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Taiwan’s Asus unveils its latest ROG Phone 5

New phone comes in three models: ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, ROG Phone 5 Ultimate

Asus ROG Phone 5 (Asus website photo)

Asus ROG Phone 5 (Asus website photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Asus unveiled its latest gaming smartphone — the ROG Phone 5 — on Wednesday (March 10) in Taipei.

The new gaming phone comes in three models: the ROG Phone 5, the ROG Phone 5 Pro, and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. All three are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and have a 6.78-inch Samsung E4 AMOLED display with a 2,448 x 1,080 resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate.

The phone has a total battery capacity of 6,000 mAh split between two 3,000 mAh cells and takes about an hour to fully charge using the in-box 65-watt charger; however, it does not support wireless charging. Dual USB-C ports allow users to charge the phone from the bottom or side to accommodate different playing styles.

The standard ROG 5 tops out at 16 GB RAM and 256 GB of storage, while the ROG Phone 5 Pro is equipped with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB of storage. The top-of-the-line Ultimate has 18 GB of RAM and 512 GB storage.

The three models all have dual front-facing speakers, and Asus decided to bring back the headphone jack as well, which was missing in the ROG Phone 5's predecessor, the ROG Phone 3.

In terms of cameras, on the back is a 64 MP primary lens, a 13 MP ultra-wide, and a 5 MP macro lens. The front of the phone offers a 24 MP sensor for selfies and live-streaming.

One thing the ROG Phone 5 is not is cheap. The ROG Phone 5 will set buyers back NT$29,990 (US$1,063), NT$34,990 for the ROG Phone 5 Pro, and NT$36,990 for the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.