Through the years, a number of smartphone makers have tried to crack the gaming section in India. We have had the Nubia Purple Magic sequence, Black Shark gaming telephones, and the Asus ROG Telephone lineup, as some notable examples. Whereas most opponents aren’t within the image anymore, Asus continues to be constantly churning out new gaming telephones 12 months after 12 months. The Asus ROG Telephone 5s is the most recent such mannequin from the Taiwanese tech large, and is positioned as an improve over the ROG Telephone 5. I received my fingers on this new gaming smartphone, and listed below are my first impressions.

Asus ROG Telephone 5s worth in India

The Asus ROG Telephone 5s is priced beginning at Rs. 49,999 in India for the bottom variant which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There’s additionally an choice with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, priced at Rs. 57,999. There’s additionally the ROG Telephone 5s Professional, priced at Rs. 79,999 with 18GB of RAM and 512GB of storage plus further set off buttons on the rear and a small secondary PMOLED display screen on the rear. Asus presents the ROG Telephone 5s in two colors, Phantom Black and a shiny Storm White.

Asus ROG Telephone 5s design and specs

The Asus ROG Telephone 5s seems similar to the ROG Telephone 5. Asus has not made any visible adjustments to differentiate it from the older mannequin. The ROG Telephone 5s sports activities a big 6.78-inch HDR10+ AMOLED show with a full-HD+ decision and 144Hz most refresh fee. Asus has bumped the contact sampling fee on the ROG Telephone 5s as much as 360Hz, in comparison with the 300Hz on the ROG Telephone 5, which is claimed to scale back contact latency even additional.

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The side-mounted USB Sort-C port makes it extra snug to cost the cellphone whereas gaming


The show is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and there is an in-display fingerprint scanner that I discovered to be simple to succeed in and use. There are symmetrical thick bezels on the high and the underside of the show which home the front-firing stereo audio system. The ROG Telephone 5s is finest fitted to panorama utilization with two fingers given its measurement, and one-handed use wasn’t simple.

From the second you choose up the ROG Telephone 5s, you will discover that it is cumbersome. The 238g weight can be very evident. The Asus ROG Telephone 5s has a metallic body whereas the again is manufactured from Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The facility and the quantity buttons are on the fitting whereas the left has an extra USB Sort-C port and proprietary connectors for the Aero Lively Cooler 5, which Asus sells as an adjunct (it is included with the ROG Telephone 5s Professional). The SIM tray can be on the left and has a shiny pink accent color.

Like its predecessors, the Asus ROG Telephone 5s sports activities AirTriggers on the fitting aspect of the body which act as shoulder buttons when the smartphone is in panorama. On the backside, you will see the off-centre USB Sort-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack, whereas the highest of the body is naked.

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Ultrasonic Air Triggers on the ROG Telephone 5s are supposed to be used when gaming


The ROG Telephone 5s has a triple rear digicam setup consisting of a major 64-megapixel digicam with a Sony IMX686 sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam, and a 5-megapixel macro shooter. For selfies, it has a 24-megapixel digicam that is neatly hidden within the high bezel. The again of the cellphone has an RGB illuminated ROG brand that may mild up for incoming calls and messages.

The ROG Telephone 5s packs in a 6,000mAh battery that’s cut up into two cells of three,000mAh every, to assist cost it shortly. The cellphone helps as much as 65W quick charging however Asus solely bundles a 30W charger within the field.

Asus has used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC clocked at as much as 2.99GHz, plus what it says is an improved cooling system in comparison with its predecessor. That is the second-most highly effective SoC from Qualcomm available in the market, behind solely the most recent Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The ROG Telephone 5s presents as much as 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. My evaluate unit had 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You may’t broaden storage because the cellphone lacks a microSD card slot. It has assist for twin 5G, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6, and six satellite tv for pc navigation techniques.

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The ROG Telephone 5s has a triple digicam setup


The Asus ROG Telephone 5s runs ROG UI on high of Android 11, and my unit had the September 2021 Android safety patch. The UI is very customised and the look ought to enchantment to avid gamers greater than the typical person. You do get just a few apps resembling Fb, Instagram, Fb Messenger, and Netflix preinstalled, other than the same old suite of Google apps. These may be uninstalled to release some area.

The Asus ROG Telephone 5s has spectacular {hardware} and is aimed squarely at avid gamers. There’s no direct competitors available in the market for it, and Asus is just constructing on its lead on this section. With solely small variations between the ROG Telephone 5s and its predecessor, you would be higher off selecting the newer mannequin, since costs are formally the identical – until you’ll find the ROG Telephone 5 on sale whereas it is nonetheless in inventory. I’ll tackle these queries within the full evaluate of the Asus ROG Telephone 5s, coming quickly.

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