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ASUS ROG Phone 5 with Aero Active Cooler Unboxing and First Impressions

The ASUS ROG Phone 5 is scheduled to arrive in the Philippines this April 10 and here are our first impressions.
ASUS ROG Phone 5 with Aero Active Cooler Unboxing and First Impressions
ASUS ROG Phone 5 in White

Announced globally in early March 2021, the new ROG Phone 5 is finally arriving in the Philippines a month later. While the ROG Phone 5 Pro and 5 Ultimate will be available globally in the coming months.

To recap, the top features of the ROG Phone 5 are the 144Hz AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC with 3D vapor chamber, LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 ROM, and massive 6000mAh battery with 65W fast charging.

As of this article's writing, the PH price has yet to be revealed. But in Europe, it starts at EUR 799 (or around PHP 46K).

Let's dive in!


Inside the box
Inside the box

We received a review unit from ASUS HQ and thus the box and the inclusions will be different from the PH retail unit.

Our box is rectangular in shape and opens like previous ROG Phone boxes with a folding-out top panel that is locked by magnets. 

Inside the box is the ROG Phone 5, lightweight bumper case, SIM ejector tool, ROG swag stickers, USB Type-C to Type-C braided cable, and 65W wall charger.

There are no other documents and there is no replacement rubber cover for the side port of the ROG Phone 5.

Build Quality/Design

Rear view

The new ROG Phone 5 features high-quality materials like Glass, metal, polycarbonate, and rubber across the whole phone. The front and back panel is made of glass while in between is a metal frame.

When you hold the phone in your hands, the phone is hefty and solid. It's heavier than it looks. In a good way.

Stunning design for a gaming smartphone!

At the back of the ROG Phone is a beautiful glass panel with primarily a white color with gaming accent graphics all around. On the top left side are the 64MP, 13MP ultra-wide, and macro camera with LED flash.
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In front is the Samsung-made AMOLED panel with an In-Display fingerprint scanner and with a 144Hz refresh rate. The side bezels are super slim bezels while the top and bottom bezels are thick enough to house the 24MP selfie camera, earpiece, and stereo speakers.
Top and bottom view
Top and bottom view

The frame in between has a brushed texture and is colored black. On top is a single microphone port with antenna lines while at the bottom is a microphone port, USB-C port, and 3.5mm audio jack.
Left side
Left side
Right side
Right side

On the left are more antenna lines, a SIM tray that can house two nano-SIM cards while on the right side is the volume rocker, the power button, microphone port, and two touch-sensitive Air Triggers.
Rear camera module
Rear camera module

The aforementioned rear-mounted triple camera set-up is made up of a 64MP main camera, 13MP ultra-wide camera, macro camera and LED flash.

Running the show is ZenUI based on Android 11. The included camera app includes modes like Photo, video, night, portrait, pro, pro video, macro, motion tracking, and slo-mo, The app can switch between the main camera and ultra-wide camera.

The Pro and Pro Video modes allow for control of ISO (25-3200), Shutter Speed (1/64000 to 32 seconds), White Balance, AF, and EV (+- 2). 

The camera can record up to 8K or 4k 60fps with video stabilization.
Aero Active Cooler

Unlike previous ROG Phones, the Aero Active Cooler is no longer included in the box. It does however feature new features like trigger buttons and a kickstand. It has a 3.5mm audio jack for wired headphones enthusiasts.

Stay tuned for the camera samples in our full review.

As of the moment

ROG Phone 5 with case and Aero Cooler

As of this article's writing, there is no information yet on storage variants, pricing, and availability of the ROG Phone 5. We will all have to wait until the official launch this April 10.

But so far, we are loving the ROG Phone 5 for its fancy packaging and gaming-focused features. We enjoyed the glass and metal build materials along with the gaming features like the 144Hz refresh rate and stereo speakers. Out of the box, it may be the best stereo experience we've had yet.

What do you guys think?

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