Asus ROG Phone 5 takes smartphone gaming to the next level as it has finally been launched in India. This is a big upgrade over the ROG Phone 3 that we saw last year but it is not called ROG Phone 4 for various reasons. The gaming beast from Asus is a spectacle as it brings the brand new dot matrix display slapped on the ever-busy backside of the phone. This display is a nice touch to the overall look of the phone, giving players one more thing to flaunt, but, at the same time, it looks beautiful next to the ROG logo, which was previously feared would move to the bottom of the phone. And beyond the nerdy looks, the ROG Phone 5 brings the power to Snapdragon 888 chipset.
With the ROG Phone 5, Asus is going all out. This time there are three phones, the ROG Phone 5 and the ROG Phone 5 Pro, and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. Asus has cherry-picked the best hardware that is going to be the more or less the benchmark for the highest-end smartphones that have to come throughout the year. Besides the chipset, the display is top-notch, while the battery has been improved to support 65W fast charging. A lot of focus has gone into making the phone the best candidate for mobile gaming, which is why the rest of things may not be as outlandish as what some premium phones bring. For example, the 108MP camera. Instead, Asus has gone with last year's Sony sensor for this year's ROG Phone. Gaming is what forms the crux for the ROG Phone and Asus has made sure no stones were left unturned, even in terms of accessories.
Asus ROG Phone 5 Black and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. The latter is a special edition that has a black-and-white theme for the secondary dot matrix display and the ROG logo. The regular variant brings more to what we saw last year on the ROG Phone 3. The ROG logo now has two colour schemes and brings customisation options, something Asus says will harmonise the ROG Phone line with the rest of the ROG products (for instance, the ROG Zyphrus G14). The dot-matrix display looks subtle on the back. An important thing to note here is that the looks have been toned down again this time as Asus started pitching the ROG Phone to the non-gaming crowd last year.
-- Asus ROG Phone 5 8GB, 128GB version costs Rs 49,999 while the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage version costs Rs 57,999. It will be available in Phantom Black and Storm White colours.
-- Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro 16GB RAM, 512GB storage version costs Rs 69,999 and comes in Phantom Black colour only.
-- Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate with 18GB of RAM will be available for Rs 79,999. It comes only in Storm White colourway.
The sale for all models will begin on April 15 from Flipkart.
-- ROG Phone 5 Lighting Armor case: Rs 2,999
-- ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad: Rs 9,999
-- AeroActive Cooler 5: Rs 2,999
-- ROG Cetra II Core Headset: Rs 4,599
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor paired with up to 18GB of RAM. The storage is 256GB using the UFS 3.1 standard but there is no support for a microSD card on the phone. Asus has given the ROG Phone 5 a 6.78-inch Super AMOLED display manufactured by Samsung with a 144Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz. The high refresh rate will allow most high-end games to run smoothly but there does not seem to be support for adaptive refresh rate that helps in battery-saving. There is support for HDR10+ and protection from Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The display embeds the optical fingerprint sensor for biometric security. The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which Asus said could not be ditched considering the huge demand from gamers. The Asus ROG Phone 5 runs Android 11 software with ROG UI. There is support for 5G on dual SIM card slots, as well.
The ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate are not very much different. The ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate have the dot-matrix ROG Vision display (former has a PMOLED colour screen while the latter has a monochrome PMOLED screen) while the standard ROG Phone 5 only has the ROG logo on the back. The difference in terms of RAM and storage includes 8GB, 128GB and 12GB, 256GB for ROG Phone 5, 16GB, 512GB for ROG Phone 5 Pro, and 18GB, 512GB for the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. All three phones have ultrasonic Air Triggers on the sides but the ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate have two extra sensors on the back. The ROG Phone 5 series comes with three cameras on the back, a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 5MP macro sensor. For selfies, the Asus ROG Phone 5 has a 24MP sensor with Quad Bayer technology. The camera system supports up to 8K 30fps video recording. The phone has front-firing speakers with Dirac HD support. It has four microphones that use OZO noise reduction technology to give a good gaming experience. And the Asus ROG Phone 5 has a 6000mAh battery with 65W fast charging.
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