The mobile gaming phone you deserve — ASUS ROG Phone

Aloysius Low  CNET

Aloysius Low CNET

Other ROG Phone innovations include ASUS Aura RGB lighting and Aura Sync support, plus ASUS HyperCharge direct-charge technology for faster, safer and cooler battery charging. At the event, ASUS also revealed the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 router with Wi-Fi speeds of over 10,000Mbps, as well as ROG Ryujin and ROG Ryuo CPU coolers, and ROG Thor 1200W Platinum power supply.

As far as the specifications are concerned, the ROG Phone is powered by an "exclusive version" of the Snapdragon 845 processor from Qualcomm.

But that's not all. It felt much more like a handheld gaming platform than a tweaked phone setup.

The ROG smartphone is said to have an AnTuTu score of 304183. This has the effect of making the RoG Phone look a bit like an Android gadget take on the Nintendo Switch. The AeroActive cooling clip is attached. The phone also makes use of Quick Charge 4.0, which reportedly charges the phone up from 0-66 percent in 30 minutes. It all started with the Razer Phone; since then we had the Xiaomi Black Shark, Nubia Red Magic and now the Asus ROG Phone.

What, that isn't enough? Asus says it is also working with developers to offer in-game functionality.

Razer released a surprisingly competent "gaming focused" smartphone past year that featured a high refresh screen and loud speakers. Connectivity is based on Cat 16 LTE and 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi-a cut above the Wi-Fi capabilities you normally find in most phones. There is also HDR support, and the image processing chip increases local contrast even in videos and games without high dynamic range. Audio comes from a DTS Headphone:X-rated audio engine. It has some insane accessories and impressive features, but mostly sets itself apart with virtual keys that basically give your phone shoulder buttons. In short, the ROG Phone seems to be "the" smartphone gamers have been waiting for. The phone goes into the top part and the bottom part has a second 6-inch, 1080p display.

The back of the ROG Phone has a fairly typical, over-designed gamer aesthetic complete with an Asus ROG logo that can light up in different colors.

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With all this going in favour of the ASUS ROG Phone, there's no way that the device will be a cheap proposition.

Honestly, ASUS ROG phone is a beast and kicks out Razor Phone for good but one question still remains unanswered, is this really needed?

Apart from having a USB-C port and a headphone jack at the bottom, the phone also has an accessory port on the left in the center.

Inside the phone is what ROG calls the GameCool system, a 3D vapor-chamber cooling system that helps the phone's clock speeds soar.

That's not where the hardware features stop - the ROG Phone also includes three "AirTrigger" touch sensors, two of which are created to act as left and right triggers for gaming in landscape mode, while a third on the bottom right edge adds versatility while in portrait mode.

For a desktop gaming experience, there's also the Mobile Desktop Dock which allows you to connect the phone to an external 4K UHD Monitor, keyboard and mouse. This is similar to Samsung's DeX dock that does the same thing. With this chip comes the Adreno 630, now the best mobile GPU around. The rear cameras are dual 12 and 8 megapixel shooters and have some AR capabilities.

What's the price for all of this? Asus' achievement is quite impressive and we'd love to see how it holds up in person. The ASUS ROG was announced at Computex 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan, boasting some unique features and details throughout.

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