In April this year, the ROG Phone 5 family, the league of gaming mobiles, was released. However, as we all know, you can’t stay up to date with the latest hardware for years, as every few months something stronger and better appears.
Asus has released two improved models with the current top hardware, ROG Phone 5s, and 5s Pro. The series’ mobiles include the Snapdragon 888+ chipset, slightly higher at 3.0 GHz than its predecessor at 2.84 GHz. The Pro model has 18GB of RAM, shaming gaming laptops, with 512GB of internal storage. There is no MicroSD card input, but it might be entirely unnecessary for this brutal amount of storage. The Pro also features a PMOLED rear display that replaces the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate monochrome rear display.
18/512 GB may seem like an exaggeration, but luckily, there are more configs to choose from in the ROG Phone 5s palette. Optional 8/128GB, 12/256GB and 16/256GB models.
There’s no display on the back of the smooth 5s, just an RGB-lit Republic of Gamers logo, and no touch buttons on the back, although I don’t feel like a big cut. The ultrasonic AirTrigger 5 shoulder bras are naturally obtained on both models.
The manufacturer stated that ROG Phone 5 had the lowest display response time when released. Since then, this has been even lower, with a response time of 24ms in the 5s series and 24.3ms in the predecessor. It’s also not a big novelty, but it’s still the best and newest at the moment. The display also stayed with the 6.28-inch Super AMOLED panel with 1080p+ resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. There is no change in battery, and we get a piece with a capacity of 6000 mAh with 65W fast charging support.
It should also be noted that for the Pro model, we also get the AeroActive Cooler cooler, which we would otherwise have to buy separately for quite a peppery price of $70. The 5s series is also compatible with all ROG Phone accessories, newer than ROG Phone 3.
Overall, the ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro bring you what you’re done with. It’s a little better at everything, but it’s not radical in anything like its predecessor. It’s not a complete generational change from Asus, and it’s just a facelift to have a ROG Phone that’s still the best at everything. This Asus series has always been the standard for gaming phones, and it’s no different now. These two models are great, but replacing a regular five would be worth it to virtually no one.