The mobile gamers have been waiting for the next gaming smartphone in the ROG series for a while. Fortunately, ASUS didn’t change the launch date and announced the ROG Gaming Phone 5 on time. The new gaming phone comes in three models — the standard variants, the Pro model, and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (Limited). However, they all support a 144Hz Samsung AMOLED display. But it is 23% brighter than the ROG Gaming Phone 3. Under the hood, it carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip. So what are the main differences between these three? The standard version comes in 8GB + 12GB RAM option, the Pro comes with 16GB of RAM and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate comes with 18GB of RAM.

Price

The ASUS ROG Gaming Phone 5 was announced in India first. The 8GB + 128GB variants costs Rs. 49,999 ($686) and the 12GB + 256GB model is Rs. 57,999 ($796). The Pro carries a price tag of Rs. 69,999 ($961) for the sole 16GB + 512GB storage configuration and the Ultimate variant comes at Rs. 79,999 ($1098) for the 18GB + 512GB storage combination.

As for color options, the Asus ROG Phone 5 offers Phantom Black and Storm White colors in glossy finish, while the ROG Phone 5 Pro has a Phantom Black shade and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate will be available in Storm White in matte finish.

ASUS ROG Gaming Phone 5

Asus ROG Phone 5 Gaming Accessories

Besides the phone itself, the manufacturer also announced a number of accessories such as the optional ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, Professional Dock, ROG Clip, and Lighting Armor Case. The phone also comes with AeroActive Cooler 5 that includes two physical AirTrigger buttons, a kickstand, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

ASUS ROG Gaming Phone 5

Asus ROG Gaming Phone 5 Biggest Highlights

The Asus ROG Gaming Phone 5 runs on Android 11 with both ROG UI and ZenUI custom interface.

There is a 6.78-inch FullHD+ (1,080×2,448 pixels) AMOLED display on the front that has a 20.4:9 aspect ratio, a 144Hz refresh rate, and up to 1,200nits of peak brightness. The display also supports DC Dimming and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

ASUS ROG Gaming Phone 5

As said, the handset sport the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, which integrates the Adreno 660 GPU and is paired with an up to 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The phone also includes an all-new thermal design called GameCool 5. However, the AirTrigger 5 mentioned above is not new. We have seen it on the third generation model. Well, there are two front-firing speakers, multi-antenna Wi-Fi, and quad-mic noise-cancelling array.

Asus ROG Gaming Phone 5 Camera

On the back, our protagonist sports a triple-camera. The latter consists of a 64-megapixel primary Sony IMX686 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, a 13-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro shooter. On the opposite side, we can find a 24-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.45 aperture.

What Else We Should Know About The ROG Gaming Phone 5?

We said that the ROG Gaming Phone 5 sports up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 onboard storage. Moreover, you can’t expand it. However, it supports external HDD. Its connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C ports (one at the bottom and one at the side), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also a pogo pin connector for external accessories.

ASUS ROG Gaming Phone 5

Not surprisingly, like the second-gen model, we got an RGB light under the ROG logo at the back of the ROG Gaming Phone 5. The Pro model also comes with a ROG Vision color PMOLED display and the Ultimate model features a ROG Vision monochrome PMOLED display. The latter supports customizable graphics.

At last, under the hood, our hero has a dual-cell 6,000mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging support. The phone measures 172.8×77.2×10.29mm and weighs 238 grams.

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