Asus ROG Phone 5 Review: Gaming Phone For Gamers

Asus ROG Phone 5 Review
Asus ROG Phone 5 Review

The ASUS ROG Phone has finally arrived, and it’s loaded with innovative new features that other phones can only dream of. Asus is the latest company to enter the competitive gaming phone market, but unlike the Razer Phone or the Nubia Red Magic Mars, this gaming phone is not just a re-branded version of the Zenfone 4 Pro. 

Rather, the ASUS ROG Phone is designed with gaming in mind, and it’s loaded with innovative new features that other phones can only dream of. Some of these features include a 90Hz refresh rate, RGB lit logo, and a shatter-resistant display.

The Asus ROG Phone 5 offers gamers a top-of-the-line gaming smartphone with a blazing-fast Snapdragon 855 processor, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 120Hz display. The phone has a lot to offer, but it also has its drawbacks. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly in this Asus ROG Phone 5 review.

What is the Asus ROG Phone 5?

Asus announced the ROG Phone 5 as the upgraded version of the flagship gaming phone in the same vein as the original Asus ROG Phone launched last year. The ROG Phone 5 comes with a number of upgrades in the visual department, especially when it comes to the display. 

It is one of the best displays we have seen on any smartphone. Asus didn’t skimp on the display, which can be operated under special settings, and is capable of reproducing 120Hz refresh rate. This means that the display on the ROG Phone can be turned into a portable display to game on even while you are away from a power outlet. 

The ROG Phone 5 isn’t just a great looking gaming phone. It has powerful internals, capable of delivering a powerful gaming experience for the longest time, making it the perfect gaming phone.

Display

The smartphone has a 6.0-inch AMOLED display with 90% screen-to-body ratio. The viewing angles on this display are amazing and makes it perfect for gaming and watching videos. 

Asus ROG Phone 5 Camera Review: 

The smartphone comes with a dual 16 MP + 8 MP camera on the back and a dual 20 MP + 8 MP camera on the front. The rear cameras offer 6-axis stabilization. The camera performance is great for a smartphone of this size and it outperforms most of the flagships out there.

The software comes with many manual camera modes like HDR, Panorama, AR Lens etc. and the manual mode has improved from the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. The rear cameras are also capable of recording videos in 4K resolution, which is great for gaming.

Software

The software on the ROG Phone isn't on par with that of its rivals. The company has not made Android Oreo the default OS, and has instead given the phone FunTouch OS 2.0. 

Asus has, however, promised that Android Pie will be the new default OS of the phone. Asus ROG Phone Review: Camera The ROG Phone comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, and an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture. 

However, the biggest problem with the camera is that it doesn't perform very well in low-light. The photos tend to come out a bit overexposed, as is evident in the image samples. The pictures were also slightly warm to the touch, which has become a common issue among smartphones.

Performance

Apart from the powerful chipset, the ROG Phone is a gaming phone. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, which has an 8-core custom CPU which is clocked at 2.96GHz and the Adreno 980 GPU is capable of delivering around 20 per cent better performance than the Snapdragon 845 SoC used in the ROG Phone. 

But the ROG Phone is really equipped with a bunch of gaming-centric features such as wireless audio, gaming voice call function, 10-bit colour depth and 3D vapour-chamber cooling, which deliver a smooth gaming experience. 

We used it for some gaming sessions, but during our tests, we did not encounter any lags or performance issues. Storage The ROG Phone comes with 128GB of internal storage that is further expandable via microSD card.

Gaming

9.7mm thick UltraFast Charging 2X the RAM in comparison to the previous generation Face unlock Dolby 11 Flavours of Gaming 1x GeForce Gaming Max 860MHz graphics Headphone jack Face unlock Dual rear cameras 120 Hz refresh rate Dolby Ergonomics and Hardware. 

Asus ROG Phone is built with a 6.0-inch, 2,160x1,080 screen with Gorilla Glass-protected front With the screen size, Asus has squeezed in a comfortable 4,000mAh battery. Even with regular usage, we didn’t feel the need to recharge the phone during the day. 

If we kept gaming on the phone for a long time, the battery took some time to deplete and that was expected considering the high-end specs that are packed inside the phone. Asus ROG Phone 5 has a headphone jack and a USB Type-C port.

Price

The Asus ROG Phone 5 retails at €1,199, which makes it one of the most expensive smartphones you can buy. 

Key specs 

6.0-inch AMOLED display with 1,080x2,160 pixels resolution, 2.5D curved glass protection 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080-class GDDR6 graphics engine 

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor 

8GB LPDDR4x RAM 

128GB UFS 2.1 storage 

12-megapixel + 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera 3

800mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging 

Fingerprint sensor 

ASUS GameCool program with 15-day risk-free trial Completely sealed body with dual-ceramic chamfers, rear-facing fingerprint sensor, Facial and gesture recognition 2.96 GHz, 

Bluetooth 5.0, 

WiFi 802.11ac 

OS Android 8.

Battery Life

Asus ROG Phone 5 has a humongous 4,000 mAh battery with support for fast charging (Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0) and takes more than 2.5 hours to charge from 0 to 100%. The smartphone has an inbuilt (Non-removable) 4,000 mAh battery. 

As with most smartphones that come with big batteries, it still takes more than a day to fully charge the phone, which is a bummer. If you are a gamer or are using the phone for more than a day, then you would probably want to carry a power bank with you, as the battery life is not the best. 

What's in the Box? 

Asus ROG Phone 5 with Siltronic 5V 5A/10W dedicated power adapter 

ASUS ROG Gaming Headset with Mic Quick Charge 2.0 Adapter 

Heatpipe (anti-frost) cooling pad 

ASUS ROG Gaming Air Vent Case 

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Specifications 

Conclusion

The ROG Phone 5 will appeal to a niche gaming community. We can see that Asus is putting the right components on board to give the gaming phone a chance in this niche audience. 

This is an advanced smartphone with high-end specs and exceptional gaming features. But it does have its share of flaws that need to be addressed before it finds a wide-spread audience. 

The gaming phone market in India is witnessing a boom that would require a robust ecosystem if a smartphone is to find its way into the top-10 list of selling phones. 

The gaming smartphone market has already witnessed launches of smartphones like the Razer Phone 2, Nubia Red Magic and even Google's Pixel 2XL. The Asus ROG Phone 5 may find its way into the list with a wider range of features that appeal to a wide audience.

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