Asus ROG Phone 5

The Asus ROG Phone 5 is the best gaming phone you can buy

Asus RoG Phone 5
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Asus ROG Phone 5 falls behind most of the £799 (approx. $950) competition when it comes to photography. Despite this, it’s still the best gaming phone around, and its camera isn’t bad. Between its amped-up power, gaming accessories, screen specs, sound and interface, Asus hasn’t just created a phone for gamers, it’s created an experience that makes the ROG Phone 5 an easy recommendation for anyone who’s gaming first, photography second (or third).


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    Beautiful, high refresh rate display

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    Smart camera software

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    Fantastically tuned for gamers


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    No OIS or telephoto camera

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    No IP68 water or dust resistance

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    Screen is Full HD, not Quad HD

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The Asus ROG Phone 5 wants to be the ultimate gaming phone, and after a week of swiping, strafing, slashing, shooting, and bashing furiously at its screen, we can confirm it is. That said, is it the ultimate camera phone? The competition for that title’s significantly tougher.

There are gaming phones and there are Asus ROG Phones, with the key difference being ROG Phones tend to pack more polish and better cameras than the likes of BlackSharks, Lenovo Legion Phones, and Nubia Red Magics. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 

His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.