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ASUS’ ROG Phone 5 Packs 18GB Of RAM, Snapdragon 888 And 144Hz Refresh Rate

Right on cue, ASUS has officially announced the newest phone in their mobile smartphone lineup, the ROG Phone 5. Or should we say phones – the Taiwanese brand is releasing 3 versions of its gaming-focused mobile device, with the top-end variant packing the most RAM we’ve seen yet for a smartphone.

The ROG Phone 5 comes in three flavors: the vanilla variant (ROG Phone 5), the ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Pro ultimate which varies in configuration and external sensors.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Specs:

  • Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 8GB/12GB/16GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 6.78-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 144hz refresh rate, 1ms response rate, 300hz touch sampling rate, 10-bit color
  • 64-megapixel f/1.8 main camera with PDAF, 5-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera, 13-megapixel f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle camera
  • 24-megapixel selfie camera
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, in-display fingerprint scanner
  • GameCool 5 Cooling System, AirTrigger 5, Stereo speakers, ESS DAC
  • 6000mAh 2-cell battery
  • 65w fast charging
  • Android 11

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ASUS ROG Phone 5 Pro/Ultimate Specs:

  • Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 16GB(Pro)/18GB(Ultimate) LPDDR5 RAM
  • 512GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 6.78-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 144hz refresh rate, 1ms response rate, 300hz touch sampling rate, 10-bit color
  • ROG Vision rear display; RGB color (Pro)/ Monochrome (Ultimate)
  • 64-megapixel f/1.8 main camera with PDAF, 5-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera, 13-megapixel f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle camera
  • 24-megapixel selfie camera
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, in-display fingerprint scanner
  • GameCool 5 Cooling System, AirTrigger 5, Stereo speakers, ESS DAC
  • 6000mAh 2-cell battery
  • 65w fast charging
  • Android 11

All three ROG Phone 5 devices will come packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor (naturally) as well as their Elite Gaming technology. There’s a new cooling system here as well, dubbed GameCool 5, which utilizes a 6000mAh split battery configuration to distribute the heat around the chassis of the phone for better thermal efficiency. This is paired with a re-shaped vapor chamber and graphite sheet sandwich to spread heat across the phone and not concentrate it in the middle. That cooling solution also comes in handy with the 65W HyperCharge capability of the phone.

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The phone’s new AeroActive Cooler 5 has also been redesigned to deliver up to 10 degrees Celcius reduction in thermals, which is good news though globally only the Pro and Ultimate variants of the phone will be getting one free in the retail box. The AeroActive Cooler 5 also sports two additional physical buttons that you can map for games as well.

The display has been upgraded as well, as you’re looking at a 6.78-inch 2448 x 1080 Samsung-made AMOLED panel with 144Hz refresh rate as well as a 300Hz touch sampling rate. There are other premium specs here as well: Delta-E <1 color accuracy, 1,200 peak brightness as well as HDR10 and HDR10+ certification. The display is protected by Corning’s toughest glass protection yet, Gorilla Glass Victus.

There are a few things that set the ROG variants apart: the ROG Phone Pro and Ultimate comes with a new, rear matrix display that allows users to display animations on the back in response to system and in-game events. While the virtual side buttons are present on all variants, the ROG Phone Pro and Ultimate get two additional ultrasonic buttons on the back of the phone as well, adding to an already impressive array of physical controls.

The ROG Phone Ultimate has the most RAM of any phone announced so far this year, sporting an absolutely massive 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM as well as 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. There’s a slight overlap in hardware for both the vanilla variant and the Phone 5 Pro – both phones have configs that sport up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, but only the Pro variant gets 512GB of storage like the Ultimate – the vanilla variant gets a maximum of 256GB of storage.

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As for the cameras, all variants come with a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 main shooter, along with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 5-megapixel macro camera. There’s a 24-megapixel shooter here as well.

The phone comes with its own set of accessories much like the previous generation device, though ASUS has allowed some measure of backward-compatibility for previous accessories from the ROG Phone 3.

ROG Phone 5 Price Philippines

As for pricing, the lowest vanilla variant of the ROG Phone 5 (8GB/128GB) goes for Euro 799 (Php 46,145) while the 12GB/256GB variant goes for Euro 899. The 16GB/256GB variant will go for Euro 999.

The ROG Phone 5 Pro (16GB/512GB) gets a Euro 1,199 price tag, while the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (18GB/512GB) gets a Euro 1,299 price.

Take note that all global prices are in Euros – prices may be lower in the PH because of lower taxes and duties.

For availability, the vanilla ROG Phone 5 will go on sale this month, while the Pro and Ultimate versions will be available in April and May respectively.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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