ASUS ROG Phone 5s review: Best in gaming but not innovative
You all must know the meaning of ROG. But let me tell you once again. It means Republic of Gamers. That is a phone that has been specially designed for mobile game lovers. This is the reason that whenever an ASUS ROG phone is launched, there is a tremendous discussion in the gaming community. Last year, the company launched ASUS ROG Phone 5, and this time its upgraded version has come with the ASUS ROG Phone 5s. When the phone came to us for review, we tried to check whether it is really special or if the old phone was presented in new syrup?
ASUS ROG 5s Design for Gamers
You must have noticed earlier that the ASUS ROG Phone 5s is different from other phones available in the market in terms of design. It is so this time also. But if you compare this phone with the old ROG, then there will be no difference. The body of the phone is made of glass and a carbon fiber squash print has been given on the back. This is where the ROG logo is available. The company has given dot matrix light which makes it different from other devices. This light also works for notification LEDs. Not all types of notifications, but you can set some selected apps on it. The body of the Fan is black but the dot matrix light and red-colored SIM tray on the side add a bit of variety to the design.
Like every ROG, you will get two USB Type-C ports in this too. One port is on the bottom while the other port is given on the side so that if you charge the phone while gaming, the charger does not bother you. It’s also a good thing to have a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone has a loudspeaker grille at the bottom and a volume rocker on the right side along with the power button. At the same time, two air triggers have been given in the right panel itself, which gives a great experience to the gamers. There is no doubt that this phone is much better for gamers. But it also has to be acknowledged that there is no novelty in the look.
On the other hand, if we mention the other drawbacks, the first is that it is quite heavy. It weighs 238 grams which would be too much to be said. On the other hand, despite being an expensive phone, you do not get an IP68 or IP67 rating, so it will not be said to be very safe from water and dust.
After the heavy design, the good display definitely gives you some relief. This phone has a large 6.78-inch screen that supports a 144Hz refresh rate. Not only this, the company has used FHD + AMOLED display panel, which can be said to be a good thing. The aspect ratio of the phone is 20: 9 while it supports a 395-pixel density which is Gorilla Glass Victus protected. The back panel is of glass and there you also get the protection of Gorilla Glass. This phone supports 1200 nits brightness. At the same time, it is HDR10+ certified.
In such a situation, you can say that there is no shortage in terms of display. In this phone, you can set the refresh rate up to 144Hz, 120Hz, and 60Hz according to your need.
ASUS ROG 5s Fast Processor
As we said earlier, the ASUS ROG Phone 5s is similar in design to its older model in terms of display. But there will be an upgrade in the processor. The company has used Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset in it. It is an Octa-core processor which is built on 5nm architecture. This processor is considered very fast and power-efficient. At the same time, the company has given UFS 3.1 storage with LPDDR5 RAM, which can be said to be a very good thing.
You can get an idea of the performance by looking at the specification of this phone. You will not only get better results in daily use but there will be no complaints of frame drop and lagging during gaming. On the other hand, if you are playing the game at a high refresh rate, then the experience becomes even more spectacular. Asus ROG phone has the option of the armory crate app. If you are a gamer then this app is a great helper for you. As you know not every game currently supports a high refresh rate, so this app will automatically highlight games that support 120Hz and 144Hz screen refresh rates so that you can recognize and enjoy them at a glance. I can pick up
During this phone test, we also did gaming on it and also did major benchmark tests. On Antutu, this phone was able to score 819452, while on Geekbench it was able to score up to 867 on single-core and 2874 on multi-core. Let me tell you that at one time ROG phones were known for the highest score but this time it did not happen. Phones with better scores than this have become available in India, including models like the Samsung Galaxy S22 series with the iQoo 9 Pro.
You can map commands to these triggers where you will be able to do fast gaming while gaming using the usual 4 fingers instead of just two fingers. Not only this, with better control, you also get a lot of space on the screen. The company has also given the Game Genie feature in it. If you can mute external notifications and annoyances while gaming. Not only this but through this, your gameplay can also be recorded. Along with this, the company has also given the option to see FPS apart from boosting system speed, GPU, and CPU temperature.
After going through the overall performance section, you can say that the experience is going to be the best but the downside is that we all were expecting the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The other drawback is the heating. The phone was heating up a bit while gaming.
Asus ROG Phone 5S has been introduced by the company on the Android 11 operating system. Although it doesn’t have stock Android, it’s not much different. The company has introduced the built-in theme store. Along with this, some other apps will also be available. You will not get any complaints from OS also.
ASUS ROG 5s Average Camera
ASUS ROG Phone 5s This segment will make you feel a bit weak. Although not very weak on paper. The company has introduced it with a triple rear camera where the main camera is 64 MP. The main sensor is Sony’s IMX686 sensor which comes with an F1.8 aperture. Along with this, there is a 13MP secondary camera that supports wide-angle. The company has talked about a 125-degree field of view. The third sensor is 5MP, which has been given for macro photography. On the front, you get a 24-megapixel camera.
Like other Asus phones, you will not get much relief from photography in this too. The company says that it has been kept natural but you will find it a bit dull. There was also a slight lack of detail. Big subjects are visible properly but small things start merging in the photo. You cannot call the camera quality bad, but since this is the company’s flagship phone, the hope about the camera increases.
I would like to mention one feature of this phone. Asus is the second company after Samsung that has given an 8K video recording option. You can record 8K videos at 30 frames per second. Whereas for 4K recording, you will have the option of 30 frames and 60 frames. This video will not disappoint you much. Along with the video, it also captures sound very well.
The option of slow-motion video is also available in this. Can’t say that much in slow motion but low light photography is fine. There is some grace left in the photo but the light captures well.
ASUS ROG 5s Music and Connectivity
Along with good gaming and design, better music combinations will also be available on this phone. ASUS ROG Phone 5s has a 12×16 Dual Super Linear Loudspeaker which is quite spectacular. The company has given a symmetrical dual front-facing speaker which supports HD sound. right there in your phone, There is a 7-magnet stereo speaker which gives you the assurance of audio output at very low distortion.
The good thing can be said that it has support for a 3.5mm audio jack and it supports Hi-Res Audio. The company claims that it is capable of giving you up to 384 kHz / 32-bit output. At the same time, it has the support of ESS DAC so that you will be able to enjoy the lossless sound effects on headphones or earphones.
In connectivity, this phone supports dual sim, and connectivity of 5G and 4G networks are available in it. On the other hand, in terms of security, the company has given an in-display fingerprint scanner.
ASUS ROG 5s Battery Backup
Like last time in ROG Phone 5, this time too 6000 mAh battery has been given. Along with this, you get 65W fast charging support. Although the charging was not found very fast, it took around 1 hour and more than 15 minutes for a full charge, which would be said to be a little more. At the same time, the run time of this phone on PC Mark was more than 18 hours, which can be called very good. Yes, the battery drop was a bit high in gaming. The battery went from 100 percent to 90 percent in 30 minutes of gaming.
The starting price of the ASUS ROG Phone 5 in India is Rs 49,999 and it can be purchased from Flipkart. Looking at the specifications of this phone, it can be said that it is good according to the price. Not to mention the top processor, great performance, better battery backup, and design. Only you can remove the drawback in the camera. Despite this, I would say that if you are a gamer then this is the phone for you. But if you want to get the second-best all-rounder phone available in the market, then you have Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones available.