In very Asian fashion, ROG has indeed decided to skip the number 4 and skipped straight to 5. Today, the brand revealed three variants of the highly-anticipated gaming phone - the ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.
The ROG Phone 5 series is packed with top-of-the-line specs, including Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G-enabled processors across the board, as well as a 144Hz/1ms Samsung AMOLED display, industry-leading 300Hz touch sampling rate, and a beefy 6,000mAh battery. It also comes with a 65-watt HyperCharge adapter for fast charging.
On the Pro and Ultimate variants, gamers can enjoy the brand new ROG Vision rear matrix display, which plays customised animations in response to system and in-game events.
The GameCool 5 cooling system increases thermal efficiency by centering the CPU and splitting the battery into two parts - one on each side of the CPU to ensure an even heat spread. Meanwhile the revamped AeroActive Cooler 5 is capable of mustering up to a whopping 10°C drop in CPU temperature.
In addition to cooling the device externally, the AeroActive Cooler 5 now also boasts two physical buttons to emulate a truer console experience. This is on top of 10 different motion controls, plus hidden rear touch sensors on the back covers of the Pro and Ultimate variants.
Meanwhile, the Ultimate version features a boundary-breaking 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which is even more than my gaming PC *cries in peasant*
For audio buffs, the ROG Phone 5 series is equipped with dual front-facing speakers and a hi-fi grade ESS DAC for lossless audio processing. And yes, the 3.5mm jack has made a return (THANK YOU).
This time, ROG has introduced a new colourway in addition to their signature Phantom Black - a lighter-themed Storm White. As for prices, it ranges from RM2,999 for the 8GB+128GB ROG Phone 5, all the way up to RM4,999 for the 18GB+215GB ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, which by the way comes with a super sweet swag pack.
However, do note that the basic variant of the ROG Phone 5 no longer comes bundled with the AeroActive Cooler 5 like in previous generations - you'll have to purchase it separately at RM149. On the bright side, pre-ordering any time between 11-25 March will net you a free Kunai 3 GamePad worth RM499, while the ROG Strix Go Core is available as a PWP for RM249.
For the full list of prices, please refer to the table below: