Asus’ ROG phone series has steadily improved over the years. Besides the monster specs, the company tries to add some cool features to the phone every year so that gamers can get the most out of it.
This year’s device, the ROG Phone 5, is no different. In addition to the ROG Phone 5, Asus is also launching a Pro version and an Ultimate version which have additional functions and different design elements than the base model.
Looking at the specs and features, I would like to say, come on for the specs and stay for the goodies. But I leave this judgment to my colleague Abhimanyu, who examines the device.
It will dispel all aspects of the phone, so I’m here to talk about a few features that have caught my eye. But first, the rugged specs of the phone:
- Screen: 6.78-inch FullHD AMOLED display
- Refresh rate: 144Hz; 300Hz touch sampling rate
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 clocked at 2.85 GHz
- RAM: 8 GB/ 12 GB / 16 GB (Pro) / 18 GB (Ultimate)
- Internal storage: 128 GB/ 256 GB / 512 GB (Pro and Ultimate) (UFS 3.1 type storage for faster processing of applications and data)
- Rear camera: 64-megapixel main sensor with f / 1.8 aperture + 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f / 2/4 aperture + 5-megapixel macro camera with f / 2.0 aperture
- Front camera: 24-megapixels with f / 2.45 aperture
- Drums: 6, 000 mAh; 30W fast charge
- The audio: Two 12x16mm 7-magnet linear front speakers + Saber ES9280AC Pro with HyperStream II Quad DAC (to power digital-to-analog audio conversion) + 3.5mm audio jack + Quad microphones with OZO noise reduction technology
- Additional sensors: Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 5 and handle pressure detection + two touch sensors on the back cover (Pro and Ultimate)
- Software: Android 11 with ROG UI
If we ignore the obvious aspects of the screen, battery, and processor, one of the eye-catching aspects of this year’s ROG Phones is the audio. I love the front speakers and Asus included two 12x16mm 7-magnet speakers with this device. This could be great for watching videos as well as for immersive gaming experiences.
Additionally, to power the 3.5mm headphone jack, the company included a Saber-powered Quad DAC (digital-to-analog) converter and a headphone amplifier for clearer, more powerful sound. Asus says that you can play audio files at 24-bit depth and 196Hz sample rate. Additionally, the phone supports high-quality wireless audio standards such as aptX HD, aptX adaptive and LDAC.
There is also a haptic sound which will simulate events such as gunshots not only by sound but also by vibration.
Then there are ROG Phone’s AirTriggers, which are ultrasonic pressure points on the phone’s body that could be used as in-game controls. If you buy the Pro or Ultimate model, you will get two additional pressure points at the back of the phone. You can activate up to 14 touch points on the screen by various gestures.
The phone also supports HyperFusion network technology to simultaneously connect to WiFi and mobile data, and choose the network with the best speed for smooth gaming. For charging, it has a side-mounted USB-C port, so you can charge the phone while playing unhindered.
There’s a lot more to ROG Phone 5, including a special Game Genie to access a ton of controls while gaming. But I won’t spill all the beans and keep you waiting for our review on Plugged.
The device is available in Europe from this month for € 799. The pro model will go on sale for € 1,199 next month, while the Ultimate edition will be available in May for € 1,299. In India, the ROG Phone 5 starts at ₹ 49,999 ($ 685) and will be available for purchase in April.
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Published March 10, 2021 – 11:31 UTC