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ASUS ROG Phone: clip-on cooling, was built for PUBG

05 June, 2018, 00:02 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Asus Launches ROG Phone - Company's First Ever Gaming Smartphone

The ROG Balteus mouse pad from ASUS could be considered as just another surface that gamers will pay extra money to slide their gaming mice on, but it is much more than that.

The Asus Phone features a 6-inch full HD+ AMOLED display, which comes thin bezels and an aspect ratio of 18:9.

Take for instance a second USB type-C port which is positioned, on the right side of the phone so that the charging cable does not get in the way while you are playing games in landscape mode. Oh, and 8GB of RAM is on offer with storage weighing in at 128GB to 512GB.

The hardware on the ROG Phone, as you'd expect, is way over the top as well, but it has some really thoughtful additions. It features a "3D vapor-chamber cooling system", and has moved the charging chip so that heat dissipation is improved. The ASUS ROG Phone certainly sounds like a beast of a device, but now the big question is one of price.

If you hate the text on the front, Asus says you'll be able to swap out the front panel. That said, with games like PUBG being played on phones, it could be a matter of time before heavier specifications are required.

Asus did not announce pricing for any of its new TUF Gaming products, but did say that they will be shipping in Q3 of 2018. We even left space to neatly run RGB strips, since many of our TUF Gaming motherboards have onboard headers capable of powering up to two meters of lighting.

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Unlike the Razer Phone, which is an obvious competitor, Asus made a decision to stick with a six inch 2160x1080 resolution HDR AMOLED screen on the Asus ROG Phone, but with just 90Hz refresh rate, which is just slightly below the 120Hz one on the Razer Phone.

HDR support is also on the cards, with native support for the Amazon, Netflix and Youtube HDR standards, as well as the ability to convert SDR content to HDR on the fly - just like Sony's Xperia XZ2.

There's more. The phone has three ultrasonic "AirTrigger" touch sensors - two are created to be left and right triggers at the top of display for gaming in landscape mode, and a third one designed for portrait-mode use. If you're perhaps more of an Overwatch or Counter-Strike player, you may want to instead check out the ROG Strix Scar II instead.

Though Asus uses thumbscrews for the window, the company is concerned that they may be too tight to remove by hand so it includes a gaming tag that also serves as a screwdriver.

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.

For those gamers who prefer more of a desktop setup, Asus is also selling a dock that connects to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to use as an Android desktop. This includes an AeroActive Cooler, which helps keep the smartphone cool during intensive gaming. The handset is also compatible with ASUS' new classic gamepad accessory called Gamevice Controller.

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