Most smartphones tend to be all-rounder and consumers generally prefer the ones that offer the most stuff. However, one that has emerged in recent times, somewhat apt use case gaming, and with the growing popularity of mobile gaming, has come up with smartphones that brands can deliver. On the premium side of the fence, these devices are not only powerful, they also marry exclusive hardware and software capabilities designed to provide the most immersive gaming experience possible on a smartphone. And if there is a name in this section, it should be ASUS. Taiwanese brand ROG Phone 3 (Review) Was the only true-blue gaming phone in India last year, and now ASUS is following suit ROG Phone 5. Among other features, Qualcomm’s latest flagship SoC, the first smartphone in India powered by Snapdragon 888, is the ASUS ROG Phone 5. Here is a closer look.
Before I go to the phone, check out the box contents here. Unlike the phone, you get a two pin wall charger, a charging cable and a funky looking case. The ROG Phone 5 is a very large and bulky device, and right from the bat, the hardcore gamer vibes thanks to its design.
The front is dominated by a 6.78-inch heavy display, and surprisingly, ASUS did not choose the punch hole design for the front camera. The bezels on the side of the screen are very slim, but there are bezels visible on the top and bottom, placed on the right side above the 24MP selfie shooter. Since the front camera is like that, ASUS seems to focus on the smallest detail, as it does not interfere with the gamer’s toe when transmitting to platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. The screen is an AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2,448 x 1,080 pixels. It is very beautiful, HDR10 + compliant and has a refresh rate of up to 144Hz to suit the gaming phone. Panel ROG is customized by Samsung for the phone, and we all know how effective Samsung’s AMOLED displays are. The display is layered with Gorilla Glass Victus, while the back is layered with Gorilla Glass 3.
That being said, where all the action is is behind. The glossy dot matrix design on the back takes hints from the brand’s Zephyr gaming laptops and features a bright ROG logo. The triple camera setup stands on a funky looking module that combines a 64MP primary shooter with a Sony IMX686 sensor. 13MP ultra-wide and 5MP macro sensors. On the left side of the phone is a side-mounted port, which has a secondary Type-C port that allows you to charge the phone without the cable getting in your way, holding it in landscape mode.
In fact, the side-mounted port also allows for the connection of devices such as the aeroactive cooler 5. The latter is an accessory with two physical airtrigger buttons, a fan to cool the phone, a kickstand and a 3.5mm headset. Socket. A bright red sim tray is also placed on the left side.
On the right side of the ASUS ROG phone 5, you will find the volume rocker, the red keyed power key and the new AirAutrigator 5 ultrasonic buttons for gaming. And a bottom, Type-C port on the left, and a 3.5mm socket on the right. ASUS says the airtrigger system has been significantly improved this time around with more sensors and more motion sensing inputs.
ASC needed to speed up the launch of a gaming phone in 2021, and ASUS took care of that by equipping the ROG phone 5 with Snapdragon 888, the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm. Combined with the overclocked Adreno 660 graphics, this combination is said to offer 35 percent better performance than the previous ROG phone. The board has 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. In addition to 5G support, you’ll have Wi-Fi 6, simultaneous connection to Wi-Fi and mobile data (with automatic switching), and three Wi-Fi antennas (making sure the signal is not interrupted regardless of automatic switching. The way the phone is held in the hand).
GameCool 5 also has a cooling system that uses a redesigned interior structure, a redesigned steam room and graphite sheets to dissipate heat. ASUS also focuses on the audio bit, offering Quad DAC to provide front-facing stereo speakers and high-res audio, while gamers use wired headphones. As far as Bluetooth connectivity is concerned, the device supports major standards including aptX HD, LDAC and AAC.
As a wise man says, great responsibility comes with great power. For the ROG phone 5, the ad can be changed to: “Great power requires a powerful battery”. Asus took care of that by including a 6,000 mAh battery in the device. This dual-cell battery supports 65W fast charging and can juice up to 70 percent in half an hour, while a full charge is possible within an hour.
On the software side, you can choose between the ROG UI and the more stock-like Zen UI based on Android 11. A software features smorgasbard has been thrown in to enhance the gaming experience as well. It includes Armory Crate, which serves as the hub for installed games and provides a console-like experience, as well as access to a set of settings that can be saved as custom profiles for various games. Includes settings to customize display, touch, network, airtriggers and other items. Then there is Game Genie, a quick access tool in the game that allows you to access various settings and modes without going away from your game.
It’s not. ASUS has added various other software tools and utilities designed to help users get the most out of their ROG Phone 5. For example, there is the Audio Wizard, which allows you to set and select different audio profiles for a custom sound experience. Battery settings include scheduled charging, which allows you to set fraudulent charging options so that the battery does not run out if you leave the phone on the charger overnight. There are also tons of other battery-saving features on board.
There is no doubt that ASUS is very cramped in the ROG Phone 5, and the above is the bird’s eye of the whole package. On one level, the ROG phone 5 looks like an overkill, but hardcore gamers will not agree. As it seems to be a lot, the brand has the Pro and Ultimate editions of the ROG Phone 5, the Ultimate Edition has a secondary monochrome PMOLED display on the back and industry-first (not to mention heart-stopping) platforms of 18 RAM.
So, it is safe to say that mobile gaming fans have a lot to look forward to with the ROG Phone 5. Now, about that PUBG ban
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