Asus Announces Gaming Phone With Overclocked Snapdragon 845

Aloysius Low  CNET

Aloysius Low CNET

The back has the famous ROG logo which lights up and can be customized as you wish.

As for cooling, the phone has a "3D vapor-chamber cooling system" that Asus claims provides 16 times larger surface area for heat dissipation than your "standard" heat-pipe cooling system.

ROG phone comes with 6-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection and mobile and gaming HDR. Most Android phones on the market have a refresh rate of 60Hz, with exception to the Razer Phone that has a max refresh rate of 120Hz. 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).

As with most current flagships, the ROG phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845, but it's been given a bit of a boost beyond the stock speeds. Powering the device is a 4000mAH battery that supports Asus HyperCharge. More details include Type-C, HDMI and USB ports are supported, while the 4,000mAh battery can be charged to 85% in a little over an hour. There are two charging inputs, for example: One on the bottom, as in traditional, and one on the side. 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.

Additionally, the router also has a 2.5G Tbase port among its ports.

The hardware on the ROG Phone, as you'd expect, is way over the top as well, but it has some really thoughtful additions. "X-mode" is a gaming mode provided to block any interference in the form of notifications during gameplay and also kills other background apps to free up RAM. So by default, it is meant to compete with the Razer Phone, Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming phone, and ZTE Nubia's Red Magic phone.

The design of ROG Phone includes mounted ports and the enhanced, ultra-responsive game controls - including two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics. Also, a 3.5mm headphone jack is still there. To avoid overheating, Asus has built a copper heat spreader into the body, and even sells a separate clip-on fan to speed up heat dispersal.

Gamevice Gamepad - that looks similar to what Motorola offers for the Moto Z series with a pair of shoulder buttons on each side.

TwinView Pedestal - If you wish to use a second screen for an immersive gaming experience instead of tactile buttons, the TwinView Pedestal gives you an additional 6-inch screen.

That display also features a new stereo vibration that is created to give you force feedback through the screen as you game on it. Let us know in the comments. There are a plethora of ports for connecting a monitor, keyboard, mouse and other peripherals. There is also a vapour chamber cooling system inside the phone, the likes of which was seen on the Black Shark.

To expand its gaming possibilities, ASUS has also introduced an optional TwinView Dock which turns the phone into a dual-screen console. ASUS couldn't confirm availability, and worldwide pricing wasn't available at the time of writing either.

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