Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate in for review

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We have already given you our ROG Phone 5 detailed review, but we also received a max-out ROG Phone 5 Ultimate with a ridiculous 18 GB RAM and 512 GB storage space. This requires a quick practical treatment to see how different the two editions are, and more importantly what the ultimate edition aims for.

To begin with, the core specifications remain unchanged – a 6.78 ”AMOLED screen with a 144Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 888 and a 6,000 mAh battery with 65W charging. What you get in the ultimate edition is a ROG Vision monochrome PMOLED screen on the back, which can display alerts, animations, images or simply rep your favorite site, which we decided to do.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate hands-on

Another more functional addition is the two rear touch buttons, which are programmable and supported in games like PUBG Mobile. These are part of the back panel of the phone and are located under the ROG Vision mini screen and next to the camera sensor. In short, you get the L2 / R2 trigger function found on most game controllers. The ultrasonic triggers on the right side of the frame are still present here.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate hands-on

ROG Phone 5 Ultimate also comes with AeroActive Cooler 5, which Asus claims can reduce the device’s surface temperature by 15 ° C and the chipset’s temperature by 10 ° C. There’s also a nice set of physical shoulder buttons on the cooler as well as a headphone jack and kickstand. Another added bonus is the transparent protective case that has a cutout for the ROG Vision display and the rear touch buttons.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate hands-on

ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is only offered in Clone trooper Matte White, which has a satin-like finish compared to the glossy on the vanilla ROG Phone 5. It is certainly strange to use a device with 18 GB LPDDR5 RAM, when only your laptop is proud of a skinny 8GB or 16GB slot, but such is the world of gaming phones in 2021. The maximum 512GB of storage sounds excessive, but keep in mind that it can not be expanded, so Asus made sure you have enough to fit all your multimedia content on here.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate hands-on

As a whole, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is a flashy alternative to the already excellent vanilla ROG Phone 5. Is 18GB of RAM, rear touch buttons and ROG Vision display worth paying the premium? It is up to the individual buyers to decide.

In the meantime, check out our ROG Phone 5 full review to see how the hardware performs in our tests and our judgment on Asus’ latest gaming phone.

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