Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Review: For Hardcore Gamers


Whereas Asus launched three variations of the ROG Telephone 5 at launch time a couple of months in the past, the top-end ROG Telephone 5 Final has solely made its strategy to India now. All three are purpose-built for gaming, with top-of-the-line {hardware} together with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC and shoulder-mounted AirTrigger buttons, amongst different unusual options. The bottom model of the ROG Telephone 5 is actually highly effective, however as its title suggests, the ROG Telephone 5 Final is totally loaded to the gills. I put the ROG Telephone 5 Final to the take a look at to see whether it is now the most effective gaming telephone on the market.

Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final worth in India

The Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final boasts of a daft quantity of RAM, 18GB to be exact. You get just one configuration on the ROG Telephone 5 Final in India, with 512GB of storage. It’s priced at Rs 79,999 and is accessible in Storm White solely. The usual ROG Telephone 5 is at present priced beginning at Rs. 49,999 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and Rs. 57,999 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There’s additionally an ROG Telephone 5 Professional, priced at Rs. 69,999 with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Learn on to see what’s totally different in regards to the ROG 5 Final, and whether or not it is definitely worth the worth distinction. 

Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final design

The Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final is a giant system and does have a couple of design similarities to its predecessors. It has a giant 6.78-inch show with a tall 20.4:9 facet ratio. The borders on the perimeters are comparatively slim however there are barely larger ones on the high and the underside. Asus has neatly tucked a selfie digicam into the house above the display screen, and there are audio system on the high and backside for stereo output in panorama.

The body of the ROG Telephone 5 Final is made out of steel and has a premium really feel to it. All of the buttons are on the correct aspect, with the facility button nearly precisely within the centre. The amount buttons are barely greater and are simple to achieve. There may be additionally a microphone gap subsequent to the facility button. Asus has additionally carried out ultrasonic set off buttons referred to as ‘AirTriggers’ on the identical aspect. The position is superb and my index fingers rested on them naturally when holding the telephone in panorama to play video games.

The left aspect of the ROG Telephone 5 Final has a Kind-C port and a proprietary connector for ROG Telephone equipment. This extra Kind-C port can be utilized to cost the smartphone whereas gaming in panorama mode, so the wire would not get in the best way. Asus has coated these two ports with a removable rubber flap. This SIM tray can be on the left, completed in a shiny blue accent color. It has two NanoSIM slots however there isn’t a microSD card slot for storage growth. There’s nothing on the high,  however the ROG Telephone 5 Final has an offset USB Kind-C port on the backside together with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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The matte white end of the ROG Telephone 5 Final hides fingerprints properly

Asus has made the again of the ROG Telephone 5 Final utilizing Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This smartphone doesn’t have a metallic vent on the aspect like its predecessors, the ROG Telephone 3 (Overview) and the ROG Telephone 2 (Overview). There is a triple digicam module within the high left nook, which protrudes barely. On the centre of the rear panel is a monochrome PMOLED show which lights up when the display screen is on, and could be customised to point out totally different graphics. It additionally exhibits alerts for incoming calls, and animates when a recreation is launched. There are two further Air Triggers on the again that are inside attain whereas holding the telephone in panorama. The again panel has a matte end which manages to cover fingerprints fairly properly.

The ROG Telephone 5 Final does really feel cumbersome given its measurement, and its 238g weight is noticeable whereas holding or carrying it. When you don’t love massive and hulking smartphones, you will not discover the ROG Telephone 5 Final interesting.

With the ROG Telephone 5 Final, you get a clip-on AeroActive cooler and a 30W charger within the field. You’ll be able to connect the AeroActive cooler to the again of the ROG Telephone 5 to assist it dissipate warmth higher. Asus has additionally added two bodily set off buttons on it, which could be arrange for gaming.

Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final specs and software program

The Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final sports activities a 6.78-inch AMOLED show with a 20.4:9 facet ratio.This panel is HDR 10+ licensed. It has a most refresh charge of 144Hz and a contact sampling charge of 300Hz. There’s additionally an in-display fingerprint scanner. The height brightness is 1200 nits, and Asus has used Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for defense.

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There’s an extra Kind-C port and a proprietary connector for ROG equipment on the left

 

Asus has picked the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC to energy the ROG Telephone 5 Final. It was the 2021 flagship processor from Qualcomm on the time of its launch and remains to be one in every of essentially the most highly effective SoCs available in the market. This processor is matched with 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, which could appear to be overkill for most individuals. Given its {hardware}, the ROG Telephone 5 Final ought to be capable to deal with each title within the Google Play Retailer.

You get help for Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, six satellite tv for pc navigation programs, and twin 5G in addition to 4G VoLTE. This telephone packs in a 6,000mAh battery that is cut up into two cells of three,000mAh every. The ROG Telephone 5 Final is able to 65W quick charging however solely comes with a 30W charger within the field.

The ROG Telephone 5 Final runs Android 11 with Asus’s personal ROG UI on high. It had the November Android safety patch on the time of this overview. The ROG UI is customised to attraction to avid gamers, however if you would like the inventory Android look, you may swap to that within the Themes app. There are a couple of preinstalled apps equivalent to Fb, Instagram, Netflix, and Messenger. I didn’t encounter any spammy notifications in the course of the overview interval.

A number of gestures have been carried out, however not many are enabled by default. You’ll be able to double-tap the show to wake the telephone or put it to sleep. Sensible Answering routinely solutions an incoming name once you increase the telephone to your ear. You too can hint sure alphabets on the display screen to launch predefined apps. 

Asus additionally preinstalls its personal Armoury Crate app, which showcases all of the video games put in on the smartphone. A console display screen exhibits parameters of the system equivalent to storage, RAM, battery stage, and system temperature. It additionally shows CPU and GPU clock speeds together with their temperatures. There are totally different energy modes that may be chosen on this app. “X Mode” dials all the things as much as eleven, providing you with all the facility this telephone has to supply. “Dynamic” retains energy balanced with warmth and battery life, whereas “Extremely Sturdy” focuses on conserving energy.

Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final efficiency and battery life

The ROG Telephone 5 Final’s crisp AMOLED show had wonderful viewing angles and was additionally shiny sufficient open air, in my expertise. The excessive refresh charge makes the UI really feel buttery easy. Asus has set this to Auto by default, which retains it at 120Hz. You’ll be able to manually bump it as much as 144Hz or sluggish it right down to 60Hz. I additionally discovered the stereo audio system on the telephone to be loud, and they didn’t sound tinny at greater quantity ranges.

The ROG Telephone 5 Final just about bulldozes via any workload you throw at it. I performed a number of video games and multitasked with totally different apps, with none points. Throughout my overview interval, I had over 10GB of RAM free more often than not and by no means seen any lag. The in-display fingerprint scanner and face recognition have been snappy as properly.

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AirTriggers on the correct aspect of the ROG Telephone 5 Final can be utilized whereas gaming.

 

Benchmarks helped put some perspective on the place the ROG Telephone 5 Final stands in comparison with different smartphones available in the market. In AnTuTu, it scored 837,004 factors which is among the many highest we have noticed. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks, it scored 1,120 and three,693 respectively. It maxed out 3DMark’s Sling Shot and Sling Shot Excessive graphics checks, and managed to hit 120fps and 56fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Automobile Chase scenes respectively.

I then loaded up Battlegrounds Cell India (BGMI), and it defaulted to the Excessive body charge and HD graphics settings. I bumped the graphics high quality as much as HDR and the body charge to Excessive. The Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final nonetheless ran the sport at these settings with none lag or stutter.

I discovered the AirTriggers to be responsive and helpful whereas gaming. You too can use those on the rear panel and the bodily triggers on the AeroActive cooler for gaming. I performed GBMI for 25 minutes and seen an 8 p.c drop within the battery stage. The telephone turned barely heat to the contact which was noticeable on the metallic body. Whereas enjoying video games with the Aeroactive cooler connected, the telephone stayed extra snug, however the spinning fan did drain the battery faster.

The Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final gives good battery life, and lasted over a day with my utilization. In our HD video loop take a look at, the telephone managed to go on for 17 hours and 28 minutes. Charging the ROG Telephone 5 Final with the equipped 30W charger was comparatively fast; the telephone obtained to 45 p.c in half-hour and 86 p.c in an hour.

Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final cameras

The ROG Telephone 5 Final has a triple digicam setup on the rear. It has a 64-megapixel main digicam, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam, and a 5-megapixel macro shooter. The first digicam captures 16-megapixel photographs by default. I discovered the digicam app to be fairly simple and simple to make use of. You’ll be able to simply transfer between totally different taking pictures modes, and it additionally has fast controls for HDR, facet ratio choice, the flash, and Google Lens.

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The Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final has a triple digicam setup

 

Photographs taken with the ROG Telephone 5 Final in daylight appeared good at first. Colors have been pretty correct and objects at a distance have been recognisable. Nevertheless, on zooming in, I seen grain within the output. The ultra-wide-angle digicam captures a wider discipline of view however edges have been distorted within the output. Photographs weren’t as detailed as these taken with the first digicam, and artefacting was seen on zooming in.

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Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final ultra-wide pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

The telephone was fast to lock focus when taking pictures close-ups, and the output was sharp. It managed good separation for the topic and likewise added a depth impact to the background. Portrait photographs had good edge detection and the telephone did let me set the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot. The macro digicam helps you to get near the topic, and managed respectable photographs too.

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Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final portrait pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Low-light digicam efficiency was good. The telephone detected low gentle and routinely set itself to seize lengthy publicity photographs. It additionally confirmed how lengthy the publicity can be, so I knew I needed to stand nonetheless. This labored similar to Evening mode, and the output was similar. So whereas this helps seize images at evening with out fidgeting with the digicam app, it does render Evening mode redundant. Foreground topics regarded good, however objects at a distance have been smoothened. Photographs taken with out the lengthy publicity missed out on element, particularly within the shadows.

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Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final Evening mode pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final selfie portrait pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Selfies taken with the 24-megapixel entrance digicam are saved at 6-megapixel decision on account of pixel binning by default. Photographs taken in daylight have been crisp and portrait selfies had good edge detection. Low-light selfies with a light-weight supply close by have been good.

Video recording tops out at 8K for the first digicam and 1080p for the selfie shooter. Not one of the cameras have optical stabilisation, and the telephone stabilises video electronically. In daylight, movies shot at 4K had a bit shimmer when strolling round, although 1080p footage was properly stabilised. Low-light video had a shimmer impact if recorded whereas strolling, at 4K in addition to 1080p.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Telephone 5 Final is an all-out gaming smartphone with devoted high-end {hardware}. Asus hasn’t reduce any corners in terms of efficiency, and a few may also discover 18GB of RAM overkill. The crisp high-refresh-rate AMOLED panel, stereo audio system, and capacitive AirTriggers make gaming extra participating on this smartphone. Nevertheless, digicam efficiency is not the most effective at this worth, which might flip away folks searching for an all-rounder.

If you’d like a purpose-built gaming telephone and you do not thoughts splurging, the ROG Telephone 5 Final is the most effective you will get available in the market proper now. It doesn’t have any direct opponents however you may get a lot slicker flagship telephones at this worth. When you do not need to spend Rs. 79,999, the bottom Asus ROG Telephone 5 at Rs. 49,999 gives extra worth to your cash.

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