Since their foundation in 2006. ROG (abbreviation for Republic of Gamers) had the goal to make supreme gaming gear. Starting from motherboards and then spreading to every desktop component, they pushed the boundaries of technological advancement and built hardcore gaming setups and laptops for more than a decade.
The smartphones in that early era barely qualified as such, but they started a revolution that transformed the computing landscape. ROG carefully observed these digital devices become increasingly capable gaming machines and basically all-around computers. Over time, developers harnessed their growing power to take mobile gameplay and graphics to the next level. Now, feeling that the time is right, ROG released their first line of gaming phones, called ASUS ROG Phone.
ROG’s first Android device combines special Snapdragon silicon with innovative cooling to produce silky frame rates that are actually sustainable. The unprecedented display combines lightning speed with wonderful visuals, while Air Triggers and tactile enhancements (you can play wearing gloves, for example), take the physical connection to the next level.
There are other upgrades throughout, and the phone is joined by a collection of transformative accessories for docking with a desktop, doubling up on screens and batteries, and adding console-like controls alongside a wireless display. The whole family debuted at Computex 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Ultimate gaming doesn’t take half measure products. Like other flagships, the ROG Phone is based on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 SoC, whose eight Kryo CPU cores and Adreno 630 graphics have ample horsepower for the latest games. Rather than taking the standard processor, ROG worked Qualcomm to get a binned version selected specifically for its ability to run at faster frequencies. Exclusive to the ROG Phone, this special chip clocks up to 2.96GHz, nearly 200MHz higher than stock, making it Qualcomm’s fastest-ever mobile platform.
Your phone also needs to last all day, so the Snapdragon 845 aggressively reduces clock speeds during inactive periods, and balances workloads between high-performance and power-saving CPU cores. The only downside of this is that switching those two modes makes small delays that slow down games. To prevent those interruptions, ROG creators developed X Mode, which raises the minimum clock speed to keep the CPU on its toes, and tasks the chip’s four fastest cores to ensure maximum performance. You can enable this mode instantly from the Quick Settings menu or configure Game Center to activate it automatically when running your favorite games and any other apps that need a speedup.
All that power and speed produces a lot of heat that could turn the smoothest play into a slideshow. That’s where new GameCool system kicks in. It improves thermals with a copper heat spreader and 3D vapor chamber that efficiently transfer heat away from the SoC and into the body.
For the additional cooldown, there’s the optional AeroActive Cooler, which blows air over the back to accelerate heat dissipation into the environment. This auxiliary cooler comes in the box and lowers the phone’s surface and processor temperatures enough to improve sustained performance for extremely heated gaming sessions.
Better performance means more frames per second, but to actually be able to see them takes higher refresh rate. The ROG Phone’s 6” display refreshes at 90Hz, which allows it to draw 50% more frames than typical smartphone screens. The graphics and gameplay look and feel much smoother in titles optimized for high refresh rates.
Some high-refresh mobile displays suffer from slower pixel transitions that leave ghosting trails behind moving objects. To prevent that, ROG phone uses an ultra-fast AMOLED which has a one-millisecond response time that matches the pixel-flipping speed of ASUS’s competition-grade ROG Swift PG258Q e-sports monitor. The graphics are crystal clear even in fast-paced and action-oriented titles with lots of movement happening on screen.
Although the screen is so sensitive it detects your touch even if you’re wearing gloves, your fingers are best placed on the AirTriggers. There are two on the left edge, positioned perfectly for your fingers with the phone rotated in a landscape orientation, plus one more on the bottom right edge to add versatility for portrait mode. They can be customized to perform different operations, even including executing macros that reliably reproduce game-specific gestures. These buttons can also be configured for non-gaming tasks, like instantly launching specific apps and activating functions.
Despite its primary function as a gaming phone (or better say the gaming phone), ASUS ROG Phone is much more than that. Its speed and power make every task enjoyable and smooth, be it roaming through social media feeds, multimedia, office work or anything else. You can even build a desktop rig with ROG Phone as its centerpiece or dock it in the joypad, making a handheld console. Possibilities are endless. ASUS ROG Phone is obviously built to be ultimate choice of people who don’t settle for compromises with their gaming devices, and who also don’t mind the price at all.