The ASUS ROG Phone 5 is confirmed to launch in India and other global markets at a live streamed event on March 10. Now, days ahead of its launch, the ASUS ROG Phone 5 has been spotted to have received NBTC certification, which is the official bureau of electronics certification for Thailand. The information suggests that the ASUS ROG Phone 5 will also be launched in Thailand, alongside other global markets. The smartphone was also recently seen to have cleared China’s 3C and TENAA certification, which also offered more information on the specifications of the ASUS ROG Phone 5.
ASUS ROG Phone 5: Expected specifications
The ASUS ROG Phone 5 is slated to be one of the first smartphones launched globally with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC inside. Given that it is slated to launch soon, the device may also become the first smartphone to launch in India with Qualcomm’s flagship SoC for 2021. Multiple leaked Geekbench listings also suggest that the smartphone may feature up to 16GB RAM, as well as up to 512GB storage.
One of the big takeaway features of the ASUS ROG Phone 5 will apparently be its display, which may use a 6.78-inch AMOLED panel, and support up to 144Hz refresh rate – something that is seen as a key feature for gaming smartphones. At the back, the smartphone is expected to feature a 64MP triple camera setup, the exact configuration of which is yet to be revealed. The battery and fast charging standards of the ASUS ROG Phone 5 are also yet to be unveiled, or spotted in credible leaks.
ASUS may look to differentiate its upcoming flagship phone with a host of interesting features, which may include the signature ASUS ROG AirTrigger shoulder buttons for intuitive gaming, two USB-C ports on the phone for charging and simultaneous wired earphone connectivity, a suggested “asymmetrical” design, a customisable shortcut key that will be interesting to see in action, and an all-new LED lighting setup that is rumoured to be different from the RGB LED lighting of the ASUS logo seen in previous editions of the smartphone.
Given the premium specifications that have been touted for the ASUS ROG Phone 5, the smartphone may fall under the premium price bracket. The smartphone is also said to have received inputs from Tencent Gaming in its development and feature some sort of partnership with the Chinese company. This may be a point of conflict for the brand since the Indian government has sincerely cracked down on any apps and services with ties to China. It remains to be seen if the ROG Phone 5 would thus be launched with only ASUS’ branding in India, or any other alternate arrangement is made for its sale in India.