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ASUS ROG Phone 5 vs 5 Pro vs 5 Ultimate: Specs Comparison

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Asus just launched its lineup of gaming phones for 2021. For the first time ever, the series is composed of three variants: Asus ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Edition. Despite we are talking about three variants with different names, there are not many differences between each handset. But there are a few important ones you should be aware of, at least if you want to get one of these gaming phones. In this specs comparison, you will find them.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 vs ASUS ROG Phone 5 Pro vs ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Limited Edition

Asus ROG Phone 5 Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm, 238 grams 172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm, 238 grams 172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm, 238 grams
DISPLAY 6.78 inches, 1080 x 2448p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, AMOLED 6.78 inches, 1080 x 2448p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, AMOLED 6.78 inches, 1080 x 2448p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, AMOLED
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz
MEMORY 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 16 GB RAM, 256 GB 16 GB RAM, 512 GB 18 GB RAM, 512 GB
SOFTWARE Android 11, Rog UI + Zen UI Android 11, ROG UI + Zen UI Android 11, ROG UI + Zen UI
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS
CAMERA Triple 64 + 13 + 5 MP f/1.8, f/2.4, and f/2.0
24 MP f/2.5 front camera
Triple 64 + 13 + 5 MP f/1.8, f/2.4, and f/2.0
24 MP f/2.5 front camera
Triple 64 + 13 + 5 MP f/1.8, f/2.4, and f/2.0
24 MP f/2.5 front camera
BATTERY 6000 mAh, fast charging 65W 6000 mAh, fast charging 65W 6000 mAh, fast charging 65W
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Dual SIM slot, 5G, AirTriggers, RGB logo, reverse charging Dual SIM slot, 5G, AirTriggers, rear display, reverse charging Dual SIM slot, 5G, AirTriggers, rear display, reverse charging

Design

The design is one of the main differences between these three phones. The ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Edition is definitely the most attractive with its monochromatic design. Both ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate Edition come with a rear display, while the vanilla Asus ROG Phone 5 has an RGB logo instead. But if we exclude this zone of the rear side and the color variants, the designs are identical.

Display

ASUS ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Edition come with the same display: an AMOLED panel that shows up to one billion colors, sporting a 144 Hz refresh rate, a Full HD+ resolution, and the HDR10+ certification. What changes is the rear side: with the ASUS ROG Phone 5, you actually get only an RGB logo. The ASUS ROG Phone 5 Pro comes with a color display on the rear side which is able to show important info such as battery charge, games loading, and more. Further, the rear display has a touch zone allowing which can be used to control your games. The Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate has a rear display too but there is one difference: it is a monochromatic screen.

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Specs & Software

The Asus ROG Phone 5 series is powered by the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform: the best Qualcomm chipset of 2021 until now. The differences between the hardware departments of ROG Phone 5, 5 Pro, and 5 Ultimate are the memory configurations. With the vanilla ROG Phone 5 and the Pro variant, you get a max of 16 GB of RAM, while the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Edition is the world’s first phone with 18 GB of RAM. The maximum internal storage of the vanilla ROG Phone 5 is 256 GB, while the Pro and the Ultimate go up to 512 GB. The software is the same: Android 11 customized by ROG UI, but it offers the chance to switch to Zen UI which is close to stock Android.

Camera

There are no differences in the camera departments of these devices and none of them is a top camera phone. They sport a 64 MP main camera with 8K video recording, a 13 MP ultrawide camera, and a 5 MP macro camera.

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Battery

The battery has a capacity of 6000 mAh and supports 65W fast charging: we got the same battery for each of these devices, as well as the same charging technology and reverse charging support.

Price

The starting price of the Asus ROG Phone 5 Global is €799/$950, ROG Phone 5 Pro costs €1199/$1430, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate will hit the shelves with a €1299/$1150 price tag. Given that the ROG Phone Ultimate has just aesthetics difference and 2 more gigs of RAM compared to the ROG Phone Pro, we believe it does not make a lot of sense to spend €100 more for it. The ROG Phone 5 Pro is definitely more interesting than the vanilla version due to its color rear display, but you can save a lot of money with the original ROG Phone 5. Which one would you pick?

ASUS ROG Phone 5 vs ASUS ROG Phone 5 Pro vs ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Limited Edition: PROs and CONS

Asus ROG Phone 5

PROs

  • More affordable
  • Wider availability (for now)
  • RGB logo
  • Multiple memory configurations

CONS

  • No rear display

Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro

PROs

  • Color rear display
  • Touch zones on the rear cover
  • 512 GB of storage
  • Good quality price ratio

CONS

  • Nothing particular

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Limited Edition

PROs

  • Rear display
  • More attractive design
  • Touch zones on the rear cover

CONS

  • Higher price
  • Monochromatic rear display

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