Recognition: David Imel / Android Authority
- ASUS ‘next ROG phone may have appeared in a photo.
- The device has a redesigned back, but with a familiar three-camera setup.
- It can be referred to as the ROG Phone 5 on each arrival.
Asus’ ROG Phone 3 is only a couple of months old, but that doesn’t hurt rumors of its follow-up. As MySmartPrice Weibo user Whylab reportedly shared a leaked live photo of the ROG Phone 5 – more on that name in a moment.
The picture only shows the back of the ROG Phone 5. However, this suggests a significantly revamped back with a more angular, exaggerated design that you would expect from Asus’ gaming phone. There’s a noticeable “05” on the back, which is fueling rumors that the company will skip the naming scheme for ROG Phone 4 entirely.
There are some very familiar features. The camera label refers to a 64-megapixel quad Bayer main sensor, which suggests that Asus isn’t going to reinvent the rear camera setup. There’s also a bright red button in one corner, though it’s not sure what function it might have. MSP speculated it might be a gaming mode button, but that’s far from guaranteed – assuming it’s not just a cosmetic flourish.
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Previous rumors and certifications suggest that the ROG Phone 5 supports 5G, 65W fast wired charging and a 6,000mAh battery. Asus is expected to use the Snapdragon 888 if previous gaming phones routinely used Qualcomm’s high-end phone chips.
It is not certain when the new phone might arrive provided that it is correct. You may need to be patient when the current phone was released in August 2020. It’s not surprising that Asus at least uses the ROG Phone 5 naming scheme. Several East Asian cultures dislike the number four, and the company might prefer to play it safe than ask people to break down their superstitions.