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Asus Launches ROG Phone – Company’s First Ever Gaming Smartphone

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Last year, Razer set its foot in the smartphone market by launching the gaming specific smartphone with 120Hz display and dual front-facing speakers. Earlier this year, we have seen gaming smartphones from Xiaomi and Nubia. Today, Asus has officially unveiled its first ever gaming smartphone called Asus ROG Phone at the ongoing Computex 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. The device comes with enhanced ergonomics to better suit long time gaming.

It comes powered by the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform overclocked at 2.96GHz. It is optimized to offer lag-free gaming. The device also comes with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. It comes built-in with Snapdragon X21 LTE modem to offer Gigabit+ LTE speeds. On the front is the 6-inch AMOLED HDR display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 90Hz refresh rate. The device comes bundled with an ‘AeroActive cooler’ for extra cooling boost.

Unlike any other gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone looks like it is truly built for gamers. It got two USB Type-C charging ports – one on the bottom edge and there is also a side-mounted port for charging the device while gaming. The USB Type-C port can also be used for HDMI output, Gigabit LAN, and headphones. Coming to the build quality, the ROG Phone sports metal frame with the diamond-cut design.

Full Specifications of Asus ROG Phone:

  • 6.0-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED HDR Display with 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 90Hz refresh rate with 1ms response time
  • 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform
  • 4,000mAh non-removable battery with up to 20W fast charging support.
  • Up to 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM
  • 128GB / 512GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Rear Camera: 12MP + 8MP  with 120-degree wide-angle view
  • Android Oreo-based ROG Gaming UI
  • Dimensions: 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 200 grams
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 3.1 port, USB Type-C 2.0 port, & 3.5mm headphone jack

The device also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and is also water resistant. For more game controls, the ROG Phone comes with two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers on the side edges. The company is also adding the Asus ROG’s Aura RGB lighting and Aura Sync support for the ROG Phone. The illuminated ROG logo can be found on the rear of the device. The ASUS HyperCharge technology on this device helps in faster and cooler battery charging.

For the audio part, the ROG Phone sports dual front-facing stereo speaker with dual amplifiers and 7.1 virtual surround-sound support. There are also additional accessories like TwinView Dock, Mobile Desktop Dock, and Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock for an enhanced gaming experience. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for the pricing and availability of the Asus ROG gaming smartphone!

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