Between increasingly successful mobile games and the rise of cloud gaming, it is becoming more and more relevant to take an interest in gaming smartphones. A smartphone like the Asus ROG Phone 5 has all the hardware and software features needed to comfortably enjoy your games.
In the small world of smartphones dedicated to video games, Asus has made a name for itself with its ROG Phone range. Indeed, in addition to offering a very high-end technical sheet, these smartphones also benefit from new features dedicated to video games. This is the case of the Asus ROG Phone 5, which also benefits from attractive prices given its technical sheet. Indeed, its price starts at 799 euros in the 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage version, which will be available at the end of April. The 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB version is already available for sale, at the price of 899 euros.
Discover the five features that make the Asus ROG Phone 5 a smartphone particularly suitable for gamers.
The screen: all that is best
Screen quality is essential for video games. The display should be defined enough to take full advantage of the graphics, and ideally be paired with a high refresh rate to be more responsive. This is precisely what the Asus ROG Phone 5 offers.
It is indeed equipped with a 6.78-inch AMOLED panel with Full HD definition (2248 x 1080). The contrasts are therefore naturally infinite, and the HDR10 + compatibility adds even more intensity to the dark and light areas of the image.
This screen also impresses with its fluidity. With a refresh rate of 144 Hz, it is one of the rare smartphone screens to exceed 120 Hz. On a daily basis, this results in a very great impression of fluidity when browsing and for games when they are compatible. In addition, the touch latency of the ROG Phone 5 is also very low. This effectively means that the reaction time after touching the screen is imperceptible to the human eye.
Performance: the best processor and the best memory available in 2021
To ensure that all the most demanding 3D games run, the Asus ROG Phone 5 has surrounded itself with the very best in terms of components. First there is the latest ultra high-end processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 888. This is the most powerful processor on Android. It allows you to run all the games of the moment, with high graphics quality. This chip also provides compatibility with 5G.
To accompany this processor, the Asus ROG Phone 5 benefits from 8, 12 or 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. It is a powerful RAM format that offers high transfer speed. This is important so that the processor can quickly access the information temporarily stored in this component in order to provide the best performance.
Autonomy: large battery and (very) fast charging
What to do with a smartphone dedicated to video games if the autonomy melts like snow in the sun once Fortnite is launched? To answer this problem, Asus has not gone all the way. The ROG Phone 5 is indeed equipped with a huge 6000 mAh battery divided into two 3000 mAh cells. Combined with high-end components (which themselves benefit from very good energy efficiency), the battery of the ROG Phone 5 offers a very generous autonomy.
And if you run out of fuel, Asus has the ultimate solution: super-fast 65-watt charging. It is the fastest charge that it is currently possible to get on a smartphone. This allows you to get a full 0-100% charge in just under an hour. A great performance for such a large accumulator.
Gameplay: additions to play better
To deserve its title of ultimate gaming smartphone, the Asus ROG Phone 5 also includes some exclusive features. The most important is called AirTrigger. These are actually two tactile keys located on the ends of the edge of the phone. They replace the triggers found on gamepads, and therefore give more control options to mobile gamers. The actions offered by these triggers are customizable thanks to the Armory Crate application installed by default on the Asus ROG Phone 5.
This app is the control center for your video games. It includes all the games available on the smartphone, but also allows you to manage the performance of the phone in several modes. The ROG Phone 5 can thus deliver all the power possible for the hungry games, and save its resources for the basic tasks.
Finally, three accessories (sold separately) reveal the full potential of the Asus ROG Phone 5. We first find the ROG Kunai 3 controller, which allows you to slide your phone between the two ends of the pad. The ROG Clip meanwhile gives the possibility of attaching your smartphone to a PlayStation, Xbox or Stadia controller to play in Bluetooth. Finally, the AeroActive Cooler 5 fan cools the smartphone up to 10 degrees during long gaming sessions, while offering two additional buttons on the back of the phone.
The sound: a very good restitution
The Asus ROG Phone 5 also takes care of its sound part. Rare thing in 2021, it is equipped with a jack which allows you to take out your wired headphones and earphones. Above all, this smartphone incorporates a DAC (ESS Saber) which provides better conversion of the digital signal (which comes from the phone) to an analog signal (the output in the headphones). Thus, the sound is of very good quality, and can reach a high volume.
In addition, the Asus ROG Phone 5 has stereo speakers located on the top and bottom edges of the phone. A clever placement, since your hands do not cover them when you play a game. Above all, the sound broadcast by these speakers is of very good quality, with good spatialization and very present bass.
A falling price
The Asus ROG Phone 5 takes advantage of the full panoply of the gaming smartphone: quality screen, foolproof performance, champion autonomy, etc. But it still has one last advantage: its price. Indeed, the Asus ROG Phone 5 benefits from a more attractive price than the previous generation, without sacrificing the technical sheet.