Asus reveals gaming-focused ROG Phone

Jun 05, 2018, 00:03
Asus reveals gaming-focused ROG Phone

Meant as a part of the whole Republic of Gamers gaming hardware ecosystem, the ROG Phone offers top-tier hardware as well as some extra perks meant to please the hardcore powerusers.

Your window into the gaming world is through a 6-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2160x1080.

Enabling a lot of the insane tricks on the ROG Phone is the addition of extra ports (including USB-C) on the side of the device. It is paired with 8GB of RAM and a choice of either 128GB or 512GB of storage.

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All of this makes the ROG Phone quite heavy at 200g, but that's understandable for a device that puts performance and cooling above everything else. It features a "3D vapor-chamber cooling system", and has moved the charging chip so that heat dissipation is improved.

While ASUS has paid a lot of attention to the common areas of complaints of mobile phones, they've also paid a lot of attention to a lot of the areas that commonly aren't complained about.

Asus claimed that the phone significantly outperformed the iPhone X and Samsung S9+, with an Antutu score of 304183 compared to the S9+'s 265083 and the iPhone X's 242865. But when it comes to mobile phones that are good for gaming, it's mostly down to choosing a flagship that hopefully won't melt after 30 minutes of PUBG.

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The price hasn't been announced yet but the device will go on sale some time in the third quarter. It has ports for charging and headphones that lead the cables away from your grip as you play, so that you can plug your cables in a more comfortable spot during prolonged gaming sessions.

HDR support is also on the cards, with native support for the Amazon, Netflix and Youtube HDR standards, as well as the ability to convert SDR content to HDR on the fly - just like Sony's Xperia XZ2.

On the camera front, the ASUS ROG has a dual rear setup- 12-megapixel primary lens + 8-megapixel secondary lens. Lastly, there is the TwinView Dock, which has a clamshell design. Most of the titles also don't run above 60Hz as we saw with the Razer Phone, so the 90Hz refresh rate will only really be useful while navigating the phone's menus. And because it is an ASUS device for gamers, it has a fully programmable RGB ROG logo on the back, because of course it does. The accessories include a Mobile Desk Dock that lets users connect a 4K monitor, Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1-channel speaker, keyboard and mouse. Flawless for those who actually stream their mobile games, you could have the game running on one screen, wand Twitch interactions on the other. The gamepad also works with a WiGig dock to wirelessly stream gameplay to a connected TV. The second screen is also a 6-inch 1080p panel while also housing a 6,000 mAh battery. The ROG brand makes gaming computers, gaming PC components, peripherals, and accessories. Nevertheless, we do not expect it to come cheap. Apart from the aforementioned AeroActive Cooler, there is the Gamevice controller, which attaches to either side of the phone.

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