ASUS ROG Phone 5 Series: What’s Different?
ASUS ROG recently unveiled its latest gaming smartphones — the ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. The ROG Phone 5 series sports the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, a 144Hz Samsung AMOLED display with 300Hz touch sampling rate, and a 6000mAh battery with 65W HyperCharge. If you are ever curious about their unique features and differences, continue reading.
|ASUS ROG Phone 5||ASUS ROG Phone 5 Pro||ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate|
|6.78-inch (2448 x 1080) 144Hz Samsung AMOLED display||6.78-inch (2448 x 1080) 144Hz Samsung AMOLED display||6.78-inch (2448 x 1080) 144Hz Samsung AMOLED display|
|HDR10+ certified, 300Hz touch sampling rate||HDR10+ certified, 300Hz touch sampling rate||HDR10+ certified, 300Hz touch sampling rate|
|Corning Gorilla Glass Victus||Corning Gorilla Glass Victus||Corning Gorilla Glass Victus|
|ROG Vision||ROG Vision|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G CPU|
|Qualcomm Adreno 660 GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 660 GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 660 GPU|
|8GB, 12GB, 16GB LPDDR5 RAM||16GB LPDDR5 RAM||18GB LPDDR5 RAM|
|128GB, 256GB UFS 3.1 storage||512GB UFS 3.1 storage||512GB UFS 3.1 storage|
|Triple rear cameras:||Triple rear cameras:||Triple rear cameras:|
|• 64MP Sony IMX686 (main)||• 64MP Sony IMX686 (main)||• 64MP Sony IMX686 (main)|
|• 13MP (ultra-wide)||• 13MP (ultra-wide)||• 13MP (ultra-wide)|
|• 5MP (macro)||• 5MP (macro)||• 5MP (macro)|
|24MP front camera||24MP front camera||24MP front camera|
|WiFi 6E||WiFi 6E||WiFi 6E|
|Bluetooth 5.2||Bluetooth 5.2||Bluetooth 5.2|
|GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, NavlC||GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, NavlC||GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, NavlC|
|Fingerprint scanner (In-display)||Fingerprint scanner (In-display)||Fingerprint scanner (In-display)|
|Face recognition||Face recognition||Face recognition|
|Dual front-facing speakers by Dirac technologies||Dual front-facing speakers by Dirac technologies||Dual front-facing speakers by Dirac technologies|
|7-magnet stereo speaker with Cirrus Logic amplifier||7-magnet stereo speaker with Cirrus Logic amplifier||7-magnet stereo speaker with Cirrus Logic amplifier|
|3.5 mm headphone jack||3.5 mm headphone jack||3.5 mm headphone jack|
|USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|ROG UI (Android 11)||ROG UI (Android 11)||ROG UI (Android 11)|
|6,000mAh battery w/ 65W HyperCharge||6,000mAh battery w/ 65W HyperCharge||6,000mAh battery w/ 65W HyperCharge|
|173 x 77 x 9.9mm||173 x 77 x 9.9mm||173 x 77 x 9.9mm|
|Phantom Black, Storm White||Phantom Black||Storm White|
Display and Design
All three smartphones boast the same 6.78-inch (2448 x 1080) Samsung AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate. The three also come HDR10+ certified and geared with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Both ROG Phone 5 Pro and 5 Ultimate are equipped with ROG Vision, a new rear matrix display that shows customizable animations for system alerts and status. The ROG Phone 5 Pro features a color ROG Vision display, while the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate has a monochrome version. The standard ROG Phone 5 doesn’t have this feature but has a dot-matrix style RGB instead.
Additionally, the ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate feature hidden rear touch sensors on the back cover, which provide L2/R2 trigger functions, similar to a game console controller. Both also work together with the ultrasonic sensors, the AeroActive Cooler 5 buttons, and the motion controls.
In terms of color options, the ROG Phone 5 comes in either Phantom Black or Storm White. However, you can only have the Storm White if you’ll go for the ROG Phone 5 Pro and the Phantom Black for the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.
The three are powered by the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor and Adreno 660 graphics, which has enough power to run the ROG Phone 5’s features and the latest graphics-intensive games smoothly.
RAM and Storage
What also makes the smartphones different from each other are their RAM and storage configurations. The ASUS ROG Phone 5 is available in three RAM options: 8GB, 12GB, and 16GB, and it has two storage options of either 128GB and 256GB. On the other hand, the ROG Phone 5 Pro comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, while the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate boasts a higher 18GB RAM paired with 512GB storage.
There’s no difference between the three smartphones in terms of cameras. The ROG Phone 5 series sport triple rear cameras, consisting of 64MP Sony IMX686 (main), 13MP (ultra-wide), and 5MP (macro) sensors. Plus, all of them have the same 24MP front camera. For a gaming smartphone, this is a versatile set of cameras, but we’ll know more about its performance once we have reviewed it.
Connectivity and Features
The ASUS ROG Phone 5 series also sport the same connectivity features such as Dual-SIM, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, SatNav systems (GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, NavlC), NFC, USB-C, in-display fingerprint scanners, face recognition, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
For software, the three runs under the new ROG UI based on Android 11.
Additionally, the three are also equipped with dual front-facing speakers by Dirac technologies and a 7-magnet stereo speaker with a Cirrus Logic amplifier for good audio quality whether you’re playing games, watching videos, or listening to music.
Looking at their capacities, all pack the same 6,000mAh battery with 65W HyperCharge support. It’s a massive battery capacity, which is just right considering the numerous features that will suck up power.
There’s no word yet about the series’ pricing and availability in the Philippines, so stay tuned!
Based on the specs, the standard ROG Phone 5 should be more than enough for any mobile gamer. But those with bigger budgets, need the large RAM and storage capacities and a cooler design, could go for the ROG Phone 5 Pro or ROG Phone Ultimate.
So, which of the ASUS ROG Phone 5 series smartphones would you like to grab? Let us know in the comments below!