The new Asus ROG Phone 5 has 18 GB of RAM and two USB ports

The Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate has two displays, two USB ports and two batteries. It is that new android cellphone with by far highest specifications on the market. It's supposed to be for 1.299 Euros or about $ 1.545 and is the sequel to last year's Asus ROG Phone 3. A ROG Phone 4 (for whatever reason?) does not take place.

The insane spec of the Asus ROG Phone 5

The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate has an OLED display with 144 Hz, 6,78 inches, 2448 × 1080 OLED, a Snapdragon 888 SoC, 18 GB RAM, 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage and a 6000 mAh battery. Yes you've read correctly - 18 GB RAM. That's a new high mark for Android phones and more RAM than some laptops.

The phone comes with Android 11, supports Wi-Fi 6E and also supports 65W wired fast charging. By the way, it even comes with a charging cable. The Asus ROG Phone 5 also has one fingerprint reader, a headphone jack, two USB-C ports and stereo front speakers. In contrast to the rest of the specifications, the cameras are almost below average, with a 64 MP Sony IMX686 as the main camera, a secondary 12 MP ultrawide, a 5 MP macro camera and a 24 MP front camera.

The Asus ROG 5 is the ultimate Android gaming phone that nobody asked for

On the back of the Asus ROG 5 is a small second "screen" that just seems to be for fun. It's a tiny, low-resolution, monochrome OLED display. There are no official specifications for this, but it appears to be a 1,7-inch 256 × 64 display.

Last year the ROG phone had an RGB LED logo on the back, and this year the screen shines in a similar fashion mainly for decoration to be. There is a Set of pre-made animations for the small screen. Like a motorcycle speeding past a city and it can be programmed with a custom message. For example, one animation is provided for an incoming call, while another is shown while charging. Otherwise, the small screen does not seem to be able to show any useful notification information or the time as we are used to from other secondary screens.

Asus' biggest selling point for gamers seems to be the extra controls that the Asus ROG 5 offers. How to get in landscape mode with ultrasonic sensors in the left and right corners of the phone virtual shoulder buttonswhile using touch sensors on the back of the phone, virtual "L2 / R2 triggers" are displayed.

Another selling point for gamers seems to be the two USB-C connector design. One of the USB ports is in the usual area at the bottom of the mobile and the other is positioned centered on the side and allows easy charging when playing in landscape mode. In addition to the USB port on the side, there is an accessory port for an optional fan connection. Yes, you read that right too - a fan connector.

The internal design of the phone is also very unusual. Usually a large battery is located in the middle of the phone with the SoC and other major components slid up (Samsung) or to the side (Apple) of the phone. Asus has instead two separate 3000 mAh batteries up and down on the phone. The main motherboard is in the middle of the device and allows easy connection of the USB port on the side.

Most ROG Phone 3 accessories from last year are supported. For example, there's the Nintendo Joycon-style ROG Kunai 3 gamepad, which is two controller halves that can be attached to the sides of the phone or slipped into a controller handle. There is also a "ROG Clip" phone mount for a Playstation or Xbox controller. Only the TV dock is different this year and not compatible with last year's version. The Ultimate model will go on sale in Europe in May.


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Kevin Benckendorf grew up in Germany, but at home all over the world. His passion is the latest technology. Whether hardware or software. He is always up to date and tests the best new releases for you.

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