ASUS ROG Phone Makes Its First Appearance Online Courtesy MKBHD

Jul 25, 2018
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The novelty surrounding gaming phones died out after everyone decided to follow Razer’s footsteps and release their version of a ‘gaming phone’. However, this year at Computex, ASUS had a surprise in store for everyone: the ROG Phone. At first, the ROG Phone seemed like a garden-variety gaming-centric smartphone. And then, ASUS proceeded to announce some features that were unheard of even in flagships. No release date was mentioned at the time, and today, we get to see a glimpse of the ROG phone in action in the hands of none other than YouTube influencer MKBHD. Here’s the full video in case you want to check it out:

ASUS ROG Phone: Specifications and features

The ASUS ROG phone sports a 6-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2160×1080. The panel’s refresh rate can be bumped up to 90Hz, making it the worlds first ever HDR-ready OLED panel that is capable of doing so. By default, the panel runs at 60Hz, and you’ll need to enable the 90Hz mode via the device settings. The Razer phone still reigns supreme with its 120Hz refresh rate, albeit on an LCD panel. The ROG phone is designed to look as gamer-y as possible with its odd-shaped cutouts for the camera and flash, the giant ASUS logo that lights up at the centre and the heatsinks to the left of the logo. Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about the cameras just yet. But, do the cameras really matter on a gaming phone?

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Under the hood lies a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which ASUS claims to have overclocked to improve performance, along with 8GB of RAM and a whopping 512GB of internal storage. Powering the behemoth is a massive 4,000mAh battery that comes with Quick Charge 4.0 support. ASUS even threw in two USB Type C port on one edge that’ll allow you to game without wires getting in the way or attach accessories such as a Nintendo DS-style dual-screen clamshell grip case with physical triggers, an extended battery, extra speakers, a desktop dock with HDMI and DisplayPort out, 4 USB-A, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio in/out, a USB-C charging port and a Wireless Display dock with controller phone grip. That’s a whole lot of things you can attach to your phone. And yes, there is a headphone jack. It looks like ASUS lacks courage™. Lastly, the ROG Phone has squeezable edges like the Pixel 2. The video doesn’t mention any release date, so we’re going to have to wait a bit longer to get our hands on it.

Source: MKBHD (youtube)

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