The successor to the ASUS ROG Phone 3 gaming phone is turning out to be quite a looker. ASUS gave us a glimpse of the upcoming ROG Phone 5 via a teaser image that revealed thin bezels while an alleged live image spotted in the wild revealed the design and the camera setup. Now, we have our first look at the design and the smartphone in working condition through a small hands-on video.
ASUS ROG Phone 5 hands-on video shows a Anime Matrix-like second display
The video, spotted on Weibo, reveals the upcoming ASUS ROG Phone 5 will rock a secondary display on the rear panel. The panel may only be used for notifying incoming calls and messages, or show an animation while gaming. This seems to replace the RGB ROG logo that adorned the rear panels of the previous ROG gaming smartphones. The animation on the second display looks a lot like the Anime Matrix screen ASUS launched with the ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop in 2020. We won’t be surprised if the popular design element makes its way to ROG smartphones as well, and could be a good way of personalising the smartphone.
The video also reveals the triple camera setup that was confirmed through the live image leak a few days back, along with the edgy design that ASUS seems to be sticking to, from the previous generation. We can expect the ROG Phone 5 to be just as bulky and hefty with support for additional gaming accessories.
ASUS ROG Phone 4/5: What we know so far
So far, we know that the ASUS ROG Phone 5 will come with 65W fast charging along with 5G support. The latter is hardly surprising considering it’s expected to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 888 SoC which has an integrated 5G modem. But the 65W fast charging comes as a surprise, especially since ASUS spent a good part of the ROG Phone 3 launch presentation explaining how fast charging degrades battery life faster over time. What can explain this U-turn? It could be possible that the Taiwanese giant, known for its engineering prowess, may have found a way to reduce battery decay.
Apart from this, nothing more is confirmed about the upcoming gaming smartphone. There were rumours doing the rounds of ASUS and Qualcomm collaborating on a gaming smartphone based on the Snapdragon 888, and this could very well be it. If that’s the case, we expect the ROG Phone 5 to launch with some never-before-seen Snapdragon gaming features while popular features like the AirTriggers and high-refresh rate display may also see some upgrades.
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