The Asus ROG Phone 5 could be the first smartphone to offer 18 GB of RAM, suggests a Geekbench listing (via MySmartPrice).
In case you haven’t been keeping up, ROG Phone 5 is the name of the successor to last year’s ROG Phone 3, as the number 4 is considered awkward in some markets.
There will apparently be two versions of the phone – DA (Tencent Games Edition) and DB. The 18GB model is apparently known internally as I005DB.
This variant is also expected to have a second screen on the back for notifications and special gaming effects. The DA version will apparently come in two storage variants: an 8 GB model, which has already surfaced on Geekbench, and a 16 GB variant.
The ROG Phone 5 will likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and it will run Android 11. Rumors also say that it will have a 6.7-inch FHD+ screen and the base model will have 128GB of storage. The device is expected to have a 6,000mAh battery and 65W charging support.
The phone will be revealed on March 10 and it is already up for preorder on China’s JD.
Pricing details remain a mystery, but it will likely cost north of a thousand bucks, given that the 16GB ROG Phone 3 costs $1,100 in the US.
The real question is whether smartphone users really need 18GB of RAM. While Android manufacturers continue to engage in RAM wars, Apple has not gone beyond 6GB. iPhone 12 Pro’s Geekbench score is significantly higher than ROG Phone 5’s, in case you are wondering.
Geekbench listing reveals the staggering RAM count of the Asus ROG Phone 5