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ASUS ROG Phone 5 Pro Gaming Smartphone

NEX score 75%

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Product Overview

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Pro is a slightly more powerful variant of the ROG Phone 5. It boosts the storage to 512GB and adds a rear matrix display that can also be found in the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.
Like the two other models in this series, the ROG Phone 5 Pro is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform. Its rich spec sheet include such industry-leading features as 16GB LPDDR5 memory, 6.78-inch OLED display with 144Hz refresh rate and over 111% DCI-P3 coverage, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and dual 5G connectivity.
True to its gaming heritage, the ROG Phone 5 Pro 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, split in two parts with the motherboard situated in the middle, a layout that aids heat dissipation during long gaming sessions.
Compared to its predecessor, the new ROG Phone 5 offers 25% faster CPU performance and 35% GPU performance.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6E
  • Fast WLAN
  • Good speakers
Cons
  • Very loud under load
  • Mediocre speaker

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6E
  • Long battery runtimes
  • 144 Hz AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate
Cons
  • No IP certification
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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, f/2.5, 27mm
Camera | Rear | Macro
5MP, f/2.0
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
13MP, f/2.4, 11mm
Camera | Rear | Wide
64MP, Sony IMX686, f/1.8, 26mm
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, 106.87% NTSC, 150.89% sRGB
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
Fast Charging
65W, 70% in 30 min, 100% in 52 min
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 | Front
FHD 30fps
Video Recording | Rear
8K 30fps / 4K 60fps / FHD 240fps 3-axis electronic image stabilization

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 16 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR5
Storage
512GB UFS3.1

Production

Availability
2021-Q2
Debut
2021-03-10

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Asus' ROG Phone 5 Pro has surprisingly little added value for its rather steep surcharge. Vision display on the back is certainly a nice gimmick, but it does not offer any added value in use. The ROG 5 Pro remains the best gaming smartphone at the moment, with a strong configuration.
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Pros
  • 144 Hz AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6E
  • Long battery runtimes
Cons
  • No IP certification

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro review - The better gaming smartphone. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Phone-5-Pro-review-The-better-gaming-smartphone.562623.0.html. 2021-09-20. Retrieved 2021-09-22.

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