Nubia is said to debut its first gaming device, the Red Magic, in India next month. Now, after long-standing speculation, Asus will also be announcing its ROG gaming smartphone in the country. The launch is scheduled for November 29. It’s been quite some time since Asus first revealed it’s flashy ROG Phone back at Computex. Even the Nubia Red Magic is arriving very late in the country as its successor is to be revealed in a few days in China on November 28.
Apart from India, the ROG Phone was previously made available in the US and UK. For the Indian market, gaming phones are quite the new category as Honor was just the first device to market the Honor Play as a gaming smartphone. However, with the increasing popularity of mobile multiplayer titles like PUBG, there might just be some takers of these new devices. Speaking of which, we’re reminded that the ROG Phone with all its bling and firepower doesn’t come cheap, unlike the Honor Play. The phone retails for £799 (₹72,800) in the UK and if the Indian price is anything close to that region, Asus could have a hard time selling its first gaming device in the market.
Some of the most noticeable features of the ROG Phone include a tweaked 6.0-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time. That is not to be seen on any other gaming phone except the Razer Phone. It also features a higher-clocked Snapdragon 845 that goes up to 2.96GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX HD, 3.5mm jack with a dedicated DAC, and a really unique sporty look and feel. Of course, no gaming smartphone is complete without an RGB light and the ROG Phone also has one on the back along with cooling vents placed on the side.
Asus knows the price sensitivity of the Indian market and it will be interesting to see how the Taiwanese giant prices its upcoming device.