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Asus ROG Phone 5 to feature customizable AniMe Matrix secondary display similar to the ROG Zephyrus G14

The Asus ROG Phone 5 will offer an AniMe Matrix display like the ROG Zephyrus G14. (Image Source: Asus)
The Asus ROG Phone 5 will offer an AniMe Matrix display like the ROG Zephyrus G14. (Image Source: Asus)
A brief hands-on video of the upcoming Asus ROG Phone 5 has leaked showing what appears to be an AniMe Matrix display on the back of the phone similar to the one seen in the ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop. The video confirms the 05 branding and also briefly reveals the Armory Crate app that can be used to customize the content on the AniMe Matrix display.
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The Asus ROG Phone 3 proved to be an excellent Android gaming smartphone when it launched with the Snapdragon 865+ last year. With Qualcomm having introduced the Snapdragon 888, it is but natural that a ROG Phone 3 successor featuring Qualcomm's flagship SoC would soon ensue. 

We've previously reported about a leaked real-life image of the upcoming ROG Phone showing "05" on the back. This leads us to believe that the phone will be christened the ROG Phone 5 rather than ROG Phone 4. The number 4 is considered unlucky in many Asian countries, which is why Asus will likely skip directly to the number 5.

Now, we are also getting to see a very short clip showing off the ROG Phone 5. The interesting aspect of this new leak is that it reveals Asus implementing an AniMe Matrix-like display on the rear of the device similar to what we saw with the ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop. We also see a brief glimpse of the Armor Crate app that allows customizing the AniMe Matrix content.

For those not aware, Asus's AniMe Matrix is an array of LEDs that can be customized to display custom text, graphics, or info. It looks like Asus may replace the ROG branding on the back of the ROG Phone 5 with this AniMe Matrix panel, which is definitely a cool way of personalizing the phone. 

Apart from the AniMe Matrix display, the video also confirms a triple-camera array and slim bezels. The specifications of the cameras are not fully known yet, but we expect a 64 MP quad-Bayer sensor for the main camera. The ROG Phone 5 is also expected to sport a massive 6,000 mAh battery coupled with 65 W fast charging. 

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Leaked ROG Phone 5 hands-on image with 05 branding and AniMe Matrix display. (Image Source: WHYLAB on Weibo)
Leaked ROG Phone 5 hands-on image with 05 branding and AniMe Matrix display. (Image Source: WHYLAB on Weibo)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2021-01-19 (Update: 2021-01-19)