In the smartphone market, there are few devices that can be called gaming-oriented smartphones. Some of these smartphones are the Razer P`hone, Xiaomi Black Shark, and ZTE Nubia Red Magic. So when Asus announced its entry in this niche segment, it sure grabbed eyeballs. This phone is called the ROG Phone. However, Asus threw a curveball when it made the phone Taiwan-exclusive. The question then is why talk about it now? That’s because this phone is finally in India. Will gaming phone buyers find this phone worth consideration?
|Specifications||Asus ROG Phone|
|Processor||Octa-core 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU|
|Display||AMOLED, 6.0-inch with FullHD+ (2246x1080p) resolution and 90Hz refresh rate|
|Internal Storage||128GB (non-expandable)|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo with ROG UI|
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel + 8-megapixel|
|Battery||4000mAh with fast charging|
|Dimensions||158.83mm x 76.16mm x 8.3mm|
What’s new about the Asus ROG Phone?
The Asus ROG Phone is designed like a regular smartphone. That means it has a forehead and a chin and that should ease concerns of those disliking notches. It is made of glass and metal with some copper highlights (like the dual front-facing speakers). However, its styling is just rad. Moreover, it does not look out of place on this phone either (that ROG logo has inbuilt Aura RGB lighting too). After all, isn’t Asus’ ROG division known for some rad stuff? Asus has employed some cool, nifty tricks on the phone.
For starters, it has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner which most are likely to miss at first glance. It has used a 3D vapour chamber, copper heat spreader, and a carbon cooling pad to keep the phone cool. An external AeroActive cooler (accessory, supplied in the box) will further bring the phone’s internal temperature down. A side-mounted port help gamers keep on playing even when the phone is charging. Topping it all off are ultrasonic Air Triggers that turn this phone into a PSP-like device with invisible shoulder buttons.
The phone’s internals are quite powerful. It sports an octa-core 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 GPU. The phone has 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage space (no expansion though). The Asus ROG Phone gets an AMOLED display measuring 6.0 inches and having FullHD+ (2160x1080p) resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and 10-point multi-touch support. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with ROG UI.
The dual rear-camera setup on the Asus ROG Phone comprises of a 12-megapixel primary lens and an 8-megapixel secondary lens. The primary lens has f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, 4-axis OIS, and LED flash. The secondary lens is a wide-angle unit with 120-degree field of view. The front camera comprises of an 8-megapixel lens with f/2.0 aperture.
Connectivity options on the phone include Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, FM Radio (!), GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou, and dual-SIM with dual-standby and dual-LTE. The phone has a 4000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 protocol. It measures 158.83mm (6.25 inches) in length, 76.16mm (3 inches) in width, and 8.3mm (0.33 inches) in height.
Is the Asus ROG Phone worth consideration?
The Asus ROG Phone has a lot going for it. It is a serious effort by Asus towards making a gaming smartphone. To that end, its internals speak for itself. Moreover, there are accessories for the phone to aid its use. These accessories attach to the side-mounted port and give the phone different capabilities.
The AeroActive Cooler, for instance, keeps the phone cool while offering a USB Type-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The Gamevice accessory turns the phone into a console-style controller while offering USB Type-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The only factor that can keep this phone from success in India is its price tag. It is priced closer to Huawei P20 Pro, but even that phone is for niche users. In short, do consider it as a non-gamer. Or just buy it, if you are into heavy gaming.
Asus ROG Phone – Synopsis
- Priced at Rs 69,999
- Gets an octa-core 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 GPU
- Packs 8GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage space
- Has an AMOLED display measuring 6 inches and having FullHD+ (2246x1080p) resolution and 90Hz refresh rate
- Runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with ROG UI skin
- Has a dual rear camera setup with one 12-megapixel lens and other an 8-megapixel unit
- Front camera is an 8-megapixel unit
- Has dual front-facing speakers
- A side connector helps in adding new functionalities to the phone via accessories
- Has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 3.5mm headphone jack
- Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and NFC
- Has a 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 protocol support
- Packs AeroActive Cooler in the box that has Aura lighting support, USB-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack