ASUS Unveiled ROG Phone 5 – with new Snapdragon 888, 18GB of RAM, faster Charging & more performance options – but is the 2021 Ultimate Gaming Phone worth buying?
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Is there really any point in buying something like the Asus Rog Phone 5? a big flashy overclocked gaming phone; when any other flagship phone like the Samsung Galaxy S21 which is powered by the same snapdragon chip can play the same games.
Well Yeah, I think so. Its specification & gaming features are incredible. It really is.
It is without a doubt the ultimate gaming phone. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect but if you’re an enthusiast or even a pro gamer you’re gonna have to buy one of these.
Asus Rog Phone 5 comes with a huge 6.78 inch 144Hz screen, the Snapdragon 888 SoC processor, up to 16GB of faster RAM and a massive 6000mAh battery. The specs alone are insane.
As for the camera, we get the same 64 megapixel Sony iMac 686 camera as last year along with a 13 megapixel ultra wide and everyone’s favorite a 5 megapixel macro. No telephoto lens and using last year’s sensor in the main camera. This is definitely the rg phone’s biggest letdown and again it just feels like an afterthought. ASUS spent all of about 30 seconds talking about the camera in their briefing.
They do say it’s slightly improved from last year’s phone and in good light the photos aren’t bad, just a bit average really. Although we do now get 8k video at 30fps which is a nice extra.
The range of accessories, including the new rog aero cool 5 which just slots in beside the second usb-c port on the side, not only helps keep the phone cooler for longer gaming sessions. I mean you’re literally sticking a cooling fan on the back of the phone, but it also gives you an extra two buttons you can assign.
I would definitely recommend picking one of these up if you do go for ROG Phone 5 and it is the only way to unlock the x mode plus option which actually overclocks the chip. So the hardware is impressive but it’s also the software.
We get Android 11 which can be as close to stock or heavily ROG customized as you’d like and this new performance manager in the armory creek gives you a ridiculous amount of settings and options to tinker with. Clock speeds, Frame rates, fan, game profiles literally everything you could want is here. Or, if on the flip side it all looks way too much then you can just stick with the preset modes and maybe leave it on dynamic and then just never worry about it.
It’s not just the armory crate that gives you this over the top customization. In the regular phone settings under the display options you even get these animation speed settings which are usually hidden within the phone’s developer options.
The crazy thing is it’s not even that expensive. The Asus ROG Phone 5 starts from 800 Euros.
Asus ROG Phone 5 Series Price below are given respectively…
ROG 5 Price
- 8GB + 128GB = €799
- 12GB + 256GB = €899
- 16GB + 256GB = €999
ROG 5 Pro Price
- 16GB + 512GB = €1199
ROG 5 Ultimate
- 18GB + 512GB = €1299
So you bring all that together the sustained performance, the air triggers, the active cooler the super fast and responsive screen; it all adds up to make Asus ROG Phone 5 an incredible gaming phone. But only disappointment thing is its camera and also lack of wireless charging and ip68 rating.
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