From the front, while the handset is turned off, there’s not much to note about the latest Asus ROG Phone 5. But on the back, as the signature shines up to complement its black dot matrix design with bright pink ’80s punk rock sparks, you can’t help but note. Seriously, you only need to run some Hottie or Talking Heads to finish the impact.
ROG Phone 5 is a fourth-generation gaming phone. ROG accounts for the Gamers Republic. This year and, Asus knocked right out of the park. This is not a massive overhaul, but rather a batch substantial changes that bring this phone a bit closer to the “optimal” that Asus has been seeking since 2018. Any upgrade from the Gorilla Glass Victus on the panel and revamped speakers to transfer cooling features to the center of the phone is achieved with the aim of creating the highest spec Asus ROG Phone 5.
Perhaps the greatest difference this year is that there are three different ROG phones instead of one. There’s a standard ROG Phone 5 with a punk feel in the ’80s. Then there’s the ROG Phone 5 Pro that arrives with the AeroActive Cooler 5 detachable fan. And instead of a badge that lights up, the Pro has a ROG Vision monitor that is a tiny multitouch display strip on the rear to show off the graphics. You will show warnings and animations for calls and texts, when the battery is charging, and more. In reality, you can also customize graphics for the back view. It’s an utter blow to use, and our real 9-year-old fragile TechnyBaba self supports of it.
The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is the third edition. It has a matte white back lined with black eye lashes and neon blue highlights, both of which took our heart as soon as we put our eyes on it. Like the Pro, there’s a back strip of view, except it’s black and white. The Ultimate comes with the AeroActive Cooler 5 as well, but what really makes it the “ultimate handset” is the 18GB of RAM inside. My latest laptop has just 16 of them. As you add a 2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 cpu, Android 11 and a meaty GPU to all that RAM, you get the most strong Android phone we’ve ever checked.
144hz Displays and Batteries With the Longest Battery Life Feasible
A few points stand out during all of this gaming. The panel is incredible. You may set it to 144Hz, but we noticed that the automatic refresh rate performed better because it didn’t drain the battery as easily. This analysis also falls only a few weeks before the release of the RedMagic 6 gaming smartphone with a 165Hz screen.
The Asus ROG Phone 5 has an amazing battery life. It has a total of 6,000 mAh and is made up of two 3,000 mAh batteries. Because of its design, it can be charged quickly with a 65-watt adapter. I usually had around 40% of the battery remaining after a day of daily use.
Battery testing on the ROG Phone 5 for constant video replay in Airplane mode yielded an average of 20 hours, 15 minutes, with the screen set to 120Hz. It took 28 hours, 4 minutes on average with the screen refresh rate set to auto. The longest time for any phone we checked this year, and the second longest time for any device in recent years (just behind the LG V60).
The ROG Phone 5 beautifully allows you to power the battery in a variety of ways. You can restrict just how much of battery is powered, pick sluggish charging rates, and even plan when it loads. One of the most interesting features is something we saw on the Sony Xperia 5 II last year. If you’re gaming when plugged in, the ROG Phone 5 can use the electricity from the cord rather than charging the device. This keeps the smartphone from getting too hot, which can have an impact on gaming results.
Rog Phone 5 Has Even More Touch Game Controls
There are several methods for controlling and interacting with the games you enjoy. AirTriggers, which are contact controls on the phone’s edges, are much better for using this year because they’re bigger and go edge-to-edge. If you have the Pro or Ultimate edition, there is an additional tracker on the back for feedback. When you attach the AeroActive Cooler 5 to the phone, it attaches two mini paddle keys. Having said that, we have found that a number of smartphone games have really simple controls. However, we agree that providing more tools for game control visualization would cater to e-sports fans.
The Rog Phone 5 Is Heavy and Cameras Are Mediocre
But the Asus ROG Phone 5 isn’t just fun and games. There are several pitfalls. The ROG Phone 5 weighs a lot. It is heavier than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and the ROG Phone 3 from last year. The ROG Phone 5 is by far the biggest phone TechnyBaba ever tried. And you will sense the weight after a long session of gaming. And more so whether you have a case, a fan, or a gamepad accessory.
We understand that this is a gaming phone, but we wish the cameras were stronger. The main 64-megapixel sensor on the rear utilizes pixel binning to increase picture brightness and minimize noise. A 13-megapixel ultra – wide – angle camera and a 5-megapixel macro camera are included. In bright sun, the primary camera takes some good shots. However, picture consistency suffers in low-light conditions, such as indoors. When it gets late, the phone moves to a night mode that yields poor results.
The ROG is capable of recording at up to 8K resolution at 30 frames per second, but the results were similar to images. Look at the video below, which shot with the ROG Phone 5. We wish Asus used all of the computing power available from the cpu, RAM, and GPU to make the ROG phones capture better images.