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ROG Phone: Asus’ new gaming phone takes on Xiaomi Black Shark, Razer Phone

Asus ROG Phone is aimed at gaming enthusiasts and comes with overlooked Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8GB RAM, and 4 USB ports for connecting accessories.

Asus ROG Phone comes with top-of-the-line specifications
Asus ROG Phone comes with top-of-the-line specifications (Asus)

The dawn of gaming phones is upon us. After Razer phone and Xiaomi's Black Shark, Asus has introduced a new smartphone for gaming enthusiasts. Asus' new phone is called ROG Phone, marking the expansion of the company's popular gaming portfolio under ROG-series.

As expected, Asus' ROG Phone is powered by Qaulcomm's top-end Snapdragon 845 processor with bumped up clock speed at 2.96GHz, from the standard 2.8GHz. The chipset is coupled with 8GB of RAM and Adreno 630 GPU for graphics. The smartphone runs on a custom ROG Gaming UI.

Asus ROG Phone comes with a 6-inch 2,160 x 1,080 AMOLED screen and runs at 90Hz refresh rate. The display also supports HDR. Asus ROG Phone also comes with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel dual cameras on the back, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. There's a fingerprint scanner on the back. The smartphone is powered by a 4,000mAh battery.

Asus ROG Phone also sports a number of gaming focused features. For instance, it supports 802.11ad WiGig connectivity. This allows users to mirror the content on a compatible TV in the proximity (through the company's WiGig Dock). There are front-facing speakers and another noteworthy feature of the phone is that it comes with as many as four USB ports and also has 3.5mm headphone jack.

Asus claims the phone comes with a 3D vapor-chamber cooling system for better heat dissipation considering the phone has an overclocked chipset and is expected to extensively use most of the cores and GPUs onboard.

"The end result is a superb cooling system that enables sustained clock speeds up to 50% faster than a standard smartphone CPU, and which can achieve peak clock speeds for 5X longer than a conventional cooling system. There's also a detachable external AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost when the going gets really tough. With GameCool, hot hands and spoiled games are a thing of the past," claims Asus.

To make the gaming experience on ROG Phone more intuitive, Asus is offering a variety of accessories. There's a Gamevice controller that uses the WiGig Dock to wirelessly stream the game on a nearby TV. With TwinView Dock, users can turn the ROG Phone into a dual-screen phone with an additional 6,000mAh battery.

The company has also launched ROG Delta headset. The gaming headset features a Hi-Fi-grade ESS quad-DAC for extremely clear, true-to-life gaming audio that gives gamers a better ability to pinpoint in-game opponents. The headset also features an airtight chamber and exclusive ASUS Essence drivers with audio signal diversion technology design to further improve sound quality.

ROG Phone takes on Xiaomi Black Shark
ROG Phone takes on Xiaomi Black Shark (Asus)

"ROG Delta is the world's first gaming headset with circular-rainbow RGB lighting effects for unique gaming style. The headset comes with lightweight, D-shaped ear cushions that provide a better fit than traditional ear cushions for improved comfort and no ear fatigue after long periods of use. USB-C connectivity is ideal for mobile gaming and makes ROG Delta the perfect match for ROG Phone," says the company in a release.

The phone comes with a bunch of additional sensors such as Accelerometer, e-compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient-light sensor, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, 2 x ultrasonic AirTrigger sensors.

"ROG Phone is designed to give gamers total control and a more console-like experience, with three unique ultrasonic AirTrigger touch sensors. Two of these ultra-responsive sensors are optimized as left/right triggers at the top of the display for landscape-mode gaming (the third is designed for use in portrait mode), and they're fully programmable to activate any available on-screen action: aiming, firing, inventory selection — in fact, anything that normally requires a screen tap," said the company.

Asus ROG Phone full specifications