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ROG Phone 5: Asus is only partially able to tame the Snapdragon 888

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5
Not only does Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 have a reputation for being extremely fast, but also for being very hot. Asus has already demonstrated that it can cool its smartphones excellently in the past, but the new chip poses a challenge even for the gaming king.
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The review of the Xiaomi Mi 11 already demonstrated in an impressive way that the Snapdragon 888 means business, and some benchmarks were aborted early due to overheating. The Oppo Find X3 Pro does a better job, but the SoC's high performance can't be maintained constantly under prolonged load, and it temporarily drops to the level of a Snapdragon 750G.

However, more can be expected from a gaming smartphone, and the Asus ROG Phone 5 delivers. Nevertheless, it can't achieve a constant performance without the optional AeroCooler 5 plug-in fan, either. The fluctuations are only minimal with the fan, though. Therefore, restrictions are not to be expected in simple games. That being said, the GFXBench battery test revealed another side of the story.

In this case, the Manhattan test (OpenGL ES 3.0) of the benchmark package is run 30 times in a row, and the frame rates are logged alongside the battery runtimes. It's not yet possible to determine how stable the SoC remains in this stress test, because the app crashes when retrieving the results. However, touching the smartphone for the first time after the test results in a minor scare. The inspection with the infrared thermometer shows a high temperature of up to 51.6 °C (~125 °F) for the aluminum frame of the ROG Phone 5. That's too high! And this can surely be reproduced when playing demanding titles, not to mention in the summer.

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Daniel Schmidt
Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - 439 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
As a child I was fascinated by my Commodore 16, and this sparked my enthusiasm for computers. Using my first modem, I surfed the BTX videotext system and later the World Wide Web. I have always been captivated by the latest technologies, and this is especially true for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. I’ve been part of the Notebookcheck team since 2013 and have also on occasion written for, and I’m looking forward to testing new innovations for our readers. I like to spend my spare time indulging in photography and barbecues and being with my family.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Daniel Schmidt, 2021-04-17 (Update: 2021-04-15)