We have an official release date for ASUS ‘next gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 5. A ton of features and specs have been leaked online, but now we can confirm that ASUS will bring back the 3.5mm audio jack in the next smartphone. This is noteworthy because its predecessor (the ROG Phone 3) ditched the legacy port, which meant that users had to rely on a USB-C dongle (or the AeroActive Cooler accessory) to connect the wired headphones.
An early audio review from DxOMark says that the ROG Phone 5 will come with a 3.5mm jack with an ESS DAC (digital-to-analog converter). The review also confirms that the smartphone will continue to include a dual front speaker setup. The phone has been rated one of the best when it comes to audio performance with ‘consistent results’ and ‘category leading’ subscores in both playback and recording. Based on the test scores, the ROG Phone 5 offers better audio than the Mi 10 Pro and beats the previous champion, the ROG Phone 3.
ASUS will officially launch the ROG Phone 5 on March 10 at 7 p.m. Taiwan time. The smartphone is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a 6,000mAh battery similar to its predecessor, a 6.78-inch OLED display, and a triple-camera setup on the back. The smartphone is also expected to replace the RGB-backlit ROG logo with a dot matrix setup as seen in some of the leaked images and the official press render shared by DxOMark. There is also a small secondary screen on the back that could be used to display things like game alerts and other notifications. In general, the design and appearance of the new phone could be similar to the previous generation models, including a glass body with a standard screen without notches or perforations.