Asus ROG Phone 5 Review

Asus ROG Phone 5 is an improvement over the ROG Phone 4 with enhanced features. It comes with improved performance level that allows users to play demanding game. The phone starts from 799 EUR in Europe and Asus will soon announce prices for Asia and America.

Design

Compared to ROG Phone 3, the new phone is slightly taller and narrower. With its large battery, the phone has a nice heft to it and it feels good in the hand. There are small bezels on the top and bottom, which accommodates selfie camera, speakers, notification light and earpiece. The optical fingerprint scanner is under the display with its Gorilla Glass Victus protection. There’s a special connector that allows you to attach various accessories, including the AeroActive Cooler 5. On the back, the ROG Phone 5 has a distinguished look with the visible ROG logo, although you disable the light.

Display

On the front, there’s 6.78-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate and 2448 x 1080 resolution for smooth experience and excellent graphics details. If you want to save battery life, you can set the default refresh rate to only 60Hz. The support for HDR10+ makes the interface and multimedia content has better contrast and improved colour. With 24.3 ms touch latency response, you can get highly responsive experience, which is nice when you play fast-paced games. For hardcore or competitive e-sport players, the very low latency makes the phone feels very responsive with instantaneous responds. Depending on personal preferences, you can choose presets, like Cinematic and Natural. However, you can also manually adjust the colour temperature.

Camera

Although Asus ROG Phone 5 is a gaming-oriented smartphone, it still has decent photography package. The primary 64MP wide camera can record 8k video with is Sony IMX686 sensor. There are also 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera and 5MP macro sensor. If there’s good lighting, photos should look detailed and sharp. With wide-angle camera, you can capture scenery better. These cameras perform well when separating between the background and subject. The selfie shooter is a 24MP wide camera with f/2.4, which could work well when capturing group photos.

Hardware

The Asus ROG Phone 5 is another flagship device in 2021, with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, Adreno 660 GPU, 256GB of internal storage, 16GB of RAM and integrated X60 modem. There will also be the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate with 18GB of RAM to allow excellent multitasking when running demanding games.

Software

The smartphone has ZenUI on top Android 11, which offers great customizability. An important software feature from Asus is X Mode that allows users to control speeds of CPU and GPU, temperature, RAM performance, touch sensitivity, display refresh rate and others. For less demanding games, users can underclock the hardware to extend battery life, especially if they involve mostly static interface. The X Mode is very easy and intuitive to use, which allows casual mobile gamers to have better control on their devices. There are also AirTriggers feature with motion sensor triggers and invisible ultrasonic buttons that can help to better control various games. Users can assign keys in AirTriggers to better customize controls for personal preferences.