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Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate review - The collector's item among gaming smartphones

ROG Fan Phone. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is the spearhead of the series and the only model that can draw on 18 GB of working memory. The monochrome Vision display on the back is supposed to exude a classy flair, and the sensor keys on the back expand the gaming controls.
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Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (ROG Phone Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G 8 x 1.8 - 2.8 GHz, Cortex-X1 / A78 / A55 (Kryo 680)
Graphics adapter
Memory
18432 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.78 inch 20.4:9, 2448 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, Capazitive, 300 Hz Touch Sampling Rate, 24.3 ms Touch Latency, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, HDR, 144 Hz
Storage
512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 512 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Audio Jack (3.5 mm), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerator, E-Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 5 an grip press detection, Rear Touch
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1800, 2100 MHz), 4G (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48, 66, 71), 5G (Band 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78, 79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.9 x 172.83 x 77.25 ( = 0.39 x 6.8 x 3.04 in)
Battery
6000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (Sony IMX686, 1/1.7", f/1.8, PDAF) + 13 MPix (Ultra Wide, f/2.4, 125°) + 5 MPix (Macro, f/2.0); Camera2-API-Level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 24 MPix (f/2.4)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Onscreen, 65W-Charger, USB-Cabel, Plastic Case, AeroActive Cooler 5, ROG UI, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
239 g ( = 8.43 oz / 0.53 pounds), Power Supply: 193 g ( = 6.81 oz / 0.43 pounds)
Price
1299 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
ratingversion
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.7 %7
09/2021
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
239 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080
87.4 %7
04/2021
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
259 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.92"2460x1080
86 %7
07/2021
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
SD 870, Adreno 650
210 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
87.8 %7
04/2021
Asus ROG Phone 5
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
239 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080

Case, equipment and operation

At first glance, the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is difficult to distinguish from the  Standard variant because the dimensions and color scheme are identical. However, while the ROG Phone 5 has a dot RGB matrix on the back, the Ultimate has a ROG Vision display there. Like the Pro model, this can display smaller animations that are also related to the interaction with the smartphone. However, the Ultimate does not have a color display, but a monochrome PMOLED that is supposed to look sophisticated.

There are also two additional capacitive sensor keys on the back that can recognize swipe movements. These can be recognized haptically well since design elements are engraved into the glass at this point. Together with the ultrasonic keys AirTrigger 5 and the rocker keys of the AeroActive Cooler 5, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate thus has six additional input keys.

The Ultimate shares the powerful features with its siblings. Besides the Pogo PINs for connecting to the fan, there is a USB 3.2 port (Gen. 2, up to 10 GBit/s, HDMI and dP support up to UHD, QC 5.0) right next to it and an additional USB 2.0 port (QC 3.0) at the bottom edge, which can be used for powering while gaming. Furthermore, an audio jack with a High-Res Audio DAC is also on board.

The operating system Android 11 with the in-house ROG UI is used. Those who do not like it can switch to the standard UI during the setup, which is very close to a pure Android.

All modern standards are used for the mobile data connection and the number of supported frequency bands for LTE and 5G has been increased again for the Ultimate version. Wi-Fi 6E is a fast WLAN standard that can connect to two networks simultaneously via dual WLAN and enables high and stable data rates in the test with the Netgear Nighthawk AX12.

The voice quality of the ROG Phone is really good and delivers a very good intelligibility when held to the ear, which only reaches its limits in very loud ambient noise. The speaker mode reverberates slightly, but has a good microphone range and quality. The Asus smartphone can accept two nano-SIM cards and supports VoLTE.

The ROG Phone 5 not only has a high refresh rate of up to 144 Hz, but the touch sampling rate of 300 Hz is also very high and promises a fast implementation of inputs on the touchscreen with a latency of 24.3 milliseconds. For biometric security, an optical fingerprint scanner is available in the display, which offers quite reliable recognition rates, but is not one of the fastest. Two-dimensional face recognition is also possible.

Size comparison

176 mm / 6.93 inch 78.5 mm / 3.09 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 259 g0.571 lbs172.83 mm / 6.8 inch 77.25 mm / 3.04 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 239 g0.527 lbs172.83 mm / 6.8 inch 77.25 mm / 3.04 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 239 g0.527 lbs169.86 mm / 6.69 inch 77.19 mm / 3.04 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 220 g0.485 lbs
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Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Wi-Fi 6E
1318 (1273min - 1386max) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Wi-Fi 6E
1238 (643min - 1325max) MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
1129 (1030min - 1155max) MBit/s ∼86% -14%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
680 (620min - 697max) MBit/s ∼52% -48%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
953 (717min - 1469max) MBit/s ∼100% +21%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
789 (660min - 853max) MBit/s ∼83% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Wi-Fi 6E
788 (735min - 867max) MBit/s ∼83% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Wi-Fi 6E
788 (752min - 806max) MBit/s ∼83%
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Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø787 (752-806)
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø951 (717-1469)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1318 (1273-1386)
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1129 (1030-1155)

Cameras - Not ultimate, but rock solid

Selfie with the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Selfie with the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

The camera setup of Asus' ROG Phone 5 Ultimate does not change compared with its sister models. The triple lens on the back consists of the familiar 64 MP sensor from Sony, an ultra-wide-angle lens, and a macro lens. The imaging performance of the main camera is good, and the high resolution allows useful enlargements even without an optical zoom.

The selfies with the front-facing camera are also good, only the backlit shots show burned-out areas that cannot be compensated by the algorithms.

Videos are recorded in Full HD (up to 60 FPS) on the front and with 8k (up to 30 FPS) on the back.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide-angleWide-angleUltra wide-angle5x ZoomLow-Light
ColorChecker
10 ∆E
6 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
9 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
11 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
8 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
0 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate: 7.53 ∆E min: 0 - max: 12.84 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
49.9 ∆E
38.8 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
43.5 ∆E
57 ∆E
50.4 ∆E
34.7 ∆E
36 ∆E
28 ∆E
59 ∆E
59.4 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
46.9 ∆E
32.6 ∆E
66.8 ∆E
37.9 ∆E
42.9 ∆E
67.4 ∆E
65.8 ∆E
50 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate: 43.15 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 67.44 ∆E

Display - Bright 144 Hz AMOLED in the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The AMOLED display of Asus' ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is identical to those of the other two variants. It measures 6.78 inches, works with a Full HD Plus resolution and up to 144 Hz. The panel reaches up to 806 cd/m² with a pure white display and enabled ambient light sensor. With an even distribution of bright and dark areas (APL50), it is 1,088 cd/m² and 1,136 cd/m² with APL10. Those who adjust the brightness manually have 488 cd/m² at their disposal.

If you are sensitive to OLED flickering, you can use the DC dimming mode, but you will have to make do with 60 Hz.

794
cd/m²
795
cd/m²
806
cd/m²
789
cd/m²
789
cd/m²
801
cd/m²
792
cd/m²
787
cd/m²
798
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 806 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 794.6 cd/m² Minimum: 5.05 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 789 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
99.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.27
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
AMOLED, 2460x1080, 6.92
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.80
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Response Times
-30%
-12%
-165%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
8 ?(5, 3)
-233%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-0%
11 ?(5, 6)
-358%
Response Time Black / White *
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
6 ?(3, 3)
-150%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-0%
6 ?(3, 3)
-150%
PWM Frequency
144.5 ?(100)
568.2
293%
90.58 ?(100)
-37%
162.3
12%
Screen
-77%
-139%
-115%
Brightness middle
789
463
-41%
714
-10%
676
-14%
Brightness
795
466
-41%
705
-11%
669
-16%
Brightness Distribution
98
98
0%
96
-2%
98
0%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.4
3.24
-131%
5.9
-321%
5.77
-312%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3
5.75
-92%
8.7
-190%
9.81
-227%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.7
4.4
-159%
6.8
-300%
3.7
-118%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.201 100%
2.25 98%
1.959 112%
CCT
6596 99%
7273 89%
7774 84%
6584 99%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-54% / -62%
-76% / -97%
-140% / -131%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 144.5 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 144.5 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 144.5 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21090 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Grayscale (Profile: Natural, Target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Profile: Natural, Target color space: sRGB)
Colors (Profile: Natural, Target color space: sRGB)
Colors (Profile: Natural, Target color space: sRGB)
Color Space (Profile: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Profile: Natural, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Natural, Target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Natural, Target color space: sRGB)
outdoors
outdoors
Viewing angle stability of the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Viewing angle stability of the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

Performance, emissions and battery life

Like its siblings, the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is powered by the Snapdragon 888 but it has access to a monstrous 18 GB of working memory. Only Lenovo's Legion Phone Duel 2 Pro, which is currently only available in China, can also boast that much RAM. However, it is questionable whether the additional two to four gigabytes will be of much use, at least in 2021.

The two additional capacitive touch elements on the back, on the other hand, are already a bigger added value for gamers. They react very reliably and quickly to touches, but they are located quite close to the lower long edge. It is difficult to use the AirTrigger on the upper long side and the exclusive touch keys with small hands without adopting an unusual posture. However, Asus could not have positioned the keys higher, since they would have been covered by the fan otherwise. However, those who prefer many input keys will enjoy it.

The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate shows its best side in terms of surface temperatures and SoC cooling. The 3DMark Stress Test also shows a small advantage in frame stability in combination with the attachable fan.

The two front-facing speakers can not only get very loud, but also provide a comparatively good sound image. There is also broad support for Bluetooth codecs as well as an excellent audio jack.

In terms of battery runtimes, the Ultimate model presents itself on a similar level as the standard variant.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
1119 Points ∼96%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1124 Points ∼96% 0%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1132 Points ∼97% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1170 Points ∼100% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (976 - 1156, n=22)
1114 Points ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=258, last 2 years)
611 Points ∼52% -45%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
3604 Points ∼97%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3717 Points ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3702 Points ∼100% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3644 Points ∼98% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3379 - 3810, n=22)
3599 Points ∼97% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=258, last 2 years)
2069 Points ∼56% -43%
PCMark for Android
Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
16675 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16391 Points ∼98% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13127 Points ∼79% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (11705 - 17085, n=16)
14671 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 17085, n=79, last 2 years)
10313 Points ∼62% -38%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
15027 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
13586 Points ∼90%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
Points ∼0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (10231 - 15027, n=9)
12332 Points ∼82%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=227, last 2 years)
8109 Points ∼54%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
11160 Points ∼99%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
10273 Points ∼91% -8%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
11302 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
10206 Points ∼90% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (8257 - 11302, n=15)
10026 Points ∼89% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=256, last 2 years)
4358 Points ∼39% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
16530 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
15263 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16586 Points ∼100% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
15118 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (10491 - 16863, n=15)
14739 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=256, last 2 years)
5631 Points ∼34% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
5222 Points ∼98%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
4791 Points ∼90% -8%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5344 Points ∼100% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4775 Points ∼89% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3562 - 5344, n=15)
4792 Points ∼90% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (640 - 5784, n=254, last 2 years)
3063 Points ∼57% -41%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
9413 Points ∼96%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
9620 Points ∼98% +2%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
9839 Points ∼100% +5%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8770 Points ∼89% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (6110 - 9839, n=16)
8738 Points ∼89% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=258, last 2 years)
3582 Points ∼36% -62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
12139 Points ∼94%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
12616 Points ∼98% +4%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
12914 Points ∼100% +6%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11571 Points ∼90% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (7930 - 12914, n=16)
11691 Points ∼91% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=258, last 2 years)
4190 Points ∼32% -65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
5270 Points ∼98%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5254 Points ∼98% 0%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5366 Points ∼100% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4748 Points ∼88% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (2579 - 5366, n=16)
4723 Points ∼88% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (626 - 5793, n=258, last 2 years)
3097 Points ∼58% -41%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
5810 Points ∼99%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5722 Points ∼97% -2%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5887 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5895 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3958 - 5942, n=20)
5653 Points ∼96% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9680, n=124, last 2 years)
3065 Points ∼52% -47%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
5816 Points ∼99%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5703 Points ∼97% -2%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5876 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5875 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3959 - 5925, n=20)
5574 Points ∼95% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=121, last 2 years)
3181 Points ∼54% -45%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
91.6 (31.8min - 34.7max) % ∼97%
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
90.7 (31.2min - 34.4max) % ∼96% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
94.2 (5375min - 5708max) % ∼100% +3%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
84.1 (4785min - 5690max) % ∼89% -8%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
90.4 (5293min - 5852max) % ∼96% -1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
86.8 (30.3min - 34.9max) % ∼92% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (54.7 - 97.4, n=19)
80.7 % ∼86% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (26.6 - 99.8, n=109, last 2 years)
89.6 % ∼95% -2%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
1525 Points ∼99%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1511 Points ∼98% -1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1543 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (1236 - 1559, n=15)
1503 Points ∼97% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=72, last 2 years)
985 Points ∼64% -35%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
1507 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1501 Points ∼99% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1509 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (997 - 1555, n=15)
1417 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 4236, n=71, last 2 years)
1008 Points ∼67% -33%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
92.6 (8.48min - 9.15max) % ∼96%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
96.4 (1454min - 1509max) % ∼100% +4%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
88.4 (8.24min - 9.31max) % ∼92% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (54.9 - 99.7, n=13)
87 % ∼90% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (38.6 - 100, n=62, last 2 years)
89.9 % ∼93% -3%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
64 fps ∼97%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
66 fps ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
60 fps ∼91% -6%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
51 fps ∼77% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (32 - 73, n=21)
55.4 fps ∼84% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=268, last 2 years)
25.2 fps ∼38% -61%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
81 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
80 fps ∼99% -1%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
71 fps ∼88% -12%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
61 fps ∼75% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (46 - 87, n=22)
71 fps ∼88% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=268, last 2 years)
29.6 fps ∼37% -63%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
40 fps ∼98%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
41 fps ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
40 fps ∼98% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
31 fps ∼76% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (25 - 46, n=21)
37.6 fps ∼92% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=269, last 2 years)
16.9 fps ∼41% -58%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
31 fps ∼97%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
32 fps ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
27 fps ∼84% -13%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
22 fps ∼69% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (19 - 32, n=21)
27.6 fps ∼86% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=269, last 2 years)
11.4 fps ∼36% -63%
Asus ROG Phone 5 UltimateAsus ROG Phone 5Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2Nubia RedMagic 6S ProAverage 512 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
0%
-2%
-6%
-2%
-51%
Sequential Read 256KB
1779.01
1778.64
0%
1999
12%
1606.78
-10%
1863 ?(1710 - 1999, n=8)
5%
837 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=273, last 2 years)
-53%
Sequential Write 256KB
779.76
794.64
2%
754.3
-3%
765.26
-2%
771 ?(751 - 793, n=8)
-1%
379 ?(11.9 - 1321, n=273, last 2 years)
-51%
Random Read 4KB
287.91
291.38
1%
262.6
-9%
285.79
-1%
271 ?(208 - 299, n=8)
-6%
147 ?(13.5 - 325, n=273, last 2 years)
-49%
Random Write 4KB
284.54
278.05
-2%
261.5
-8%
254.94
-10%
274 ?(221 - 287, n=8)
-4%
136 ?(5.5 - 330, n=273, last 2 years)
-52%

Temperature

Max. Load
 36.5 °C
98 F
37.3 °C
99 F
36.5 °C
98 F
 
 35.2 °C
95 F
36.9 °C
98 F
37 °C
99 F
 
 33 °C
91 F
36.5 °C
98 F
35.4 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 37.3 °C = 99 F
Average: 36 °C = 97 F
32.9 °C
91 F
35.2 °C
95 F
35.2 °C
95 F
32.2 °C
90 F
35.8 °C
96 F
35.4 °C
96 F
32.1 °C
90 F
34.9 °C
95 F
35.1 °C
95 F
Maximum: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Average: 34.3 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.4 °C = 80 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.3 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.8 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.6 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

0510152025309.159.139.129.19.19.048.988.918.848.798.738.698.658.618.588.568.528.518.58.489.319.269.259.229.219.149.149.0598.88.528.48.388.348.348.338.348.328.248.249.159.139.129.19.19.048.988.918.848.798.738.698.658.618.588.568.528.518.58.489.319.269.259.229.219.149.149.0598.88.528.48.388.348.348.338.348.328.248.2434.734.634.534.534.233.833.533.333.132.932.732.532.432.332.13231.931.831.831.834.434.234.234.234.234.234.134.133.833.433.132.732.532.432.131.931.731.531.431.234.934.834.734.233.933.83331.731.731.831.531.531.531.431.230.830.830.630.430.3Tooltip
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.4.2: Ø8.8 (8.48-9.15)
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test: Ø8.74 (8.24-9.31)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø33 (31.8-34.7)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; no Fan: Ø33.1 (31.2-34.4)
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø32.2 (30.3-34.9)


Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.637.62525.544.13129.739.84031.142.25034.940.46323.9438023.650.21002351.612517.350.216018.458.520014.45925013.658.731514.963.840011.967.650010.274.263011.580.180011.678.1100011.979125013.277.7160013.278.6200013.282.1250012.784.1315013.483.9400013.881.6500014.580.1630013.978.6800014.173.6100001472.51250014.373.41600016.266.6SPL25.592.4N0.794.7median 13.8median 74.2Delta0.98.142.341.636.538.931.735.232.437.23936.831.732.722.137.121.244.115.849.317.553.214.554.113.357.312.460.912.56414.3681773.222.176.820.275.914.974.414.674.814.573.41571.916.871.418.369.91970.919.672.520.171.620.872.420.267.921.165.930.384.91.264.8median 17median 70.92.66.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ROG Phone 5 UltimateLenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.3% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 12% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 0.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 9% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
6000 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 5
6000 mAh
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
5500 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
5050 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
762
754
-1%
907
19%
829
9%
904 ?(442 - 1953, n=278, last 2 years)
19%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 92)
12h 42min

Pros

+ strong performance and 18 GB RAM
+ many interfaces as well as additional control sensors
+ Audio jack with quad DAC
+ powerful loudspeakers
+ bright and accurate display

Cons

- no wireless charging
- no microSD support
- heavy
- no IP certification

Verdict - The ultimate gamer

In review: Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. Test device provided by Asus Germany.
In review: Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. Test device provided by Asus Germany.

The Ultimate has a higher performance than the conventional ROG Phone 5 and is primarily aimed at fans of the series. The working memory upgrade is really good, with a total of 18 GB on the spec sheet, but it only offers little added value in everyday use. In contrast, the 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage offers a lot of space for numerous games and other data. Like the Pro model the Ultimate also comes with the AeroActive Cooler 5, but Asus also adds a fan box.

The Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate makes gamers' hearts beat faster.

The monochrome ROG Vision display is probably a matter of taste, but the two additional rear touch sensors work well, but are a bit too far away from the AirTriggers for small hands. Overall, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is still a bit better than its siblings, although the core features are identical.

A strong alternative is the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2. If you also have to make concessions in terms of performance, the Black Shark 4 can be an alternative.

Price and availability

The Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is out of stock at the Asus-eStore at the time of testing, but at TradingShenzhen or HandyGermany it is available.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate - 09/20/2021 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
99%
Connectivity
76 / 70 → 100%
Weight
87%
Battery
90%
Display
91%
Games Performance
70 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
92 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
81 / 90 → 90%
Camera
70%
Average
85%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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