We’re two weeks into 2021 and haven’t received an official announcement for a gaming phone yet. While Black Shark and Nubia have already started teasing their next phones, they’ll likely be limited to China for a while. Both phones are expected to be launched in the country as early as February. Now ASUS has officially teased the arrival of its next gaming phone. The company is preparing to launch its next ROG phone, which is expected to be called ROG Phone 5.
The latest development comes from Weibo, where the ASUS report revealed that the upcoming gaming phone will offer an enhanced experience. However, the company didn’t reveal the name of its next ROG phone in the new teaser.
Recently, an ASUS phone with the model number ASUS_I005DA was discovered on Geekbench 5. For strangers, ROG Phone 3 has the model number ASUS_I003D. Hence, the ASUS_I005DA is expected to be the model number of the next gaming phone, which is likely to be called the ROG Phone 5. Interestingly, companies like OnePlus have also skipped number ‘4’ from their list. It is said that the number ‘4’ is viewed as a bad omen in some Asian countries. Hence, we could look at the nickname ROG Phone 5.
The phone scored a goal on Geekbench 1081 and 3584 points in single-core or multi-core tests. It is powered by a Qualcomm chipset, codenamed Lahaina. This code name is associated with the newest and greatest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 888. It’s paired with 8 GB of RAM and it’s pre-installed with Android 11 OS.
It should be noted that the ROG Phone 3 was launched in July 2020. The ROG Phone 2 succeeded, which was also introduced in July 2019. Hence, we could consider a possible early start for the next device. Companies like Samsung and OnePlus are being urged to launch their flagship earlier than usual in 2021. So it’s not surprising if ASUS follows them too.
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