Official ROG Phone 5S / 5S Pro: even more powerful

ROG Phone 5S

It was in the air and now it's official: ASUS presents to the general public ROG Phone 5S e 5SPro, the new refresh of its mobile gaming division. It is therefore not a real new chapter, but a hardware revision of the ROG Phone 5 series. And as for the generation just left behind, this time too we have two models, both with the main novelty: the Snapdragon 888 + Qualcomm license plate.

Official ROG Phone 5S and 5S Pro: all the news

Design and display

Being an intermediate model, it does not change the aesthetics of ROG Phone 5S, keeping the gaming phone features of the series unchanged. On the back we find the RGB logo on the standard model, while on the Pro model the screen PM-OLED ROG Vision. The latter is also touch and supports a whole series of graphic optimizations, also acting as a notification LED for calls, recharging and games. The dimensions remain unchanged, therefore we find the Samsung E4 screen AMOLED da 6,78 "Full HD + (2448 x 1080 pixels) with 395 PPI density, HDR10 +, 800 nits and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.

If the refresh rate stays at 144 Hz, however, a greater power of the screen should be noted, whose touch sampling rises from 300 to 360 Hz. This means even higher responsiveness when interacting with the touch screen during gaming. Furthermore, it is now possible to scale the refresh rate to 90 Hz, in addition to 60, 120 and 144 Hz. The biometric scanning is always entrusted to the fingerprint sensor placed under the display.

ROG Phone 5S

Hardware

As anticipated, the main novelty of ROG Phone 5S is undoubtedly the implementation of Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 +. A SoC always made with a 5 nm production process but which improves the performance of the CPU. The processor is still octa-core Kryo 680, but the maximum Cortex-X1 core goes up from 2,84 GHz to 2,995 GHz. In addition, the Hexagon 780 DSP goes up from 26 to 32 TOPS, increasing AI performance by 20%. Accompanying all this is the Adreno 660 GPU, together with 8 / 12 / 16 / 18 GB of RAM LPDDR5 e 128 / 256 / 512 GB of non-expandable UFS 3.1 storage (but with support for external NTFS drives). To keep the temperatures low there is the dissipation system coupled with the dedicated accessory AeroActive Cooler 5.

In addition to the SoC and memories, the gaming part is supported by AirTrigger 5, the integrated ultrasonic buttons on the side frame. A must is the mini-jack input for lovers of wired headphones. As expected, the photographic sector does not change either, which remains from 64 + 13 + 5 MP with wide angle and macro and selfie camera from 24 MP. Much more interesting for a gaming phone is the double cell battery, also from 6.000 mAh with quick charging support 65W (also inverse to 10W). Just as interesting are the frontal stereo speakers with dedicated amplifiers and DTS: X technology.

ROG Phone 5S

The rest of the specs include 5G SA + NSA connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX HD and Adaptive, Dual-Frequency GPS, NFC and USB Type-C 3.1. Finally, the software is still based on Android 11 with the ZenUI 8 in the ROG UI version and all the features dedicated to gaming.

ROG Phone 5S - Price and availability

As stated by ASUS, the new ROG Phone 5S and 5S Pro will be available as soon as the low stocks of the 5 series are finished. Available in Phantom Black and Storm White colors, we do not yet have precise information on dates and prices. As soon as they are there, we will add them.

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