ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Phone launched

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Phone launched

Well, if you have the right hardware that is. It was the first time when Asus has stepped in the gaming smartphone market. The back of the phone is covered in insane lines and accents, including a ROG logo dressed up in RGB lighting which users have full control over in the software.

The specifications will vary, but the ROG Hero II and ROG Scar II will sport 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, up to Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 at 2,666MHz, and up to 512GB of NVMe M.2 storage. This phone screams "gamer" like no other phone we've seen before, and it matches very well with the rest of Asus' ROG lineup. A full metal body with a glass back is accented throughout with aggressive-looking streaks and lines.

That's not where the hardware features stop - the ROG Phone also includes three "AirTrigger" touch sensors, two of which are created to act as left and right triggers for gaming in landscape mode, while a third on the bottom right edge adds versatility while in portrait mode.

The phone's AMOLED, 2,160x1,080 display has HDR support as well as a 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response rate.

To begin with, the ROG Phone comes powered by the same Snapdragon 845 chipset that happens to be standard fitment on nearly all 2018 flagships so far. You can program each trigger for an exact action - be it a swipe or a tap. The X Mode is ASUS' way to optimize the ROG phone by disabling background processes and services, activating the inbuilt cooling technology and turning the theme inside the phone to red indicating that extreme gaming smartphone can then be performed. When not in-game, the triggers can be programmed as app shortcuts.

Asus also claims to have solved a pet peeve for Fortnite and PUBG players: In-screen control buttons that take up valuable screen space. What's interesting to note is that ASUS is using their own proprietary charging method, dubbed "ASUS HyperCharge".


They include Qualcomm's fastest ever mobile chip - the 2.96GHz Snapdragon 845 that offers almost 200MHz more performance than the regular model - as well as up to a massive 512GB of inbuilt storage. It also has 8 megapixels front camera with f/2.0 aperture and 84° field of view. On the front, there's an 8 MP snapper.

Not only does the case add two extra (physical) shoulder buttons and 6,000mAh of extra battery power, but there's a selfie cam for streamers to record themselves as they play. This was implemented to explore the possibilities that ROG Phone brings to the gaming scene. It has an integrated 3D vapour chamber cooler, and also ships with an accessory called the Aeroactive Cooler that plugs in and actively cools the back of the handset. We did like the fact that the device has not one but dual USB ports to get charged.

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.

There is also a TwinView dock that adds an additional 6-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen and controls.

WiGig Dock - a 60GHz 802.11ad dock that works with the Gamevice gamepad and lets you stream to a TV. Unlike the other two gaming smartphones, it still comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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