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Asus ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro Review - Top-tier gaming smartphones with a minor boost

Fangrade. Asus's gaming smartphone got updated once again this year. New devices come with the Snapdragon 888+, and the product line now includes only three models. Read our review to learn about the new features and whether or not the devices are worth buying.
Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Stanislav Kokhanyuk (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy), 🇩🇪 🇨🇳 ...
Asus ROG Phone 5s (ROG Phone Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G 8 x 1.8 - 3 GHz, Cortex-X1 / A78 / A55 (Kryo 680)
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.78 inch 20.4:9, 2448 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, Capazitive, 300 Hz native Touch Sampling Rate, 24 ms Touch Latency, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glas Victus, 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, USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerator, E-Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 5, grip press detection, OTG
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19), 4G (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 41, 42, 48, 66, 71), 5G (Band 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 41, 71, 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-Ion, 2x 3000 mAh
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (Sony IMX686, 1/1.7", f/1.8, 2x1 OCL PDAF) + 13 MPix (Ultra Wide, f/2.2, 125°) + 5 MPix (Macro, f/2.0); Camera2-API-Level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 24 MPix (f/2.45, 0.9 µm)
Additional features
Speakers: 7-magnet 12x16 Super Linear Speakers (2x), Keyboard: Onscreen, 65W-Charger, USB-Cabel, Plastic Case, Stickers, ROG UI, 24 Months Warranty, GNSS: GPS (L1/L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1/E5a), BeiDou (B1/B2a), QZSS (L1/L5), NavIC (L5), fanless
Weight
238 g ( = 8.4 oz / 0.52 pounds), Power Supply: 193 g ( = 6.81 oz / 0.43 pounds)
Price
1099 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Likely Competitors

Bewertung
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
88.5 %
12/2021
Asus ROG Phone 5s
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
238 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080
87.4 %
04/2021
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
259 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.92"2460x1080
83.2 %
10/2021
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
220 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2400x1080
87.8 %
04/2021
Asus ROG Phone 5
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
239 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080

Case, Connectivity & Handling

Visually, the Asus ROG Phone 5s is identical to its predecessor. While the standard model once again has a dot RGB display on the back, the Pro variant once again uses a PMOLED panel. Both smartphones are still very well built and heavy.

Nothing has changed in terms of features. The ROG Phone 5s has two USB ports. The USB 3.2 (Gen. 2) port on the side provides high data transfer speeds and the ability to cast display content to an external monitor. The bottom port (USB 2.0) is slower and less versatile in terms of connectivity. Both ports support QuickCharge as well as PowerDelivery 3.0. However, only the port on the side supports QC 5.0. Both devices still comes with AirTrigger5 sensor keys and a powerful Quad DAC.

Asus's smartphones run Android 11 with the proprietary skin known as ROG UI. Users who find it too gaudy can switch to a less showy theme. The security patches were last updated on November 5, 2021. At the time of our review, they are up-to-date. The update to Android 12 is supposed to be distributed in the first quarter of 2022

The ROG Phone 5s offers slower Wi-Fi speeds. In combination with our reference router, the Netgear Nighthawk AX12, the data transfer rates are 31% lower than those of the predecessor. Asus has increased the number of LTE bands for its gaming smartphones.

The four integrated microphones ensure a good voice quality. Users of Asus' ROG Phone 5s can be understood very well when the smartphone is held close to the ear. Minor background noise is reliably filtered out. Loud ambient noise on the other hand results in distorted voice reproduction without affecting the intelligibility too much. The Asus smartphone can take two nano-SIM cards. VoLTE is supported, but Wi-Fi Calling is not. However, SIP accounts can be configured and managed directly in the call app. A call recording function is also included again.

In terms of inputs, there is no change compared to the ROG Phone 5. The device can recognize taps, squeezes and swipes. The optical fingerprint sensor integrated into the display delivers good recognition rates and a decent unlock speed.

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 238 g0.525 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
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Asus ROG Phone 5
Wi-Fi 6E
1238 (643min - 1325max) MBit/s ∼100% +45%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
1129 (1030min - 1155max) MBit/s ∼91% +32%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Wi-Fi 6E
853 (437min - 891max) MBit/s ∼69%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
680 (620min - 697max) MBit/s ∼55% -20%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
953 (717min - 1469max) MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Wi-Fi 6E
839 (794min - 888max) MBit/s ∼88%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
789 (660min - 853max) MBit/s ∼83% -6%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Wi-Fi 6E
788 (735min - 867max) MBit/s ∼83% -6%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø838 (794-888)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø839 (437-891)

Cameras - Nothing new for the ROG Phone 5s

Selfie with the ROG Phone 5s
Selfie with the ROG Phone 5s

The camera setup of the ROG Phone 5s is basically identical to that of the ROG Phone 3. Asus still relies on the 64 MP Sony IMX686 as the main image sensor. It takes appealing pictures in daylight, but sometimes tends to have a slight red cast. Especially in low light, the difference to the non-gaming competition in the same price range becomes quite obvious and the shutter lag is noticeably elevated. The lens correction of the ultra-wide angle lens is a fine feature. However, the images have slight chromatic aberrations at the edges and are not particularly detailed.

The front-facing camera takes decent selfies with rather natural colors. Videos can be recorded in Full HD (60 FPS) with this lens, and even 8k recordings (30 FPS) are possible with the main camera.

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.

HauptkameraHauptkameraUltraweitwinkel5-facher ZoomLow-Light
ColorChecker
15.9 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
14 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
3 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
4 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 5s: 10.27 ∆E min: 2.55 - max: 16.53 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
55 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.2 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
54.2 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
28.7 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
42 ∆E
92.9 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 5s: 47.07 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 92.92 ∆E

Display - 144 Hz AMOLED for the full gaming experience

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

Compared to the predecessor, the display of the Asus ROG Phone 5s is completely unchanged. The slightly lower brightness of the panel could be due to manufacturing variations. The AMOLED panel can hit up to 1013 cd/m². Thanks to an even distribution of brightness and a high peak brightness, HDR content should look great. We only wish that the minimum luminance were a bit lower. 

The ROG Phone 5s is not spared from the typical OLED flickering. It has a very large amplitude in the lower brightness range with fluctuations between 193.8 and 574.7 Hz. With the brightness slider set to 73%, the screen flickers at a constant frequency of 144 Hz. The DC dimming mode is a good alternative for sensitive people, but it limits the refresh rate to 60 Hz.

744
cd/m²
737
cd/m²
747
cd/m²
750
cd/m²
749
cd/m²
752
cd/m²
758
cd/m²
754
cd/m²
761
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 761 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 750.2 cd/m² Minimum: 4.82 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 749 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
98.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.29
Asus ROG Phone 5s
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Asus ROG Phone 5
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
AMOLED, 2460x1080, 6.92
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.80
Response Times
-0%
-128%
-28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-0%
8 ?(5, 3)
-233%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-0%
Response Time Black / White *
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-0%
6 ?(3, 3)
-150%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-0%
PWM Frequency
575 ?(73)
568 ?(22)
-1%
568
-1%
90.6 ?(100)
-84%
Screen
2%
-76%
-137%
Brightness middle
749
789
5%
463
-38%
714
-5%
Brightness
750
795
6%
466
-38%
705
-6%
Brightness Distribution
97
98
1%
98
1%
96
-1%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.4
1.4
-0%
3.24
-131%
5.9
-321%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.8
3
-7%
5.75
-105%
8.7
-211%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.8
1.7
6%
4.4
-144%
6.8
-278%
Gamma
2.29 96%
2.27 97%
2.201 100%
2.25 98%
CCT
6602 98%
6596 99%
7273 89%
7774 84%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
1% / 1%
-102% / -93%
-83% / -101%

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale (Profile: Cinema, Target color space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (Profile: Cinema, Target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (Profile: Cinema, Target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (Profile: Cinema, Target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (Profile: Cinema, Target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (Profile: Cinema, Target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (Profile: Cinema, Target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (Profile: Cinema, Target color space: DCI-P3)
outdoors
outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

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. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.4 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 0.692 (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 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 575 Hz ≤ 73 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 575 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 73 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 575 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21941 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Performance, Emissions & Battery life

Both the Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro and the 5s are powered by the Snapdragon 888+. While the normal 5s already has an impressive 16 GB of RAM, the Pro goes one step further and offers 18 GB of RAM. However, the additional 2 GB of RAM is neither noticeable in everyday use nor in the benchmarks. The slightly higher-clocked Prime Core of the Qualcomm SoC offers no advantages when compared to the ROG Phone 5 (Snapdragon 888) as well.

The Asus smartphone gets quite warm under load, but it never gets too hot. Furthermore, the long-term performance does not drop too much even without the attachable fan, which comes with the Pro model.

The dual speakers flank the display and offer a good sound quality thanks to GameFX & Dirac HD Sound, which also makes a powerful impression in everyday use and offers a lot of depth and a fairly balanced sound for a smartphone. The audio jack offers a very good signal-to-noise ratio (SNR: 93.47 dBFS)

The good battery runtimes are on par with the predecessor, but could be a bit longer due to the large 6,000 mAh battery. 

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1156 Points ∼99%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1132 Points ∼97% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1170 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1124 Points ∼96% -3%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
1169 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (1076 - 1170, n=5)
1140 Points ∼97% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=261, last 2 years)
654 Points ∼56% -43%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3668 Points ∼99%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3702 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3644 Points ∼98% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3717 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
3675 Points ∼99% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (3286 - 3675, n=5)
3577 Points ∼96% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=261, last 2 years)
2152 Points ∼58% -41%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16592 Points ∼98%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13127 Points ∼77% -21%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16391 Points ∼97% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
16972 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (13127 - 18567, n=5)
15894 Points ∼94% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=133, last 2 years)
10130 Points ∼60% -39%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
11389 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
11302 Points ∼99% -1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
10206 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
10273 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
11183 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (9174 - 11389, n=4)
10488 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 13121, n=238, last 2 years)
4824 Points ∼42% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
17018 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16586 Points ∼97% -3%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
15118 Points ∼89% -11%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
15263 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
16395 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (13387 - 17018, n=4)
15480 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=238, last 2 years)
6638 Points ∼39% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5278 Points ∼99%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5344 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4775 Points ∼89% -10%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
4791 Points ∼90% -9%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
5293 Points ∼99% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (4365 - 5293, n=4)
4928 Points ∼92% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=236, last 2 years)
3206 Points ∼60% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
9553 Points ∼97%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
9839 Points ∼100% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8770 Points ∼89% -8%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
9620 Points ∼98% +1%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
9478 Points ∼96% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (7906 - 9553, n=5)
8788 Points ∼89% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11528, n=242, last 2 years)
3950 Points ∼40% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
12752 Points ∼99%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
12914 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11571 Points ∼90% -9%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
12616 Points ∼98% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
12295 Points ∼95% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (10256 - 12752, n=5)
11550 Points ∼89% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 19364, n=242, last 2 years)
4860 Points ∼38% -62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5087 Points ∼95%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5366 Points ∼100% +5%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4748 Points ∼88% -7%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5254 Points ∼98% +3%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
5260 Points ∼98% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (4387 - 5260, n=5)
4869 Points ∼91% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=242, last 2 years)
3216 Points ∼60% -37%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5818 Points ∼99%
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%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5722 Points ∼97% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
5767 Points ∼98% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (4285 - 5895, n=5)
5506 Points ∼93% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=172, last 2 years)
3282 Points ∼56% -44%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5824 Points ∼99%
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%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5703 Points ∼97% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
5799 Points ∼99% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (4274 - 5875, n=5)
5497 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=170, last 2 years)
3370 Points ∼57% -42%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1538 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1543 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1511 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
1527 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (1161 - 1564, n=5)
1467 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=124, last 2 years)
1000 Points ∼65% -35%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1532 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1509 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1501 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
1520 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (1147 - 1532, n=5)
1432 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=121, last 2 years)
978 Points ∼64% -36%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
65 fps ∼98%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
60 fps ∼91% -8%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
51 fps ∼77% -22%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
66 fps ∼100% +2%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
64 fps ∼97% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (42 - 65, n=5)
56.6 fps ∼86% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=258, last 2 years)
27.9 fps ∼42% -57%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
81 fps ∼100%
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%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
80 fps ∼99% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
80 fps ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (39 - 81, n=5)
65.2 fps ∼80% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2 - 257, n=259, last 2 years)
33.5 fps ∼41% -59%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
41 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
40 fps ∼98% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
31 fps ∼76% -24%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
41 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
41 fps ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (31 - 41, n=5)
36.6 fps ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=259, last 2 years)
19.1 fps ∼47% -53%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
30 fps ∼94%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
27 fps ∼84% -10%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
22 fps ∼69% -27%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
32 fps ∼100% +7%
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 18432
30 fps ∼94% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
  (19 - 30, n=5)
25 fps ∼78% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 101, n=259, last 2 years)
12.9 fps ∼40% -57%
CrossMark
Overall (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
916 Points ∼94%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
972 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
 
916 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (226 - 1169, n=45, last 2 years)
748 Points ∼77% -18%
Productivity (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
939 Points ∼94%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
994 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
 
939 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (37 - 1140, n=45, last 2 years)
732 Points ∼74% -22%
Creativity (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
849 Points ∼94%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
906 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
 
849 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (201 - 1321, n=45, last 2 years)
758 Points ∼84% -11%
Responsiveness (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1067 Points ∼95%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1126 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
 
1067 Points ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (227 - 1213, n=45, last 2 years)
748 Points ∼66% -30%
Asus ROG Phone 5sLenovo Legion Phone Duel 2Nubia RedMagic 6S ProAsus ROG Phone 5Asus ROG Phone 5s ProAverage 512 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-6%
-9%
-3%
0%
-2%
-48%
Sequential Read 256KB
1972
1999
1%
1607
-19%
1779
-10%
1930
-2%
1860 ?(1710 - 1999, n=11)
-6%
900 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=257, last 2 years)
-54%
Sequential Write 256KB
770
754
-2%
765
-1%
795
3%
793
3%
799 ?(575 - 1275, n=11)
4%
436 ?(11.9 - 1465, n=257, last 2 years)
-43%
Random Read 4KB
297.8
262.6
-12%
285.8
-4%
291.4
-2%
298.8
0%
274 ?(208 - 303, n=11)
-8%
159.8 ?(13.5 - 325, n=257, last 2 years)
-46%
Random Write 4KB
287.2
261.5
-9%
254.9
-11%
278
-3%
287.4
0%
295 ?(221 - 413, n=11)
3%
151.9 ?(269 - 449, n=258, last 2 years)
-47%

Temperature

Max. Load
 41 °C
106 F
41.3 °C
106 F
41.3 °C
106 F
 
 40.3 °C
105 F
41.5 °C
107 F
39 °C
102 F
 
 39 °C
102 F
39.6 °C
103 F
39 °C
102 F
 
Maximum: 41.5 °C = 107 F
Average: 40.2 °C = 104 F
34 °C
93 F
37.4 °C
99 F
37.8 °C
100 F
33.9 °C
93 F
37.8 °C
100 F
37.4 °C
99 F
31.5 °C
89 F
35.7 °C
96 F
35.7 °C
96 F
Maximum: 37.8 °C = 100 F
Average: 35.7 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.8 °C = 80 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.2 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.5 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.8 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.8 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


3DMark Wild Life Stress Tests

051015202530Tooltip
Asus ROG Phone 5s Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø32.8 (31-34.7)
Xiaomi Mix 4 Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø25.6 (25.5-25.8)
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)
Asus ROG Phone 5s Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø8.57 (8.14-9.14)
Xiaomi Mix 4 Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø7.19 (7.17-7.23)
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)

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.832.9252429.83116.130.84027.633.35032.338.86323.436.1802238.11002246.31252149.816017.954.220013.355.725015.257.731513.260.940011.563.550012.271.763012.377.780013.377.5100014.576.1125012.275160011.275.7200011.779.4250012.181.8315012.781.8400013.679.7500013.178.8630013.680800013.173.11000013.669.81250013.666.31600013.565.4SPL2590.5N0.685.6median 13.3median 73.1Delta1.28.742.341.636.538.931.735.232.437.23936.831.732.722.137.121.244.115.849.317.553.214.554.113.357.312.460.912.56414.3681773.222.176.820.275.914.974.414.674.814.573.41571.916.871.418.369.91970.919.672.520.171.620.872.420.267.921.165.930.384.91.264.8median 17median 70.92.66.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ROG Phone 5sLenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus ROG Phone 5s audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 17% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 79% 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 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 9% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Asus ROG Phone 5s
6000 mAh
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
5500 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
5050 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 5
6000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
734
907
24%
829
13%
754
3%
906 ?(438 - 1953, n=265, last 2 years)
23%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 94)
12h 14min

Pros

+ strong performance, but without advantages over the predecessor
+ many interfaces
+ Audio jack with quad DAC
+ great speakers
+ bright and accurate display

Cons

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

Verdict - Slim upgrade

Review of the Asus ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro. Devices provided courtesy of Asus Germany.
Review of the Asus ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro. Devices provided courtesy of Asus Germany.

The Asus ROG Phone 5s and the 5s Pro are very good smartphones. However, the improvements compared to the predecessor are only minor, so the question arises whether the upgrade was necessary at all. It is certainly nice to have the latest chip on the specs sheet, but there is no real advantage from the minimal upgrade. There are also no major differences between the ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro, the most obvious being the different displays on the back and the AeroCooler 5 fan that comes with the Pro model. The few additional cellular bands will be important for very few users.

The Asus ROG Phone 5s (Pro) is still the best gaming smartphone, but the s model does not make any real progress compared to the predecessor

The fast 144 Hz display, great speakers, good haptic feedback, responsive shoulder buttons and stable performance make the ROG Phone 5s series the first choice for gamers. However, the Pro model is aimed at enthusiasts. It is positioned as an upgrade for ROG Phone 5 users. Good alternatives to the ROG phones are the Legion Phone Duel 2 and the cheaper RedMagic 6S Pro.

Price and availability

You can buy various ROG Phone 5s models via the Asus store. These smartphones are currently out of stock on Amazon.

Asus ROG Phone 5s - 12/09/2021 v7
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Chassis
85%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
99%
Connectivity
73 / 70 → 100%
Weight
87%
Battery
89%
Display
90%
Games Performance
70 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
93 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
80 / 90 → 89%
Camera
71%
Average
84%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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