Asus ROG Phone 5 comes with 18GB of RAM, two USB ports, Dual Batteries and an awesome rear display- Full Review

Asus ROG Phone 5 comes with 18GB of RAM, two USB ports, Dual Batteries and an awesome rear display- Full Review

Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro, which has a single memory option – 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS storage. Finally, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate increases the RAM to the record-equaling 18GB (storage remains at 512GB, there’s no 1 TB option and no microSD slot).

Welcome to the world of maximum Android overkill with the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate! It has two displays, two USB ports, and two… batteries? It’s the new highest-spec Android phone on the market, available in Europe for €1,299, or about $1,545. This is the follow-up to last year’s Asus ROG Phone 3—a ROG Phone 4 is not happening because Asus is a bunch of tetraphobics.

Let’s talk about these crazy specs. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is sporting a 144 Hz, 6.78-inch, 2448×1080 OLED display; a Snapdragon 888 SoC; 18GB of RAM; 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage; and a 6000 mAh battery. Eighteen gigabytes of RAM is a new high-mark for Android phones and (I’m not sure if this is good or bad for Android) is more RAM than you’d get in some laptops. The phone comes with Android 11, supports Wi-Fi 6E, and supports 65 W wired quick charging with a charger in the box. There’s also an in-screen fingerprint reader, a headphone jack, two USB-C ports, and front stereo speakers. The cameras are definitely an afterthought, with a 64 MP Sony IMX686 as the main camera, a secondary 12 MP ultrawide, a 5 MP macro camera, and a 24 MP front camera.

 

The headline addition is the second screen on the rear, which appears to be just for fun. Embedded diagonally in the back of the phone is a tiny, low-resolution, monochrome OLED display. There are no official specs for it, but it looks to be around a 1.7-inch, 256×64 display. Last year, the ROG phone had an RGB LED logo on the back, and similarly, this seems to be mostly for decoration. There are a number of premade animations for it, like a motorcycle speeding past a city, and it’s programmable with a custom message. One animation is for an incoming call, while another is for charging, but for actual data, that appears to be it. The little screen doesn’t seem like it can show notification information or the time, like other secondary displays we see on foldable phones. Samsung did a lot more with a 1.1-inch display on the Galaxy Z Flip.

NETWORK Technology
GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
LAUNCH Announced 2021, March 10
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2021, May
BODY Dimensions 172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm (6.80 x 3.04 x 0.41 in)
Weight 238 g (8.40 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Pressure sensitive zones (Gaming triggers)
Touch sensor on back cover
ROG Vision monochrome PMOLED display
DISPLAY Type AMOLED, 1B colors, 144Hz, HDR10+, 800 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak)
Size 6.78 inches, 109.5 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2448 pixels (~395 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
PLATFORM OS Android 11, ROG UI
Chipset Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GPU Adreno 660
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 512GB 18GB RAM
UFS 3.1
MAIN CAMERA Triple 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF
13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm, 125° (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.0, (macro)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps, [email protected]; gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Single 24 MP, f/2.5, 27mm (wide), 0.9µm
Features Panorama, HDR
Video [email protected]
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with DTS:X stereo speakers (2 dedicated amplifiers)
3.5mm jack Yes
24-bit/192kHz audio
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, GNSS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.1 (side), USB Type-C 2.0 (bottom), accessory connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Po 6000 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 65W, 70% in 30 min, 100% in 52 min (advertised)
Reverse charging 10W
Power Delivery 3.0
Quick Charge 5
MISC Colors Matte White
Models ZS673KS, ZS673KS-1B063IN
Price About 1300 EUR

In the PC world, “gamer” branding is automatically put on almost all the high-end parts and products, so you’re getting better performance. But for phones, “gamer” stuff is a tough sell since everyone uses all the same parts. Asus’s biggest gamer pitch revolves around extra control schemes that you can map in games. In landscape, ultrasonic sensors in the left and right corners of the phone give you virtual shoulder buttons, while touch sensors on the back of the phone give you virtual “L2/R2 triggers.” There are also phone tilt motion control schemes. It looks like all of these can be mapped to emulate touchscreen input, so you can trigger on-screen buttons without actually blocking the display.

Welcome to the world of maximum Android overkill with the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate! It has two displays, two USB ports, and two… batteries? It’s the new highest-spec Android phone on the market, available in Europe for €1,299, or about $1,545. This is the follow-up to last year’s Asus ROG Phone 3—a ROG Phone 4 is not happening because Asus is a bunch of tetraphobics.

Let’s talk about these crazy specs. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is sporting a 144 Hz, 6.78-inch, 2448×1080 OLED display; a Snapdragon 888 SoC; 18GB of RAM; 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage; and a 6000 mAh battery. Eighteen gigabytes of RAM is a new high-mark for Android phones and (I’m not sure if this is good or bad for Android) is more RAM than you’d get in some laptops. The phone comes with Android 11, supports Wi-Fi 6E, and supports 65 W wired quick charging with a charger in the box. There’s also an in-screen fingerprint reader, a headphone jack, two USB-C ports, and front stereo speakers. The cameras are definitely an afterthought, with a 64 MP Sony IMX686 as the main camera, a secondary 12 MP ultrawide, a 5 MP macro camera, and a 24 MP front camera.

The headline addition is the second screen on the rear, which appears to be just for fun. Embedded diagonally in the back of the phone is a tiny, low-resolution, monochrome OLED display. There are no official specs for it, but it looks to be around a 1.7-inch, 256×64 display. Last year, the ROG phone had an RGB LED logo on the back, and similarly, this seems to be mostly for decoration. There are a number of premade animations for it, like a motorcycle speeding past a city, and it’s programmable with a custom message. One animation is for an incoming call, while another is for charging, but for actual data, that appears to be it. The little screen doesn’t seem like it can show notification information or the time, like other secondary displays we see on foldable phones. Samsung did a lot more with a 1.1-inch display on the Galaxy Z Flip.

In the PC world, “gamer” branding is automatically put on almost all the high-end parts and products, so you’re getting better performance. But for phones, “gamer” stuff is a tough sell since everyone uses all the same parts. Asus’s biggest gamer pitch revolves around extra control schemes that you can map in games. In landscape, ultrasonic sensors in the left and right corners of the phone give you virtual shoulder buttons, while touch sensors on the back of the phone give you virtual “L2/R2 triggers.” There are also phone tilt motion control schemes. It looks like all of these can be mapped to emulate touchscreen input, so you can trigger on-screen buttons without actually blocking the display.

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