ROG Phone 5S review – A beast that only has a couple of minor faults

The Republic of Players (RoG) is the Asus gaming arm, specializing in no holds barred, value isn’t any object peak efficiency {hardware}. We’ve seen RoG {hardware} previously cope with something and every thing we throw at it, so it was with nice pleasure I raised my hand to spend a few weeks with the ROG telephone 5s.

Once we seemed on the earlier mannequin, the one actual fault was that it was a bit “an excessive amount of” telephone for some customers being considerably chunky, maybe a bit of too dear however that’s considerably subjective. The daring “gamer” look had been dialled again and the capabilities maintained: As a place to begin the ROG Cellphone 5S continues that pattern with extra on supply.

What’s within the field?

The fast presentation of the retail packaging is much like the earlier era, with a extremely attention-grabbing package deal that units the tone for the gaming focus of the telephone. Clearly, within the package deal, you’ve bought the telephone however you’ve additionally go the charging brick for quick charging, a charging cable, first rate cowl (though I’m not satisfied it could survive, or shield your telephone from an honest drop) and the clip-on cooler for gaming.

The field itself performs an element within the setup course of to unlock the armory crate, which later performs an element in your gaming expertise.

Maybe, for those who’re a gamer, the AeroActive Cooler performs a very powerful half within the further {hardware} offered. It clips to the edges of the telephone after which works to maintain the telephone cool the place the processing {hardware} is. It’s additionally designed to accommodate charging whilst you play video games to make sure your sport session isn’t minimize quick.

The {Hardware}: Design and Specs

Like its predecessors, the ROG Cellphone 5S specs are very a lot on the sharp finish of the pack. The quick checklist of specs that have an effect on efficiency contains:

  • Android 11 out of the field with the Android 12 replace able to roll as soon as you put in
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ 5G chipset
  • Qualcomm Adreno 660 GPU
  • 16GB of DDR5 reminiscence
  • 512GB of UFS3.1 storage

As with every gadget although, the efficiency specs actually solely inform a portion of the story. On this case, one function I used to be significantly excited by was the excellent display screen. It’s a 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED show that runs 2448 x 1080 decision at a 144Hz refresh fee, matching the earlier model of the gadget. Some customers might not be huge followers of the marginally bigger bezels, however it is a aware resolution to forestall false triggers whereas gaming.

All of that processing energy wants one thing to drive it and the 6,000 mAh battery does an incredible job of it. Considerably repeatedly throughout testing, I used to be capable of get 2 days from a single cost.

The look of the gadget has, once more, been toned down barely to a degree the place at a look, you wouldn’t comprehend it’s a gaming beast. It’s a bit larger than most units, however given the specs of the gadget and the gaming focus; I’m truthfully comfortable with that. As a comparability, the ROG Cellphone 5S measures 172.8 x 77.3 x 9.9 mm (related entrance dimensions, however thinner than the ROG Cellphone 5) whereas the Pixel 6 Professional is 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm.

Sticking with what was a successful method already, the engineers have the audio system entrance firing to maximise the audio quantity and high quality throughout gameplay. Whether or not it was throughout gameplay or media playback, for a telephone at the least, the audio high quality was actually spectacular. Loads of vary, unsurprising although it lacks bass, and sufficient quantity to fill a fairly well-sized room with music that’s distortion-free.

It’s bought the products for gaming

In a shock to nobody, a gaming telephone can actually ship when gaming. We’ve already coated the specs of the display screen which makes something you’re watching (or taking part in) an absolute pleasure, significantly with the excessive refresh fee. That additionally comes into play with the exceptionally good contact response on the display screen which made taking part in video games — Together with Diablo Immortal — not simply visually, however in a tactile sense great.

Even with out turning on the gaming mode (extra on that in a second), there weren’t actually any troubles for the ROG telephone 5S. Given the high-end specs, huge battery and software program optimisation obtainable for gaming, that’s hardly a shock. After some time, I did discover the centre of the telephone bought fairly heat, however not so heat that it could be uncomfortable to instantly put it in your pocket.

This nonetheless, is the place the AeroCooler comes into play. It offers you the chance to each cool your telephone whereas taking part in video games, and to cost the gadget throughout gameplay because the charging port is on the left aspect of the gadget (the longer edge) when held in portrait mode. This avoids the problem of a charging cable forcing you to alter your grip throughout gameplay and ensures, regardless of gameplay being a battery hog, that you would be able to then re-engage in your day with a well-charged cellular gadget.

X Mode give it every thing she’s bought!

X Mode does a bit within the background whenever you flip it on, beginning with winding up the efficiency {hardware} and killing any background apps. This releases all obtainable reminiscence to assist efficiency. That is configurable, however I discovered that the automated settings gave an incredible expertise and meant that I wasn’t interrupted by calls or messages as notifications are largely disabled by X Mode.

Software program: OS and efficiency

That is very a lot a case of evolution versus revolution on the subject of the ROG OS interface. It’s working the newest model of Android, for day-to-day use is optimised nicely sufficient to get a full day of battery simply and has loads of customisation obtainable to it. Pleasingly, there nonetheless isn’t any vastly intrusive bloatware on the OS, the Asus ROG launcher received’t be to everybody’s style however as talked about, it’s customisable.

Once more with the evolution, there seems to be supply on some classes discovered from the earlier era of telephones. Battery optimization is clearly nonetheless occurring with some apps within the background, however apps which might be used repeatedly and obtain push notifications so much, don’t get shut down anyplace close to as aggressively. You’ll nonetheless get the occasional shut down you don’t need, however that’s simply mounted by including an exception permitting the app to run within the background and utilizing the battery.

The Digital camera could be very succesful

The final couple of ROG telephones has improved every time with regard to the digital camera capabilities. This time round, I’m very glad to say that the digital camera has once more improved to a degree the place I’d say it’s very succesful. The same old array of photograph modes is included for video, evening seize, portrait and regular pictures. Don’t get me mistaken, this isn’t going to maintain up with the likes of the top-end Samsungs and iPhones of the world. Take into account although, that it’s $300 – $700 cheaper than these units.

The software program is often simple to navigate and use, with the shutter and autofocus actually up to the mark too. You’ll be able to simply level and shoot and pretty confidently — offering you could have first rate gentle — know you’ll get an honest photograph with good color copy and crisp imagery.


The ROG Cellphone 5s is a superb telephone, that may simply deal with something you throw at it in every day life. It’s bought actually excessive specs, loads of RAM and has a definite look to it that could be a bit of “flashy” for some, however isn’t misplaced even in skilled settings. Most likely the most important drawback with it’s that it’s fairly massive.

If I needed to sum this up in a single sentence it could be that the ROG Cellphone 5s is a shocking gadget that excels at nearly every thing with software program that doesn’t invade closely on the expertise of the telephone. Offered you don’t thoughts the digital camera not maintaining with $2,000.00 flagships this could be top-of-the-line buys of 2022 to date.

On the time of publishing this overview, the ROG telephone 5s is all the way down to $1,199.00 from $1,499.00 at JB Hello-Fi. Even at full worth, I’d be glad to suggest this to a whole lot of customers.

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