New ASUS ROG Phone 5, 5 Pro and 5 Ultimate: the best gaming mobile on the market

Alongside the normal ASUS ROG Phone 5 we also have a Pro model and an Ultimate, two identical devices, but with a couple of differences. A new generation of this gaming smartphone, the most powerful on the market, with great performance, gaming design, and spectacular sound.

The best performance

As expected these ASUS ROG Phone 5 arrive with the greatest power on the market, making use of Snapdragon 888 as a processor. Qualcomm's chip gives 25% higher performance, as well as having a CPU 35% faster than the previous generation. Also, to get the most out of these devices, they have the X Mode and the possibility to create system profiles, to adapt the performance according to the moment. That X Mode is the mode that takes the most advantage of the phone, perfect to play.

Connectivity is another important aspect, not only because it already comes with 5G as standard, but also its 6E WiFi connectivity, one of the first on the market to have it. This allows for a stable connection at all times, even if the network is saturated. Also, it has a HyperFusion technology that will allow you to connect at the same time to WiFi and data, to connect to the best network at all times.

As you've seen in their specifications, these ASUS ROG Phone 5s are identical, except for memory combinations. It is worth noting the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, a limited edition device, which will arrive with 18 GB of RAM, being the phone with the most RAM on the market in this way.

Gaming features

This range of phones is known for being the best range of gaming mobiles on the market, thanks to its gaming features. One of the most important is its GameCool 5 cooling system, which now uses a new structure. Those heat-generating components are placed in the center with two batteries, to keep hot spots away from your fingers when playing with your phone. Also, that heat is thus transferred evenly to all edges of the chassis.

AeroActive Cooler 5 has also been renovated. This system takes and expels a large amount of air in the center of the device, helping the temperature drop up to 15 degrees on the surface and a 10-degree drop in the CPU. This will prevent any overheating, even if we are playing titles that demand a lot from the device.

Ultrasonic game buttons are an essential element in the ASUS ROG Phone 5, as well as AirTrigger 5, which has been enhanced with two new sensors, for a total of nine. This helps to greater accuracy and sensitivity. In the normal model, we have up to 14 touch points on the screen, while in the Ultimate model we have two additional capacitive sensors in the rear. With 10 different motion controls, you can choose the moves that suit any game.

A spectacular display

The display has an essential role in a gaming smartphone, something that in this range of ASUS ROG Phone 5 have been very much present. The manufacturer has opted for a 6.78-inch-sized AMOLED display, manufactured by Samsung. This panel has an ideal size to play, in addition to having introduced a lot of improvements that make it the best to play:

  • Refresh rate: The phone becomes the first ROG to have a refresh rate of 144 Hz. Also, you can choose between 144 Hz, 120 Hz, or 60 Hz depending on the use you are making of the device or if you want to reduce its power consumption.
  • Brightness: This new panel is 23% brighter than the previous generation, giving better visibility in sunlight.
  • Latency: Another key aspect when playing is latency as well as tactile response. The device has a sampling rate of 300 Hz, the best in the industry. Also, touch latency of just 24.3 ms and slide latency of 18 ms.

  • Color Accuracy: ASUS ROG Phone 5 has an HDR10+ certified panel, plus its factory calibrated in different color gamuts in a single process that provides an average Delta-E <1 accuracy and 111% wide DCI-P3 range coverage while maintaining high color accuracy at the lowest refresh rates and brightness levels.
  • Comfort: To prevent it from being heavy for the eyes in long days of play, it has various technologies such as DC Dimming 2.0, SGS Eye Care 6.5%, or SGS Seamless Pro (120Hz).
  • Fingerprint sensor: As it could not be otherwise, the phone has its fingerprint sensor under the panel.

The best sound

It was already rumored weeks ago, but this ASUS ROG Phone 5 is going to give us a spectacular sound. The brand sought to give a sense that a portable game console is being used, offering a gaming experience to immerse yourself in. The audio on the phone is called GameFX. It comes with two dual front speakers of the same size for a perfectly balanced stereo effect and a 3.5mm output with a suitable audiophile DAC. Both are tuned with advanced sound adjustment and a game mode that will help you win.

It is two super linear 12×16 long-range speakers with 7 magnets and a combined speaker volume 35% higher. Each speaker also features a Cirrus Logic CS35L45 mono amplifier that delivers 21% more power than the amplifiers of the previous model and even more during maximum charging, as it can increase its voltage output by up to 36% (15v).

The phone has a 3.5mm audio jack, which also serves as an ESS SABRE ES9280AC Pro DAC with HyperStream®II QUAD DAC technology and an ESS Sabre G-Class Headphone Amplifier, which offers a best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio of 130 dB. Along with a patented time-domain fluctuation eliminate, it can also achieve an unprecedented dynamic range of up to 122 dB. ESS is used even in some of the world's most expensive headphone DAC amplifiers. The built-in Class G headphone amplifier automatically detects charging impedance between 8 and 1000 ohms. Enabling lower THD and 2Vrms in the headphone output with an impedance greater than 50 Ohm.


For that good sound experience, the ASUS ROG Phone 5 comes with this application installed as standard. This application accessible from the quick settings is responsible for optimizing and improving the audio capacity of the device. It gives us an easy-to-use 10-band equalizer, plus it has different audio styles made by Dirac that are active in the background, such as Music, Games, Cinema, or Dynamic, which adapt to what we are doing at all times.

Inexhaustible battery

ASUS ROG Phone 5 is a device that will give us great autonomy, thanks to its two 3,000 mAh batteries, for a total of 6,000 mAh capacity, maintaining the same capacity last year. Although one of the big changes is its fast charging, going from 30W to a spectacular 65W load in this case.

This charge allows you to charge 70% of the battery in just 30 minutes and 100% in just 52 minutes. This will allow you to always have a battery available for your gaming days. Also, there has been a significant improvement in this load, because it is 7 degrees cooler than that of the first generation, avoiding overheating.

The device has various modes, with which to adjust its performance and battery consumption. There are features like hibernating apps, which reduce power consumption on this ASUS ROG Phone 5.


The brand has not forgotten the cameras in this ASUS ROG Phone 5. A triple rear camera has been stationed, with a Sony IMX686 64 Mpx main sensor, which can take photos of 16 Mpx with Pixel Binning. The secondary camera is an ultra-wide-angle 13 Mpx with a 125-degree field of view and the third is a 5 Mpx macro. While the front camera is 24 Mpx.

The device also comes with several camera modes, such as being able to customize its order in the camera app. It has a dynamic night mode, so you can capture the photos in the best way when you can choose the exposure. Also, it is possible to customize the autofocus and exposure separately.

A professional video mode is introduced, which adds to the camera's Pro mode. Also functions such as directional audio recording in professional video mode. The device is capable of recording in 8K mode at 30 fps. Video is one of the keys in it, with HDR video recording, the ability to zoom in on a part of the video without moving the camera, or slow motion in 4K.


The phone comes with your AeroActive Cooler 5, the fan that can be added to the device. It has been redesigned for this new device, making the most of the changes in GameCool 5, to make the cooling system as efficient as possible, with that 10-degree drop in the device's CPU.

This fan not only silently cools your phone and fingers but also provides two physical AirTrigger buttons, so you have more buttons when playing. At the bottom are a 3.5mm headphone jack and access for the lower USB-C port, allowing you to charge your phone while using standard 3.5mm headphones, without any cable interfering with your gaming experience. If you're tired of holding your phone, there's foot support to hold your phone for hands-free media consumption or a game with a wireless controller.

Other accessories that are released alongside ASUS ROG Phone 5, such as its Armor Case 3, which protects the device from bumps and scratches, as well as having that light effect that makes it look stunning. There's also the ROG Gaming Clip, a controller with three different media for the best gaming experience.

ASUS ROG Phone 5, 5 Pro, and 5 Ultimate features


  • Processor: Snapdragon 888.
  • GPU: Adreno 660.


  • Samsung AMOLED technology.
  • Diagonal: 6.78 inches.
  • Aspect Ratio: 20:9.
  • Resolution 2,448 x 1,080 pixels.
  • Refresh rate: 144 Hz.
  • Touch sampling: 200 Hz.
  • Latency: 1 ms.
  • Color space: 111% DCI-P3, Delta E<1.
  • Average brightness: 1200 nits.
  • Contrast: 100000 :1.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Crystal.


  • ASUS ROG Phone 5:
  • 8/128 GB.
  • 12/256 GB.
  • 16/256 GB.

ROG Phone 5 Pro:

  • 16/512 GB.
  • ROG 5 Ultimate:
  • 18/512 GB.


  • Sony IMX 686 64 Mpx main sensor, f/1.8.
  • 13 Mpx ultra-wide-angle sensor, 125" field of view.
  • 5 Mpx macro sensor.
  • 24 Mpx front


  • Capacity: 6000 mAh.
  • Fast charging of 65 W.


  • 5G.
  • 4G LTE.
  • Wi-Fi 6E.
  • Bluetooth 5.2 with Qualcomm aptX Adaptative support.
  • Nfc.
  • GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS and NavIC.

Measurements: 172.8 x 77.2 x 10.29 mm.

Weight: 238 grams.


  • Android 11.
  • Customization layer: ROG UI.

Colors: Black and white.


  • Aero Cooler.
  • Charger (HyperCharger).
  • Case (on Pro and Ultimate models).

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