The ASUS ROG Phone 5 is a powerhouse in all areas. The company has clearly let go of all its brakes and comes up with, arguably, the most bizarre smartphone of the year. But what makes this device so bizarre?
ASUS ROG Phone 5: five bizarre functionalities
Anyone looking for a telephone in 2021 can hardly miss in many areas. Smartphones are so advanced that they all get the job done. Dial, WhatsApp, playing games and taking pictures: they can do it all. The market is now so advanced that you as a consumer will no longer notice a lot of difference in your daily activities compared to a year ago, for example. That's why we approach our reviews differently nowadays. We no longer focus on the standard things, but mainly try to highlight the most striking and interesting functionalities and specifications for you. In general, all smartphones do the same thing, but it's those things that are going to make the difference.
In that respect, we also look at the ASUS ROG Phone 5. The smartphone is aimed at gamers and that is visible on all sides. The device is equipped with a gigantic battery, has an impressive screen and has more RAM than the average computer. As far as we are concerned, these are the functionalities that stand out head and shoulders:
# 1 Sleek from head to toe
ASUS ROG Phone 5 is designed for gamers, so it looks incredibly sleek. The back has an aggressive look that perhaps comes into its own in white. The signs, the various emblems and the colored buttons make this a very cool smartphone to see. Something that you will certainly see in the software of the device.
ROG Phone 5 runs on a modified version of Android 11 called ROG UI. However, you finally get a choice with this smartphone. You can choose to choose the tight shell of ASUS or to walk around with a “normal” shell. Anyway, you don't buy this phone for nothing.
# 2 More working memory than you would like
Smartphones are getting faster every year and we have now passed the point that the difference is really noticeable. Devices are therefore quickly provided with more RAM than the average computer. Something in which the ASUS ROG Phone 5 is a king by the way. The device is equipped with 8GB as standard, which is really the maximum for many smartphones. But from that point on, things get completely crazy.
As a consumer, you have the option to go for a 12GB RAM variant, but you can also choose to build in 16GB RAM. The latter ensures that your smartphone can really handle anything you can imagine. In comparison, at the editorial office, we use an iMac to edit our 4K videos. This iMac has just as much memory as the ASUS ROG Phone 5. So it should be clear: you get more RAM than you would like.
# 3 A super-fast display
ASUS ROG Phone 5 features a super-fast display. That may sound strange, but it really is. The refresh rate of the smartphone is higher than that of other smartphones. Where most models in 2021 have a 90Hz or 120Hz screen, this smartphone does it with a 144Hz screen. This makes it possible to play games at full power and you do not have to expect any frame drops. Very nice!
# 4 The battery of your dreams
It is now clear that the ASUS ROG Phone 5 is equipped with a lot of power. There is no better way to play games on any smartphone than on this device. Ideal of course, but that requires a lot of energy. Fortunately, the smartphone is equipped with a gigantic 6000mAh battery. This will take you in tow for a very long time, so that you can just enjoy yourself enough. How nice is that?
If the battery is completely empty, it is possible to charge it with a power of 65W. Can be used for a long time and therefore quickly full again.
# 5 Speakers are to whine (out of luck!)
When you set up the ASUS ROG Phone 5 you get the option to play an AR demo. I would therefore advise you to do this. Besides the fact that it looks great, you also immediately get a taste of what the smartphone can do. It is also immediately shown how good the speakers of the device are. And believe me when I tell you they are very good.
The sound comes out of your device as a kind of surround sound. As a result, you are, as it were, sucked into your game, which ensures the ultimate experience.
ASUS ROG Phone 5: which things stand out?
As you can read above, there are many things that make the ASUS ROG Phone 5 an excellent smartphone. Yet there are also a number of things that manage to make it a little less impressive.
Firstly, the device does indeed look sleek, but certain choices have been made that I find unfortunate. The device has a rough appearance, but unfortunately also has large screen edges. The screen-to-body ratio is 82%, which is actually quite a downside. Just like the fact that the quality of the screen could be better. In terms of refresh rate, it's all right, but you don't have to expect the best AMOLED screen on the market. It's a shame if you assume that ASUS has gone all-in with the smartphone.
The ASUS ROG Phone 5 is also a powerhouse and has a maximum RAM of 16GB. Where this looks very impressive, it is actually not much use in the gaming area. There are many games that demand quite a bit from your smartphone, but there are no titles for which you need so much RAM. You can of course choose to purchase this variant, but keep in mind that this is not necessarily necessary. The 8GB or 12GB model is also sufficient and can therefore save you some money.
The last point I want to focus on is how the smartphone fits in the hand. There are a lot of heavy parts in this device, so it does not always feel comfortable in the hand. With a weight of 238 grams, this is a really heavy smartphone and you will notice it.
ASUS ROG Phone 5: buy it or leave it behind?
The real gamers among us will undoubtedly enjoy the ASUS ROG Phone 5. Logical, because that is exactly the target group that the device is aimed at. The device will serve you in that regard and is, therefore, an excellent choice. But do know for sure that you want to go all out in the field of games. If you like playing a game from time to time, but mainly use the device for other things, then this may not be for you.
You can buy the ASUS ROG Phone 5 for € 799!
- 144Hz display
- Pretty heavy
- Screen edges
- AMOLED screen
- Too much RAM
The real gamers among us will undoubtedly enjoy the ASUS ROG Phone 5. Logical, because that is exactly the target group that the device is aimed at. The device will serve you in that regard and is therefore an excellent choice.
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