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Asus ROG Phone 5S and 5S Pro debut with SD888 Plus (Update: EU launch)

Update: Asus' ROG Phone 5S refresh is finally hitting the old continent.
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November 4, 2021
Asus ROG Phone 5 product shot of the ROG LED logo
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TL;DR
  • Asus announced the new Asus ROG Phone 5S and ROG Phone 5S Pro.
  • The new phones are pretty much identical to the ROG Phone 5 series other than the introduction of the Snapdragon 888 Plus.
  • These new models will replace the original models as stock depletes.

Update: November 4, 2021 (6:20 AM ET): Asus has officially launched the ROG Phone 5S in Europe. The gaming phone is currently available in Germany starting at €999 (~$1,158) packing 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Want 18GB of RAM and 512GB of storage? You’ll have to fork out €1,299 for the range-topping config.


Original article: August 16, 2021 (5 AM ET): Earlier this year, we saw the launch of the Asus ROG Phone 5 along with its Pro and Ultimate counterparts. The series is now arguably the gold standard when it comes to gaming phones.

Now, though, Asus is upping the ante — slightly. With the brand new Asus ROG Phone 5S series, we see essentially the same phones we saw earlier but with two relatively minor upgrades.

See also: Our original Asus ROG Phone 5 review

The biggest change is the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset. This overclocked version of the original Snapdragon 888 is better on paper, but real-world returns won’t mean much. Outside of this chipset upgrade, the only other change is the introduction of a faster touch response rate. These new devices hit a 360Hz rate, which is nominally better than the 300Hz rate on the original models.

Outside of those two changes, you won’t find much else different. Check out a spec comparison below. Asus didn’t divulge to us when you can buy the phone nor how much it would cost, but we imagine it will be the same price as the current line-up. Asus did confirm that these new models will replace the existing models as stock depletes.

Specs: Asus ROG Phone 5S vs ROG Phone 5

ROG Phone 5ROG Phone 5S
Display
ROG Phone 5
6.78-inch AMOLED
20.4:9 ratio
2,448 x 1,080
395ppi
144Hz display refresh rate
300Hz touch sample rate
1ms response time
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass Victus
ROG Phone 5S
6.78-inch AMOLED
20.4:9 ratio
2,448 x 1,080
395ppi
144Hz display refresh rate
360Hz touch sample rate
1ms response time
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass Victus
Rear display
ROG Phone 5
None (RGB Logo)
ROG Phone 5S
None (RGB Logo)
Processor
ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
2.84GHz
ROG Phone 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus
3GHz
GPU
ROG Phone 5
Adreno 660
ROG Phone 5S
Adreno 660
RAM
ROG Phone 5
Min: 8GB
Max: 16GB
ROG Phone 5S
Min: 8GB
Max: 16GB
Storage
ROG Phone 5
Min: 128GB
Max: 256GB
No microSD slot
ROG Phone 5S
Min: 128GB
Max: 256GB
No microSD slot
Battery/power
ROG Phone 5
6,000mAh
(2 x 3,000mAh cells)
65W wired charging
Charger included
No wireless charging
ROG Phone 5S
6,000mAh
(2 x 3,000mAh cells)
65W wired charging
Charger included
No wireless charging
Cameras
ROG Phone 5
Rear:
64MP primary, 0.8μm, ƒ1.8, 1/1.7-inch sensor
13MP ultra-wide, ƒ2.4, 125-degree FoV
5MP macro, ƒ2.0

Front:
24MP, 0.9μm, ƒ2.45
ROG Phone 5S
Rear:
64MP primary, 0.8μm, ƒ1.8, 1/1.7-inch sensor
13MP ultra-wide, ƒ2.4, 125-degree FoV
5MP macro, ƒ2.0

Front:
24MP, 0.9μm, ƒ2.45
IP rating
ROG Phone 5
None
ROG Phone 5S
None
Audio
ROG Phone 5
3.5mm headphone port
HyperStream II Quad-DAC
Dual front-facing speakers

Bluetooth 5.2
LDAC + aptX support

ROG Phone 5S
3.5mm headphone port
HyperStream II Quad-DAC
Dual front-facing speakers

Bluetooth 5.2
LDAC + aptX support

Ports
ROG Phone 5
Side-mounted USB-C port
Bottom USB-C port
3.5mm port
Dual-SIM, dual-standby (DSDS)
ROG Phone 5S
Side-mounted USB-C port
Bottom USB-C port
3.5mm port
Dual-SIM, dual-standby (DSDS)
Wireless
ROG Phone 5
Wi-Fi 6E support
IEEE 802.11 a, b, g, n, ca, ax
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
ROG Phone 5S
Wi-Fi 6E support
IEEE 802.11 a, b, g, n, ca, ax
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Extra sensors
ROG Phone 5
Air Triggers 5
ROG Phone 5S
Air Triggers 5
Software
ROG Phone 5
Android 11
ROG UI or ZenUI
ROG Phone 5S
Android 11
ROG UI or ZenUI
Dimensions and weight
ROG Phone 5
172.8 x 77.2 x 10.29mm
238g
ROG Phone 5S
172.8 x 77.2 x 10.29mm
238g
Colors
ROG Phone 5
Phantom Black
Storm White
ROG Phone 5S
Phantom Black
Storm White