Asus has presented its first gaming smartphone, the Asus ROG Phone. The company joined Razer, Black Shark (Xiaomi) and Nubia, who have already released their so-called gaming phones. It should be noted that Asus also has a gaming laptop range branded as ROG.
There have been several gaming phones released in the past this year, the phones failed to draw attention from the gamers. Mainly the reason was that the phone hardware wasn’t that much powerful at those times to run heavy games, and there weren’t many good games available for gamers to enjoy on the mobile phones.
Now, as phones are becoming powerful, more and more brands are jumping on the gaming phones bandwagon. Almost all of these brands are Asians, mostly Chinese.
The latest trend of gaming started with Razer phone by Razer followed by Xiaomi’s Blackshark and ZTE’s Red Magic. The latest brand coming up with a gaming phone is Asus and we are not surprised. Asus is known for making game-centric laptops, PCs, routers, motherboards, GPUs and much more.
Just having a glimpse of the phone you will be able to tell that the phone is a gaming device. The phone comes with a metal frame and glass back which is accented with sharp looking streaks and lines. If you have seen an Asus ROG laptop before, you will find the design familiar. There is a special vent at the back which supposed to push the heat out keeping the device cooler. The fingerprint reader is also located at the back along with a backlit logo that can be personalized in many ways.
On the front, you will find two beautifully accented speaker grills. Yes, it delivers stereo sound. At the bottom is the Type-C charging port along with our beloved port for a headphone jack.
To make the phone true to its name, Asus has embedded programmable capacitive triggers on the side sides of the phone. The triggers support taps as well as swipes. This is my most liked feature on the phone which will help a lot while playing shooter games like PUBG, and Modern Combat 5.
The Asus ROG Phone is equipped with 6 inches AMOLED display with 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio and Full HD+ resolution, i.e 2160 × 1080 pixels, which translates into 402 PPI. The screen is also characterized by a refresh rate of 90 Hz. While the refresh rate is lower than that of Razer phone (120 Hz) the panel is an AMOLED one vs the LCD technology in the Razer Phone.
Gaming Power and Performance
The phone is powered by an octa-core (8x Kryo 385; 10 nm) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, in which stronger cores can work with a frequency of up to 2.96 GHz. To prevent overheating, Asus used a number of solutions that increase the area for heat dissipation.
What’s more, you can also attach an external cooler (AeroActive Cooler) with a Type C USB port and a 3.5 mm headphone connector on your back. The AeroActive Cooler also has ports for Charger and headphones leading the gaming way from your grip so you won’t be distracted by them.
Memory and Internal Storage
Asus ROG Phone has 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM and depending on the version, 128 GB or even 512 GB of built-in memory type UFS 2.1. but without the possibility of expanding using a microSD card.
As for the imaging capabilities, the phone comes with a dual camera module on the back having a 12MP main camera and an 8MP wide-angle camera with 120-degree field-of-view. In addition, there is an 8MP camera on the front for selfies and video calling.
A gaming phone needs a lot of power while gaming hence Asus has decided chip the phone with quite adequate 4,000 mAh battery. There is support for fast charging technology. Asus claims the phone to charge up to 60% in just 33 minutes which is quite promising.
As for the connectivity, the phone comes with Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, LTE, NFC (Gigabit), GPS, A-GPS, Glonass and BeiDou.
In addition, you can also connect pads to your ROG Phone. The device can also be inserted into a dedicated TwinView Dock with an additional 6000 mAh battery. The TwinView Dock converts the phone into a clamshell-type handheld console which has its own display. Together with the phone’s own display, the Dock display can be used by developers to use the screens independently. The secondary display can also be used for multitasking.
There is also a mobile Desktop Dock that allows the phone to connect to a 4K monitor and a set of keyboard and mouse to convert the phone into a full-blown (Android-powered) desktop PC.
Wait that’s not all, there is another dock called WiGig Dock which allows you to mirror the phone’s display wirelessly to your TV.
Pricing and Availability
There is no info on the price of the phone as of yet but don’t expect the device to be cheap. Even if the device is cheap, the accessories will cost a fortune. The release date is still not known yet, what we know is that the phone will be released somewhere in Q3 this year.
So, what do you think of the Asus ROG Phone? Does it have it all to call it a true gaming phone? are you intrigued by the accessories? Is it a better gaming phone than the Razer phone? Kindly let us know your thoughts in the comments below.