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(Pocket-lint) - Asus announced the ROG Phone 3 in July 2020, but the Taiwanese company has moved quickly to update this phone with a 2021 model - the ROG Phone 5.

For those wondering, there's no ROG Phone 4 - but there are a number of different versions of the ROG Phone 5.

Here's everything you need to know about the ROG Phone 5 now that the phone has been officially announced. 

Release date and price

  • 10 March 2021 launch; available from March 2021
  • Prices from €799

The ROG Phone 3 was unveiled in July 2020 but took some time to roll-out internationally - it didn't reach the US until October 2020. Asus officially launched the ROG Phone 5 on 10 March - here's how you can re-watch the online event.

The confirmed prices for the Eurozone are as follows:

  • ROG Phone 5:
    • 8/128: €799
    • 12/256: €899
    • 16/256: €999
  • ROG Phone 5 Pro: €1199
  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate: €1299

The ROG Phone 5 will be widely available, but it's a staggered launch. The standard ROG Phone 5 should be available in March, the ROG Phone 5 Pro should be available in April and the Ultimate in May 2021. There will be regional differences and we'll update when we have more details.

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Design and build

  • Dimensions: 173 x 77 x 9.9mm, 239g
  • Secondary display on rear of the phone
  • Similar design to ROG Phone 3

The ROG Phone 5 is only slightly larger than the ROG Phone 3 that it replaces and demonstrates many of the same design features. That includes an RGB area on the rear of the phone, although the standard ROG Phone 5 and the ROG Phone 5 Pro and Ultimate are slightly different here. 

The regular ROG Phone 5 has the ROG logo with two RGB zones, so you can set up some customisation and control of the logo, but the Pro and Ultimate have a secondary dot display on the rear, which will support things like animations.

It's called the ROG Vision display and ROG says you'll be able to create your own custom graphics in a couple of clicks. The Armoury Crate software will give you control over things like colours - just like on ROG's gaming PCs.

You'll notice the SIM card tray on the side of the phone, carrying the GLHF! lettering - good luck, have fun - befitting its status as a gaming phone.

There are air triggers - areas on the body that you tap to use like triggers - on all the phones, as well as two additional rear touch areas on the Pro and Ultimate models to allow more control and customisation. The ROG Phone 5 will also offer 10 gestures you can customise as in-game actions. That might be a particular action to jump or reload, adding another dimension to gaming control. 

There are stereo speakers in addition to a 3.5mm headphone socket, along with haptic vibration motors that can be linked to in-game actions. Thanks to early DxOMark scoring, we know that the audio on the ROG Phone 5 is really good.

The Ultimate edition of the phone will come in white, while the regular phone is black. There's a full range of accessories to fit the phone, like a cooling fan.

Display

  • 6.78-inch AMOLED, 2448 x 1080 resolution
  • 144Hz refresh

The display on the ROG Phone 5 is slightly larger than the ROG Phone 3, now offering 6.78 inches. It's a Samsung Display AMOLED panel with a 2448 x 1080 pixel resolution and capable of a 144Hz refresh rate.

It supports HDR10+ and will hit 1200 nit peak brightness. 

The display is topped with Gorilla Glass Victus to keep it free of scratches. 

Hardware

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8-18GB RAM
  • 65W wired charging, dual USB C
  • 6000mAh battery

The ROG Phone 5 sits on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G platform, but there will be versions with 8, 12, 16 and 18GB RAM. There will also be varied storage options, from 128GB up to 512GB, depending on the model that you buy.

  • ROG Phone 5: 8/128GB, 12/256GB, 16/256GB
  • ROG Phone 5 Pro: 16/256GB 
  • ROG Phone 5 Ultimate: 18/512GB

The internals of the phone have been arranged so that the SoC - system on chip - sits in the centre of the phone. This will allow for direct cooling via a fan accessory if you want it, supporting the internal vapour chamber and graphite sheet. 

Putting the SoC in the centre of the phone has seen the 6000mAh split into two 3000mAh cells, allowing 65W charging. There are two USB-C ports to allow you to charge from the side or base of the phone. 

The phone will launch with Android 11, along with a range of software elements to control gaming, audio and the RGB effects on the rear of the device.

It will also be dual SIM, with 5G support on both SIM cards.

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ROG Phone 5 cameras

  • Triple camera system:
    • 64MP main, 0.8μm pixels, f/1.8
    • 13MP ultra-wide
    • 5MP macro
  • 24MP front camera

There's no change to the cameras on the ROG Phone 5 compared to the ROG Phone 3, so that sees a main 64-megapixel camera, which uses pixel binning to create regular photos.

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The main camera is supported by ultra-wide and macro lenses. 

There's a 24-megapixel front facing camera for all those important selfies.

Up to 8K video capture is supported. 

All the leaks in the run up to launch

Here's a rundown of all the leaks that appeared before the ROG Phone 5 launched.

10 March 2021: ROG Phone 5 leaked in full on Twitter

Ishan Agarwal has shared images of the ROG Phone 5 on Twitter, giving clean pictures of all sides of the phone and some of the accessories.

02 March 2021: ROG Phone 5 hits Geekbench with 18GB RAM

A Geekbench report of showing the ROG Phone 5 with 18GB of RAM has appeared online.

22 February: ROG Phone 5 passes through DxOMark, confirming a heap of specs

DXOMARK has published a report on the audio performance of the ROG Phone 5, confirming a range of specs and the design along the way.

19 February: ROG Phone 5 launch event date official

How to watch the 10 March launch event

18 February 2021: ROG Phone 5 name gets confirmed as launch nears

A poster on Weibo has confirmed the ROG Phone 5 name, as predicted, again suggesting that launch is getting very close.

17 February 2021: Leaker suggests India launch in March

A leaker has suggested that the ROG Phone 5 will be available in India in March, suggest launch will be soon.

9 February 2021: Asus ROG Phone 5 appears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 888 and 16GB RAM

A visit to Geekbench suggests Snapdragon 888 and 16GB of RAM for the ROG Phone 5.

1 February 2021: Asus ROG Phone 5 images and specs appear online

Thanks to a listing in TENAA, we've now seen images of the new phone, as well as confirmation of some specs.

19 January 2021: New ROG Phone passses through NCC certification

A device thought to be the new ROG Phone has passed through certification, suggesting it is close to launch. The certification confirms a few battery details.

19 January 2021: ROG Phone 4 appears in very brief video leak

A very quick video of the next ROG Phone has appeared on Weibo, clearly a pre-release device.

18 January 2021: Alleged ROG Phone 5 hands-on image leaks, revealing minor design changes

An image claiming to be of the new ROG Phone appears online.

14 January 2021: Asus ROG Phone 4 gets official teased

An official teaser for the next-gen ROG Phone appeared on Weibo. 

08 December 2020: Benchmarks for a future ROG Phone have appeared online

Geekbench and HTML5 benchmarking scores have appeared for a new Asus device thought to be the next ROG Phone. 

Writing by Chris Hall. Originally published on 14 January 2021.