The ROG Phone is the latest addition to the gaming smartphone line-up Image: Twitter
After months of speculation and rumours, Asus has officially announced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) gaming smartphone, dubbed simply as the ROG Phone. The device will be a part of Asus's ROG line-up focused towards gaming products.
The ROG Phone will join the ever-growing roster of gaming smartphones such as the Razer Phone, Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming phone and the Nubia Red Devil.
From early reports, Asus's offering seems to have an edge over the competition in terms of hardware, and may very well be priced higher.
ROG Phone specifications
The ROG Phone comes with a 6-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen with 2160x1080 resolution and HDR support. The display boasts a refresh rate of 90Hz with 1ms response time for a smooth and seamless gaming experience. To recall, the Razer Phone came with a refresh rate of 120hz.
The front of the device is all glass with two speaker grills on both ends as part of its stereo speaker setup. The back is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and has a ROG logo with customisable RGB lighting. There are cutouts on the back panel to house cooling vents and the camera module. The phone comes equipped with a 3D GameCool vapour-chamber cooling system to keep the device from overheating during lengthy sessions.
The ROG Phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Soc coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 512GB of inbuilt storage. The device will most likely run an Android 8.1 or 8.0 Oreo-based ROM with special tweaks for gaming needs.
The device has a 12MP+8MP dual camera setup on the back and an 8MP selfie camera on the front. It's the same setup present in Asus's flagship Asus Zenfone 5.
The device packs a large 4,000mAh battery which supports Asus's HyperCharge fast charging technology.
The Asus ROG Phone has a special feature called X Mode, which can be triggered by squeezing the sides of the phone. Activating the X Mode closes all background processes unnecessary for gaming to make sure maximum resources are available to run the game. This is done by triggering one of the three ultrasonic pressure sensitive zones on the phone. The other two can be used as virtual trigger buttons in games or can be mapped for any in-game control if the game allows it.
The ROG Phone's headphone jack supports 24-bit/192Khz Hi-Res Audio playback and supports DTS Headphone X for immersive surround sound experience.
Asus has included three USB C ports in the ROG Phone. All three can be used to charge the device and can also be used to connect a variety of specialised accessories with the device.
The ROG Phone has an array of ROG-branded accessories to add to the experience. Here's a short list.
Add-on cooling fan bundled with the phone. There is an app for turning on/off the fan and modifying speed.
Similar to Motorola's Motomod joystick for Moto Z series phones.
It's virtually a second 6-inch screen with a built-in 6,000mAh battery. Docking the ROG Phone with it virtually turns the device into a Nintendo 3DS-like gaming console.
Mobile Desktop Dock
Virtually turns the ROG Phone into a desktop PC. There dock has dedicated ports for connecting monitor, keyboard, mouse and other peripherals.
It's a 60GHz 802.11ad dock which supports the Gamevice Gamepad and also lets you stream the phone's content on TV.
Price and availability
Asus is yet to divulge any information on the possible pricing or availability of the ROG phone, but it's expected to cost a premium. We're expecting it to hit the market with a base price of around Rs 57,000.