ASUS ROG Phone: The mobile gaming phone you deserve

Aloysius Low  CNET

If you thought gaming on a smartphone couldn't go beyond that, Xiaomi unveiled their version of a gaming smartphone with the Black Shark which was followed by Nubia releasing the Red Magic smartphone back in April. While ASUS has announced that the new phone and its accessories should hit the market sometime in the third quarter of the year, the company has yet to announce just how much the phone and its accessories will cost but it's probably safe to say that with its list of specifications and features the ROG Phone will definitely not come cheap.

The ROG Phone has a 6-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a 1ms response time. The ASUS ROG Phone will run Android and have an exclusive 2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, while also rocking a Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU. Both models have 8GB of RAM, but you can get 128GB or 512GB of storage - a lot no matter which you choose. The clamshell houses an extra 6,000 mAh battery so that you don't drain your phone's battery halfway through the day.

The hardware on the ROG Phone, as you'd expect, is way over the top as well, but it has some really thoughtful additions.

On its own, the ROG Phone has a pretty standard cooling system that you'd find on most high-end Android smartphones, which would suffice for regular smartphone usage. On the back are the dual 12MP + 8MP camera, the digital player, and the logo that - of course - shines with LED lights. It also features an optional TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode, ASUS Aura RGB lighting and Aura Synch support and ASUS HyperCharge direct-charge technology. The good thing is that this AeroActive cooler also includes USB-C port and a headphone jack so it don't interfere with your hands on the bottom edge.

Meanwhile, the AirTriggers Asus mentions are similar to shoulder buttons on game controllers, aiming to give users a more authentic gaming experience.

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The ROG Phone starts showing off its gamer cred when you look at the array of ports.

TwinView Pedestal - this comes with a second screen (6 inches too) and turns the device into a sort of Nintendo 3DS. But what's cooler is that there are plenty of accessories to enhance your experience with the ROG Phone.

Gamevice Gamepad - Like the name reads, the add-on offers a gamepad-like dock which allows you to game using a bunch of mechanical keys on the Gamepad. The RAM on the phone happens to be 8 GB and there also is a 512 GB of internal storage variant as well.

Asus also introduced a couple of add-ons or accessories, including the Mobile Desktop Dock, which allows you to connect a 4K monitor, Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1-channel speakers, and a stack of USB peripherals. In terms of benchmark performance, ASUS claims that it could score more than 300,000 points on AnTutu, beating the BlackShark and Razer Phone by a significant margin. The ROG Phone comes equipped with high level hardware and some unusual, innovative solutions created to address some specific challenges to playing games on a smartphone.

Gaming phones appear to be all the rage recently with the Razer Phone kicking everything off late past year.

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