The Asus ROG Telephone collection has arguably led the gaming cellphone area for the previous few years, providing the priciest flagship gaming telephones round, whereas rivals have typically competed at cheaper price factors.
We have had three ROG Telephones to this point, and we’re anticipating the fourth quickly – although it could shock you to be taught that it will not be known as the ROG Telephone Four, however the ROG Telephone 5.
Here is what we all know to this point.
Why is it known as the ROG Telephone 5 and never the ROG Telephone Four?
Whereas the final ROG Telephone was the third mannequin, the following entry can be known as the ROG Telephone 5, initially confirmed by Asus by means of a Weibo social put up, celebrating a partnership with Tencent.
Whereas skipping a quantity could seem odd at first, in Chinese language, Taiwanese and in addition Japanese tradition, Four is taken into account an unfortunate quantity – partially because of the truth that the phrase for ‘4’ sounds just like the phrase for ‘loss of life’.
It is considered this motive that OnePlus skipped the quantity when releasing a follow-up to the OnePlus 3T and may need had one thing to do with Sony’s Xperia Z4 releasing because the Xperia Z3+ in some markets.
When will the Asus ROG Telephone 5 be launched?
Following its Weibo announcement put up, confirming the title, Asus went on to launch a devoted ROG Telephone 5 microsite, which on the time of writing contains a countdown clock set to culminate within the cellphone’s 10 March unveiling; scheduled to happen at 11am GMT (or 6am in New York and 7pm in Taipei).
For reference, the Asus ROG Telephone three was introduced in July 2020 and was formally launched within the USA in September.
Whereas this preliminary launch window would possibly solely be for Taiwan and China, some tipsters have advised that an Indian launch might additionally fall in March 2020.
It is price noting for UK readers that the ROG Telephone three by no means really launched within the area – although earlier ROG Telephones did – so we’re unsure whether or not or to not anticipate the ROG Telephone 5 to reach in Britain.
In the event you don’t wish to wait to seek out out, you may take a look at our chart of the most effective gaming telephones to seek out an alternate.
How a lot will the Asus ROG Telephone 5 value?
One factor’s for sure, it gained’t be low-cost. The ROG Telephone three had an RRP of €999 (which is round £900) in Europe and $1000 within the USA for the bottom mannequin that got here with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage, whereas the 16GB model value €1099 (approx. £1000) or $1100.
This made the Asus ROG Telephone three fairly a bit dearer than the likes of the Black Shark three (which sells for £539/$599) and the Pink Magic 5G (which you’ll be able to choose up for £539/$579).
Whether or not Asus feels the necessity to tackle these gadgets with a cheaper price is unknown in the intervening time, so we’d say you’d be finest off bracing your self for one more £1000/£1000/€1000 hit on the pockets, then if it’s cheaper you’ll really feel such as you’ve saved cash.
What specs can we anticipate on the following ROG Telephone?
Details about the following ROG system is slowly rising, and we now have an excellent thought of what the cellphone will appear like, together with a good understanding of its internals.
Asus has teased the upcoming smartphone through Weibo (in Chinese language) and guarantees an upgraded expertise, depicting a close to bezel-less define of a smartphone – solely the underside of the show has a slight chin. Whereas some counsel it is solely teasing the define of the cellphone itself, the added show element suggests we might see an virtually bezel-less ROG Telephone 5.
Individually, WHYLAB on Weibo, served up a convincing spyshot of the again of what is considered the following ROG Telephone.
Supply: WHYLAB on Weibo
This shot additionally highlights that that cellphone’s triple rear digital camera association contains a 64Mp quad Bayer sensor (which means Four-to-1 pixel binning) and exhibits off a brand new crimson button within the backside proper nook, that is assumed to activate the cellphone’s devoted gaming mode and may serve extra performance throughout gameplay.
We acquired a extra official have a look at the cellphone from each side because of its look on the Chinese language TENAA certification system. Be aware that there are two totally different variations proven right here: the primary cellphone on the left and a Tencent model on the fitting, which incorporates totally different rear detailing and an LED matrix.
The LED matrix is cool, nevertheless it’s the usual version of the cellphone that will get the actually thrilling stuff. What first got here to gentle in a leaked hands-on video (additionally shared through WHYLAB on Weibo) is that the component in the midst of the cellphone’s again is definitely a full-colour show that appears as if it is designed to show sport and system notifications; a minimum of that is the performance demonstrated within the seven-second clip (proven under).
The clip additionally highlights a extra balanced set of bezels across the show.
As for what’s contained in the cellphone, eagle-eyed web detectives noticed a brand new system bearing the mannequin quantity ASUS_I005DA on Geekbench, which was added on eight December.
The ROG Telephone three had the mannequin quantity ASUS_I003DA, so it seems doubtless that that is the successor. The ‘motherboard’ is reported within the check to have the title ‘Lahaina’, which we now know to be the codename for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor.
Elsewhere within the check, we see 8GB of RAM put in on the system, although a subsequent Geekbench itemizing with the identical mannequin quantity boasts 16GB RAM – extra in step with our expectations. One other itemizing for a I003DB mannequin – believed to be the model with the show on its rear – goes as much as a whopping 18GB RAM, making it the primary smartphone to take action.
As picked up by SparrowNews, China’s 3Cs certification physique additionally has an inventory for what’s considered the following ROG Telephone (beneath certificates quantity 2021011606363356), which references 5G, battery capability, and charging speeds; cited as clocking in at 6000mAh and as much as 65W, if this entry is appropriate.
A few of these specs are backed up by the cellphone’s TENAA itemizing. It particularly mentions 5G assist, dual-SIM, and a 5960mAh battery – really made up of two 3000mAh cells, a typical strategy to assist hit quick charging speeds.
The TENAA itemizing additionally confirms a 6.78in display screen, together with total dimensions of 172.834 x 77.252 x 10.29mm, and that the cellphone will run Android 11.
These dimensions make the cellphone barely bigger throughout than the ROG Telephone three, which is smart given the show is a good soar up from the earlier 6.59in panel. We do not but know what decision it is going to provide, however anticipate it to as soon as once more provide a minimum of 144Hz refresh fee.
One last curiosity is that the cellphone might actually excel on the subject of audio. The brand new cellphone has scored 79 within the comparatively current DxOMark Audio benchmark, dethroning the Xiaomi Mi 10 Extremely (on 76) for the highest spot.
Due to its 4 microphones, headphone jack, and two front-facing audio system, the ROG Telephone 5 scored extremely for each recording and playback. DxOMark observe that the cellphone achieved category-leading sub-scores for dynamics, spatial, and artifact distortion, although famous its weaknesses are barely lacklustre bass and decrease max quantity than some rivals.
Verify again recurrently to this text, as we’ll be updating it when extra information seems. Within the meantime, take a look at our roundup of the most effective Android video games of all time to maintain you busy.
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Within the meantime, we mentioned the ROG Telephone 5 in an episode of our common podcast Quick Cost, so examine that out too:
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