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ASUS ROG Phone 5 Gaming Smartphone

NEX score 82%

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Product Overview

ASUS ROG Phone 5 is a powerful smartphone based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform. It features up to 16GB LPDDR5 memory, 6.78-inch OLED display with over 111% DCI-P3 coverage and 144Hz refresh rate, and the latest WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and 5G wireless connectivity.
True to its gaming heritage, the ROG Phone 5 inherits the design language of its predecessors. It also bucks the trend in the industry and retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is powered by a Hi-Fi-grade ESS DAC. The same 6000mAh battery capacity from previous generations can be found here, too.
Compared to its predecessor, the new ROG Phone 5 offers 25% faster CPU performance and 35% GPU performance.
With the ROG Phone 5, ASUS also introduced the AeroActive Cooler 5, which is a clip-on external cooling fan. At the same time, ASUS also introduced the more powerful ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Long battery life
  • Fast charging
  • Great audio
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb gaming performance
  • Good performance
  • Great speakers
Cons
  • Poor macro camera
  • Mediocre low-light performance
  • Slow Android update schedule
  • No wireless charging
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C + 3.5mm headphone jack
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi Direct, NFC

Construction

Battery | Capacity
6000 mAh
Camera | Front
24MP
Camera | Rear | Macro
5MP
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
13MP
Camera | Rear | Wide
64MP, Sony IMX686
Colors
Phantom Black, Storm White
Material
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Microphone
Quad microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
Speakers
Symmetrical dual front-facing speakers powered by Dirac technologies

Dimensions

Size | Depth
173 mm
Size | Height
9.9 mm
Size | Width
77 mm
Weight
239 g

Display

Aspect Ratio
20.4:9
Brightness
800 nits (1200 nits peak)
Display Diagonal
6.78 inch
Display Type
Samsung AMOLED display (OLED)
Gamut
111.23% DCI-P3
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Resolution
2448 x 1080
Response Time
1 ms

Function

Audio
ESS DAC 9280AC Pro
Chipset
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform
GPS
GNSS support GPS (L1/L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1/E5a), BeiDou(B1i/B1c/B2a), QZSS (L1/L5) and NavIC (L5)
Graphics
Qualcomm Adreno 660
HDR
HDR10 and HDR10+ certified
Operating System
Android 11 with new ROG UI
Processor
5 nm, 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
Sensor
In-display fingerprint sensor, face recognition, accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient-light sensor, ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 5 and grip press
SIM
Dual Nano 5G
Touch Screen
Capacitive touchscreen with 10-point multitouch (supports glove touch), 300Hz touch-sampling rate
Video Recording
8K 30p / 4K 60p 3-axis electronic image stabilization

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 16 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR5
Storage
Up to 256 GB UFS 3.1 ROM

Production

Availability
2021-Q2
Debut
2021-03-10

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ROG Phone 5 is the world's first smartphone to come with 18GB of RAM. This is a phone built for a purpose: to play the latest games without breaking a sweat. There's almost everything you could want from a flagship phone in 2021, and when you consider the basic version should come in under $1,000, it's decent value.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous screen
  • Powerful processor
  • Superb cameras
Cons
  • No MicroSD card slot
  • No microSD slot

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 has a triple camera array on the back. The primary camera is the Sony IMX686, which is a 64MP wide-angle. The secondary is a 13MP f/2.4 ultrawide and finally, in classic mid-range fashion, there is a 5MP f-2.0 macro. Asus also added a number of software tools to protect the battery, including a bypass mode.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons
  • Slow Android update schedule

nextpit[3]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 has a 64 MP main shooter, a 13 MP ultra-wide angle sensor, and a 5 MP macro sensor. The zoom performance is disappointing, even for digital zoom, as it settles for a poor 8x maximum magnification. The 6,000 mAh capacity perfectly handles all energy expenditure of this handset.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Fast charging
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • No wireless charging

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Unlike the RedMagic smartphones, the Asus ROG Phone 5 doesn't have an integrated fan. It relies on a dockable solution instead in the form of the AeroCooler 5. The small fan can rotate quite fast at up to 5,220 RPM, but it's also quite audible. The dual speakers flank the display and offer good sound thanks to GameFX.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright 144 Hz display
  • Long battery life
  • Fast SoC
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack

phonearena[5]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 will sport a large 6.6-inch OLED display with a screen refresh rate that can go up to 144Hz. At a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, the phone's display matches its predecessor, and similarly, it's expected to produce beautiful colors and solid, deep black. The always-on display feature, called "Always-on Panel" in ZenUI, will be returning too. The phone is expected to run Android 11 at launch, with Asus ZenUI on top.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Great speakers
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No headphone jack

phonearena[6]

Sentiment Score 84%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Great battery life
  • Great speakers
Cons
  • Dim display

techadvisor[7]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Phone 5 undoubtedly offers one of the best mobile gaming experiences around, complete with built-in triggers. It has a gorgeous 144Hz AMOLED display with impressive touch response times, impressive audio chops and incredible power under the hood in the form of the Snapdragon 888. There are plenty of accessories available, from the Switch-like Kunai 5 controllers to the AeroActive Cooler 5 to keep your phone cool during extended gameplay sessions. The software is top-notch too, offering granular per-game performance tweaks alongside system-wide performance modes. While the large display means it's great for gaming, some tall-handed, plus it's heavier than most flagships in use.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 144Hz AMOLED display
  • Powerful Snapdragon 888 and up to 16GB of RAM
  • Impressive battery life
Cons
  • No 4G or 5G

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Asus ROG 5 runs Android 11 out of the box, with the usual – but still appreciably minimal – Zen UI overlay that's attractive and simple. The standard version starts at 8GB of RAM but you can get it in 12GB and 16GB configurations, all in the latest LPDDR5/UFS 3.1. There is no expandable storage via microSD. The phone is 5G-capable, but only sub-6 frequencies – there's no mmWave connectivity.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • Top-tier specs
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • No microSD card slot
  • No wireless charging

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
In real-world use, the ROG Phone 5 is a battery-life champ. Outside of gaming, I was able to get more than two days of use before having to charge again. Its gargantuan battery lasts an incredibly long time, the custom AMED display is gorgeous, and the raw power makes everything playable.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Long battery life
  • Good performance
Cons
  • Mediocre cameras
  • No wireless charging

trustedreviews[10]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
ROG Phone 5 has a disappointing camera setup if you’re familiar with the ROG Phone 3. It’s spearheaded by a 64-megapixel IMX686 sensor with no image stabilisation. The ultrawide camera is weaker than the primary camera and misses out on nice-to-haves such as autofocus. Despite these gripes, I can’t help but think about the Black Shark 3, Legion Phone Duel and Nubia Red Magic 3. The ROG phone is better than all three in every respect as a camera phone – and as a phone in general.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb gaming performance
  • Gorgeous display
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre low-light performance
  • Poor macro camera

wired[11]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
Even after an hour of play, the ROG Phone 5 didn't feel uncomfortably hot. The screen's 144-Hz refresh rate is overkill, but in games that support 60-Hz or more, everything looks buttery smooth. The 64-megapixel main camera isn't going to dethrone the likes of the S21 Ultra or Google's Pixel 5.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Long-term battery care features
Cons
  • Mediocre cameras
  • No microSD card slot

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 Review: Mighty specs make gaming truly exciting. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/asus-rog-phone-5-review/. 2021-03-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review: The ultimate gamer’s phone. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-phone-5-review. 2021-03-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review: Over-the-top and relevant. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/asus-rog-phone-5-review. 2021-04-09. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
4. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review: The king of gaming smartphones. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Phone-5-review-The-king-of-gaming-smartphones.532069.0.html. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
5. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 preview: what to expect. [phonearena]. https://www.phonearena.com/reviews/asus-rog-phone-5-review_id4992. 2021-02-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review. [phonearena]. https://www.phonearena.com/reviews/asus-rog-phone-5-review_id5010. 2021-03-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/asus-rog-phone-5-3802545/. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/asus-rog-phone-5. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 review: Over-the-top gaming power. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/rog-phone-5. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/asus-rog-phone-5. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Review: Asus ROG Phone 5. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/asus-rog-phone-5/. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-10-13.

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