ASUS’ next gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 5, will feature a whopping 18 GB of LPDDR5 DRAM. The news stems from memory giant SK hynix, which shared a press release today confirming that it had started mass production of the industry’s highest-capacity DRAM for mobile devices. ASUS’s ROG Phone 5 will be the first premium smartphone to be blessed with this high-performance memory.
“SK hynix supplied its very first 18GB LPDDR5 products into the upcoming ASUS ‘Republic of Gamers (ROG) 5’ gaming smartphone, marking the start of full-scale volume production,” the press release reads. “The new product runs at up to 6,400Mbps (megabits-per-second), around 20% faster than the mobile DRAM (LPDDR5 with 5,500Mbps) for existing smartphones, a data rate that is capable of transferring ten 5GB FHD (Full-HD) movies per second.”
“This product will be equipped in premium smartphones to support an optimal environment for games with high resolution image and also high quality videos. SK hynix also expects that application will continue expanding to include the latest technologies, including ultra-high-performance camera applications and artificial intelligence (AI).”
ASUS is planning to launch its ROG Phone 5 as part of a livestreamed event on March 10. The latest iteration of the gaming smartphone will reportedly feature plenty of impressive hardware just like its predecessor, such as a Snapdragon 888 SoC and high-refresh display. Exclusive features such the AirTrigger 3 system, which allows users to control games simply by tilting the phone, is also expected to make a return.