rear cameras. A 64 MP, F/1.8 main camera, a 13 MP, f/2.4 ultrawide camera, and last but not least a 5 MP, f/2.4 macro camera. The picture quality from the main 64 MP camera is very decent for a gaming phone.
The front selfie camera is a 24 MP, f/2.5 shooter that can capture some pretty good selfies. The images tend to have different exposures and tend to produce different results even when captured in the same lighting conditions.
Running on Android 11, ASUS’s ROG UI provides you with an absurd amount of customization options. You can tweak performance, charging speeds, and so on. It also has a dedicated option where you can adjust the power of CPU and GPU in order to maximize the gaming performance.
You also get a pair of touch-sensitive triggers on both sides of the ROG phone 5. And with the ROG phone pro and ultimate, you get two additional touch-sensitive sensors on the bottom rear part of the device. The touch-sensitive triggers will help you to get an immersive experience while gaming.
From the specs and features of this phone, we can easily conclude that the ROG phone 5 was built mainly for the sole purpose of gaming. So if you are a professional and hardcore gamer who wants a customizable UI and wants all the latest features then, this is the perfect gaming phone for you.
On the other hand, if you are a normal user and don’t want a gaming-focused device, then there are many other great options for you in the market.
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