Asus ROG – The Phone Made to Play PUBG, Asphalt 9 and Fortnite
Asus at Computex 2018(in June 2018), unveiled its new mind-blowing ultimate gaming phone for enthusiasts called “ROG Phone.”
The company has launched the ROG phone in India for Rs. 69,999 and comes with 8 GB Ram and 128 GB internal storage.
The new breed of gamers are looking for powerful mobiles to play some of the latest titles such as PUBG, Asphalt 9 or the Fortnite.
Moreover, the Razer Phone 2 is one of the recent devices that is specifically designed for mobile gamers. Also, recently Xiaomi unveiled the Black Shark (super aggressive name), an incredible gaming mobile.
However, Asus is taking the gaming phones to a new dimension with some serious muscle, cooling capabilities, and terrific display.
Details – ROG Phone
ROG (Republic of Gamers) comes with a super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90 frames per second. Or in other words, it has a 90Hz display that helps to improve the visuals in the game and reduces the screen tear, same as high refresh rate monitors in the PC gaming.
However, It is not as fast as the Razer phone that offers 120 Hz display but with an LCD panel.
Additionally, the response rate is just 1 microsecond, and it comes with the HDR support to watch videos.
Asus is bringing the PC gaming innovations to mobiles now, and it makes a lot of sense since a huge number of gamers are shifting to mobile platform from good old PC gaming.
Though there will be some, like me, who will hold on to the PC gaming no matter what.
Notably, there is a Snapdragon 845 processor on board, which is especially overclocked to 2.96 GHz (from the usual 2.8 GHz) to push even more pixels.
The overclocked phone scored over 300,000 on the Antutu Benchmark, making it the fast Android phone as per the benchmark data.
Also, you can buy a cooling fan accessory that sticks to the back to keep it even cooler.
In the smartphone world full of selfie-focused phones, it is good to see a device that is gaming-centric, yet it has all the bells and whistles to work as a daily driver.
Further, it has a dual camera set up at the rear which can take detailed shots to impress the camera critics.
Most Interesting of all, it comes with not one or two, but 3 USB-type C ports, and a headphone jack too.
One of the ports is present at the bottom, and the other two are on the side.
Why Does it come with so many USB Type C Ports? – The answer is to connect with the specially designed accessories that you can use with this phone such as the Aero active cooler or the mobile desktop dock which is similar to the Samsung Dex.
You can connect the Mobile Desktop Dock to the PC, and can use a monitor, mouse or a physical keyboard to do your work.
Another cool accessory is the Twin-view Dock that adds up a second display and some extra battery life to the device.
Also, there is a clamp-on game controller from Gamevice which you can use to convert this gaming phone to a handheld gaming device with physical buttons and navigator.
The phone comes with 8 GB of RAM, and 128 / 256/ 512 GB internal storage options that are quite sufficient to fulfill the needs of a moderate as well as heavy users. Aforementioned, in India the phone is only available in the 128 GB storage variant.
Its 4000 mAh battery supports Asus’ “HyperCharge” that utilizes 20W fast charging to make sure that the phone charges quickly.
Key Specs for the Asus ROG smartphone
- Display – 6 inches AMOLED, 2160*1060 pixels, 18:9 ratio at 402 PPI
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core overclocked at 2.96 GHz
- Adreno 630 GPU
- 8 GB RAM, 128 GB or 512 GB internal storage
- No SD card support
- Fingerprint sensor: Yes, rear-mounted
- Selfie camera – 8 MP front camera
- Rear Camera – 12 MP + 8 MP Rear Shooter with LED flash
- Battery capacity – 4000 mAH non-removable with Quick Charge 4+
- Operating System – Android 8.1 Oreo
Practically speaking, Asus’s ROG phone seems to be a mammoth of a device and is a tough-to-beat, even for widely popular devices like Razor Phone.
Asus ROG certainly has a greater array of features and more muscle than the Razor Phone (comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835), making it a better choice than the latter.
ROG phone’s “3D vapor-chamber cooling system” has so many of its internals covered, which gives nearly 16 times more area for the heat dissipation, making peak CPU endurance up to 5 times.
By the look of it, I can clearly say that it gives me the feeling of using portable gaming consoles like Sony PSP and Nintendo DS which have been providing an optimized handheld gaming experience for so long.
While devices like the Nokia N-Gage were a gaming sensation and revolutionized the gaming standards back in time, Asus ROG has top-notch specs and features to match the needs of next-gen gamers.
It might not become a top-selling device due to the cost factor, but it will appeal to enthusiasts with a fondness for hard-core gaming. The price for the phone is not known so far but we can expect it to cost close to flagship phones such as Samsung S9 or the Huawei P20 Pro.
Its incredible display and better graphics performance than the existing handheld gaming devices are two most considerable factors that set it apart from rivals. Not to mention, the cool accessories which are innovative and useful at the same time can make one drool over it.
Also, the unmissable illuminated ROG logo at the back which glows when you game on the device makes it a head turner.
Asus mentions that the ROG phone will be available for purchase starting this summer, with all the accessories, sold separately.
It is a new innovative product and it is the first generation of such devices. The market is probably not yet mature for these but in the coming months, we may see more such phones from other brands helping to expand the segment.
India Price and Availability
Aforementioned, it is available for purchase from Flipkart starting today (29th November 2018). The phone costs a whopping 69,999 and according to me it is too high price for gamers to buy a phone.
India is not a market for such products, here most of the PC gamers tend to buy a sub 50k PC or laptop. A gaming phone for 70k will find only very few niche buyers.
Also, the phone doesn’t have camera that can compete with the Mate 20 Pro or the Google Pixel 3, so non-gamers will not be interested in it.
It is a good concept but the price and product is not for the Indian market, in my humble opinion.
Apart from the phone Asus is selling the Professional Dock, for Rs. 5,499; GameVice (Joy stick) For Rs 6000; TwinView Dock for Rs. 21,999 Desktop Dock at Rs. 12,999 and ROG Phone Case for Rs.2499.
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