While many people may question the existence of high-end gaming smartphones that essentially use the same processors as “ normal ” flagships, there’s no denying that the category has been reasonably popular. Arguably the pioneer of the gaming smartphone segment is Asus, which releases its ROG phone every year between February and March. In 2021, the company will launch the ROG Phone 5 – which is the phone’s fourth iteration. In this hub article we follow all the important information about the Asus ROG Phone 5.
As is the case with articles in the hub, we will regularly update this information as new device information is released. Everything you read here will be listed in reverse chronological order, from newest to oldest. They’ll all be listed in a summary list below to help you navigate them easily.
As you may have noticed, Asus decided not to christen this device the ROG Phone 4. It would have been the logical successor to the ROG Phone 3 from 2020. However, since the number 4 is considered unlucky in several Far Eastern countries – particularly in China and Taiwan – several Asian brands have traditionally chosen not to use this number when naming their products. ASUS is no exception and has decided to call this next device the ROG Phone 5. ROG Phone 4 therefore does not exist.
Asus has officially confirmed that the ROG Phone 5 will be officially announced on March 10, 2021. The company originally planned to launch the phone a day earlier, but it was bought out one day. We also received an official invitation from Asus India which confirms March 10 as the phone’s launch date. For those who wish to attend the launch event live, they will need to log into Asus’ social media channels from 7:00 p.m. Taipei time (11:00 p.m. GMT).
The Asus ROG Phone 5 has appeared in several leaked images and videos so far. One of the “ leaks ” came from a rather strange source – DXOMark – which on February 22 published a first audio review of the phone which incidentally also contained some images of the phone.
Previously, the phone had appeared on Chinese social media platform Weibo where for the first time it was revealed that the ROG Phone 5 had a secondary display on the back. While not quite as eye-catching as the full-fledged display on the MI 11 Pro, the secondary display will turn heads nonetheless.
We still don’t know what this secondary display will be used for. Most guesses seem to indicate that this is probably a notification ticker or hub for quick failover settings. It could also improve the RGB characteristics of ROG Phone 5 and be a key part of the phone’s lighting network.
Based on the images we’ve seen so far, the general design language hasn’t strayed from older ROG phone models.
Here’s a first leaked video of the phone.
While there is no official confirmation from Asus yet, we already know that this phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. In fact, DXOMark review unofficially confirms this claim.
Based on data from other leaks, we also know that the ROG Phone 5 will come with a 6000mAh battery that supports either 60 or 65W fast charging. If this is true, the ROG Phone 5 will charge a lot. faster than its predecessor which only received a 30W fast charge.
The ROG Phone will continue to sport a massive AMOLED panel measuring 6.78 inches in diameter. It will also keep the dual speaker layout and run Android 11 out of the box. Renders also indicated that we were looking for a triple camera setup on the back with a 64MP main camera, 13MP ultra-wide shooter, and 5MP macro camera.
What are your expectations for the ROG Phone 5 this year? Do you think this will be the ultimate gaming smartphone of 2021?