The Asus ROG Phone 5 has 18GB of RAM, two USB ports, crazy rear display

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Welcome to the world of maximum Android overkill with the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate! It has two displays, two USB ports, and two... batteries? It's the new highest-spec Android phone on the market, available in Europe for €1,299, or about $1,545. This is the follow-up to last year's Asus ROG Phone 3—a ROG Phone 4 is not happening because Asus is a bunch of tetraphobics.

Let's talk about these crazy specs. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is sporting a 144 Hz, 6.78-inch, 2448×1080 OLED display; a Snapdragon 888 SoC; 18GB of RAM; 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage; and a 6000 mAh battery. Eighteen gigabytes of RAM is a new high-mark for Android phones and (I'm not sure if this is good or bad for Android) is more RAM than you'd get in some laptops. The phone comes with Android 11, supports Wi-Fi 6E, and supports 65 W wired quick charging with a charger in the box. There's also an in-screen fingerprint reader, a headphone jack, two USB-C ports, and front stereo speakers. The cameras are definitely an afterthought, with a 64 MP Sony IMX686 as the main camera, a secondary 12 MP ultrawide, a 5 MP macro camera, and a 24 MP front camera.

Most of the ROG Phone 3 accessories from last year are supported. There's the Nintendo Joycon-style ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, which is two controller halves that can mount to the sides of the phone or slide into a controller grip. There's also a "ROG Clip" phone mount for a Playstation or Xbox controller. The TV dock is different this year, and the ROG Phone 5 is incompatible with last year's version.

A few lower-tier versions of the ROG Phone 5 are available without the rear display and slimmed-down specs, but we're just here for the insane gamer excess. The spec sheet-busting "Ultimate" model will go on sale in May in Europe.

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