ASUS announced and showcased its latest ROG gaming smartphone yesterday in Taiwan. As a model manufactured specifically for gaming, the phone presents with a top-level configuration and amazing design. The device is also bundled with several peripheral gadgets. The ROG phone and its accessories are here to meet with us, thanks to Chinese tech blog PCPOP.
The ROG Phone comes with a 6-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a 1ms response time. The screen has a 108% DCI-P3 wide color gamut, a 10,000 : 1 contrast ratio, and supports HDR. What better processor to power the device other than the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor? Even at that, the processor is overclocked at 2.96GHz. It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 512GB of storage.
The device has the ROG logo on the back which lights up while the display is on. Apart from the logo, the back design adopts a rather scientific approach, giving the device a truly gaming gadget outlook. There is a dual camera setup at the back arranged in a horizontal manner. On the camera end, the device comes with the same configuration as the Zenfone 5. There is an 8MP camera at the front and a 12MP+8MP dual camera combo. The ASUS ROG Phone has a 4,000mAh battery with support for ASUS HyperCharge fast charging technology. In order to reduce the amount of heat being dissipated by the smartphone, ASUS moved the charging chip from the phone to the power adapter.
Another visible design innovation on the sleek phone is the three USB-C ports it packs. Two of the ports are on the side and one at the bottom. All three ports are for charging the phone and this design was adopted so that users can charge the device with ease while gaming. The side ports also function as connectors for some of the peripheral accessories.
The ROG phone also comes with two linear vibration motors. We have seen some mobile phones that have provided realistic tactile feedback through linear motors. This time, the ROG Phone returns realistic sensations through a linear vibration motor. The realistic vibration feedback should give us an unparalleled gaming experience.
Another important aspect worth giving some thought is the peripherals and docking stations the phone comes with. They include the AeroActive Cooler which is a clip-on cooling fan that comes bundled with the phone. There is an app for turning on/off the fan and modifying speed. Another key peripheral device is the Gamevice Gamepad with a pair of shoulder buttons on each side. The TwinView Pedestal has a second 6-inch screen which lets users play a game on one screen and perform other tasks like chatting on the other. The add-on also comes with a built-in 6000mAh battery.
The ROG phone also has a Mobile Desktop Dock that lets you use the device as a desktop PC. There are several ports for connecting a monitor, keyboard, mouse and other peripherals. The dock also allows you use the phone as a second display for your regular PC. Finally, the ROG phone will have a WiGig Dock, a 60GHz 802.11ad dock that works with the Gamevice gamepad and lets you stream to a TV.
There is still no word on its pricing and availability but we don’t expect it to come with a cheap price. Also, most of the peripherals and docks will likely be sold separately.