Asus ROG Phone 5s
In the past, a variety of phone makers have attempted to enter the gaming sector in India. There were nubia’s Red Magic range, Black Shark gaming phones, and the ROG Phone range, to name a few noteworthy examples. Although most rivals aren’t part of the same category, Asus is still consistently making new gaming phones every year. Its Asus ROG Phone 5s comes as the newest device from a Taiwanese tech giant and is advertised as an upgrade to earlier models like the ROG Phone 5. I was able to get my hands on the latest gaming phone, as well as my initial impressions.
The ROG Phone 5s is available at Rs. 49,999 India in the basic version that comes with 8GB of memory and 128GB in storage. There’s also a variant with twelve GB RAM as well as 256GB storage costing Rs. 57,999. Also available is another model, the ROG phone 5s pro costing Rs. 79,999 and comes with 18GB of RAM, 512GB internal storage, as well as additional trigger buttons in the rear, and a secondary PMOLED screen at the back. Asus provides ROG Phone 5s for sale at ROG Phone 5s available in two colors: Phantom Black and a glossy Storm White.
Design and Specs
The ROG Phone 5s from Asus look like that of the original ROG Phone 5. Asus hasn’t changed its appearance to differentiate it from the previous model. Is ROG Phone 5s has the largest 6.78-inch HDR10+ AMOLED display featuring an FHD+ resolution and has a 144 Hz max refresh rate. Asus has increased the rate of touch sampling in the ROG Phone 5s to 360Hz, in comparison to 300 Hz of the ROG Phone 5, which is believed to cut down on the latency of touch even more.
This display’s protection is provided by Corning’s Gorilla Glass, and it has an in-display fingerprint scanner which I found simple to use and reach. The bezels are symmetrical and thick on both the top and lower parts of the display that house the stereo speakers that are front-firing. It’s the ROG phone 5s used in landscape mode using two hands because of its size. One-handed use wasn’t an easy task.
When you take out your ROG Phone 5, you’ll be able to see that it’s heavy. The weight of 238g is noticeable. It is evident that the Asus ROG Phone 5s comes with an aluminum frame and the back is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The power and volume buttons are located on the right side, while the left side has an additional USB Type-C port as well as custom connectors to connect an Aero Active Cooler 5, which Asus sells as an accessory (it’s included in the ROG Phone 5s Pro). Its SIM tray is also located on the left and features the bright red accent colour.
Similar to its predecessors, the ROG Phone 5s from Asus comes with AirTriggers located on the right part of the frame, which serves to function as buttons for the shoulder when the phone is placed in landscape mode. On the bottom, you’ll find the off-center USB Type-C port, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the other hand, the top is empty.
It’s ROG Phone 5s comes with a triple rear camera configuration comprised of a main 64-megapixel camera that has a Sony IMX686 sensor, as well as an ultra-wide-angle camera with 13 megapixels and a 5-megapixel macro-scanning camera. To take selfies, the phone has an impressive 24-megapixel camera, which is concealed in its top bezel. The rear of the phone sports an RGB illuminated ROG logo that lights up in response to calls and messages.
The ROG Phone 5s has a 6,000mAh battery, which is divided into two cells of 3000mAh each to recharge it fast. The phone can support up to 65W of fast charging however Asus only comes with a 30W charger with the box.
Asus is using its Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC that can be clocked up to 2.99GHz and what they claim is a better cooling system when compared to the predecessor. This is the second-highest performing SoC by Qualcomm available and is second only to the Snapdragon 8 Generation 1. This ROG Phone 5s has as much as 12GB of memory as well as up to 256GB of storage. My test unit came with 8GB of RAM as well as 128GB in storage. It isn’t possible to expand storage as it doesn’t have an SD card slot for microSD cards. It supports Dual 5G and 4G VoLTE Wi-Fi 6, as well as six navigation systems using satellites.
The Asus ROG Phone 5s is running ROG UI on top of Android 11 which is the latest version, and my device came with Sept. 2021’s Android update for security. The UI is very customizable and its design will attract players more than a typical user. There are a few applications like Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and Netflix included, as well as the standard suite of Google applications.
The ROG Phone 5s from Asus boasts amazing hardware and is targeted specifically towards gamers. There are not any competitors for it and Asus is just building on its position in this market. There are only minor distinctions in those of the ROG Phone 5s as well as its previous model, you’re better off going with the more recent model, as the prices are essentially identical, except that you’re able to locate the ROG Phone 5 for sale, while it’s available.