The ROG Phone 5 does not have a $1,300 price tag. In fact, the phone costs less than $680 on Amazon right now, putting it at about half the cost of the Xperia 1 III. As we said above, the Xperia 1 III doesn’t cost that much for nothing, but the feature list for the ROG Phone 5 is still quite competitive.
ROG stands for Republic of Gamers, and that’s who this phone is marketed toward. As such, you have an excellent 144 Hz 1080 x 2448 HDR OLED display with a Snapdragon 888; 5G connectivity; a triple-camera system with a 64 megapixel main camera and 8K video recording; a giant 6,000 mAh battery; and a headphone jack.
Of course, you don’t have to be a gamer to enjoy this phone—that high-refresh display is going to feel just as smooth scrolling through Twitter as it does when playing an intense racing game. But it helps when a smartphone’s manufacturer is thinking first and foremost about enthusiast features.