Oliver Cragg / Android AuthorityEach yr, we see a handful of gaming telephones launch from outstanding producers. Nonetheless, ASUS virtually at all times takes the cake with regards to options, design, and, after all, pure energy, and in doing so persistently ranks among the many finest Android telephones you should purchase. This yr, we anticipate to see the ASUS ROG Telephone 7 — and it may very well be the most effective gaming-focused cellphone of 2023.However what can we anticipate from this subsequent ASUS flagship? We’ve rounded up all of the credible rumors beneath! We’ve additionally added a couple of want checklist gadgets — issues we hope to see, however haven’t any proof for fairly but.
Will there undoubtedly be an ASUS ROG Telephone 7?
ASUS has launched a brand new entry in its ROG Telephone collection yearly with out fail, all the way in which again to the primary ROG Telephone in 2018 and as lately as 2022 with the ROG Telephone 6 collection and later the ROG Telephone 6D collection. As such, there’s little doubt that we’ll see one other cellphone in 2023.Regardless, early leaks primarily make a ROG Telephone 7 launch assured. Up-and-coming leaker Paras Guglani (through The Tech Outlook) says that not solely would there be an ASUS ROG Telephone 7, however there may very well be three distinct fashions. They might be as follows, with their corresponding mannequin numbers:
ASUS ROG Telephone 7 — AI2205_A (International), AI2205_B (China), AI2205_C (India)
ASUS ROG Telephone 7D — AI2205_D (China)
ASUS ROG Telephone 7 Final — AI2205_E (International), AI2205_F (China)
The mannequin numbers counsel that North America, Europe, and different international locations might see the ROG Telephone 7 and the Final variant. In the meantime, India might solely see the vanilla mannequin. ASUS’ dwelling base China would see all three fashions, after all.
What’s the ASUS ROG Telephone 7 launch date?Oliver Cragg / Android Authority
ROG Telephone 3: July 2, 2020
ROG Telephone 5: March 10, 2021
ROG Telephone 6: July 5, 2022
Over the previous few years, ASUS has launched a brand new ROG Telephone in July. The one outlier there’s 2021, when the corporate launched the brand new ROG Telephone a lot earlier in March.Contemplating we’re virtually by the primary quarter of the yr and don’t have a ton of leaks but, we are able to go forward and assume ASUS isn’t launching the brand new gaming cellphone till not less than the second quarter. Given the historical past of the collection, we expect a July 2023 launch for the ASUS ROG Telephone 7.Don’t neglect that ASUS additionally tends to launch a barely totally different ROG Telephone mannequin after it launches the primary collection. In 2022 and 2021, we noticed the ROG Telephone 6D and ROG Telephone 5s, respectively. These launched in September and August — as soon as once more, respectively. As such, for those who’re OK ready, it is likely to be a good suggestion to take a seat out shopping for a ROG Telephone till ASUS finishes all its bulletins. That means, you’re sure to get the cellphone you particularly need.
What is going to the ASUS ROG Telephone 7 seem like?Robert Triggs / Android AuthorityWe haven’t seen any dependable design leaks for the ASUS ROG Telephone 7 but. Nonetheless, we are able to speculate a bit on what we’ve seen up to now.The again panel of a ROG Telephone virtually at all times appears to be like very “gamer.” Jagged strains, random bits of textual content, and RGB lighting abound. Given the historical past of the collection, we doubt ASUS will transfer away from this, so you possibly can go forward and anticipate one other gamer-centric design.Larger-end ROG Telephones additionally function small rear shows, such because the one on the again of the ASUS ROG Telephone 6 Professional. These often act as a technique to see notifications, categorical your self, or just simply look cool. We wouldn’t be shocked to see ASUS embody this in future fashions.
You possibly can go forward and anticipate a outstanding ‘gamer’ aesthetic for the ROG Telephone 7 collection.
Based mostly on earlier designs, you possibly can probably anticipate the ROG Telephone 7 to have a headphone jack, an uninterrupted show (i.e. the selfie digicam embedded right into a thick high bezel), and two USB-C ports — one on the underside and one on the aspect. The additional port there’s for charging whereas enjoying in panorama mode and/or attaching peripherals, similar to coolers and controllers.Lastly, ROG Telephones are additionally virtually at all times monumental. Don’t anticipate something smaller than a 6.6-inch show with large bezels and a hefty weight.
What options and specs will the ASUS ROG Telephone 7 have?Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android AuthorityROG Telephones are beasts with regards to specs. Early leaks counsel the ROG Telephone 7 might include essentially the most highly effective Android processor in the marketplace proper now: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. That is virtually assured at this level, based mostly on the historical past of those telephones.An early leak additionally suggests the telephones might include 16GB of RAM, which is simply ridiculous. The ROG Telephone 7 might additionally include 256GB of storage, with the Final variant presumably coming with 512GB. We don’t anticipate any of the fashions to have microSD card slots, although.We don’t have a leak for this but, however the previous three fashions within the ROG Telephone collection have had 6,000mAh batteries. Given this priority, we anticipate to see the ROG Telephone 7 additionally land with a 6,000mAh battery. Don’t anticipate wi-fi charging (not one of the telephones have ever had this), however quick wired charging is probably going, because the ROG Telephone 6 and ROG Telephone 5 cost at 65W. It’s potential we would even see sooner charging than that.That’s what we’ve obtained for the within of the cellphone. On the surface, you must anticipate a decent-enough digicam system. Clearly, gaming telephones should not designed to be pictures powerhouses, however ASUS often places a shocking quantity of effort into making the pictures capabilities of the ROG Telephone collection fairly good. You possibly can go forward and anticipate a powerful essential sensor, an excellent ultrawide, and a macro lens. A telephoto is, after all, potential, however we wouldn’t guess on it.Lastly, the show will virtually definitely be AMOLED with a 1080p decision and a really excessive refresh price (144Hz or extra). ASUS has by no means deviated from that, so we’re betting the ROG Telephone 7 will proceed the development.
How a lot will the ASUS ROG Telephone 7 price?Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority
ROG Telephone 3: $999
ROG Telephone 5: $999
ROG Telephone 6: $999
For the previous three generations, ASUS has had the entry-level mannequin within the ROG Telephone collection at $999. Subsequently, it’s affordable to imagine the corporate will proceed that development with the 2023 fashions.Nonetheless, as soon as you progress away from the entry-level variants, you see some eye-watering costs. The 2022 ASUS ROG Telephone 6D Final, for instance, launched in Europe for €1,399 (~$1,501). It’s potential the ROG Telephone 7 Final might meet and even exceed that worth. You can even anticipate the ROG Telephone 7 Professional to return in at a premium over the ROG Telephone 7. The Professional model of the ROG Telephone 6 got here in at $300 extra, for instance.
ASUS ROG Telephone 7: What we wish to see
The ROG Telephone 7 is sort of definitely going to be a specs beast that can mean you can play video games on the highest high quality. Nonetheless, there are some things we hope to see from the ROG Telephone 7 that don’t have a lot to do with gaming. These should not based mostly on leaks or rumors; these are simply issues we might like to see from this gaming cellphone.
A greater replace promiseRobert Triggs / Android AuthorityThe Android pores and skin that comes with ROG Telephones has two designs: ROG UI and Zen UI. The previous appears to be like just like the picture above, whereas the latter appears to be like very near inventory Android. Each look nice and are extremely quick and easy.Nonetheless, ASUS’ replace dedication to all its telephones is significantly missing. The corporate solely guarantees two Android variations, which, for the ROG Telephone 7 (which can virtually definitely launch with Android 13), would imply assist by Android 15. Whereas that’s fairly mediocre, ASUS makes issues even worse by delivering these updates at a glacial tempo.With firms like Samsung, OnePlus, and extra committing to upwards of 4 Android upgrades, it’s time for ASUS to up its sport. We wish not less than three Android upgrades and a gradual, quick tempo for patches. In the event you spend over $1,000 on a cellphone, that is the least an organization can do to make that definitely worth the funding.
A flagship digicam experienceRobert Triggs / Android AuthorityASUS delivers an excellent digicam expertise with its ROG Telephones. Contemplating that the collection is designed for gaming, we might simply forgive the corporate if all of it however ignored this side of its units. However it doesn’t, with ROG Telephones being nice in your customary snaps.Nonetheless, the digicam expertise nonetheless not being flagship-level is among the largest issues stopping a ROG Telephone from being somebody’s every day driver. Sure, a ROG Telephone is meant to be for gaming, however with a giant, stunning show, an infinite battery, tons of RAM, and super-fast wired charging, this might be somebody’s every day driver. However the digicam makes it troublesome to pick one thing like this over a Galaxy S23 Extremely or perhaps a Pixel 7 Professional.We might like to see ASUS emphasize the digicam this yr and perhaps even embody that flagship-level lens: a telephoto. This is able to open up the system to extra than simply hardcore avid gamers.
Cool it with the ‘gamer’ aesthetic a bitRobert Triggs / Android AuthorityOur two want checklist gadgets thus far have been primarily centered on the common person — i.e., not the standard gamer. ASUS might court docket this shopper even additional by firming down the gamer aesthetic current on ROG Telephones. We might like to see this on the ASUS ROG Telephone 7!Clearly, we perceive that it is a gaming cellphone. It’s going to wish to have some gamer-centric design components. Nonetheless, Razer was capable of make a gaming cellphone that didn’t seem like it was only for avid gamers, and the REDMAGIC 8 Professional was capable of straddle the road rather well. We hope ASUS tones issues down a bit with the ROG Telephone 7 to assist it attraction to individuals who desire a gaming cellphone however not one which screams, “Have a look at me, I’m a gamer!”