Asus ROG Phone 5S and 5S Pro announced: SD888 Plus added, not much else

Asus ROG Phone 5 product shot of the ROG LED logo

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  • Asus just 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.

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 5 ROG Phone 5S
Display 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
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 None (RGB Logo) None (RGB Logo)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
2.84GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus
3GHz
GPU Adreno 660 Adreno 660
RAM Min: 8GB
Max: 16GB
Min: 8GB
Max: 16GB
Storage Min: 128GB
Max: 256GB
No microSD slot
Min: 128GB
Max: 256GB
No microSD slot
Battery/power 6,000mAh
(2 x 3,000mAh cells)
65W wired charging
Charger included
No wireless charging
6,000mAh
(2 x 3,000mAh cells)
65W wired charging
Charger included
No wireless charging
Cameras 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

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 None None
Audio 3.5mm headphone port
HyperStream II Quad-DAC
Dual front-facing speakers

Bluetooth 5.2
LDAC + aptX support

3.5mm headphone port
HyperStream II Quad-DAC
Dual front-facing speakers

Bluetooth 5.2
LDAC + aptX support

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

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