Welcome to the world of maximum Android overkill with Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate! It has two displays, two USB ports and two … batteries? Available in Europe at the highest 1,299 or around 5,545, it is the new best Android phone on the market. This is a follow-up to last year’s Asus ROG Phone 3. RO is not going to be an ROG Phone 4 because Asus is a bunch of tetraphobics.
Let’s talk about these crazy specs. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate sports a 144 Hz, 6.78-inch, 2448 × 1080 OELD display; A Snapdragon 888 SOC; 18 GB RAM; 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage; And a 6000 mAh battery. Gigabytes of RAM on phones is a new high mark for Android phones and (I’m not sure if this is good or bad for Android) you have more RAM than some laptops can get. The phone comes with Android 11, supports Wi-Fi 6E, and supports 65 W wired quick charging with a charger in the BX. There’s also an in-screen fingerprint reader, headphone jack, two USB-C ports, and front stereo speakers. The camera is definitely the latter thinking, with the main camera being a 64MP Sony IMX686, a secondary 12MP Ultravide, a 5MP macro camera marrow and a 24MP front camera.
The Headline Edition is the second screen on the back, appearing for entertainment purposes only. Embedded diagonally on the back of the phone is a small, low-resolution, monochrome OLED display. There are no official facial specs for it, but it looks like a 256.64 display around 1.7 inches. Last year, the ROG phone had the RGB LED logo on the back, and similarly, this looks mostly for decoration. There are a lot of premade animations for it, like a motorcycle going through the city, and it is programmable with a custom message. One animation is for incoming calls, while the other is for charging, but for real data, it seems. The small screen does not look like it can show notification information or time, like other secondary displays we see on foldable phones. Samsung did a lot with the 1.1-inch display on the Galaxy Z Flip.
In the PC world, “gamer” branding is automatically placed on almost all high-end parts and products, so you can get better performance. But for phones, “gamer” content is a tough sale because everyone uses the same parts. Asus’s largest gamer pitch revolves around additional control schemes that you can map into games. In landscape, the ultrasonic sensors in the left and right corners of the phone give you virtual shoulder buttons, while the touch sensors on the back of the phone give you virtual “L2 / R2 triggers.” There are also phone tilt speed control plans. It looks like all of this can be mapped to mimic touchscreen input, so you can trigger on-screen buttons without actually blocking the display.
Another gaming consideration of Asus is the dual USB-C port design, with one at the bottom of the common area and the other centered, allowing easy charging when gaming in landscape mode. Next to the side USB port is an auxiliary connector for optional fan connection. The interior design of the phone is very unusual. Usually, you get a big battery in the middle of the phone, SOC and other key components pushing towards the top (Samsung) or side (Apple Pal) of the phone. Asus has Two Separate the 3000 mAh battery above and below the phone and have a main motherboard Center The side of the device allows easy connection of the USB port. This means that a connection-centric fan can really do something. Of course, the fan points to the solid glass, and under it is the rear OLED display, and Then You are SC. But at least it’s in the right ballpark. The fan, by the way, has two more gaming touch points on it, so between the top triggers, the back trigger and the two fan buttons, you can have six virtual buttons on your back.
Most ROG Phone 3 accessories have been endorsed in the last year. There is a Nintendo Joycon-style ROG Kunai 3 gamepad, with two controller parts that can be mounted on the sides of the phone or slide into the grip of the controller. There is also a “ROG clip” phone mount for the PlayStation or Xbox controller. This year the TV dock is different, and the ROG Phone 5 is incompatible with last year’s version.
Some lower-level versions of the ROG Phone 5 are available without rear displays and slim-down specs, but we’re just here for more of the crazy gamer. The spec sheet-busting “Ultimate” model will go on sale in Europe in May.
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