The Asus ROG is another attempt to make smartphone gaming happen

The Asus ROG is another attempt to make smartphone gaming happen

The Asus ROG is another attempt to make smartphone gaming happen

The biggest highlight of the ROG gaming phone is that the phone has a 2.96GHz CPU, which is higher than the usual 2.8GHz for other Snapdragron 845 processors, making it the world's first flagship 2.96GHz Snapdragon 845.

Asus doesn't stop there, with another dual-screen accessory which extends the experience from the phone's display, to the second display. The back has the famous ROG logo which lights up and can be customized as you wish.

As mentioned above, the ROG Phone uses a vapour-based cooling technology, and ASUS is calling it GameCool system.

As for its configurations, it is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, Adreno 630 GPU, a 6.0-inch 18:9 AMOLED display with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. It's a bit odd, as most phone displays either come in at 60Hz or 120Hz (like the Razer Phone). According to Asus' own site, the screen has a 1ms response time, 108.6 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and 10000:1 contrast ratio, as well as 10-point multi-touch support (with support for Glove Touch). At the core of this device, there's the Snapdragon 845 processor, but ROG opted to use a top-tier variant of the popular chipset which is clocked at 2.96GHz. It's mated to 8GB LPDDR4 RAM with onboard storage options of 128GB or 512GB.

There are a pair of front-facing dual-speakers and in terms of optics, the phone has an 8 MP front camera along with 12MP + 8MP ultra-wide on the back. No details were given to press at ASUS HQ or the ROG Conference last night about the camera specs whatsoever. The ROG Phone has a 4000mAh battery that supports "Hypercharge" fast charging tech.

There are two buttons on the bottom edge (with the device horizontal), and one on the upper right corner. ASUS said the reason for this is so that you can charge your device while playing without having to deal with a cord (USB/headphone) sticking out at the bottom. The side port can be used for charging while gaming so the cable doesn't interfere with your hand. For example, the phone's "X mode" (activated by squeezing the phone's sides, HTC-style) freezes background RAM and dedicates it to games.

Apart from activating X Mode, pressing the side of the phone (in landscape) also serves as a sort of shoulder buttons called Airtriggers. The back of the phone is covered in insane lines and accents, including a ROG logo dressed up in RGB lighting which users have full control over in the software. There's also HDMI, Ethernet, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. There is an app for turning on/off the fan and modifying speed.

That display also features a new stereo vibration that is created to give you force feedback through the screen as you game on it. It also has a built-in 6000mAh battery.

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Docking the ROG Phone to a computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse would be flawless for games like the mobile versions of PUBG and Fortnite. As with the phone, pricing and availability for the docks hasn't been confirmed. The first device is the TwinView Dock which turns the phone into a dual-screen console to take advantage of live streaming. Asus hasn't mentioned the Android version running on this device, but we expect it to run Android 8.1 Oreo.

For leverage when gaming on the go, ASUS gives you the Gamevice controller.

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