Asus is ready to announce its next-generation ROG Phone, i.e., ROG Phone 5. Well, the name is yet not finalized, the smartphone with the codename ASUS_I005DA surfaced in the Geekbench portal. The smartphone will be the successor of last year’s ROG Phone 3, also there a common practice in Chinese OEMs, they tend to skip the number 4, so most probably the smartphone will also officially be called the ROG Phone 5.
We already have seen a few more reports of Asus’s next ROG Phone in the Geekbench portal itself in December, but there are a few more changes in the new report. Earlier the test was performed with an 8GB RAM device but this time it is performed with a 16 GB RAM variant with a good improvement in the single as well as multi-core scores.
The last Geekbench report showed us a result of 1081 and 3584 for the single-core and multi-core performance, respectively, whereas the latest report achieved 1,131 and 3,729 scores in the single-core and multi-core performance respectively, which is higher than what the 8GB RAM model scored.
Now, speaking of other specifications of the smartphone, it will be equipped with the new flagship SoC from Qualcomm, i.e., Snapdragon 888, paired with up to 16 GB RAM. The Snapdragon 888 is an octa-core (1x ARM Cortex-X1 @2.84GHz 3x ARM Cortex-A78 @2.42GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @1.8GHz) system-on-chip with Adreno 600 GPU for better graphical performance.
Other than that it will feature a 6.78-inch AMOLED panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate. Well, according to a few previous leaks, it might have a slim bezel at the top portion of the smartphone, which will have all the necessary sensors, front selfie camera, and stereo speaker, although they might have put a punch-hole housing for the camera but again if we are considering the smartphone for gaming then it doesn’t matter.
Other features include 5G connectivity, a 6000 mAh battery with 65-watt fast charging. In the camera department, it will feature a triple camera setup at the rear and a single camera at the front for selfies. The specifications of the camera are yet unknown to us. And as it has an AMOLED display, so we can expect an under-display fingerprint sensor.
As the main motive of the smartphone is gaming, so we expect plenty of ports, like a 3.5-mm headphone jack, dual Type-C ports for charging and connecting ROG branded gaming accessories. The previous TENAA listing of the phone had revealed that its dimensions are 172.834 x 77.252 x 10.29mm, so it is a quite bulky phone, but again it actually has a ton of hardware designed for the best gaming experience, so we have to compromise in this area at least.
The listing also mentions Android 11, so we might get the smartphone out of the box with Android 11, but with their custom UI, for a more gaming look. The custom UI focuses on providing a gaming look, but it doesn’t interfere with the actual performance of the hardware.
Right now, the official launch date of the ROG Phone 5 is announced, but a teaser last month suggested it might take place between end-March and mid-April this year.