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8.2/10
Informr score
The Asus ROG Phone 5 currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 45 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Combining top-tier performance with a brilliant display, loads of battery life, and a fun game-centric design, the ASUS ROG Phone 5 offers one of the most compelling mobioe gaming experiences on the market today.

What's good

  • Amazing battery life
  • Lots of charging and performance options
  • 144GHz display

What's bad

  • Very heavy
  • Disappointing camera
  • Overkill for today's game requirements

ROG stands for Republic Of Gamers, which hints at what ASUS’ ROG Phone 5 is all about. They have been on a mission to make the best gaming phone on the market. How close does the ROG Phone 5 come to perfection?

Design

There's no denying the phone has a striking appearance. Reviewers compared it to something out of the '80s with its glowing hot pink logo on the back of the phone. However, the front doesn't look any different from its predecessors. It wasn't a complete redesign but more of a round of changes to an already decent gaming phone.

Reviewers loved the addition of air triggers that act as the shoulder buttons on a video game controller so that there is more of a gamer feel than a touch screen.

Display

Reviewers said that this is one of the best screens they've ever used -- as long as you don’t mind a huge display. It has a 144Hz refresh rate by default and adjusts to whatever app you're using to keep things looking silky smooth.

Performance

With 18GB of RAM at your disposal, it's pretty tricky -- maybe even impossible -- to slow the ROG Phone 5 down. However, reviewers said that it’s also overkill based on the apps and games available today. While it might seem unnecessary now, however, it should help the phone age well.

Software & Storage

The ASUS ROG Phone 5 runs Android 11 along with a custom ROG UI. Storage is a slight downside to the ROG Phone 5. It comes with a decent amount of internal storage, but reviewers were displeased that the phone doesn’t offer a MicroSD expansion slot given how big modern games can be.

Cameras

Photography isn’t a focus on this phone. Reviewers said the camera on the ROG Phone 5 was mediocre. It takes okay pictures, but they’re never excellent. That's the price paid for a niche phone focused on gaming it seems.

Battery Life

There are two batteries in the ROG Phone 5, each with a capacity of 3000mAh. This allows for a lot of game time. Unless you’re gaming all day long, you should have no trouble hitting a full day on a single charge.

Audio

The ASUS ROG Phone 5 has two front-facing stereo speakers. Reviewers loved the audio experience and thought the phone’s speakers are great.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.78-inch AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 8/12/16GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 256GB of storage
  • 64MP camera
  • (2) 3000mAh Batteries

Bottom Line

When it comes to gaming phones, ASUS continues to run the show. With some minor tweaks to the previous model, they've released a more than capable phone. Even with reviewers' drawbacks, the ASUS ROG Phone 5 is still the best gaming phone available today.

The Verge says, "This is ASUS' latest attempt (technically its fourth, but it's skipping that number in the name for superstitious reasons) at building a console-like experience into a phone for a niche but thriving global crowd of mobile gamers. It offers more power and customization than other large-screened phones, both in terms of hardware and software. It's a real spec sandwich."

Wired comments, "ASUS' new smartphone, the ROG Phone 5, makes mobile gaming more tactile and fun. Two built-in touch-sensitive buttons on the side of the phone improve the experience, as does helpful software that makes physical controllers compatible with any game—and custom accessories, like a clip-on fan to keep things cool."


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.78"
Camera
64+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

The Ultimate has a higher performance than the conventional ROG Phone 5 and is primarily aimed at fans of the series. The working memory upgrade is really good, with a total of 18 GB on the spec sheet, but it only offers little added value in everyday use. In contrast, the 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage off...

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Notebookcheck

Asus' ROG Phone 5 Pro has surprisingly little added value for its rather steep surcharge. The Vision display on the back is certainly a nice gimmick, but it does not offer any added value in everyday use. The doubling of the memory and the additional frequency bands could be more interesting, and th...

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Man of Many

There’s a lot to like about the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. The smartphone stands tall thanks to its unique design and impeccable performance. Still, its pricing falls in line with other premium phones that feature better cameras, wireless charging, stronger reputations and some form of water resistance.

- Michael Vane, Man of Many
Beebom

ROG Phone 5 is the phone to get if you are a serious mobile gamer who enjoys BGMI, Call of Duty, and other popular games, in India. With the flagship chipset, Air Triggers, and an excellent audio experience, the device doesn't fail to please hardcore fans. However, it's not a phone for everyone and...

- Subin B, Beebom
DxOMark

Citizens of the Republic of Gamers will be pleased to know that the Asus ROG Phone 5 turned in a much-improved display performance over its predecessor, the ROG Phone 3. While still far from the top, the ROG Phone 5 put in a decent (if still slightly below average) performance and has pulled ahead o...

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Asus ROG Phone 5 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Asus's suggested retail price is $999.99. You can compare ROG Phone 5 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Asus backs up the ROG Phone 5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your ROG Phone 5 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Asus support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Asus's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.78"

The Asus ROG Phone 5's screen size is 6.78 inches with 1080 x 2448 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
64+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 64+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
256 GB

Internal memory is 256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
6000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery. Asus's performance ratings are 1900 minutes, 1049 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

ROG Phone 5 Specs

Overview
Release date March 22, 2021
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Networks
GPRS, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G, EDGE
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 256 GB
RAM 8/12/16 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 996 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 1049 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1900 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Phantom Black, Storm White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.3 x 7.7 x 0.99 cm (6.8 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 239 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2448 pixels
Pixel density 395 pixels
Size 6.78 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 144Hz display support, HDR10 and HDR10+ certified, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX Adaptive
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
64+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (13 MP, F2.4, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (5 MP, F2.0, Macro), HDR, Slow motion recording,
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, eAAC, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro, Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

Variations

  • Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro
    • RAM: 16 GB
    • Storage: 512 GB
    • Colors: Glossy Black
    • Additional Touch sensors at the back
    • Customizable OLED screen at the back
  • Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
    • RAM: 18 GB
    • Storage: 512 GB
    • Colors: Matte White
    • Additional Touch sensors at the back
    • Customizable OLED screen at the back
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