Asus launches ROG Phone 5 series; 18GB of RAM on a phone anyone?

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That’s right, (up to) 18GB on a phone. Considering a base MacBook Pro comes with just 8GB of RAM, that’s an awful lot of memory for a gaming phone.

But in a sector where bragging rights often usurps everything else, this is definitely going to put the ROG Phone 5 series at the top of the tree for kudos.

And along with things like Qualcomm’s top-spec Snapdragon 888 chipset, 5G, optional secondary cooling, a rear mounted OLED display that can be customised, and obligatory LED lighting effects, it ticks all the boxes for the avid mobile gamer.

There’s a 144Hz refresh rate AMOLED display (1080×2448 pixels) made by Samsung, with 300Hz touch sampling rate and ultra-low latency at just 1ms, all of which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

To keep the phones going, there’s a 6,000mAh battery with 65W fast charging. The phone even has two USB-C ports.

A gaming phone with awesome graphic potential wouldn’t be much good without great audio or control, but there’s no worry there as it comes with two amplified front-facing speakers powered by Dirac technologies, and an upgraded AirTrigger 5 control system with multiple ways to control the phone – including two hidden touch sensors on the rear.

Connectivity comes in the form of 5G, Wi-Fi 6E (including 6GHz support) and Bluetooth 5.2.

Pricing and Availability

The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, with 18GB of RAM, is not destined for the UK at the current time, nor the ROG Phone 5 Pro with 512GB of storage, but the ROG Phone 5 will be released in two configurations when it goes on sale starting at the end of April:

  • ROG Phone 5 – 12GB/256GB – end of April £799
  • ROG Phone 5 – 16GB/256GB – end of May £899

Specifications

Supplied by Asus

Processor2.84 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform with 5 nm, 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
GPUQualcomm Adreno 660
UIAndroid 11 with new ROG UI
Display6.78″ 20.4:9 (2448 x 1080) 144 Hz / 1 ms Samsung AMOLED display
800 nits outdoor readable brightness
1,200 nits peak brightness
Delta-E < 1
111.23% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Supports Always-On HDR display
HDR10 and HDR10+ certified
Capacitive touchscreen with 10-point multitouch (supports glove touch)
Dimensions173 x 77 x 9.9 mm 
Weight239 g
Battery6000 mAh typical capacity
MemoryROG Phone 5 Ultimate: 18 GB LPDDR5 RAM
ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5: Up to 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM
StorageROG Phone 5 Ultimate and Pro: 512 GB UFS 3.1 ROM
ROG Phone 5: Up to 256 GB UFS 3.1 ROM
SensorsIn-display fingerprint sensor, face recognition, accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient-light sensor, ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 5 and grip press
Wireless TechnologyIntegrated WiFi 6E (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2×2 MIMO)
Bluetooth® 5.2 (HFP + A2DP + AVRCP + HID + PAN + OPP), supports Qualcomm® aptX AdaptiveWiFi DirectNFC
GPSGNSS support GPS (L1/L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1/E5a), BeiDou(B1i/B1c/B2a), QZSS (L1/L5) and NavIC (L5)
I/O PortsSide and bottom:
USB-C
Front Camera24 MP
Rear Camera64 MP (Main camera Sony IMX686) + 13 MP (125° ultrawide-angle lens) + 5 MP (Macro)
Voice WakeupYes
SpeakerSymmetrical dual front-facing speakers powered by Dirac technologies
7-magnet stereo speaker with Cirrus Logic amplifier for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect
NFCSupported
ColorROG Phone 5 Ultimate: Storm White
ROG Phone 5 Pro: Phantom Black
ROG Phone 5: Phantom Black and Storm White
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