ASUS has been killing the PC game for a while. It’s no surprise they decided to obliterate the mobile gaming scene too. I’ve talked all about their ROGs below. Why don’t you read ahead?
Before we dive in, let’s run through the phone’s specs.
|Asus ROG ZS600KL||158.8 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm||6-inch AMOLED 1080 x 2160 pixels||Snapdragon 845||Android 8.1||8 GB||128 GB, 512 GB||4,000 mAh|
|Asus ROG Phone II ZS660KL||171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm||6.59-inch AMOLED 1080 x 2340 pixels||Snapdragon 855+||Android 9||8 GB, 12 GB||128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB||6,000 mAh|
|Asus ROG 3 ZS661KS||171 x 78 x 9.9 mm||6.59-inch AMOLED 1080 x 2340 pixels||Snapdragon 865 5G||Android 10||8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB||128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB||6,000 mAh|
|Asus ROG 5||172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm||6.78-inch AMOLED 1080 X 2448 pixels||Snapdragon 888 5G||Android 11||8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB||128 GB, 256 GB||6,000 mAh|
|Asus ROG 5 Pro||172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm||6.78-inch AMOLED 1080 X 2448 pixels||Snapdragon 888 5G||Android 11||16 GB||512 GB||6,000 mAh|
|Asus ROG 5 Ultimate||172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm||6.78-inch AMOLED 1080 X 2448 pixels||Snapdragon 888 5G||Android 11||18 GB||512 GB||6,000 mAh|
The ROG 5 is massive, being 6.78 inches. It’s heavy too; you’re looking at a handset that weighs 238 grams. Just like it’s siblings, it was made from Gorilla Glass and aluminum.
There are pressure sensitive zones that act as buttons. Of course, a light panel is on its rear.
Its rocks an AMOLED panel on its front. Its display can handle more glare than the IIII. You’re getting an 800 typ nit front. Immersing in games is more of a breeze too. Its screen-to-body ratio is an impressive 82%.
Graphics would be pin-sharp. It comes with an 1080 x 2448 pixel resolution.
Moreover, its display is 144 HZ. This means that animations are extremely buttery.
Out of the box, it runs Android 11. ASUS’ ROG UI is present.
DTS:X stereo speakers with amplifiers are on it. You’ll really feel like you’re in the game you’re playing.
What about its chipset? The super powerful Snapdragon 888 chip was placed. It’s one of the most powerful processors around.
You’ll be able to download as many games as you like – the ROG 5 comes with great storage options. They are 128 and 256 GB. What about RAM? 8, 12 and 16 GB of memory would be available.
A massive 6,000 mAh battery is housed. 65 W fast charging would have to be used. Expect the ROG to go from 0-100% in less than an hour. It comes with reverse charging too.
The two are essentially the ASUS ROG 5. They differ when it comes to storage and memory, though. The 5 Ultimate comes with 512 GB of ROM and 18 gigs of memory. Meanwhile, the 5 Pro comes with 512 GB of ROM and 16 gigs of memory.
The ROG III was released in 2020. It is quite heavy, being 240 grams. Its screen is as big as its sibling’s above.
It houses an AMOLED display – colours would be super vibrant. Gaming outdoors would be a breeze too, as it’s typ nits is 650.
Of course, it was built from premium materials. You’re looking at a phone that rocks a Gorilla Glass and aluminum build.
The ROG III will catch your eye from across the room, as there is an RBG light panel. What’s more, there are pressure sensitive zones on its rear. They act as buttons.
There’s not much bezel action going on. The handset has a 79.9% screen-to-body ratio.
When playing a graphic extensive game, you’d want its art-work to shine. You’d love that the III has a sharp display. Its screen resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels.
The processor inside it is a beast. Asus placed the Snapdragon 865+ inside. The cherry on top is the fact that it can be overclocked. Games would load in the blink of an eye – the device comes with a tremendous amount of RAM. You can pick it up with either 8, 12 or 16 GB of memory.
Out of the box, it runs Android 10. ASUS’ special ROG UI is in place. You can learn more about it in the latter part of my review.
Once again, the sky is the limit when it comes to the number of games you’ll be able to download. You can pick the phone up with 128, 256 or 512 GB of space.
You’re getting a large 6,000 mAh battery. 30 W fast charging is available, letting you fully charge in a little over an hour and a half. You can use the ROG III as a power-bank. It comes with reverse charging.
It’s a very heavy phone, coming in at 240 grams. It has a durable body, having been made from Gorilla Glass and aluminum.
Similar to its predecessor, it doesn’t look like a normal phone. The ROG II has geometric patterns and an ASUS logo that lights up.
How big are your hands? The mobile is a gigantic 6.59 inches. Immersing in games would be a breeze.
What helps you immerse better is the vibrant AMOLED display and 80.3% screen to body ratio. Animations would be buttery as well. Its display is 120 HZ.
Battery-wise, ASUS has upped the ante. It placed a massive 6,000 mAh battery. You’ll be charging the device with a 30 W fast charger. It’ll go from 0-100% in less than an hour and a half. Reverse charging is also available.
The ROG II houses the powerful Snapdragon 855 chip. Yes, it can be overclocked.
The amount of storage you get with the phone is incredible. You can choose from 4 variants, which are 128, 256, 526 GBs and 1 TB of ROM. Having 1 TB of storage is computer level storage capacity.
RAM wise, you can choose between 8 or 12 gigs.
It has dual DTX:X stereo speakers, which provides an incredible sound experience.
The Asus ROG doesn’t look like a normal phone. The first thing you’ll notice is how PC-like it is. The Asus logo is in-your-face, but not in a bad way. The cherry on top is the fact that it lights up.
You’re looking at a mobile made from Gorilla Glass and aluminum. It’ll be hard to scratch up.
The device comes with an AMOLED panel. Colours would be vibrant. Details would be good too, thanks to the 1080 x 2160-pixel screen resolution.
Its screen is 6 inches – you’ll immerse in whatever you’re playing. The ROG unfortunately has some bezel action going on. Its screen to body ratio is 76.8%.
You’ll be met with a 90 HZ display. Animations would be buttery.
8 gigs of RAM would be available, which lets games load in the blink of an eye. ASUS placed the Snapdragon 845 inside. It’s speed binned, letting it be over-clocked.
You can purchase the mobile with either 128 or 512 gigs of space. The sky is the limit when it comes to the number of games you’ll be able to download.
Out of the box, the ROG runs Android 8.1. Sadly, an Android 10 update is not possible.
It comes with a 4, 000 mAh battery that isn’t small in general, but for the intense gaming you’ll be doing, it doesn’t cut it. It has an endurance rating of 78 hours.
You’ll be using a 30 W fast charger on it; the handset takes 2 hours to fully charge. Considering that it costs an arm and a leg, such speeds aren’t the best.
Here are a couple of tid-bits you might find interesting.
ROG Stands for…
It is an acronym for Republic of Gamers. It fits the phone line’s brand very well.
There are ROG Laptops
Before the phone line came into being, ASUS was producing laptops under the Republic of Gamer name. They were created to compete with Alienwares.
You Can Install External Cooling Docks
The handsets come with docks for you to place external cooling fans. What gamer wouldn’t want that?
Liquid Cooling is Available
Speaking of cooling, all the mobiles in the ROG series have liquid cooling. Overheating will never be an issue.
It’s basically ZEN UI with a gaming twist. There are sharp lines and many options to toggle and play with. You’ll feel like you’re working a gaming computer.
If you’re a serious mobile gamer, you need to invest in one of the units in the line. They look good and come with beastly specs too.