Asus ROG Phone 5 gaming phone arrives next month

What could be one of the best gaming phones around—the ROG Phone 5—will launch on March 10, Asus has confirmed. You might wonder why it uses the number 5 when the last entry in the series was the ROG Phone 3. It’s because the number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese as it is nearly homophonous to the word “death,” which could put off buyers in China and Taiwan.

Asus has placed a timer on its website, counting down to the ROG Phone 5’s launch event that starts at 6 AM EST on March 10.

The new ROG phone is expected to come with a 6.78-inch screen, dual-cell 6,000mAh battery with 65W charging, Snapdragon 888 SoC, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a 64MP main camera.

It appears that the ROG Phone 5 will have a strip-like secondary screen on the rear of the device, likely used as a notification ticker that also shows alerts and gaming effects.

Being from Asus’ ROG brand, the handset will have the same gaming focus as the previous devices. Both the ROG Phone 2 and 3 feature trigger keys that double as shoulder buttons when the phone’s in landscape mode. There’s a large red button on the side of the ROG Phone 5, so we can expect physical buttons to appear in the latest iteration, too.

The ROG Phone 5 is also expected to feature the same 144Hz refresh rate as the ROG Phone 3. No current phones can beat that, though if a recent Apple patent is anything to go by, the iPhone 13 could reach 240Hz.

The ROG Phone 3 launched with a $999 price tag, so don’t be surprised to see the ROG Phone 5 exceed $1,000.