Since the announcement of the Razer Phone, a wave of gaming smartphones has hit the market. Since ASUS is such a big name in gaming, it made sense to throw their hats in the ring. The result is the ROG Phone. And with this first attempt, ASUS beat the rest and created a gaming phone that others should emulate.
The ROG Phone is an uncompromising Android phone. Every aspect of this phone has been carefully thought out, resulting in one of the best mashups of parts we've seen on a mobile device. With their knowledge of players, ASUS knew they needed top-tier specifications to maximize their experience, and in the form of a phone, they did just that. But unlike its competitors, ASUS understands all players uniquely and has developed a variety of accessories to allow you to play as you feel comfortable.
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ASUS has announced the highly anticipated ROG Phone on October 1
- Release Date: October 20, 2018
- Pre-Order Date: October 18, 2018
- Announced: October 18, 2018
The ROG Phone will be in two internal Memory versions supplied: 128 GB and 512 GB. Both versions support expandable storage via microSD cards for up to 2TB of additional storage. Each variant also includes 100GB of free Google Drive storage for 1 year.
- Memory Available: 128 GB or 512 GB
- Expandable Memory: Yes (microSDXC)
As such a powerhouse of a phone, you would expect the pricing to be fairly high high and the deciding factor for most individuals. However, it's not as expensive as you think, with the 128GB model priced at $ 899, the same price as the Pixel 3 XL. The 512 GB version rises to $ 1,099, which is one of the cheapest phones with so much internal memory.
In addition to the phone, several accessories have been announced that many will consider when purchasing these phones. The Mobile Desktop Dock costs $ 229.99. The Professional Dock, which is very similar but loses some ports, is $ 119.99. The TwinView Dock is the most expensive at $ 399.99. The game controller is the cheapest at $ 89.99 and the WiGig dock at $ 329.99. ASUS will sell various bundles that come with some accessories for additional savings.
- Price: $ 899 (128 GB), $ 1,099 (512 GB) Excl. Tax
- Accessories Price: $ 229.99 (Mobile Desktop Dock), $ 119.99 (Professional Dock), $ 399.99 (TwinView Dock), $ 89.99 (Gamevice Controller) and $ 329.99 (WiGig Dock)
The body is a combination of glass and metal. As a result, it's a bit heavier than most cell phones, but very durable. As far as the colors are concerned, only black is currently available. And because RGB matters to gamers, ASUS has added RGB lighting to the logo on the back. This logo can display any color with different effects, including static, breathing and strobing. With ASUS Aura RGB software, you can sync RGB across a maximum of five phones, so your team can have matching RGB logos. This feature can also be used for non-gaming tasks, such as notification light.
- Frame: Glass and Metal
- Finish: Black
The ASUS ROG Phone is similar in size to the LG V40 ThinQ in length and width. In terms of depth, it is a bit larger than most cell phones thanks to its large 4,000 mAh battery. It has an IP rating of IP68, making it both dustproof and water resistant up to two meters for up to 30 minutes.
- Height: 6.25 inches
- Width: 3 inches
- Depth: 0.34 inches
- Weight: 7.05 ounces
- Dust – / Water Resistance: IP68
- Supported media: AT & T, T-Mobile
The screen of the ASUS ROG Phone has a refresh rate of 90 Hz The ROG phone can generate up to 90 frames per second as long as the SoC can produce it. Unlike the Razer Phone (and Razer Phone 2), ASUS opted for an AMOLED display. While the refresh rate of the screen is lower than that of the Razer Phone, it has better picture quality than its LCD counterpart.
The display of the ROG phone also has a response time of 1 ms, which corresponds to most gaming PC monitors. With such a quick response time, as soon as you touch the screen or use various accessories to create an input, the display will instantly release that input, helping you dodge at the last minute or turn off a fast opponent.
The ROG Phone features a large 6-inch display with an impressive DCI-P3 color gamut of 108.6%, making it fully HDR-ready. And while its 1080p resolution may seem like a disadvantage at first glance, it is actually a desirable feature. Fewer pixels make it easier to generate more frames for games compared to a 1440p display. Therefore, more games will run on the smooth 90fps. The battery consumption is also lower, so the 4,000 mAh battery expands longer.
- Screen Size: 6 inches
- Screen Resolution: 2160 x 1080
- Pixel Density: 402 ppi  Screen Type: OLED
- Notch: No  Screen-to-Body Ratio: Currently Unknown
- Aspect Ratio: 18: 9
- Response Time: 1 ms
- Color Scale: 108.6% DCI P3
- Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
At the heart of the ASUS ROG Phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. ASUS took a page out of PC gaming and decided to overclock every CPU core from 2.8GHz to 2.96GHz. While this may not seem like much on paper, it is important for gamers that each fps and the highest possible CPU frequency help to maximize that number.
When Qualcomm made his SoC, they thoroughly checked each chip, each working stably with the marketed clock frequency. During this test, Qualcomm will divide each chip into different categories based on the different criteria, a process called binning. One of the binning categories is speed, and ASUS chooses to use the top Binned Speed SoCs in their phones. Each ASUS ROG Phone is designed to remain stable at this overclocked speed and may be slightly overclocked when rooted.
Higher clock adds extra heat, which requires extra cooling for the phone. The ROG Phone has a copper heat spreader and a 3D steam chamber that efficiently transfers the heat from the SoC to the body. And for longer gaming sessions, ASUS also includes an optional AeroActive Cooler that blows air to accelerate heat dissipation. In this way, your phone not only remains cool, but the game remains at a higher level of performance because the SoC does not have to throttle due to heat.
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (Specially Binned)
- Chip Size: 10 nm
- CPU Frequency: 2.96 GHz (overclocked)
- CPU cores: 8
- GPU: Adreno 630
- GPU Cores: 2
As players play for as long as possible ASUS has built a 4000 mAh battery. This is the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. However, thanks to the lower resolution (1080p) and smaller (6 inches) displays, it should last much longer, even with an overclocked CPU and higher refresh rate panel.  Battery: Lithium Ion Battery
The ASUS ROG phone has an 8 MP selfie camera. It has an aperture of f / 2.0 with a focal length of 24mm. It has a standard field of view of 84 °. It supports Night HDR, Portrait, Beauty mode, Panorama, GIF animation and eight different filters.
- Resolution: 8 MP
- Aperture: ƒ / 2.0
- Zoom: nr
- Flash: Screen-based
- RAW support: no
For the reversing cameras, ASUS included two lenses, one standard and one wide-angle. Both use Sony IMX363 12 MP sensors. These are 1 / 2.55 sensors with a pixel size of 1.4μm for better performance in low light conditions. The wide-angle lens has a field of view of 120 °. The camera records RAW, supports Night HDR, portrait, beauty modes and a feature called Super Resolution.
- Resolution: 12 MP and 12 MP
- Sensor Size: 1.4 μm
- Aperture: ƒ / 1.8 (standard) and ƒ / 1.8 (wide angle)
- Zoom : 1x optical, 10x digital
- Flash: yes
- Image Stabilizer: optical
- RAW Support: yes
- Lens Cover: Sapphire Crystal
The ROG phone has two front-facing speakers. Both speakers have their own NXP 9874 amplifier. These are then enhanced using Smart Amp technology, keeping the sound sharp even at loud volume. These are incredibly loud speakers that not only help with playing, but also streaming movies and TV shows.
Unlike Razer, ASUS remembers how important the headphone jack is for players. Especially in games such as PUBG Mobile and Fortnite Battle Royale, a pair of good headphones can mean the difference between life and death as they let your enemies hear their footsteps. Wireless is always an option (ROG Phone supports hi-fi codecs like aptX HD), but the latency of Bluetooth is just too much for competitive players. Here comes a headphone jack used, no dongle required.
ASUS has also realized that many features in the development of a gaming phone will also attract Netflix binge-watchers. To enhance the experience for both groups, the ROG Phone provides support for DTS Headphone: X 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound . With a headset, the ROG phone reproduces surround sound audio so you can hear audio around you and deepen your connection to the action on the screen.
- 3.5mm headphone jack: yes
- Stereo Speakers: yes (front-firing)
- Mics: three total
The ROG phone has the standard sensors, including a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. New is the ultrasonic sensor with which AirTriggers can be activated.
AirTriggers are ultrasonic buttons located at either end of the left side of the phone and at the top right corner. These "buttons" are not actual buttons but part of the phone that registers power (similar to Edge Sense on the HTC U12 +, but it is activated with a finger instead of pressing).
These triggers can be adapted to replace touch inputs in games and simplify playing. For example, you can set up an air trigger to aim sights, and the other to shoot, and share your thumbs for another button. And these Air Triggers are available in both landscape and portrait modes, supporting all mobile games. And for non-gaming tasks, you can configure these "buttons" to launch apps and enable one-handed mode.
- Sensors: Back Fingerprint Sensor (0.3 seconds unlock, supports 5 fingerprints), Face Detection, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Ultrasonic AirTriggers and Grip Press
For the first time in a smartphone users can use the new 802.11ad Wi-Fi protocol. This is a new short-range Wi-Fi that requires an almost direct connection to a supported router. However, it is able to reach speeds of up to 7 Gbps (with ISPs starting to sell at speeds so high). With the 802.11ad router you can get much faster speed with the 802.11ad router, but you can get the maximum speed provided by your ISP (typically only the wired connection will reach the advertised speed).
It also supports 802.11 ac for slightly slower but longer range Wi-Fi. And for those with mobile data, it has a more than capable modem that supports Cat-16 download speed and Cat-13 upload, one of the fastest on mobile devices.
Finally, its second USB-C port (more on that later)) supports Gigabit Ethernet (1 Gbps) for lightning fast Internet and HDMI if you want to spend your game on a TV. There is also support for FM Radio, Dual SIM, a 4,000 mAh battery, Quick Charge 4.0 and USB Power Delivery. You even get Google ARCore for Augmented Reality, two reversing cameras, and 100GB Google Drive storage for a year for free. Oh, and I still have not got the best part.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ad
- Bluetooth: 5
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: Nano SIM (Dual)
- Port: 2 USB-C
As for the WLAN bands, it has all the LTE bands needed to support the two GSM networks in the US, T- Mobile and AT & T
FDD-LTE (bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 32)
TD-LTE (Volumes 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19)
EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12 , 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 32)
TD-LTE (tapes 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
WCDMA (tapes 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6, 8, 19)
TD-SCDMA (bands 34, 39)
CDMA (band BC0)
EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850, 900, 1800, 19 00MHz)
ASUS ROG phone incl udes a strangely shaped (a parallelogram) fingerprint scanner. This is the only secure biometry that is available. There is also facial unlocking with the front camera, but that can easily be tricked with a photo.
- Security: Back Fingerprint Scanner
Software  Unfortunately, ASUS will not include the latest Android version by default. It will come with Android 8.1 Oreo instead, with the ROG Gaming X Mode user interface at the top. This is a lighter skin than ZenUI and includes built-in options to enhance playability. Because it supports Android Oreo, it also supports Project Treble, but seamless updates are unconfirmed.
- Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
- Skin: ROG Gaming X-Mode UI
If you think you're ready to play almost a Grand on a ROG Phone lay, here's what you get in the box (unfortunately not flash on 3.5mm headphone jack adapter):
- Fan dongle  Type C to C cable
- ejector pin ( SIM Tray Needle)
- USB Power Adapter (30W)
- Documentation (User's Guide, Warranty Card)
The preferred game method is different between players. Some like the precision of a mouse and keyboard while others prefer to use a controller. Because of the phone form factor limitations, ASUS has created various additions to suit these different types of players, and with these additions ASUS stands in a class by itself. It all starts with the second USB-C port.
ASUS has added a second custom USB-C port to the right side of the phone. Accessories can be connected to this location while your phone is in landscape orientation. This is the usual position of phones during the game. This connector is suitable for HDMI output, Gigabit Ethernet and normal USB connection. Here, ASUS HyperCharge connects with up to 20W of power while maintaining low charge temperatures.
ASUS has developed the Mobile Desktop Dock for PC gamers. With this accessory you can dock your phone and get multiple ports, including HDMI, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet and four USB 3.1 Type A ports and an additional USB-C 3.1.
For those who want similar functionality but without it being like a gaming device and less ports, ASUS also sells the Professional Dock. The Professional Dock transforms a single USB-C port into two USB 3.1 Type A, Gigabit Ethernet and another USB-C 3.1 for data transfer and USB Power Delivery fast charging.
Players who do not want to dock at a desk can pick up the TwinView Dock. In this clamshell case, the phone is in landscape mode and two trigger buttons are added. Interestingly, the case contains a second screen of similar size. This screen allows you to manage two apps at once, for example, play a game and watch a tutorial on YouTube.
If the game supports this, developers can use the second screen to view menus To display inventory, maps and more, much like many Nintendo 3DS games work. It also features dual haptic feedback for even more vibration, improved cooling and a 6,000 mAh battery to extend your gaming session.
The WiGig Dock also adds a second screen to your gaming session – this time the second screen is your TV. When you connect a base station to your TV, you can mirror your screen with low-latency 802.11ad Wi-Fi. And this can be combined with the GameVice controller, which adds a joystick and physical buttons to your ROG phone. With this combination you will feel like on a console.
- Mobile Desktop Dock, Professional Dock, TwinView Dock, WiGig Dock, GameVice Controller, AeroActive Cooler