ROG brand of phones has revealed a new Android mobile that is more powerful than others to play pokies and games for hours without heating of the phone. It has a fan to keep your smartphone cool during rigorous gaming sessions or tournament plays.
Asus’ ROG brand is the company’s gaming division, which stands for “Republic of Gamers.” The ROG brand makes gaming computers, gaming PC components, peripherals, and accessories, and now it’s making smartphones and this phone looks like a veritable gaming machine.
The ROG phone specifications
Inside the ROG Phone, you’ll find the Snapdragon 845 processor that most 2018 high-end Android smartphones are using. There’s one major difference though: The chip model in the ROG Phone has been “overclocked” to 2.96GHz, whereas the typical Snapdragon 845 chip in most high-end Android smartphones is clocked at 2.8GHz so an extra 160MHz of processing power. It’s a slight performance bump compared to the typical Snapdragon chip, but it’s more powerful than typical Android smartphones like the Galaxy S9 nonetheless.
The ROG Phone also has 8GB of RAM, whereas typical high-end Android phones come with about 4GB of RAM. That extra RAM lets the phone perform more smoothly, and undoubtedly helps with game performance.
Apart from more powerful specs, the ROG Phone’s display is also suited for better game performance than most Android smartphones. The ROG Phone has a 90Hz display, which means it can refresh itself 90 times per second. Most smartphones have 60Hz displays. It essentially means that games can play at 90 frames-per-second (fps), which is visibly smoother than 60 fps. Also, the ROG Phone has a superior AMOLED display that can produce deeper colours and better contrast than LCD displays.
The back of the ROG Phone has a fairly typical, over-designed gamer aesthetic complete with an Asus ROG logo that can light up in different colours. This kind of colourful light show known as “RGB” is all the rage in gaming PCs. Just take a look at an “ideal” gaming PC complete with RGB lighting.
But the Asus ROG phone is still a phone, and it comes with a dual-camera system, as well as a fingerprint scanner. The main camera is 12 megapixels, while the 8-megapixel camera has a 120-degree ultra-wide angle. The front camera is 8 megapixels.
The Cooler for Games
That extra power means extra heat, so Asus made an accessory that includes a built-in fan to cool down the phone while you’re playing a game.
On its own, the ROG Phone has a pretty standard cooling system that you’d find on most high-end Android smartphones, which would suffice for regular smartphone usage.
Once you start up a game, though, the extra powerful processor in the ROG Phone could produce more heat than your typical high-end Android phone. At a certain heat threshold, processors will actually reduce their performance, which is often referred to as “thermal throttling.” So Asus will include an accessory for the ROG Phone that has a built-in fan to wick away the heat from the ROG Phone.
Extra Buttons for Games
“AirTrigger” buttons on the ROG Phone’s left edge act like the shoulder buttons on a console gamepad controller to give you extra controls while gaming. The TwinView dock turns the phone into a veritable handheld gaming device with a second screen and more buttons. The ROG Phone can be placed into Asus’ TwinView handheld accessory that comes with a second screen.
It’s not yet clear how games available in the Google Play Store can take advantage of this second screen. Still, it’s a similar concept to Nintendo’s 3DS handheld device and you can place the ROG Phone in the mobile desktop dock if you want to use a full-size computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Dock the Phone to a PC
Docking the ROG Phone to a computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse would be perfect for games; like the mobile versions of PUBG and Fortnite or any other casino games for instance. You’d get the superior controls of a keyboard and mouse; and the extra visibility from a full-size computer monitor; which would certainly give you an advantage over people that are playing on their phones.
The ROG Phone in the dock supports ultra-high-resolution 4K monitors, which is pretty impressive for a mobile device. The dock also comes with a variety of ports, much like a full-size computer.
Connect the ROG Phone to your TV Wirelessly
Asus’ WiGig dock is a console gamepad controller that fits on the ROG Phone; and it has gaming buttons and joysticks that console gamers are accustomed to. The WiGi dock can also connect to smart TVs; and it can stream games from the ROG Phone to the TV.
Availability in Australia
This powerful Android probably won’t be directly sold in Australia. ASUS couldn’t confirm availability, and international pricing at the time of writing. But they do mention that the ROG Phone will be available this summer in configurations with 128GB and 512GB of internal storage. Both of which come with the AeroActive Cooler. All the other accessories will be sold separately. And a special bundle will pack all of them into a suitcase with the high-end version of the phone.