So they actually did it, in response to Razer and Xiaomi, ASUS Republic of Gamers is now the latest game player introducing the world their first ROG Phone. This is not just your typical gaming smartphone but it's packing some serious features and tech-specs, such as having a 3D vapour-chamber cooling system, an ultrasonic AirTriggers feature, a Snapdragon 845 processor clocking in at 2.96GHz, an AMOLED display running at 90Hz refresh rate and many more.
Obviously designed specifically for high-performance mobile gaming, its unique GameCool vapour-chamber cooling system and a detachable AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost can help to sustain a blur-free high frame rate. With this, it does not compromise the 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. Furthermore, it also has an ultrasonic AirTriggers, which is a programmable feature that gives the user a powerful force-feedback system for precise control. Combining this with an optional TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode; the Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming, this makes the gaming experience more convenient.
The back view, btw the green highlighted area is the fingerprint scanner
Front view, simply gorgeous! No notch and you can see the thin golden stereo speakers at the front
This port here at the left side is the main charger, it can also be used for Aeroactive Cooler device for cooling boost, the other side is your standard power and volume buttons
Meanwhile, the bottom features a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-Type C port, which can also be used for charging
The Aeroactive Cooler device which can plug in both charging and 3.5mm headphone jack simultaneously
ASUS WiGig Dock
This is the Mobile Desktop Dock to connect to the PC monitor
AirTriggers is quite an innovative feature, no buttons required! (see the green highlighted area)
3D Vapor-chamber Cooling System explained
The ROG Phone is compatible with gaming peripherals as well, such as the new ROG Delta gaming headset that was shown today. It even has ASUS Aura RGB lighting and Aura Sync support, plus ASUS HyperCharge direct-charge technology for faster, safer and cooler battery charging. Below is the official tech-specs:
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, clocking at 2.96GHz, Adreno 630
- 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM
- 128GB and 512GB internal storage (UFS 2.1)
- Measures 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm, weighs 200g
- 6-inch AMOLED display (2160 x 1080 resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio)
- 12MP + 8MP (120° wide-angle) dual rear camera, 8MP front camera
- Features Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock, USB 3.1 Type-C (custom, HyperCharge), USB 2.0 Type-C, Dual front-facing stereo speakers with smart amplifier, AirTriggers
- Supports WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad, 4G LTE, 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound, aptX connectivity
- ROG Gaming UI based on Android Oreo
- 4000mAh battery
While no price was mentioned, the ROG Phone will be available in the third quarter of 2018 starting from Taiwan, then mainland China, South East Asia and Japan. Europe and North America will follow. It's unclear if Malaysia will be part of the first wave, but rumours have it that it may arrive in August or September. We will keep a lookout.
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