Asus unveils gaming-oriented ROG Phone at Computex 2018

Asus ROG Phone First Impressions

Asus are no strangers to making phones, with the companies ZenFone range a pretty well-established range within the world of mobile devices.

The phone has a full-screen display with dual front-facing speakers.

The ROG Phone features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset, a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate with 1ms pixel response time. That's not quite as smooth as Razer's phone, but it's above the competition - most phones have a 60Hz refresh rate. It can also be utilized in multiple modes, including phone and tablet mode, docked mode (with screen hookups), and a dual-screen handheld mode. And if you're a gamer, this should sound familiar: inside each ROG phone is a cherry-picked "speed binned" version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

The phone comes with 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and offers 128GB (UFS 2.1) / 512GB (UFS 2.1) internal storage options. This is the same camera configuration on the ASUS Zenfone 5. The bundled ROG Phone power adapter supports ASUS HyperCharge, a direct-charge technology that delivers more power (up to 20W) for shorter, safer charge times, and also means ROG Phone stays cooler when it's charging.

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Another twist to the standard phone that ASUS added to this device is the inclusion of a USB-C on the side of the device instead of the traditional bottom edge. ASUS said the reason for this is so that you can charge your device while playing without having to deal with a cord (USB/headphone) sticking out at the bottom. Then, you get another Type-C port on the side of the phone, which is profoundly weird. Now, it seems the tech giant is hoping to expand its reach to another sector by revealing a ROG Gaming Smartphone with a whole host of attachments and features.

The X Mode changes the blue UI elements into a fiery red, it shuts down background processes to maximize gaming performance and prioritizes the current game to allocate more RAM and resources. These act as bumper buttons on top of the phone when it is held in landscape mode for gaming. Unlike the DeX dock however, the Asus dock can also connect to a PC and allow the gamer to switch back and forth between the PC and the ROG Phone. They are user customizable. The ROG logo at the back has a programmable RGB backlight which can be customised to a users' liking. The handset comes with two additional accessories: AeroActive Cooler and Gamevice controller. To avoid overheating, Asus has built a copper heat spreader into the body, and even sells a separate clip-on fan to speed up heat dispersal. The second screen is also a 6-inch 1080p panel while also housing a 6,000 mAh battery. "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 also has a built-in 6000mAh battery. The device has some insane hardware inside that can crush any game easily, so without wasting any time let's know more about it.

Docking the ROG Phone to a computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse would be ideal for games like the mobile versions of PUBG and Fortnite.

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