Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Asus' RoG gaming smartphone is ridiculous yet kinda works

Asus Launches ROG Phone - Company's First Ever Gaming Smartphone Asus has a monster phone for serious mobile gamers
Cecil Davis | 05 June, 2018, 00:02

After the big unveiling today, we have reached out to ASUS Malaysia to obtain additional information regarding the company's plan for the new ROG Phone in our market.

Asus' beefy new phone is not the only smartphone that's advertised as gaming-friendly - Razer Phone and Moto Z2 Play come to mind as well - but it Asus has definitely taken the concept further than anyone else. 8GB of RAM are included along with either 128GB or a whopping 512GB of internal storage. But what's cooler is that there are plenty of accessories to enhance your experience with the ROG Phone. There is also a vapour chamber cooling system inside the phone, the likes of which was seen on the Black Shark. The trend started picking up with the Razer phone and some time later Xiaomi also launched the Black Shark gaming phone.

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.

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As you'd hope for a gaming-focused device, Asus has expended some serious effort on the ROG Phone's display - not content with being the world's fastest smartphone, the ROG boasts a super-fast AMOLED display. Still, ASUS has got a lot right here with the ASUS ROG Phone, and it may certainly give competitors a run for the best gaming phone of 2018. This should help gamers move the mouse around without having to shift the gaming peripheral into a proper position once more, which is something I do once in a while. A 6-inch OLED panel dominates the front of the phone with a resolution of 2160×1080 and HDR support.

For photography, the phone features a dual-rear camera setup at the back which consists of 12-megapixel sensor, paired alongside an 8-megapixel sensor. The dual-screen option is available through one of the accessories that will be offered, the Twinview Dock. The company is also working with a series of partners it calls the "TUF Gaming Alliance", to make sure that their components work together seamlessly and maintain a common TUF aesthetic. The phone also makes use of Quick Charge 4.0, which reportedly charges the phone up from 0-66 percent in 30 minutes. This one features a 2.4GHz connection, so you won't have to deal with input lag.

There's more. The phone has three ultrasonic "AirTrigger" touch sensors - two are created to be left and right triggers at the top of display for gaming in landscape mode, and a third one designed for portrait-mode use. The ROG logo at the back has a programmable RGB backlight which can be customised to a users' liking. There is also Mobile Desktop Dock and an Asus WiGig Dock. This allows the use of a 4K monitor, Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1-channel speakers, and a stack of USB peripherals. Price and release There's no word on what the price for the ROG Phone would be, but given the specs and the brand history of the Republic of Gamers products, we wouldn't expect it to be cheap.