Asus ROG Phone 5 release date, price, features and news

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The Asus ROG Phone series are some of the most popular gaming-oriented smartphones ever released, and for good reason. In our review of the Asus ROG Phone 3, we found it to be a gaming beast with outstanding performance and solid battery life. It also had arguably the best stereo speakers even put on an Android phone.

And now in 2021, Asus is launching its successor – the Asus ROG Phone 5 (previously expected to be named "Asus ROG Phone 4"). Whether you're a mobile gamer or simply a tech enthusiast who's interested in the more unusual smartphones out there – here's all the information you may want to know about the Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) Phone 5.

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Asus ROG Phone 5 pricing and availability

  • 799 EUR

The Asus ROG Phone 5 will sell for 799 EUR in Europe. It will also be available in many other regions, including North America, China and India. While its price in dollars is yet to be announced, the phone's predecessor launched at $999, so we can expect a similar launch price for the ROG Phone 5 in North America.

Asus ROG Phone 5 name

The previous ROG Phone was the Asus ROG Phone 3. When leaked photos of its successor started surfacing, some leakers claimed that there is a number "05" written on the back of the phone, suggesting a number skip in its naming. This turned out to be the case and according to Asus, the reason for the Taiwanese company skipping the number four is due to Chinese superstition. The number four is considered unlucky in China and is homophonous to the word "death".

Asus ROG Phone 5 release date

  • March, 2021

As announced by Asus, the ROG Phone 5 is launching in Europe in March, 2021. It's expected in North America in the second quarter of the year.

Asus ROG Phone 5 variants

Along with the "base" ROG Phone 5, Asus will release two more premium variants, which will have the previously-rumored secondary back display. The Asus ROG Phone 5 variants are:

  • Asus ROG Phone 5 (16 GB of RAM)
  • Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro (16 GB of RAM)
  • Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (18GB of RAM, limited edition and distribution)

Asus ROG Phone 5 design and display

As we noted in our Asus ROG Phone 5 review, the phone is a bit taller and more narrow than its predecessor. It's still glass on both sides, with a dot matrix style light-up ROG logo on the back. The phone still has two AirTriggers and support for most of Asus' previous ROG mobile gaming accessories.

As for the display, it most notably sports the lowest touch latency on a phone to date. The ROG Phone 5's display is also an AMOLED one at a resolution of 2448x1080 and can go up to 144 Hz refresh rate.

Asus ROG Phone 5 camera

Although the camera is never a priority on gaming smartphones, the Asus ROG Phone 5 sports a respectable triple camera module.

  • 64MP Sony IMX686 main camera
  • 13MP ultra-wide camera (125 ̊)
  • 5MP macro camera
  • 24MP front camera

For more photo samples and a sample video, please refer to our Asus ROG Phone 5 review.

Asus ROG Phone 5 detailed specifications

6.8 inches
Refresh rate
82.12 %
Peak brightness
1200 cd/m2 (nit)
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
System chip
Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 680, 64-bit
Adreno 660
Internal storage
128GB, not expandable
Android (11), ROG UI
6000 mAh
Qualcomm Quick Charge 5
Triple camera
Main camera
64 MP (PDAF)
Aperture size: F1.8; Sensor size: 1/1.7"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Second camera
13 MP (Ultra-wide)
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 11 mm
Third camera
5 MP (Macro)
Aperture size: F2.0
Video recording
7680x4320 (8K UHD) (30 fps), 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (120 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (480 fps)
HDR, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, EIS
24 MP
6.80 x 3.04 x 0.41 inches (172.8 x 77.2 x 10.29 mm)
8.40 oz (238.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3); Frame: Aluminum
In-screen fingerprint
Touch sensitive control keys
n1, n3, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n41, n77, n78, n79
Buyers information
€ 799
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