If you spend a lot of time on your phone playing mobile games, you may benefit from using the latest Asus gaming phone (7/10, WIRED Recommended). There are two touch keys on the edges that you can use to map any game, so you don’t have to touch the screen and block it with your fingers. Alternatively, use Asus’ Kunai 3 Gamepad – or Xbox, PlayStation or Stadia controller – to map physical buttons to all your games. It makes for a lot a more ergonomic mobile gaming experience.
It’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s one of the most powerful Android phones in the area, especially when you turn on X Mode, which improves performance. It has great speakers, not to mention a Quad DAC for the headphone port, so you can get high quality sound with your favorite headphones. It also works great to dissipate heat and keep your phone cool; if you buy an Asus aeroactive cooler 5, you can comfortably play even longer. And the 6,000 mAh battery allows the phone to keep up.
It has common flaws in a gaming phone, such as a camera system that won’t break your socks. It also lacks wireless charging, is bulky and heavy and is not supported on Verizon. (On T-Mobile and AT&T, you only get LTE and sub-6 5G.) But if you’re a real mobile player and want more phones to have headphone jacks, ROG Phone 5 is for you.
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