With Razer revealing their gaming phone last year, it’s no surprise that Republic of Gamers will not just sit by and be outdone. Enter the ASUS ROG Phone.
ASUS Republic of Gamers has always been gamer-centric, and now they’re trying to dive into the smartphone market with their new gaming phone. The device centers around mobile gaming, while still giving it the necessities of being a smartphone. And it also has the well-known ROG design language to it.
Under the Hood
The device is equipped with the world’s fastest speed-binned processor, the 2.96 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, as well as an Adreno 630. It also features a GameCool vapor-chamber cooling to combat the heat on long hours of gaming. An AMOLED HDR display with ultrafast 90 Hz refresh is also equipped for buttery smooth visuals.
ROG Phone Specification
- Dimensions – 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm
- Weight – 200 g
- CPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- GPU – Adreno 630
- RAM – 8 GB
- Storage – 128 GB/512 GB
- Display – 6-inch AMOLED HDR, 2160 x 1080, 18:9, 90 Hz
- Rear Camera – 12MP + 8MP (120° wide-angle)
- Front Camera – 8MP
- Battery – 4000 mAh
- OS – Android 8.1 Oreo with ROG Gaming UI
The mobile device also has some interesting features. One is the ultrasonic AirTrigger touch sensors. Two of these ultra-responsive sensors are optimized as left and right triggers at the top of the display for landscape-mode gaming (the third is designed for use in portrait mode). The triggers are fully programmable to activate any button, anything that normally requires a screen tap in fact.
You can also optimize the phone for gaming with the special X Mode. With just a single tap, it frees up all background RAM and dedicates it to games. It also optimizes game-data processing, even blocking those unnecessary pop-ups from other apps that might disrupt your gameplay.
There are a number of accessories that can be paired up with the ROG Phone, namely the AeroActive Cooler, the Gamevice Controller, the TwinView Dock, and the Mobile Desktop Dock.
The AeroActive Cooler is the only accessory that comes free with the ROG Phone. It attaches to the back of the phone and connects to the side micro USB Type-C port. It cools the device as well as having a USB Type-C passthrough for charging and an audio jack below, freeing your hands from cables.
Another accessory is the Gamevice Controller. It basically is just a controller that attaches to the top and bottom of the phone for an ergonomic grip and buttons for gaming. A USB Type-C passthrough and an audio jack can also be found at the bottom. And It can also be used alongside the AeroActive Cooler.
This is probably my favorite attachment, well more of a dock than an attachment. With the TwinView Dock, you can have two screens on one phone. You can launch different apps while gaming, even stream to Twitch with it. It has a front facing quad-speaker system, a 6000 mAh extended battery pack, dual-haptic force-feedback engine, an enhanced cooling system, and two extra physical trigger buttons.
Mobile Desktop Dock
The Mobile Desktop Dock allows users to connect the phone to an external monitor, a mouse, a keyboard, and some other peripherals. You can even connect the dock to a wired gigabit LAN and a 5.1-channel surround-sound speaker system.
The ASUS ROG Phone will be available here in the Philippines on the 3rd quarter of 2018. Final specifications may vary depending on the country of release. There are no details yet of the pricing of the device.