Asus ROG Phone 5 gets the high score in DxOMark's audio review

22 February 2021
No, the phone hasn't been officially announced yet. Anyway, the ROG Phone 3, its predecessor, once held the top spot in the rankings as well.

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acemang, 03 Mar 2021so many text and so many wrong arguments. I'm not wast... moreHahahaha, what a troll.

I knew you would respond like this. You can't argue my points simply because it's true. If you can, go ahead, prove it. And you say there are many phones out there, well then, show me ONE phone that was built in the last 2 years which has a flagship processor AND has a User Removable Battery. I'll wait.

Kangal, 25 Feb 2021First thing first, having a microSD slot does NOT mean you ... moreso many text and so many wrong arguments. I'm not wasting my time trying to explain a dumb person that didn't understood what I was trying to say (or my bad english). Btw I'm not trying to convince no one. I didn't make the phone, and it's impossible to do a phone that will be liked by 100% of the people. there are always people that askes for stupid things that the phone don't target and will be "needed" for 0.001% of the people. With the 1 bilion iphones that are out there that never had a micro sd are all wrong. your are the only one right....I could argue all you points without effort but waking you up could make you feel bad abount beeing wrong....and I don't want that. take care.

Tigolebitties, 24 Feb 2021Not to mention transferring photos and videos are also easi... morethat's not 100% true, far from that. if you have a cloud or a nas you just need to share the content with that cloud/nas and thats it.....nothing more....you go to any computer in the world and can access your content (and that is not possible with the micro sd solution). I use my phone as a work phone because I do apps for a living. When I do for android phones is very easy. I make the app in the computer I put in google drive. go to my phone open google drive app and install the app. nothing more...with micro sd is pathetic slow with that approach. Coping large files should be slower than coping large quantity of info from micro sd but you will do that 1 a year? you need a feature that you use once a year? really?

Tigolebitties, 24 Feb 2021 no. Cloud is literally useless when u have a slow internet... morecloud was one suggestion, there are others, and you don't need to use it every minute even if you have "slow internet in 2021". The problem is not the phone is your area. Also, if you need more than 128Gb our 256Gb that phones today have you need to have a life. if you use for work is debatable but this phone don't target that audience so no point having that discussion. This is a gaming phone...you play 10000000 games same time?
if you want a productive phone...there are other options (still without micro sd). There are to many phones out there and no one of it needs to satisfy 100% of people because that is simple impossible. They target an audience and they focus for that. crying about a feature that you want and thats not present is pathetic. The world don't turns around anyone.

Kangal, 28 Feb 2021Hopefully it was a good/educational/entertaining read : ) ... moreYou do have a point. i can respect that. cheers, to you too!

Tech nerd 333, 28 Feb 2021Woah man, are you trying to write an article or something? ... moreHopefully it was a good/educational/entertaining read : )
Well, because of the nature of some people, it causes me to reply to them in an essay form. Otherwise, they don't get it, don't agree, or try to twist my words.

It's the same thing that (always) happens in articles mentioning the 3.5mm Headphone Jack, and there are most people wanting it to come back, then those few trolls who just want phones selfishly without thinking about the big-picture stuff. You get it?
Cheers, mate!

Samath N8 808 owner, 27 Feb 2021Thanks for the response. You're right. Yes, keeping i... moreIf i'm correct when you put the phone sleep mode, the processor is still on, doing all those background tasks along with other parts such as the modem, storage chip, etc. if that's what you meant by "off". otherwise, the only active thing in the phone is the battery itself. it degrades itself by keeping a humungous amount of energy inside it.

Kangal, 25 Feb 2021First thing first, having a microSD slot does NOT mean you ... moreWoah man, are you trying to write an article or something? i get your point. i read through all of it. but like, be more concise next time. no one would want to read a mini article.

acemang, 24 Feb 2021audio king in a phone? your so pro that you only listen to ... moreJust because it's useless to you, doesn't mean the same for everybody. Some people here are just being enthusiastic tech consumers pal. don't ruin it. and who doesn't want better quality in there phones? hmm?

Kangal, 25 Feb 2021If you remove the Lithium Battery from the device, and keep... moreThanks for the response. You're right.
Yes, keeping it in the phone might be the reason why battery degrades faster.
In fact, I suspect an Android phone is always on. Even when its off, a portion of it remains active, I suspect. Just a part of circuitry or so, in my opinion..

acemang, 24 Feb 2021"- microSD slot (waiting for this) - User Removable B... moreFirst thing first, having a microSD slot does NOT mean you cannot use Cloud Storage!

This is the same argument people make online asking for the removal of the 3.5mm Headphone Jack, simply because they want to use Bluetooth earphones. With that said, Cloud Storage is convenient sometimes but it has massive drawbacks: sucks heaps of battery, will stop working when reception is spotty, costs lots of money in both Carrier Data allowance and in Monthly Cloud Storage fees. microSD storage is in many ways more simple, faster, cheaper, and more convenient. One idea is to carry an extra microSD card in your wallet, for hot-swapping when you are on the go outdoors. My friend used to do this with his Modded PSP. It's very ideal if you want to play emulation games, as some titles such as PS2 games require lots of storage. So a microSD slot is really a gaming feature when you think about it.

Next, I never stated anything about 128GB storage being too much. Don't know where you're getting that from. People's usage varies, and having a microSD slot means they have more options. That is a good thing, not a bad thing.

Third point; you are wrong about User Removable Battery.
This is not a moving part, there is nothing there to break. You do not have to compromise the design integrity. I do not know who told you these things. A phone that flexes is much better than a phone that snaps, and these results are not actually dictated by the battery. There's nothing wrong with Plastic except that company Marketing Departments don't like it (they prefer a slippery/fragile glass material. And removable backs is not a bad design, that is just what you have been indoctrinated to think.

Despite all of that...what I would propose is to have a hollow chassis, where the top/bottom are flat a bit like the Nokia N9 design. The chassis would be very rigid by being made out of a single piece of metal, so no flex, crack, deforming. The battery will be slid into the phone from a flap on the bottom side a bit like the LG G5. The silo the battery goes into is sealed chamber, and there would be a moisture sensor too (eg LG V30), so little chance of water-ingress damage, it would be certified to IP66 protection. On top of this, there would be a secondary-internal battery (eg 1000mAh) which would take over if it detects moisture, or when the primary-removable battery (eg 3000mAh) is empty, or when you are swapping batteries. Swapping batteries is really a gaming feature when you think about it: gaming consumes battery faster, and a swapping is faster and more convenient than trying to use trickle charging or annoying fast charging when you are away from home (ie Mobile).

Wasn't the point of the ASUS RoG Phone, to have a pocketable and portable phone, that is aimed or optimised for "Gaming"?? And if yes, then you should want all these Gaming Features such as a microSD slot and User Removable Battery. If your answer is No, then I believe this is the wrong device for you, should be looking at less capable cheaper/mainstream devices.

Lastly, who are you to tell people what to do? What if some people want to game on a small display, because they enjoy the experience and want something pocketable! I say, live and let live. If someone really enjoys gaming, they should get an iPhone to have access to all that "quality" exclusive titles that has been (and will be) released. That person should also get a PS5 so they can experience the "quality" exclusive titles from the PS4 and PS5. And lastly that person should get an x86 Desktop PC to have the "quantity" of options. Options such as: AAA-games, Indies, Old Games, Flash Games, Android running in Windows, and Dualbooting Mac OSX. On top of all of these, the Windows10 PC can also do emulation of the Switch, Wii U, PS3, X360, Xbox, Wii, GameCube, n2DS XL, PS2, 3DS, PSP, DreamCast, PS1, MS DoS, DS, N64, GBa, sNES, Sega, MAME, Atari, etc etc. There's very little gaming you will miss out if you simply have those three devices: an iPhone, a PS5, a Desktop PC.

Samath N8 808 owner, 25 Feb 2021The biggest problem with user replaceable battery is that p... moreIf you remove the Lithium Battery from the device, and keep it in a Dry and Cool area... you theoretically have zero capacity loss. Although in practice you do lose some capacity but it is relatively small (1%-10%) depending on the amount of months/years. It's not 30%-90% like some people say, that is overblown.... if that were true then Energizer and other manufacturers who make, store, ship, and stock tonnes and tonnes of cells would be bankrupt a long long time ago.

PS: I have had some instances where my batteries died without being used, but in all of those cases it was my fault for leaving them inside the device. In one instance, I left it in my car where the excess heat (40'C-70'C) managed to kill it. Again user error, and could have been prevented ONLY with a user removable battery.

Kangal, 23 Feb 2021I think ASUS should actually NOT add IP68 waterproofing to ... moreThe biggest problem with user replaceable battery is that people would love to replace them, but not so frequently... which is not good for lithium ion, as its charge goes low with time, and its life dies due to this.

The one battery you're using in your phone is good, the other one in your closet will lose its life unless its charged from 30% level regularly... now how often will that be?

Anonymous, 24 Feb 2021Not to mention everything is stored in the cloud these days... moreNot to mention uploading photos to cloud can be slower than transferring it to micro sd when your internet connection is slow, as what I have mentioned before.

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Anonymous, 24 Feb 2021Not to mention everything is stored in the cloud these days... moreWith Google photos no need to transfer 10 year old photos to and from the device.

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Tigolebitties, 24 Feb 2021Not to mention transferring photos and videos are also easi... moreNot to mention everything is stored in the cloud these days and most micro SD cards is way slower than ufs 3.1.

All my photos is stored in Google photos, pay couple of bucks each month to have everything secure of the device, easy to get going with a new phone, and no dread I could loose the old one.

acemang, 24 Feb 2021"- microSD slot (waiting for this) - User Removable B... moreNot to mention transferring photos and videos are also easier using micro sd to a new device

acemang, 24 Feb 2021"- microSD slot (waiting for this) - User Removable B... more no. Cloud is literally useless when u have a slow internet speed and there's no one-time payment and it's way more complicated to transfer data compared to micro sd. You have to upload it and download it again which is wasteful especially when you're using mobile network.

Smartphones are also getting bigger each year which means, they should've more space yet they still don't support micro sd. What a shame...

I do agree with the other point tho. Removable battery is a total junk and useless.

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That's noy good yet

W4lt, 23 Feb 2021Great to see an ESS DAC, it means we might get a new audio ... morehope you don't need VOLTE because its unlikely to happen in 99% of countries - again...