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The Asus ROG Phone 5 begs for gamers’ attention with beefy specs and nifty tricks

Asus’s ROG phone series has improved steadily over the years. Apart from packing monster specs, the company tries to add nifty features every year to the phone so gamers can get the best value out of it.

This year’s device, the ROG Phone 5, is no different. In addition to the ROG Phone 5, Asus is also launching a Pro and an Ultimate version that has some extra functions and different design elements than the base model.

Looking at the specsheets and features, I would want to say, come for the specs and stay for the goodies. But I’ll leave that judgment to my colleague Abhimanyu, who is reviewing the device.

He’ll dissipate every aspect of the phone, so I’m here to talk about just a few features that caught my eye. But first, the phone’s beefy specifications:

Specifications

  • Screen: 6.78-inch fullHD AMOLED display
  • Refresh rate: 144Hz; 300Hz touch sampling rate
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 clocked at 2.85GHz
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB/16GB(Pro)/18GB(Ultimate)
  • Internal storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB(Pro and Ultimate) (UFS 3.1 type storage for faster processing of applications and data)
  • Rear camera: 64-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture + 13-megapixel ultrawide sensor with f/2/4 aperture + 5-megapixel macro camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • Front camera: 24-megapixel sensor with f/2.45 aperture
  • Battery: 6,000 mAh; 30W fast charging
  • Audio: Dual 7-magnet Linear 12x16mm front-facing speakers + Sabre ES9280AC Pro with HyperStream II Quad DAC (to power digital to analog audio conversion) + 3.5mm audio jack + Quad microphones with OZO Noise Reduction Technology
  • Extra sensors: Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 5 and grip press detection + two touch sensors on the back cover (Pro and Ultimate)
  • Software: Android 11 with ROG UI

If we skip the obvious aspects of screen, battery, and processor, one of the eye-catching aspects of this year’s ROG phones is audio. I love front-facing speakers and Asus has included dual 7-magnet 12x16mm speakers with this device. This could be great for watching videos as well as from immersive gaming experiences.

Plus, to power the 3.5 mm headphone jack, the company has included a Sabre-powered Quad DAC (digital-to-analog) converter and a headphone amplifier for more clear and powerful sound. Asus says you could play audio files at 24-bit depth and 196Hz sample rate. Plus, the phone supports high-quality wireless audio standards such as aptX HD, aptX adaptive, and LDAC.