Asus’ latest gaming smartphones, the Asus ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro, are set to arrive here in Malaysia this Friday on 8 October. Powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888+ chipset, these two phones offer a number of upgrades compared to their predecessors.
The Snapdragon 888+ chipset under the hood of the ROG Phone 5s series really is the biggest upgrade here. Compared to the Snapdragon 888 SoC that powered the previous models, the Snapdragon 888+ brings faster CPU and AI Engine performances, though there’s no GPU upgrade.
Aside from that, while the new ROG Phone 5s devices feature the same 6.78-inch 1080p AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate as their predecessors, the touch response rate has been increased to 360Hz from 300Hz. Basically, this will minimise input lag even further, something mobile gamers will definitely appreciate.
Beyond these changes, other specifications of the ROG Phone 5s series are mostly the same, right down to the design. Both phones still have a triple camera system (64MP primary + 13MP ultra-wide angle + 5MP macro), a 24MP selfie camera, ultrasonic shoulder buttons on the right side, as well as a generous 6,000mAh battery.
It’s also worth noting that the ROG Phone 5s Pro, just like its direct predecessor, features an “ROG Vision” back panel, which is basically a small PMOLED screen that shows charging information or an incoming call. It also has two extra capacitive buttons on the rear panel, which work in tandem with the ultrasonic shoulder buttons.
The Asus ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro will be launched in Malaysia this Friday on 8 October. We’ll find out then exactly how much these two gaming-centric phones will cost in our local market.