(Pocket-lint) – Asus announced the ROG Phone 3 in July 2020, but rumours for the next gaming phone from Asus have already picked up.
There’s even been an official tease for the new phone, so here’s everything you need to know about the leaks and details so far. Currently it’s not known what the new phone will be called, but Asus might skip 4 and move straight to 5.
Release date and price
The ROG Phone 3 was unveiled in July 2020 and but took some time to roll-out internationally – it didn’t reach the US until October 2020.
Thanks to an official tease of the new device, we know that the ROG Phone 4 or 5 (name to be confirmed) will be launching soon. We suspect that it could put in an appearance at MWC Shanghai in February 2021, with the China event moving forward several months and the Spanish event delayed until June.
Design and build
- Secondary display on the rear of the phone
With the previous version of this phone only launching in July 2020, we’re not expecting huge changes and the first leaks claiming to be the ROG Phone 5 shows that it sticks to a familiar design. There’s a couple of interesting details however.
It looks as though there could be a secondary display on the back of the phone, likely for RGB action, or to show graphics related to gaming. It looks like this is going to be managed by a ROG Vision system where you can customise what’s shown on this display. Thanks to a very brief leak via a gif, we’ve seen it showing gaming-related motto as well as showing a phone icon, so we imagine it will be linked to notifications too.
There’s also a button on the base of the left-hand side of the phone, which looks like it could be a dedicated launch button to get to your games.
From the front we haven’t seen much, apart from the official teaser image showing a narrow bezel and the gif showing the front camera in the bezel at the top of the phone.
There haven’t been many leaks surrounding the new display, but we wouldn’t expect a huge shift from the previous device. That would see a 6.59-inch AMOLED panel with 144Hz refresh rate, 270Hz touch sampling and a flat finish.
Previously the resolution was Full HD+ and we’d expect the same in the next ROG Phone. These are the details that have suggested in early leaks too, so we’re expecting the same display as the ROG Phone 3.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8GB RAM
- 65W charging
- 6000mAh battery
The ROG Phone 4/5 is expected to run on Qualcomm’s latest hardware, the Snapdragon 888. That’s to be expected from a gaming phone where the focus is on power and performance. Leaked benchmarks suggest that the Snapdragon 888 will be on board along with 8GB RAM.
There’s likely to be step-up versions of the phone as there is for the ROG Phone 3, so we’d expect up to 16GB RAM in other versions.
Previously the battery was 6000mAh and we’d expect this to remain, along with the fast charging. It has been suggested that Asus will use a dual cell approach, with support for 65W charging.
We’re expecting this phone to launch with Android 11.
All the leaks and rumours so far
There’s a rundown of all the leaks surrounding the ROG Phone 4 or 5.
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.