The buzz about this year’s Computex is far from over but we deem it safe to say that the announcement about ASUS’s ROG phone is one of the most exciting announcement off the said tech show.
Exuding that gaming trademark the Republic of Gamers brand has, the ASUS ROG phone comes in a very sturdy-looking form factor which of course has that ROG logo on its rear part. It flaunts a 6.0-inch AMOLED display in 18:9 screen ratio and 2160 x 1080 resolution. Since this is a gaming phone, it is important to note that it has a 90Hz refresh rate with 1ms pixel response time.
Perhaps one of the main features of the ROG phone can be attributed to its “exclusive” Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which according to ASUS is specifically made for the said gaming smartphone to run at faster frequencies, and is Qualcomm’s fastest mobile platform to date as it is clocked at 2.96GHz.
Aside from bringing the speed apt for a gaming phone, the Snapdragon 845 also takes battery efficiency task as it reduces clock speeds when the phone is in standby mode, and balances workloads between high-performance and power-efficient CPU cores.
The ASUS ROG phone also has an X Mode, which when activated, boosts games’ and apps’ running speed for maximum performance and gaming experience.
It’s not new for gaming devices to be associated with heating issues. To address this, ASUS has incorporated a GameCool system within the ROG phone that has a copper heat spreader and a 3D vapor chamber which efficiently transfer heat from the SoC to the body. There’s also the optional AeroActive Cooler which disposes the air from the back of the smartphone out to the environment.
Adding to all these interesting features, the ASUS ROG also comes with a TwinView Dock which mainly looks like a console that turns the ROG phone into another awesome gaming device. When mounted on the dock, the ROG phone will have a secondary display which is identical to the original screen. This gives players more room for to do other things like viewing another application, chatting with teammates, and for live-streaming since the dock prevents fingers from blocking the front camera.
The TwinView Dock comes with its own control buttons and runs on a 6,000mAh battery which extends the ROG phone gaming experience.
For those who’d want their gaming experience complete with a desktop, the ASUS ROG has a Mobile Desktop Dock which allows the smartphone to be attached on a desktop with options to hook up a 4K monitor, Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1 channel speakers and other USB peripherals.
For its internals, the ASUS ROG phone has a whopping 8GB RAM topped with either a 128GB or 512GB onboard storage. This smartphone joins the dual rear camera bandwagon with its 12-megapixel plus 8-megapixel, 120-degree wide-angle main shooter with an 8-megapixel counterpart on the front.
No official word on its pricing yet but according to ASUS Philippines, the ROG Phone might be released locally in the third quarter of this year.
ASUS ROG Gaming Phone specs:
UI:ROG Gaming UI
Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 AMOLED HDR (2160 x 1080 with 90Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2.9GHz
Memory: 8GB RAM
Storage: 128GB/512GB ROM
Rear Camera: 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel with 120-degree wide-angle
Front Camera: 8-megapixel
Dimensions: 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm