Asus reveals gaming-focused ROG Phone

Asus reveals gaming-focused ROG Phone

Asus ROG smartphone was unveiled at Computex 2018. Asus may have the flawless gaming laptop for you.

Like any gaming device, at the heart of the ROG Phone are its specifications. This is the same camera configuration on the ASUS Zenfone 5. The back is also covered in Corning Gorilla Glass, just like the front.

Yu also said that Asus is working with mobile game developers to have games support the phone's configuration. The device contains three ultrasonic sensors inside. One is on the side like on HTC phones, which can be squeezed to activate the "X MODE", which optimizes performance by shutting down background tasks and turning the theme red.

Other than different keyboard colors and some design flourishes (the Hero II gets a cyberpunk pattern on the palm rest while the Scar II features a camouflage pattern), the two laptops look nearly identical. "The secondary screen has an identical 6" AMOLED display and it gives you a total of quad speakers, two extra physical trigger buttons, dual-haptic force-feedback engine and enhanced cooling.

It comes powered by the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform overclocked at 2.96GHz. It's mated to 8GB LPDDR4 RAM with onboard storage options of 128GB or 512GB. A "GameCool" vapor-chamber is included to pull the heat away from the chipset and distribute it along the phone.

The ASUS ROG Phone's X Mode can be activated by squeezing the smartphone from its side.

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The Asus Phone features a 6-inch full HD+ AMOLED display, which comes thin bezels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Of course, it also has Aura Sync lighting, but it also has an OLED panel that states how much wattage is now being drawn by your components - in real time. It also supports HDR and offers a 1ms response time, so it sounds like you won't have anyone to blame but yourself if you wind up missing your shots in PUBG.

The first module is an AeroActive Cooler, which appears to allow you to cool the device even further if temperatures are a problem in long-term gaming. It's primary use to allow the phone to be plugged into a screen, with a working keyboard and mouse, but it can also be hooked up to a PC, to function as a KVM switch, letting you use the same screen, mouse and keyboard from your desktop on your phone with the flick of a switch.

As far as accessories go though, the coolest has to be the Twinview dock. ASUS has an awesome silver ROG logo on the back of the phone that has a programmable RGB backlight that can be tweaked with an app. Now, there's no doubt the phone is impressively specced, even if you don't plan on playing any game. This, in turn, grants a lot more surface area for heat dissipation, which is key for graphics-intensive gaming. In other words, you can simulate holding a controller and you will finally be able to play shooter games on your phone more comfortably.

Lastly, it's likely none of this is going to be cheap, so the whole value proposition is already out the window.

The accessories are really where things get insane, though. The Asus ROG phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Asus ZEN UI on top. Just not sure if it was necessary. So to expect people to drop a considerable amount of money on these with no guarantee for the future seems a bit much.

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