Asus is preparing to introduce a new, gaming-focused smartphone in the ROG Phone series – for now, that ROG phone 5. While rumors have predicted a launch in the first quarter of 2021 and that has also surfaced in some alleged practical media, we could now take our first real look at the device. Prior to its official debut, the ROG Phone 5 received mandatory TENAA certification in China. To our delight, the regulatory authority’s database has listed some images of the Asus range.
A dot matrix display on the back that can be customized
The core language of the design remains unchanged, but what caught our attention was the ROG logo on the back. And it doesn’t look painted or glass-etched, but it appears to be backlit via small LEDs under a layer of glass. The implementation is similar to that of Asus’ ROG Lightning Armor Case for the ROG Phone 3 and the AnimeMatrix control panel on the ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop. In this case, the lighting pattern on the back of the ROG Phone 5 is likely to be customizable.
The design of the camera island on the back of the ROG Phone 5 has not changed significantly compared to its predecessor. There are two stereo front speakers while the selfie camera is in the top right corner. One minor design change is that the SIM tray has a red accent that stands out from the rest of the frame. The ROG Phone 5 also has prominent Tencent branding on the back, suggesting that the device shown in the picture may be a custom Tencent version that will likely only be available in the Chinese market.
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is said to contain a 6,000 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 888 SoC
ROG Phone 5’s TENAA list also mentions a 6.78-inch display (likely a high refresh rate panel) and a huge 5,960 mAh battery, most likely marketed as a 6,000 mAh device after a previous leak becomes. Plus, the device supports fast charging at 60W or 65W. Asus is expected to keep the capacitive shoulder buttons on its upcoming gaming-focused phone, which is also expected to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC and plenty of RAM.
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