5G-enabled devices are taking the trend now. By the end of 2019, most of the major smartphone OEMs are expected to launch at least one 5G capable smartphone, and Asus might join the race sooner than we expected. It appears that Asus is testing a dual-slider phone, according to renders contained in tweets disseminated today by tipster Evan Blass.
Design renders of a possible 5G-capable phone and a photography-focused smartphone from Asus have leaked online. Immediately after the design renders, a number of real-world images of what appears to be the prototype devices with the same configurations also leaked online, giving us hope that the renders are the real deal.
Taking a look at the Asus 5G design renders, it appears that, similar to Xiaomi and Oppo, Asus is also going for a slider design for their upcoming 5G-capable flagship smartphone and photography-focused device. The top slider houses a pair of selfie snappers, including a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The bottom slider carries a Harman Kardon speaker, and the handset could feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. According to Blass, the person who designed this render was a member of the team that created the Asus ZenFone 5.
Other renders tweeted by Blass today show a different Asus phone with a similar dual-slider form factor. While the top slider on this other model also hosts a pair of selfie cameras, the bottom slider would be used to show contextual virtual controls and buttons. With the top slider open exposing the front-facing cameras, we would see virtual controls appear similar to what is shown in the render, including a shutter button. Other times, different buttons and sliders would be available depending on the phone used.