Hands On With the Asus ROG Gaming Phone


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. An octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 clocked at 2.96 GHz ticks inside, a generous 8 GB of RAM chip takes care of multitasking, and you've got a choice between 128 GB and 512 GB of storage.

That's an extra 160MHz of processing power.

It's a bold move from Asus to try and merge gamers' mobile phones and portable gaming devices into one unit - that is "built from the ground up to be a premium phone for gamers with unique features", as Asus put it. On its own, it keeps the device cooler over long periods, but with the addition of a special attachable fan that comes in the box, ROG can keep the Snapdragon 845 at peak speeds for up to 50% longer than typical devices.

To prevent overheating, the ROG Phone has a copper diffuser and a 3D steam chamber that transfer heat from the CPU to the body.

There's plenty of phones on the market, but not much in the way of specific gaming phones. That is less than the Razer Phone's 120Hz but more than the average smartphone. Price can be another consideration as the ROG Phone can never be expected to come cheap or affordable. AMOLED displays can produce deeper colors and better contrast than LCD displays.

In keeping with the horizontal theme, Asus placed a dedicated port on the side for charging while you're playing games in landscape mode.

Asus is far from being the first gaming tech company to dabble in designing and manufacturing gaming smartphones.

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Even if you have no need for a premium gaming phone, it's hard not to covet this upcoming Asus ROG phone. It all started with the Razer Phone; since then we had the Xiaomi Black Shark, Nubia Red Magic and now the Asus ROG Phone.

It speaks to the PC gaming community, which is obsessed with keeping their gaming systems cool to prevent thermal throttling and maintain the highest performance possible. The AirTriggers are highly sensitive buttons on the side of the phone that allows the user to play games without having to touch the screen itself.

An exciting accessory Asus has developed is the TwinView Dock which adds a second screen identical to the ROG Phone. There are a plethora of ports for connecting a monitor, keyboard, mouse and other peripherals.

Together with the WiGig Dock, you can get a console-like experience if gaming with a mouse and keyboard is not your thing. As with the phone, pricing and availability for the docks hasn't been confirmed.

Additionally, the router also has a 2.5G Tbase port among its ports.

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 dock works in tandem with attachments that connect on either side of the phone, similar to Switch Joy-Cons, to provide physical controls including analog sticks, shoulder buttons, face buttons, and more. The front camera is 8 megapixels.

For an immersive experience, it comes with a pair of front-facing stereo speakers and an advanced haptic actuator that gives you force-feedback while gaming.