A slew of gaming phones have come and gone from the market but only a select few like the ROG Phone 5 have been sufficiently successful enough to not only survive but thrive.
Now in its fourth incarnation, the Republic of Gamers ROG Phone 5 is now available in Malaysia. Its beefier siblings, the ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate are coming next month in May 2021.
What is the ROG Phone 5 series
The ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate all share a common ancestry with a similar 6.78-inch 144Hz AMOLED 2,449 x 1080 pixel display that is also HDR10+ certified and has 111.23% of DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage sheathed in Gorilla Glass Victus.
All three variants of the ROG Phone 5 are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor, have the same rear triple camera array (64MP using a Sony IMX686 sensor + 13MP wide angle camera + 5MP macro) and same 24MP front camera. Connectivity is similar as well with WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 with support for Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive codec as well as a beefy stereo speaker system with Dirac HD Sound.
Where they differ slightly is in terms of storage, RAM and, of course, price. The ROG Phone 5 has 16GB RAM and 256GB storage with a price tag of RM2,999 and does not come with the novel AeroActive cooler.
The ROG Phone 5 Pro has 16GB RAM and 512GB storage and retails for RM3,799 and also lacks the AeroActive cooler. You can however purchase it in a bundle with the AeroActive cooler for RM4,499.
The ultra premium, uber powered ROG Phone 5 Ultimate boasts of a terrifying 18GB RAM and 512GB storage and comes with both an AeroActive cooler and the ROG Ultimate Fan gift box at a princely RM4,999.
ROG Phone 5 Malaysia Retail pricing
|Product||Malaysia Retail price||Availability||Remark||Colour Variant available|
|ROG Phone 5 Series||ROG Phone 5
8GB RAM / 128GB Storage
|RM2,999||Available Now||No AeroActive cooler in box||Phantom Black & Storm White|
|ROG Phone 5
16GB RAM / 256GB Storage
|RM3,799||Available Now||No AeroActive cooler in box||Phantom Black & Storm White|
|ROG Phone 5 Pro
16GB RAM / 512GB Storage
|RM4,499||May 2021||Included: AeroActive cooler||Phantom Black|
|ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
18GB RAM / 512GB Storage
ROG Ultimate Fan Gift box
|ROG Phone 5 Accessories||AeroActive Cooler 5||RM149||Available Now||With two physical trigger buttons|
|LIGHTING ARMOR CASE (ROG5)||RM199||May 2021|
|ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad
(with ROG5 bumper)
|ROG KUNAI 3 BUMPER||RM69||April 2021|
|ROG 1.8M USB-C TO C CABLE||RM59||May 2021|
|ROG Headphones||Rog STRIX GO core||RM319||Available now||PWP at RM249|
|ROG Cetra II||RM499||May 2021|
|ROG Cetra II core||RM199||May 2021|
You can, of course, purchase the ROG Phone 5’s bevy of accessories separately. The AeroActive Cooler 5 retails for RM149. You can also purchase the ROG Kunai 3 gamepad (RM499) and ROG Kunai 3 bumpers (RM69) this month. In May, you can purchase the ROG Lighting Armor Case (RM199) and a 1.8m long ROG USB-C to USB-C cable (RM59). You can also purchase the ROG Cetra II (RM499) and ROG Cetra II Core (RM199) headphones in May as well.
For more details, check out ROG’s official page https://rog.asus.com/my/phones/rog-phone-5-model/