ROG Phone 5 Series with 144Hz Displays, Snapdragon 888, and Massive 6,000mAh Batteries Launched in PH, Starts at PhP39,995


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ASUS Republic of Gamers has finally launched one of its most-anticipated product lineups for the year in the Philippines – the ROG Phone 5 series – ROG Phone 5 Classic, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, along with a number of accessories to further elevate your mobile gaming experience.

ROG Phone 5 Series: Finest Performance Yet

ROG Phone 5 series is powered by no less than the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform which delivers a 35% improvement in GPU performance and 25% in CPU performance. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, in particular, boasts 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM, increasing its overall gaming performance.

The devices also feature the upgraded GameCool 5 cooling system which utilizes a centered CPU and a battery that’s split into two parts to ensure that heat generated by the CPU is transferred to all the edges and corners of the chassis simultaneously for higher thermal efficiency. They are also equipped with a reshaped 3D vapor chamber and extensive graphite sheets which help spread the heat evenly across the device to reduce heat buildup in the middle section.

The revamped AeroActive Cooler 5 now intakes and expels an incredible amount of air directly onto the center of the device which is where the CPU is, resulting to a 10°C drop in CPU temperature.

The new Armoury Crate includes X Mode, with multiple system profiles to allow gamers to fine-tune the settings according to their preferences, letting the phone adapt to the task.

ROG Phone 5 series pack a 6,000mAh battery with new software optimizations and power-saving mechanisms, including a charging upper limit, steady charging, and enhanced scheduled charging. Passive power-saving mechanisms also limit inactive apps for up to 67% more power savings. With the bundled 65W HyperCharge adapter, gamers won’t have to wait long for the phone to be back up and ready for action again.

ROG Phone 5 Series: Immersive Mobile Gaming Experience

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ROG Phone 5 series is equipped with the massively upgraded AirTrigger 5 control system that gives gamers up to four distinct ways of interacting with their ROG Phone 5, and also features two extra physical buttons for a genuine console-like experience.

The devices also supports an total of 10 different motion controls. In a racing game, for example, they can swivel the phone as an action for steering or pull it towards them to brake.

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The GameFX audio system now utilizes symmetrical seven-magnet dual speakers for truly balanced stereo sound effects, optimized in collaboration with Dirac. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as a hi-fi grade ESS DAC for lossless audio processing.

Gamers can also enjoy various theme packs to personalize their devices and can also share, discuss, and interact via ROG Connect, an online community built into the ROG Phone 5 series.

ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate

The ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate both boast an exclusive feature called ROG Vision, which is a pioneering matrix display never before seen on any smartphone until now. The Pro variant features a colored ROG Vision display, while the Ultimate model packs a monochrome version.

ROG Vision can display a variety of cool animations that show whether the phone is charging if there’s an incoming call, whether X Mode is enabled, and more. You can even create custom animations for a more personal touch.

ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate also feature hidden touch sensors on the back cover, which provide L2/R2 trigger functions just like a game console controller.

ROG Phone 5 Series: Pricing and Availability

  • ROG Phone 5 Classic (16GB+256GB) comes in Phantom Black Color and will be available in the Philippines starting April 10 for PhP49,995. First owners will receive a special set bundle which includes the ROG Kunai Gamepad as well as the ROG Akira Oversized Tee. Its Storm White variant is set to arrive sometime in May 2021.
  • ROG Phone 5 Classic (8GB+128GB), on the other hand, will also be available starting April 10 in Phantom Black and is priced at PhP39,995. The Storm White variant is also set to arrive in May 2021.
  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (Storm White) and ROG Phone 5 Pro (Phantom Black) will arrive in May 2021. The Ultimate Edition is priced at PhP59,995 (18GB+512GB) and will come with a Special Gift Box, while the Pro Edition (16GB+512GB) will be priced at PhP54,995. Both will feature the highly customizable ROG Vision and additional rear trigger functions.

ROG Phone 5 Series: Accessories

ROG Kunai Gamepad will be available in April 2021 for PhP6,995, while the ROG Lightning Armor Case 5 will arrive in May 2021 and will retail for PhP2,495.

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ROG Phone 5 series will come with an AeroActive Cooler 5 and will also be backed by a 1-year global warranty, which will also be available for the ROG Phone accessories. For more details, click here.

End of May 2021ROG Phone 5 UltimateStorm WhiteSD 888 18G/512G59,995.00Aero Active Cooler 5 AeroCase
65W Charger
Special Gift Box PHP 5,990
End of May 2021ROG Phone 5 ProPhantom BlackSD 888 16G/512G54,995.00Aero Active Cooler 5 AeroCase
65W Charger
PHP 2,495
Phantom Black (April 2021)

Storm White (May 2021)
ROG Phone 5 ClassicPhantom Black

Storm White
SD 888 16G/256G49,995.00Aero Active Cooler 5 AeroCase
65W Charger
ROG Kunai Gamepad 
ROG Akira Oversized Tee 
PHP 10,485
Phantom Black (April 2021)

Storm White (May 2021)
ROG Phone 5 ClassicPhantom Black

Storm White
SD 888 8G/128G39,995.00Aero Active Cooler 5 AeroCase
65W Charger
PHP 2,495
April 2021ROG Kunai GamepadPhantom Black6,995.00
May 2021ROG Lighting Armor Case 5Phantom Black2,495.00

ROG Phone 5 Series Specs

ProcessorSnapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform with 5nm, 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
DCI-P3 color gamut coverage 
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Supports
Always-On HDR display
HDR10 and HDR10+ Certified
Dimensions173 x 77 x 9.9 mm 
Weight239 g
Battery6000mAh typical capacity
MemoryUltimate: 18 GB LPDDR5 RAM Pro and ROG Phone 5: Up to 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM
StorageUltimate and Pro: 512 GB UFS 3.1 ROG Phone 5: Up to 256 GB UFS 3.1
InterfaceUSB-C (Side and Bottom)
Camera Front: 24 MP
Rear: 64 MP (Main camera Sony IMX686) + 13 MP (125° ultrawide-angle lens) + 5 MP (Macro)
ColorROG Phone 5 Ultimate: Storm White ROG Phone 5 Pro: Phantom Black ROG Phone 5: Phantom Black and Storm White

Check out our unboxing and first impressions of the ROG Phone 5


First Impressions

You may also check out our full review of the ROG Phone 5 Classic.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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