ASUS ROG Phone 5 Review Rundown
ASUS | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 15 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
Asus has upped the visual element of the ROG Phone 5 compared to the slightly dull ROG Phone 3. The ROG phone 5 caters to every gamer, from those who just want to pick up the phone and play to those who want control over every aspect of how the game plays. From the hardware, which includes the latest Snapdragon 888 processor, 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, a 144Hz Samsung AMOLED display and a 6,000mAh battery, to the software that gives you almost endless options for tweaking the performance.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The ROG Phone 5 caters to every gamer, from those who just want to pick up the phone and play to those who want control over every aspect of how the game plays and how the phone handles it. There's no wireless charging, which Asus has never adopted on an ROG series phone due to compromises in the overall longevity of the cell. The camera is not the focus of the ROG phone, but that doesn't mean it's terrible.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 starts at £799 for the cheapest model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone has three cameras on the back, which consist of a 64MP main camera, a 13MP ultrawide sensor and a 5MP macro unit. A 6.78in FHD+ AMOLED screen isn't anything out of the ordinary but the slick 144Hz refresh rate allows for higher frame rates. Game-specific features include a pair of haptic touch-sensitive triggers on either end of the phone's long right edge.
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 feels more like a gaming laptop in your hands than a phone. It features a custom 6.8-inch, FHD+ (2,448 x 1,080) Samsung AMOLED display with HDR10+ support. The phone is one of the largest and thickest phones released in recent memory.
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 sports a 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED panel with a 20.4:9 aspect ratio and a Full HD+ resolution of 2448 x 1080 pixels, with a 395 ppi pixel density. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 SoC, just like many other high-end Android smartphones. Aside from the raw power that's readily available, the real highlight of the Asus R OG Phone 5 is its temperature management.
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 has a 6.78-inch (17.22 cm) AMOLED display from Samsung with a resolution of 2448x1080 pixels. All versions use Qualcomm's latest top-of-the-line SoC, the Snapdragon 888. Unlike the RedMagic smartphones, the ROG phone 5 doesn't have an integrated fan, but it relies on a dockable solution.
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is shaping up to be the most exciting gaming smartphone of 2021. Its beautiful and smooth 144Hz OLED display will allow for quick reactions during gaming, while its powerful dual stereo speakers will surround the player with rich and clear sound. The phone will sport a large 6.6-inch OLED display with a screen refresh rate that can go up to 144Hz, making it just perfect for both fast-paced gaming and movie watching. Users will be able to additionally tune the sound of the phone via AudioWizard.
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 sports a gorgeous 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2448x1080. Its refresh rate can go up to 144 Hz for a super-smooth experience, or down to the more common 60 Hz, if you'd rather save on battery life. The display is HDR10+ certified, which means improved color and contrast for when watching movies. It boasts the world's lowest touch latency response on a phone, at 24.3 milliseconds.
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is designed to be the ultimate gaming smartphone. It boasts a FHD+ (2448 x 1080) resolution with an impressive 1ms response time. The display caps out at the same 144Hz refresh rate for buttery-smooth gameplay. As well as great-sounding front-firing speakers, Asus has focused on improving the wired audio experience, including the ESS Sabre ES9280AC Pro DAC.
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Asus ROG 5 is one of, if not the, best gaming phones out there. But they get fewer and fewer with every new ROG phone, and the Asus ROG Phone 5 has managed some quality-of-life advantages over other Android phones. It's competitive with non-gaming smartphones - so long as you don't need the best camera smartphones. Asus has hit a nice balance in the visual design of the phones, which has dialed back its ‘gamer chic’ angled plastic.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is the fourth generation gaming phone under the Taiwanese company's Republic of Gamers brand. Asus has made three versions of this device — the base model, the ROGphone 5 Pro, and a limited Ultimate edition. The ROG phone is sold on the fact that it's the ultimate mobile gaming machine, replete with everything you need to see yourself succeed in your favorite games.
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 builds on a legacy of smartphones tuned to tickle gamers, matched with custom accessories, RGB lighting and speakers that will flood sound your way from a front-firing direction. With Qualcomm's Android chipset a la mode, combined with Asus's own cooling system, the handset games fast, cool and smooth – even when the performance is cranked up to the max.
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- 2. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review: Mobile gaming doesn’t get better than this. Expertreviews. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
- 3. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review: The ultimate gamer’s phone. Laptopmag. 2021-03-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
- 4. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review: Over-the-top and relevant. Nextpit. 2021-04-09. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
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- 11. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 Review. Trustedreviews. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
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