Asus ROG Phone to launch in India soon

Aloysius Low  CNET

ASUS Republic of Gamers is jumping into the PSU market with the Thor 1200W Platinum. This phone packs a 6-inch AMOLED screen clocking in at 2K resolution.

If you've been clamouring for a smartphone that's tailored to the needs of serious mobile gaming, Asus has come up trumps.

The rest of the features include all the usual sensors, including accelerometer, e-compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient-light sensor, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, and two ultrasonic AirTriggers, Gigabit LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad 2x2 MIMO WiGig-certified WiFi and WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC as well as custom USB Type-C 3.1 Gen1 port with DP 1.4, 15W fast charging and support for Gigabit Ethernet over Type-C. It is paired with 8GB of RAM and a choice of either 128GB or 512GB of storage. If you want something even better, there's also an optional AeroActive Cooler that can blow off air from the phone's back panel to improve heat dissipation. In addition, there is a 3D vapour-chamber cooling system to keep the device cool under extended gaming conditions. The ASUS ROG Phone certainly sounds like a beast of a device, but now the big question is one of price. The phone is armed with a massive 4,000mAh battery, which comes with Asus HyperCharge technology that can charge the phone up to 60 percent in 33 minutes. This is probably the most ambitious gaming phone so far and it will be interesting to see if Razer (or any other gaming hardware company) will continue to push the boundary of mobile gaming.

The Asus ROG Phone will be available in the third quarter of 2018; pricing has not yet been announced. It also offers liquid cooling support.

Since it's still a smartphone, you do get a dual-camera 12MP + 8MP wide-angle setup at the rear, while the front comes with an 8MP selfie shooter. Still, if you're into that sort of thing, and you can find a game to take advantage of it, that's a nifty feature. The company is also working with a series of partners it calls the "TUF Gaming Alliance", to make sure that their components work together seamlessly and maintain a common TUF aesthetic.

Further, this device has a 6-inch OLED display, but at a higher 90Hz refresh rate. This does mean you likely won't be using the phone for virtual reality gaming though.

Featuring unnecessary tessellated design - like somebody has smashed their phone and then struggled to put it back together correctly - the ROG Phone is unlikely to be mistaken for anything else in a hurry.

The key caps are also covered by three layers of paint, one more than typical keyboards, which helps them hold up to everyday use.

There's the TwinView dock which adds an additional screen and controls, Nintendo DS-style, the GameVice controller which merely connects physical controls to the side of the phone, a la Nintendo Switch on the go, or even the ability to build a complete desktop set-up around a ROG Phone dock, complete with monitor, ethernet, and USB peripherals.

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