Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro review

GSMArena Team, 3 Sept 2021.

6.78", 144Hz AMOLED display with faster 360Hz touch sampling

One of the few upgrades the ROG Phone 5s Pro offers over the vanilla set of models is the 360Hz touch sampling rate on the touchscreen, up from 300Hz. As per Asus' numbers, that brings down touch latency from 24.3ms to 24ms.

Unfortunately, we have no real way of testing how that may translate to actual input latency. That being said, we have no reason to question the advertised numbers.

Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro review

Our best guess is that this particular upgrade was motivated by the desire to keep up with competitors in pure numbers and PR terms. Then again, more is better is probably a valid logic too. In any case, we were compelled to test if anything else has changed with the display on the ROG Phone 5s Pro.

To our surprise, the ROG Phone 5s Pro managed to best the maximum brightness in our testing, compared to the vanilla ROG Phone 5. The difference is not major, but still big enough to not fall within the margin of error. Perhaps Asus is using a different panel, or perhaps it is down to unit-to-unit difference. Either way, we'll take the nice little bump.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Max Auto) 0 1023
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (Max Auto) 0 943
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (Max Auto) 0 922
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro (Max Auto) 0 840
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 0 822
Huawei Mate 40 Pro (Max Auto) 0 807
Asus ROG Phone 5 (Max Auto) 0 806
Asus ROG Phone 3 (Max Auto) 0 719
Poco F3 (Max Auto) 0 716
Xiaomi Black Shark 4 (Max Auto) 0 694
Realme GT 5G (Max Auto) 0 650
Realme X7 Max 5G (Max Auto) 0 640
Realme GT Master (Max Auto) 0 634
Asus ROG Phone II (Max Auto) 0 626
Asus ROG Phone (Max Auto) 0 542
Poco X3 GT (Max Auto) 0.38 537 1413:1
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra 0 514
Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro 0 511
Poco F3 0 511
Xiaomi Black Shark 4 0 498
Asus ROG Phone 5 0 492
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G 0 489
Huawei Mate 40 Pro 0 485
Asus ROG Phone II 0 479
Asus ROG Phone 3 0 464
Asus ROG Phone 0 458
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G 0 458
Realme GT 5G 0 443
Realme GT Master 0 437
Realme X7 Max 5G 0 433
Poco X3 GT 0.301 429 1425:1

Color accuracy on our ROG Phone 5s Pro unit offers another hint that Asus might be using a different panel. Not necessarily for the better, this time around, though. The original promise with the release of the ROG Phone 5 was 111% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, 150.89% of sRGB and an average deltaE 2000 of less than 1. With every single unit factory calibrated for the best possible results.

Measuring the color accuracy of the ROG Phone 5s Pro leads us to believe that Asus is still definitely using great panels with additional calibration. However, we didn't manage to get deltaE value as low as the advertised value of 1.

In the Standard display mode, intended to target the sRGB color space, the ROG Phone 5s Pro did a bit worse than its vanilla sibling. Not by much, but we did end up having to use the included temperature slider to get to deltaE values that can be considered color-accurate.

Display color settings - Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro review
Display color settings

Beyond Standard mode, the ROG Phone 5 also has a trio of other color presets - Cinema, which slightly boosts some of the main color channels, but retains a rather subdued look, Default, which is probably the best choice for daily use, since it delivers that familiar OLED "punch" all around. And then there is Natural, which seems to make everything a bit redder and hotter, but also boosts the colder blue and similar channels a bit as well, making for a particular look we don't really appreciate. But, it's there if you want it.

You can also do a Custom color profile, which allows you to adjust red, green and blue channels independently.

Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro review

Just as a reminder, the ROG Phone 5s Pro has a 10-bit panel, with HDR10+ support, as well as the highest Widevine L1 certification, which makes it perfect for streaming and consuming HDR content.

The high refresh rate handling on offer here is among the most flexible in the industry. You get fixed 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz and 144Hz toggles that lock the UI and most apps to said refresh rate, as well as an Auto option, which tends to favor 120Hz for high refresh rate situations and 60Hz for the rest. You can read more about it and other neat options Asus offers, like per-app refresh rate settings in our full ROG Phone 5 review.

Battery life and charging

The ROG Phone 5s Pro has the same 6,000 mAh battery capacity as its sibling. Nothing has changed in that department.

The particulars regarding the battery setup are still quite interesting, though. Asus actually decided to split the battery up in two for the ROG Phone 5 line, with 3,000 mAh and 3,000 mAh flanking the central-mounted main PCB of the phone. Each pack also uses MMT (Middle Middle Tab) technology, which has enabled the charging rate increase from 30W in the previous generation up to the 65W the ROG Phone 5 can do.

30min charging test (from 0%)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Black Shark 4
    100%
  • Realme GT Master
    100%
  • Realme GT Explorer Master
    96%
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
    89%
  • Oppo Reno5 5G
    87%
  • Realme GT 5G (65W)
    87%
  • Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
    71%
  • Asus ROG Phone 5
    70%
  • nubia Red Magic 6
    63%
  • nubia Red Magic 6R
    62%
  • Realme X7 Max 5G
    60%
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (01/2021 retest)
    57%
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
    55%
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
    54%
  • Samsung Galaxy A72
    54%
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    50%
  • Asus ROG Phone 3
    43%

Time to full charge (from 0%)

Lower is better

  • Xiaomi Black Shark 4
    0:19h
  • Realme GT Master
    0:30h
  • Realme GT Explorer Master
    0:33h
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
    0:37h
  • Realme GT 5G (65W)
    0:39h
  • Oppo Reno5 5G
    0:40h
  • nubia Red Magic 6R
    0:58h
  • Realme X7 Max 5G
    1:00h
  • nubia Red Magic 6
    1:01h
  • Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro
    1:03h
  • Asus ROG Phone 5
    1:05h
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
    1:11h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (01/2021 retest)
    1:13h
  • Samsung Galaxy A72
    1:15h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
    1:21h
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
    1:32h
  • Asus ROG Phone
    1:40h
  • Asus ROG Phone 3
    1:50h

You can get more battery tech and setup details in the battery section of our extensive vanilla ROG Phone 5 review.

Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro review

Even though nothing has changed regarding the actual battery setup or the charging capabilities, the ROG Phone 5s pair still have a slightly different Snapdragon 888+ chipset under the hood, which necessitates a new set of battery tests.

Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro review

We are happy to say that despite some minor variations and differences in numbers here and there, the ROG Phone 5s Pro basically managed an identical endurance rating to the vanilla ROG Phone 5.

Frankly, we expected about as much since the Snapdragon 888 and 888+ still share the same modem setup and manufacturing process, among other things. Even so, it is worth noting that for some reason, the ROG Phone 5s Pro and its Snapdragon 888+ seemed to consistently score slightly less in both our call and standby tests. Not by much, by any means and potentially within the margin of error. On the flip side, the newer ROG Phone 5s Pro model seemed to fare a bit better in the on-screen video and web browsing tests by just enough to bring the total endurance number back in line.

Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro review

We made sure to test with the display locked at 60Hz as well and got an expected and consistent boost in both video and web numbers. Though, not a substantial one. We decided to publish the two separate scorecards instead of one combined one with 144Hz web browsing and 60Hz video playback, which we would normally do since the automatic refresh rate handling here isn't as neat and tidy for that to be applicable. You can read more about it here, but typically the algorithm tends to stick to 120Hz while interacting with the phone and then often, but not always, drops down to 60Hz for things like video playback.

Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro review

Long story short - the ROG Phone 5s Pro, in practical terms, has the same solid battery endurance as its predecessor, despite the chipset swap. The actual number you can expect to get, depending on your usage, will likely sit somewhere between the 144Hz and 60Hz figures we published.

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

Video test carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing test done at the display's highest refresh rate whenever possible. Refer to the respective reviews for specifics. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your own usage patterns check out our all-time battery test results chart where you can also find all phones we've tested.

Reader comments

  • SbBroder
  • 16 May 2022
  • s0N

Orginal camera app when video recorded it shakes video and gps spining around

So far so good. Only time will tell

  • ainz.sama
  • 18 Apr 2022
  • YPe

are there any issues like in rog phone 5 lately?