Asus reveals ROG Telephone 5S and 5S Professional

Final week, a Chinese language retailer jumped the gun by itemizing an unannounced refresh of the Asus ROG Telephone 5 on its website as out there for order. Now, Asus has formally confirmed the specs, and there shall be two new handsets: the ROG Telephone 5S and ROG Telephone 5S Professional.

As beforehand revealed, the primary improve is a swap to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset over the unique 888 – a small, however welcome improve that helps it stand out from the gang. In spite of everything, even Samsung’s newest foldable flagships don’t have the Plus model of the 888.

Moreover, the 300Hz contact sampling of the unique has now been boosted to 360Hz, which might give marginal features for hardcore avid gamers, who’re, in spite of everything, the primary goal of a gaming smartphone.

These modifications apply to each fashions, so what makes the Professional model professional? Effectively, the handset appears to be a substitute for the ROG Telephone 5 Professional and ROG Telephone 5 Final editions from final time round. Meaning you get extra RAM inside, in addition to two extra contact panels on the again and a small strip of color show on the again for ROG Imaginative and prescient, the place notifications and artwork could be displayed.

In any other case, it’s extra of the identical by the appears to be like of issues, which is not any unhealthy factor contemplating how a lot we preferred the unique cellphone. “Should you can hack its dimension and styling, and need a implausible moveable media participant and gaming gadget, you’ll be hard-pushed to seek out extra for much less,” Basil Kronfli wrote in his Asus ROG Telephone 5 evaluation.

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For now, solely Taiwanese pricing has been revealed, with international availability but to be introduced. There, the cellphone will begin at 29,990 TWD (round £780) for the common handset, or 37,990 TWD (round £990) for the Professional model.