Of course, there are still many features and specs to be confirmed so we will update this article regularly as new information becomes available. In the meantime, check out our guide to the best smartphones to see what the Asus ROG Phone 6 will have to beat.
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate review: overkill
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Referring to the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate as a regular phone, even if it is, is simplistic. Sure, it runs on Android 11 and can answer calls, take photos, and do all the other things any other phone can do. But if its angular design and tiny monochrome OLED screen mounted on the back haven’t given it away yet, this phone is different.
This is Asus’ latest attempt (technically the fourth, but omits that number in the name for superstitious reasons) of embedding a console-like console into a phone for a niche but thriving global crowd of mobile gamers. It offers more power and customization than other large screen phones, both in terms of hardware and software. It’s a real spec sandwich.
For example, it has multiple USB-C ports that allow you to charge in either landscape or portrait mode. This model also includes a snap-on cooling fan (its sole purpose is to prevent the phone from overheating after overclocking), and the fan includes USB-C pass-through, a 3.5mm headphone jack and two switchable trigger buttons. In addition, there are several ultrasonic sensors in the phone that can replace some touch controls to make games feel like you are using a controller. And with this year’s model, Armory Crate can boost CPU and graphics speeds, increase screen refresh rates, and more depending on the game.
Our review of Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
- Powerful and full of features
- The sleekest gaming phone
- ROG Vision OLED is a nice flex
- Perfect front-firing speakers
- 18 GB of RAM is not needed in today’s applications and games
- Value is, as always, hard to justify
- This is a total overkill for cloud gaming streaming
The Ultimate is the top-of-the-range ASUS ROG Phone 5 and will be available in May for € 1,299 (or around € 400,583). But other cheaper options will be shipped earlier, starting in March for around $ 950. How does Asus justify the $ 600 price delta? This is the only setup that has a matte white color scheme with a few blue details scattered around the phone. And it’s the only one on offer – and perhaps the only phone other than the new RedMagic 6 Pro – that comes with 18GB of RAM. That’s an impressive spec to find on a phone, but I’m still looking for a use-case that requires having so much RAM. The cheaper versions of the ROG Phone 5 ship with 16GB and 12GB of RAM respectively, which I bet doesn’t make much of a difference in performance.