Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Review: For Hardcore Gamers


Whereas Asus launched three variations of the ROG Cellphone 5 at launch time a couple of months in the past, the top-end ROG Cellphone 5 Final has solely made its solution 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 Cellphone 5 is definitely highly effective, however as its identify suggests, the ROG Cellphone 5 Final is totally loaded to the gills. I put the ROG Cellphone 5 Final to the check to see whether it is now the most effective gaming telephone on the market.

Asus ROG Cellphone 5 Final value in India

The Asus ROG Cellphone 5 Final boasts of a daft quantity of RAM, 18GB to be exact. You get just one configuration on the ROG Cellphone 5 Final in India, with 512GB of storage. It’s priced at Rs 79,999 and is obtainable in Storm White solely. The usual ROG Cellphone 5 is presently 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 Cellphone 5 Professional, priced at Rs. 69,999 with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Learn on to see what’s completely different concerning the ROG 5 Final, and whether or not it is definitely worth the value distinction. 

Asus ROG Cellphone 5 Final design

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

The body of the ROG Cellphone 5 Final is made out of steel and has a premium really feel to it. All of the buttons are on the precise facet, with the ability button nearly precisely within the centre. The quantity buttons are barely increased and are simple to achieve. There’s additionally a microphone gap subsequent to the ability button. Asus has additionally applied ultrasonic set off buttons referred to as ‘AirTriggers’ on the identical facet. The location is great and my index fingers rested on them naturally when holding the telephone in panorama to play video games.

The left facet of the ROG Cellphone 5 Final has a Kind-C port and a proprietary connector for ROG Cellphone equipment. This extra Kind-C port can be utilized to cost the smartphone whereas gaming in panorama mode, so the wire does not get in the way in which. Asus has lined these two ports with a removable rubber flap. This SIM tray can also be on the left, completed in a vibrant blue accent color. It has two NanoSIM slots however there isn’t any microSD card slot for storage enlargement. There’s nothing on the high,  however the ROG Cellphone 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 Cellphone 5 Final hides fingerprints nicely

Asus has made the again of the ROG Cellphone 5 Final utilizing Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This smartphone doesn’t have a metallic vent on the facet like its predecessors, the ROG Cellphone 3 (Assessment) and the ROG Cellphone 2 (Assessment). There is a triple digital camera 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 might be customised to point out completely different graphics. It additionally reveals 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 nicely.

The ROG Cellphone 5 Final does really feel cumbersome given its measurement, and its 238g weight is noticeable whereas holding or carrying it. If you happen to don’t love large and ponderous smartphones, you will not discover the ROG Cellphone 5 Final interesting.

With the ROG Cellphone 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 Cellphone 5 to assist it dissipate warmth higher. Asus has additionally added two bodily set off buttons on it, which might be arrange for gaming.

Asus ROG Cellphone 5 Final specs and software program

The Asus ROG Cellphone 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 fee of 144Hz and a contact sampling fee 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 cover.

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There’s a further 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 Cellphone 5 Final. It was the 2021 flagship processor from Qualcomm on the time of its launch and continues to be one among probably the most highly effective SoCs out there. This processor is matched with 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, which could look like overkill for most individuals. Given its {hardware}, the ROG Cellphone 5 Final ought to be capable of 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 techniques, and twin 5G in addition to 4G VoLTE. This telephone packs in a 6,000mAh battery that is break up into two cells of three,000mAh every. The ROG Cellphone 5 Final is able to 65W quick charging however solely comes with a 30W charger within the field.

The ROG Cellphone 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 assessment. The ROG UI is customised to attraction to players, however in order for you the inventory Android look, you may swap to that within the Themes app. There are a couple of preinstalled apps resembling Fb, Instagram, Netflix, and Messenger. I didn’t encounter any spammy notifications through the assessment interval.

A number of gestures have been applied, 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 robotically solutions an incoming name while you elevate the telephone to your ear. It’s also possible to 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 reveals parameters of the machine resembling storage, RAM, battery degree, and system temperature. It additionally shows CPU and GPU clock speeds together with their temperatures. There are completely different energy modes that may be chosen on this app. “X Mode” dials every little thing as much as eleven, supplying you with all the ability this telephone has to supply. “Dynamic” retains energy balanced with warmth and battery life, whereas “Extremely Sturdy” focuses on conserving energy.

Asus ROG Cellphone 5 Final efficiency and battery life

The ROG Cellphone 5 Final’s crisp AMOLED show had wonderful viewing angles and was additionally vibrant sufficient outdoor, in my expertise. The excessive refresh fee 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 increased quantity ranges.

The ROG Cellphone 5 Final just about bulldozes by way of any workload you throw at it. I performed a number of video games and multitasked with completely different apps, with none points. Throughout my assessment 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 had been snappy as nicely.

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AirTriggers on the precise facet of the ROG Cellphone 5 Final can be utilized whereas gaming.

 

Benchmarks helped put some perspective on the place the ROG Cellphone 5 Final stands in comparison with different smartphones out there. 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 assessments, it scored 1,120 and three,693 respectively. It maxed out 3DMark’s Sling Shot and Sling Shot Excessive graphics assessments, and managed to hit 120fps and 56fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Automobile Chase scenes respectively.

I then loaded up Battlegrounds Cellular India (BGMI), and it defaulted to the Excessive body fee and HD graphics settings. I bumped the graphics high quality as much as HDR and the body fee to Excessive. The Asus ROG Cellphone 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. It’s also possible to 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 % drop within the battery degree. The telephone turned barely heat to the contact which was noticeable on the metallic body. Whereas enjoying video games with the Aeroactive cooler hooked up, the telephone stayed extra comfy, however the spinning fan did drain the battery faster.

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

Asus ROG Cellphone 5 Final cameras

The ROG Cellphone 5 Final has a triple digital camera setup on the rear. It has a 64-megapixel major digital camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera, and a 5-megapixel macro shooter. The first digital camera captures 16-megapixel photographs by default. I discovered the digital camera app to be fairly simple and straightforward to make use of. You’ll be able to simply transfer between completely 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 Cellphone 5 Final has a triple digital camera setup

 

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

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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 digital camera helps you to get near the topic, and managed respectable photographs too.

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Low-light digital camera efficiency was good. The telephone detected low mild and robotically 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 Night time mode, and the output was equivalent. So whereas this helps seize pictures at evening with out twiddling with the digital camera app, it does render Night time mode redundant. Foreground topics regarded good, however objects at a distance had been smoothened. Pictures taken with out the lengthy publicity missed out on element, particularly within the shadows.

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Asus ROG Cellphone 5 Final Night time mode pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

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

 

Selfies taken with the 24-megapixel entrance digital camera are saved at 6-megapixel decision because of pixel binning by default. Pictures taken in daylight had been crisp and portrait selfies had good edge detection. Low-light selfies with a lightweight supply close by had been good.

Video recording tops out at 8K for the first digital camera 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 of shimmer when strolling round, although 1080p footage was nicely stabilised. Low-light video had a shimmer impact if recorded whereas strolling, at 4K in addition to 1080p.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Cellphone 5 Final is an all-out gaming smartphone with devoted high-end {hardware}. Asus hasn’t lower any corners with regards to 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 partaking on this smartphone. Nevertheless, digital camera efficiency is not the most effective at this value, which might flip away individuals searching for an all-rounder.

If you’d like a purpose-built gaming telephone and you do not thoughts splurging, the ROG Cellphone 5 Final is the most effective you may get out there proper now. It doesn’t have any direct opponents however you may get a lot slicker flagship telephones at this value. If you happen to do not wish to spend Rs. 79,999, the bottom Asus ROG Cellphone 5 at Rs. 49,999 presents extra worth to your cash.

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