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ASUS ROG Phone 5’s affordable version spotted at TENAA with a slightly different design

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At the end of January, the upcoming ASUS ROG Phone 5 paid visit to China’s TENAA telecom authority. The variant that surfaced at TENAA had the ASUS_I005DA model number. A new variant of the ROG Phone 5 has now been spotted at TENAA with a slightly different design.

The new variant of the ROG Phone 5 that appeared at TENAA has the ASUS_I005DB model number. The new model has a very plain look as it does not seem to feature the RGB-lit LED ROG logo and Tencent Games logo. This suggests that the ASUS_I005DB could be a cheaper version.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 I005DB
ASUS ROG Phone 5 (ASUS_I005DB) images at TENAA

The rear shell of the ASUS_I005DB has curved edges. It has a horizontal camera module that tags along with an LED flash unit. It is likely that the cheaper ROG Phone 5 may rival the Black Shark 4 (PRS-A0) model, which had also appeared with a plain rear design recently.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 I005DB and I005DA
ASUS ROG Phone 5 variants; I005DB (left) and I005DA (right)

The ASUS_I005DB handset measures 172.834 x 77.252 x 10.29mm. While the secondary screen, which was found on the I005DA model is not visible on the I005DB variant, the TENAA listing says that it is equipped with two displays.

TENAA incorrectly mentions the size of the main display as 1.95 inches. This size could belong to the secondary screen. It is expected to house a 6.78-inch OLED screen on the front. The listing further states that the device has a 6,000mAh dual-cell battery and it runs on Android 11 OS. It remains to be seen whether the smartphone features the Snapdragon 888

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SoC or a slightly weaker chip.

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