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Asus ROG Phone 5 Review: Gaming to the Max


Asus’s ROG division has a infamous status for producing a few of the most ridiculous merchandise. Their motherboards, PC instances, equipment and now smartphones proceed to sport the most head-turning designs. The Asus ROG Phone 5 continues that custom, whereas additionally being engineered with gaming in thoughts. This yr, the ROG Phone 5 doesn’t get a particular chipset like final yr, however as a substitute, is infused with a boatload of options which can be designed to make your gaming expertise and efficiency top-notch. Does the telephone ship on that promise? We discover out.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Performance Review

The Asus ROG Phone 5 is all types of beastly when it comes to the {hardware}. At the coronary heart of the Asus ROG Phone 5 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, a chipset that’s additionally discovered on the OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9 and even the Vivo X60 Pro+. Our evaluate unit additionally comes with 12GB LPDDR5 reminiscence and 256GB of ultra-fast UFS3.1 storage. Interestingly, none of those items of {hardware} are distinctive to the ROG Phone 5 which is a bummer since the earlier ROG telephones included no less than one distinctive element that nobody else received. What this does is produce artificial benchmark and real-world gaming efficiency numbers which can be in step with different smartphones powered by the similar {hardware}. You can see that in the charts under.

Where the ROG Phone 5 does excel over its related spec’d brethren is with respect to throttling. After quarter-hour of working the CPU throttling check, the Snapdragon 888 on the OnePlus 9 Pro throttles down to 84 per cent whereas the similar chipset on the Asus ROG Phone 5 throttles down to simply 93 per cent. This speaks volumes about the new cooling capabilities of the Asus ROG Phone 5, and that’s with out the new AeroActive cooler put in. This just isn’t even with X-Mode enabled, which is an entire totally different beast, which we’ll get into.


Asus ROG Phone 5 Software Review

While the {hardware} on the ROG Phone 5 isn’t something particular, the engineers over at ROG have put in additional effort into the software program that permits you to management the efficiency metrics. All of it begins with the Armory Crate software program, which homes a number of profiles. You can select between X-Mode, the hottest profile alongside Dynamic, Ultra Durable and Advanced. The superior profile permits you to tweak the CPU-GPU and thermal limits, permitting you the very peak efficiency you’d need from this telephone. Do be aware that if you happen to do determine to use X-Mode or the Advanced profile with the whole lot cranked up to 100. In the Armory Crate, you’ll be able to management the fan pace of the AeroActive Cooler, set the preferences for the multitude of air triggers and movement management settings. This is the start line of the place the ROG Phone 5 begins to differentiate itself from the competitors.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Gaming Features Review

This is the stuff that makes the ROG Phone 5 a gaming telephone that outdoes each different smartphone in the market. The telephone itself options the a lot liked ultrasonic triggers. This permits you to map on-screen buttons to these shoulder buttons, which is available in very useful when enjoying shooters. There are additionally movement management gestures as nicely, an entire 10 of them that you could configure. Personally, I’ve not but discovered a sport that will utilise them, however that’s not to say they’re not helpful. Better to have it and never want it than not have it and want it. If the shoulder buttons we’re sufficient, this yr’s AeroActive cooler will get two set off buttons as nicely. I’ve discovered these to be my favorite mod for enjoying CoD Mobile, the place it makes zooming by the reticle and capturing quite a bit less complicated. Last however not the least, you’ve received the Kunai GamePad 3, which basically converts the ROG Phone 5 right into a handheld gaming console, very related to the change. The solely exception is, the Kunai GamePad controller 3 comes with far too many buttons that you simply’d know what to do with. The cool factor about this GamePAd can also be the truth that you could both slot the telephone into it or use the controllers docked to its battery cradle, turning into an Xbox-like controller. You may probably run a USB-C to HDMI converter from the USB-C port on the AeroActive cooler and get the output in your TV. We managed to sport for some time on our LG CX 48-inch OLED with the ROG Phone 5 as the supply, and whereas the visuals do look wonderful, there’s a slight delay in the video sign being relayed from the telephone to the TV. Hopefully, Asus can repair this with a software program replace. The earlier technology ROG Phones had a cellular gaming dock accent that permits you to get the output on a monitor/TV and in addition use a keyboard-mouse combo for gaming. Unfortunately, that accent will get no point out time round, main us to consider that the implementation was lower than good.

While all these totally different controllers, buttons and gestures can really feel intimidating, the software program expertise of mapping them to a perform is surprisingly easy. Just fireplace up your sport, slide from the display screen left to deliver up the gaming console, after which select “air triggers” to map the ultrasonic and the triggers on the cooler, or select “key mapping” to map the Kunai GamePad 3’s buttons. The Game Engine will retailer the mapping profile for no matter you configure, for each sport that you simply do it for. So when you’re set, you simply want to fireplace up your sport and also you’d be prepared to go.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Display Review

The Asus ROG Phone 5 is claimed to characteristic a show that’s been customized made by Samsung for Asus. It is an enormous 6.78” OLED show with an FHD+ decision and a refresh charge of up to 144Hz. Asus additionally claims 111% DCI-P3 protection and 150% sRGB protection, which, nicely, sounds nice on paper, however comes with quite a few disagreeable catches. The ROG Phone 5 options 4 main show profiles, which we’re going to break down right here.


The Default color profile was recorded to embody 99 per cent of the Display-P3 color gamut. There is usually some confusion and interchangeable use of the DCI-P3 vs. Display-P3, however to preserve an extended story brief, smartphones are and must be, tuned to the Display-P3 normal. The gamut for each the profiles are the similar, nonetheless, what varies is the white level and the gamma. When we analyse the default profile utilizing Calman for show traits, we get some very unsatisfying outcomes. While the profile does handle to maintain a median Gamma of two.2 (principally solely between 40-60 per cent brightness), the greyscale DeltaE was 6.4. The RGB steadiness was additionally off, with neither the Red, Blue nor Green colors conforming to their requisite baseline. Ideally, these three ought to overlap, wherever they might fall on the curve, nonetheless, the three. Colours are fully divergent from one another. The blues are closely boosted, one thing you will not discover with the default ROG theme because it’s principally Black, however change over the regular android interface and also you see an overload of blue. The common DeltaE for color copy on this profile is 3.98, with the most DeltaE error being 9.8. Disappointing.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Default show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate

Asus ROG Phone 5 Default show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate

Asus ROG Phone 5 Default show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate


The Natural color profile as per our evaluation additionally conforms to the Display-P3 gamut. This means it should cowl no less than 100 per cent of the color house, adhere to a white level of D65 and observe a gamma curve of two.2. Once once more, this profile delivers the similar disappointing color accuracy as the Default one. We recorded a white level of 8135 (too blue), the RGB steadiness has the RGB values as soon as once more be fully divergent in any respect brightness ranges and the common DeltaE was 5 whereas the most DeltaE recorded was 9.8. It must be recommended that right here, we get a 101 per cent gamut protection, which means you get to take pleasure in all 1billion colors that this true 10-bit panel is able to reproducing, albeit with annoying inaccuracy. Things, nonetheless, aren’t completely bleak.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Natural show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate

Asus ROG Phone 5 Natural show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate

Asus ROG Phone 5 Natural show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate


The third color profile on supply on the ROG Phone 5 is the Standard color profile. Our evaluation exhibits that while you put the telephone on this color profile, you’re limiting the show to the sRGB gamut. And that is the place the telephone begins to redeem itself. Our ColourChekcr evaluation exhibits a median DeltaE error of simply 1.7, whereas the most error solely goes up to 3.1. With respect to the greyscale steadiness, we once more get very spectacular numbers. The common greyscale DeltaE is simply 1.8, which means the white steadiness of the display screen is completely on level. We see this with a recorded color temperature of 6401, very very shut to the 6500K mark. Not too shabby! The RGB steadiness is now a lot tightly managed, with the RGB values overlapping one another by the brightness vary. The solely problematic space is the gamma, which is throughout the place. We do get a median of two.2, however this can be a basic case of how averaging values which can be at the reverse ends of the spectrum yields a middle-ground consequence. Honestly, most of you gained’t actually be bothered by this, however it’s nonetheless one thing value realizing.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Standard show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate

Asus ROG Phone 5 Standard show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate

Asus ROG Phone 5 Standard show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate


Last however not the very least, we’ve received Cinematic profile, which is as soon as once more the HDR color profile and fares an entire world higher than the different two. Gamut protection sits at 96 per cent, whereas the common DeltaE for color copy sits at 1.7. Greyscale monitoring exhibits near-perfect RGB steadiness (with luminance) and in addition near-perfect conformance to the EOTF and Luminance curves. If you actually wished to take pleasure in your Netflix HDR content material, that is the profile to expertise it in.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Cinematic show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate

Asus ROG Phone 5 Cinematic show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate

Asus ROG Phone 5 Cinematic show profile evaluation utilizing Calman Ultimate

Asus additionally claims a typical max brightness of 800 nits (what you’ll be able to push the show to manually), however we solely recorded it going as excessive as 680 nits. It’s nonetheless a really shiny show by any normal thoughts you, with the panel kicking into the 1200 nits vary while you’ve received HDR content material being displayed. Overall, the panel has one thing for everybody. For those that love color accuracy, there are two correct profiles for you and for individuals who desire blinding brightness and over-saturated colors, there are the Default and Natural profiles to go together with. What can positively be mentioned with no debate is that everybody will love the 144Hz refresh charge, and the possibility to select between 144Hz, 120Hz and even 60Hz or just go away it on auto.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Camera Review

The ROG Phone has two notably weak spots and the digicam stack occurs to be one among them. You get a 64MP main digicam which homes the Sony IMX686 sensor and gives a roughly 26mm subject of view. The digicam doesn’t include OIS, however as a substitute solely gives EIS.  The ultra-wide digicam is a type of normal 13MP models with no AF, limiting its use. There can also be a 5MP devoted macro digicam that may take good pictures in good mild however comes with no AF or focus peaking, so there’s actually no means to make certain your shot’s going to be in focus. Then, there’s additionally the 24MP selfie digicam, which, was surprisingly good, to be sincere. Let’s go over every of the cameras one after the other.

The main digicam is able to producing spectacular outcomes little question. This is a configuration that’s been tried and examined by many gamers in the trade, so there’s no motive to anticipate poor outcomes. In good mild, the outcomes are 100 per cent social media gold and your artistic aptitude may at all times deliver out extra. The low mild pictures shot in the regular mode do go away us wanting extra however change over to night time mode and also you get much better outcomes. The solely draw back to that is the clearly longer capturing instances.

The ultra-wide digicam on the ROG Phone 5 feels prefer it was an afterthought. As a premium system, for it to use such an archaic module feels disappointing. The digicam lacks autofocus, which is stunning seeing how the know-how has been out there on many competing units for a while now. I’d have ideally favored to see a big format sensor right here as nicely. While the digicam could not include AF, what it does do nicely is management the distortion. If you shoot a straight body, you’ll be able to inform that there’s distortion correction being utilized, however that’s not too unhealthy. It would have been good to have the possibility to flip it off although. Where the ultra-wide digicam turns into principally unusable is in low mild. Yes, you need to use the ultra-wide digicam in the Night mode, however the outcomes simply aren’t that nice.

The Macro digicam once more seems like an afterthought, when as a substitute, it may have been a defining characteristic. With no autofocus, no stabilisation and no focus peaking, getting the good shot is frustratingly tough and anticipate to have quite a few blurry photographs earlier than you get the good one. At a decision of simply 5 megapixels, these photos when shot in the daytime will certainly impress whoever you present them to, however the digicam will actually make you earn that reward.

Asus ROG Phone Build and Design Review

The construct and design of the Asus ROG Phone 5 are so distinctive, there’s no means for you to confuse it or the rest. Our Phantom Black colored variant comes with distinctive electro-punk pink accents, that are a pleasant contact. There’s a ROG brand on the again that lights up similarly to the ROG Zephyrus G14’s Anime Matrix Display. The bottom-left nook of the body homes the SIM card slot in pink, whereas the energy and the quantity buttons relaxation on the proper facet. At the backside, you’ll end up a USB-C port alongside a 3.5mm headphone jack. Then you additionally get the all acquainted accent port on the facet, and this yr, Asus has swapped out the USB-C-looking connector with a contact pad. This has been performed to forestall individuals from plugging a charger or an adjunct into the incorrect port, one thing that occurred quite a bit on the ROG Phone 3. This port continues to be coated by a flimsy rubber gasket, which goes to be the very first thing you lose.

While the ROG Phone 5 is a head-turner of a smartphone, virtually, its design comes with just a few flaws. Firstly, the accent port has been proven to be the explanation for structural compromise. Additionally, the telephone doesn’t include an IP score, and neither is there a rubber gasket round the SIM card tray, alluding us to consider that Asus didn’t even strive. Secondly, the telephone is extremely slippery. It’s so slippery that it began to transfer round whereas stored on my gaming mouse mat simply from the vibrations of an incoming name. Keeping it in its provided case is an absolute should to forestall a catastrophe. However, I ought to say this, however the case provided with the ROG Phone 5 prioritises appears to be like over safety, and in case your telephone was to take a tumble, there’s a really possible probability that it is going to endure injury. The telephone does use Gorilla Glass Victus, however at the finish of the day, it is nonetheless glass and that factor breaks.

Honestly, the ROG Phone 5 evokes blended emotions with respect to its construct and design. The structural weak level means you’ll be able to’t ever carry the telephone in your again pocket, as a result of then if you happen to do, and also you sit, the outcomes will likely be worse than “Bendgate.” There’s no IP score, the telephone is tremendous slippery and the included case doesn’t supply a lot in the means of safety.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Battery Life Review

The Asus ROG Phone 5 comes with two 3,000mAh batteries for an efficient 6,000mAh capability. Now, our battery life numbers fluctuate to a notable diploma, and all of it is dependent upon how you utilize the telephone. If you’ve received the CPU-GPU absolutely unlocked, and the show set to 144Hz, you’ll be able to anticipate a day of use so long as your gaming periods are restricted to 30-45 minutes. If you sport for just a few hours, on the different hand, you’ll be able to simply anticipate that the telephone will want a top-up earlier than the day’s finish. When we left the telephone in the Dynamic profile from Armoury Crate, we managed to get a little bit over a day’s use, comfortably transferring into the subsequent day. What additionally helps is the 65W quick charging courtesy of the charger and cable supplied in the field by Asus. This tops up the battery from zero to 100 per cent in about 62 minutes. In half-hour, you’ll be able to anticipate the telephone’s battery to hit 70 per cent.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Verdict

The Asus ROG Phone 5 is one Amazing smartphone for gaming and there’s no query about it. The better part is, you don’t have to purchase the further equipment to get an enhanced gaming expertise. The ultrasonic triggers on the body themselves make for an important addition to any gamer’s arsenal, with the AeroActive cooler taking customisability to the subsequent degree. The Kunai GamePad3 gives you console-level management over your video games’ inputs, considerably lowering the time between, say, headshots. The Armoury Crate software program actually permits you to tweak the telephone’s behaviour to an enormous extent, permitting you to get the better of each battery and efficiency as you select. Unfortunately, when it comes to the cameras, the ROG Phone 5 falls wanting impressing us. While the design is certainly dazzling, the lack of an IP score, and the use of an easy-to-lose rubber gasket. Not to point out, the telephone’s dual-battery design introduces a structural weak point that might lead to injury if you happen to by accident sit on the telephone whereas it is in your again pocket. IF you’re on the lookout for a smartphone that takes your gaming efficiency to the subsequent degree, there’s no competitors to the ROG Phone 5. However, do take into account that it can require particular care and delicate dealing with.

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