Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

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The back of the phone is covered in insane lines and accents, including a ROG logo dressed up in RGB lighting which users have full control over in the software.

While the phone's chassis has the RoG evil-eye logo and angular slashes that scream "noughties gaming nerd" and make us want to take the piss out of it, there appears to be quite a bit of clever engineering and practical use behind the phone. A full metal body with a glass back is accented throughout with aggressive-looking streaks and lines.

Further, this device has a 6-inch OLED display, but at a higher 90Hz refresh rate.

Asus has finally unveiled its ROG phone. You can program each trigger for an exact action - be it a swipe or a tap. 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. When not in-game, the triggers can be programmed as app shortcuts. To ramp-up up the media experience, Asus has also included stereo speakers.

The phone is powered by a 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and Adreno 630 graphics. With dual front-facing speakers, this device promises an excellent multimedia experience. On the front, there's an 8 MP snapper. Last but not least, a 4,000 mAh battery keeps the lights on.

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Asus did not mention the price of the phone or accessories, but you can expect all of it to arrive somewhere in Q3 with an initial release in Taiwan before the rest of the world can get their hands on it.

ASUS has also added a few accessories like TwinView Dock and AeroActive Cooler which attaches to the back of the phone and cool it done.

For this vapor-chamber cooling system, which may seem odd for an Android phone, it is created to keep the device's internals cool even during your intense gaming sessions. You get a standard USB Type-C port at the bottom like in normal phones, as well. Then there is another optional accessory for the handset called the Mobile Desktop Dock, which allows you to connect the ROG Phone to an external 4K UHD monitor, mouse and keyboard.

There is also a TwinView dock that adds an additional 6-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen and controls. The ROG phone is complemented by four accessories that elevate it to nearly console status, including a cooling solution, dual-screen dock, a PC dock, and a Nintendo Switch-like controller dock. Alternatively, you can use the two screens to multitask. Lastly, a WiGig Dock will let you mirror your phone's display wirelessly to your living room TV, giving you a larger screen to play on in a jiffy. Asus has its separate ROG sub-brand that is only targeted in developing high-quality gaming products. Unlike the other two gaming smartphones, it still comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Pricing is unknown at this time for the ROG Phone or any of its accessories, but it's very likely we're looking at a very high price tag. 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).

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