That's it, a new Asus ROG Phone 5 Gaming Smartphone is official: The Taiwanese manufacturer has unveiled its new ROG Phone 5 which succeeds ROG Phone 3. If you are wondering why it is not called ROG Phone 4, it is simply because the number 4 brings bad luck in some Asian countries such as China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. Asus ROG Phone 5 in Australia will be released in early April 2021.
This time, Asus further improves the technical sheet of its smartphone. There is a particular design on the back of the device, with dotted lines and the brand's logo in the center which can be illuminated (this feature is configurable). As expected, the ROG Phone 5 offers solid features, still dedicated to mobile video games.
The new gaming smartphone from Asus is equipped with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor which allows compatibility with 5G. This chip is coupled with 8 GB, 12 GB, or 16 GB of RAM. The screen uses Samsung's AMOLED technology, and it is 6.78 inches.
The refresh rate is high since it rises to 144 Hz, while it is 90 Hz or 120 Hz maximum on standard smartphones. On the definition side, the ROG Phone 5 offers Full HD +. Finally, its tactile sampling rate climbs to 300 Hz. HDR 10+ is supported and touch latency has feedback of just 24.3ms.
Inside, the new, freshly formalized smartphone is powered by an imposing 6000mAh battery. It is in fact two batteries of 3000mAh each, which are placed on the right and the left, and which make it possible to reduce the heating during the recharging, as the digital media explains. The processor, meanwhile, is positioned right in the middle. This specific placement allows the fan to cool the chip directly. Still, on the autonomy part, the new device from Asus is accompanied by an ultra-fast charge of 65W. This results in a full charge in just 51 minutes.
Now let's move on to the photo part. The device takes practically the same specs as its predecessor, with the main sensor of 64 megapixels, an ultra-wide-angle of 13 megapixels, and finally a macro sensor of 5 megapixels. At the front, the front camera is 24 megapixels.
The Game Genie, which corresponds to the game mode, is also seen improved on the ROG Phone 5. On the program of new features: haptic feedback based on sounds, virtual buttons, an e-sport mode, or even a scout mode to invert the colors on the screen… As for the gaming experience, the Aero Cooler 5 (the fan) now offers two triggers on the right and the left. These are configurable in Game Genie to improve gameplay. As for the Air Triggers, the sensitive triggers on the right edge, have been brought closer to the edges for better use.
Finally, there are two stereo speakers with Dirac HD Sound support, four microphones, Wi-Fi 6E, NFC, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.2, and a 3.5 mm jack. ROG Phone 5 runs Android 11 with the ROG UI interface.
But Asus does not stop there since it has also unveiled two versions of the ROG Phone 5: a Pro version and an Ultimate version. They practically take all the features of the ROG Phone 5, but with a few small new features. For example, there is an OLED panel on the back, with touch keys. Several information is displayed on this secondary screen called ROG Vision, such as charging, playing, notifications, etc.
As of March 29, the ROG Phone 5 (Phantom Black or Storm White) will be offered in Australia at 1230 AUD in the 8/256 GB version. For the 12/256 GB version, it will rise to 1380 AUD, and for the 16/512 GB version. 256 it will take 1530 AUD.
The ROG Phone 5 Pro (Phantom Black) will cost 1846 AUD (16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage) and will arrive in early April 2021. Finally, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (matt white) with no less than 18 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, will display the price of 2000 AUD and will be available in May.