Avid mobile gamers, meet the new ASUS ROG Phone 5. And no, it is not a typo and no, we did not skipped the time. ASUS has, for reasons which we can only speculate, decided to give ‘4’ a pass and jump from ASUS ROG Phone 3 straight to ASUS ROG Phone 5.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Gaming Smartphone

Anyhoo, the new ASUS ROG Phone 5 is powered by the fastest chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform, and features an all-new performance manager app for serious mobile gamers and upgraded GameCool 5 cooling system.

Fronting the device is a 144 Hz/1 ms Samsung AMOLED HDR10+ certified display with a mind-bending 300 Hz touch sampling rate. The screen also promised ultra-low latency (24.3 ms) and Delta-E <1 color accuracy, and it is protected by the toughest Corning Gorilla Glass yet, Victus.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Gaming Smartphone

The device is equipped with a monster 6,000 mAh battery, bolstered by new software optimizations to “maximize endurance and lifespan’ and fastest-ever rapid charging with 65W HyperCharge. And as before, it has not one, but two USB-C ports, so you can charge while playing without the cable getting in the way.

Moreover, the Phone 5 promised “massively upgraded” AirTrigger 5 as well as GameFX audio system tuned by Dirac. And then, there is the hard to ignore, fancy unique rear matrix display found on the Pro and Ultimate that will allow for customizable animations for system alerts and status.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Gaming Smartphone

And also yes, for the first time, ASUS ROG Phone is offered in more than one model, or three, to be precise. There is the ROG Phone 5, the ROG Phone 5 Pro and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.

The new ASUS ROG Phone 5 Gaming Smartphone is expected to arrive in April 2021 with a starting price of £799 (or about US$1,113).

Here’s a rundown of the specifications:
2.84 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform with 5 nm, 64-bit Octacore Processor

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Qualcomm Adreno 660

Android 11 with new ROG UI

6.78″ 20.4:9 (2448 x 1080) 144 Hz / 1 ms Samsung AMOLED display
800 nits outdoor readable brightness
1,200 nits peak brightness
Delta-E < 1
111.23% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Supports Always-On HDR display
HDR10 and HDR10+ certified
Capacitive touchscreen with 10-point multi-touch (supports glove touch)
173 x 77 x 9.9 mm
6,000 mAh typical capacity
ROG Phone 5 Ultimate: 18 GB LPDDR5 RAM
ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5: Up to 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM
ROG Phone 5 Ultimate and Pro: 512 GB UFS 3.1 ROM
ROG Phone 5: Up to 256 GB UFS 3.1 ROM
In-display fingerprint sensor, face recognition, accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient-light sensor, ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 5 and grip press
Wireless Technology
Integrated WiFi 6E (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2×2 MIMO)
Bluetooth 5.2 (HFP + A2DP + AVRCP + HID + PAN + OPP), supports Qualcomm aptX Adaptive
WiFi Direct
GNSS support GPS (L1/L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1/E5a), Beidou (B1i/B1c/B2a), QZSS (L1/L5) and NavIC (L5)
I/O Ports
Side and bottom:
Front Camera
24 MP
Rear Camera
64 MP (Main camera Sony IMX686) + 13 MP (125° ultra wide-angle lens) + 5 MP (Macro)
Voice Wake-up
Symmetrical dual front-facing speakers powered by Dirac technologies
7-magnet stereo speaker with Cirrus Logic amplifier for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect
ROG Phone 5 Ultimate: Storm White
ROG Phone 5 Pro: Phantom Black
ROG Phone 5: Phantom Black and Storm White

Images: ASUS.

Published by Mike

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