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Asus ROG Phone

Category : Mobile

Release Year: 2018


Publish Date:
June 4, 2018


  • Works as advertised High
  • Aesthetic design High
  • Easy to use/maintain High
  • Reliable/Durable High
  • Worth the money Medium
- Hey guys, this is Austin and thisis the ROG phone.So when ASUS invited us outto their event here at Computex, I had a few big questions.So after seeing the Razer phone last year,there's some interesting stuff,there's some stuff that it does well,but at the end of the day,it has a great display, it has an interesting build,but it's not a great phone.Now I don't want to be too hard on the Razer phone,as there are some things it does well,but at the end of the day,I don't care how gaming-focused of a device you're making.It has to be a good phone,and the ROG phone, at least on paperand sort of based on first impressions,looks like it is that good balance.So what is the ROG phone?What you're getting here is on the surfacea very unique looking device.And when I say that, I mean it.Not only do you have an LEDthat is going to be full RGB on the back,but you've got a vent, you've got vapor chamber cooling,and you've got what looks to beone of the best looking displays I've ever seenon a smartphone.The ROG phone is rocking a six-inch,2160 x 1080p AMOLED display.Now that have might not sound impressive,but what you're getting here is two things:first of all, it's a solid panel,it's got good viewing angles,really impressive brightness,it's going to support HDR,but almost more importantly than that,it's going to be running a full 90Hz.Now yes, on paper the Razer phone has it beat,but not only are you getting a much,much nicer looking OLED panel,but as far as I'm concerned, running at 90 frames per secondversus 120 frames per second is very hard to tellon any display, especially when it comes to a phone.So what you're getting here is actually a decent--(music interrupts from phone)I'm gonna stop pressing things accidentally.Now if you take a look at the back of the phone,you'll definitely see it's got some gamer style,but I actually don't think it's that bad.It's going to be fairly subtle,especially when you're considering this is going to be glasssort of blends in a little bit,and while you do have a glowing LED logo,it's going to be completely customizable,and importantly, you can also turn it offif you don't want to, you know,be sitting in a meetinglooking like this.The rest of the specsare literally as high-end as you can imagine.So this guy is rocking the Snapdragon 845,but not just any Snapdragon 845,it's actually a custom version which is running atjust under 3 Ghz.They don't have the exact SKUs just yet,but you should expect 8 gigs of ram,and up to supposedly 512GB of storage.Camera-wise, you're getting a set up that is very similarto the ZenFone 5 and 5z.A wide-angle 8 megapixel camera as wella 12 megapixel standard shooter.Now the main difference hereis that these are going to be supported byGoogle's AR core, which should be helpfulfor some AR games in the future,but expect decent performance,maybe not anything spectacular,but definitely better than the Razer phone.Am I being too mean to the Razer phone?All this is being backed up by a 4000 mAh battery,a pretty decent size,especially considering that you have to haveso much power to run a phone like this.Now there are some other thingsthat are definitely appreciated.First of all, we do have USB-Cas well as a headphone jack,and two more USB-C ports I'll talk about in a second,but you're also going to be getting somereally impressive sounding front-firing speakers.Hey guys, this is Austin,and today it's time to finally buildwhat you guys have been asking for for months.Those are incredibly loud speakers.Something cool that's shared with a Pixel 2,is that you can actually squeeze on the edges of the phoneto be able to enable gaming mode.So on the Pixel, that will on the little assistant,but here,you can see it turns all red and looks cool.And this will turn off things like notificationswhen you're in the game,enable a higher level of performance,and just look really cool.Now if you take a look at the top of the phonewhat you're going to findare there two little sort of ridged edges here.Now this actually can be mapped inside the softwareto be an actual button.So as opposed to need to carry around a controller,but some gamesyou might just be able to use these as triggersbecause it's all when you use pressure sensitive,it's actually kind of cool.And one of my favorite parts,even though it's not really all that important,is if I actually open up the camera here,you can see if I just press on top:it takes a shot.This is cool right?It feels like a real camera,you don't have to think about it.Like I think I naturally sort of pressed down on this partof the phone when taking a shot,but it actually works as a shutter button here.What really pushes the ROG phone into crazy townare going to be the accessories.So in addition to your standard USB-C port,and headphone jack that you're going to findon the bottom of the phone,the side of the phone also has two more USB-C ports.The first accessory is the Aero Active cooler.Now this moves your USB-C port as well your headphone jackto the side of the phone,so when you're playing in landscape,it doesn't sort of get in your waywhen you're trying to hold it on either end.But on top of that, it has RGBbecause of course it does,it's a phone in 2018 that has the ROG brand on it,and on top of that, it's also going to functionas an actual cooler for your phone.And importantly, this is included in the box.Unlike some of the otherslightly more exciting accessories.But I will actually say one thing,because of the fan is going to be coolingthe entire back of the phone,because of the vapor chamber which runs most of the way hereyou're actually getting a little bit of cool airon your fingers when you're holding it like this,which is nice.You can play any kind of smartphone gamefor an extended period of time.Know that it can get very hot very quickly.There's also the mobile desktop dock,so this is actually a pretty hardcore accessory,which when you dock your phone inside of it,will give you a wide range of ports including ethernet,HDMI, DisplayPort, A ton of USB ports,and importantly, it's also going to allow youto use a mouse and keyboard in the game.Now this paired with some clever software,will allow you to use a mouse and keyboardon literally any Android game out there.The way it works is is that it will remapvarious different parts of your displayto go along with your keyboard or mouse.So for example if you hit the E key on your keyboard,it can press a specific part of the display that mightreload or pick something up.Now to be fair, the very early ROG phones that I got to trywas not super smooth as far as this wentso we'll kinda have to wait and see,but I feel like it's a very simple piece of techthat I'm sure they'll be able to sort outby the time the phone comes out.The real issue is going to beI think this is kind of cheating,'cause most people are playing on their actual phonesand someone can just drop their phone on the dockand play with a full mouse and keyboard.So we'll see about that, but super cleverand I think actually could implemented pretty well.Something just as crazy is the Twin View dock.Now this sort of turns your ROG phoneinto something that kind of looks like a Nintendo DS.So essentially when you drop your phone in,it's going to give you a secondary displaywhich you can use for a lot of different purposes.For example, if you want to saystream from your phone,you can have the actual chat in the Twitch windowup on one screen, and your actual game on the other,but there's a lot of really cool advantagesthat you can have with this,especially considering that it does not only aa full-size SD card slot and a USB-C out,but it even does have a full 6000 mAh battery.There is a lot to like with the ROG phone.Now the idea of having a phonethat's dedicated to gaming, it first wasvery skeptical to me, right.So yes, it's going to be a nice functionto be able to have something that can do well at gaming,but I mean at the end of the day: it's a phone.And it has to be able to function well as a phone.So based on what I've seen with the ROG phone,it does perform well, but importantly,it still doesn't really give up a lot offunctionality or features, right.You can still fit in your pockets,not gonna be giant, it's not gonna be bulky,has a nice display, good performance,all the things that you would expect.Now the main issue, and I think the main thingthat really sort of worries me with the ROG phoneis going to be price.This is not going to be cheap,especially considering that it does comewith the actual fan attachment inside the box.So of course, it's too early to know aboutthe actual specific pricing or any kind of availability,although it should be out later this year,but the thing that really worries me isthis is going to be a $1000+ phone.Now I get it, if it's going to be in the $800-$1000 range,I think it's actually going to be justified, right?I mean, you compare it to something like aGalaxy Note 8 or something, it's not going to be far off,but if it's going to be $1000, $11, $1200,that's going to be a lot of moneyfor essentially is ROG's first phone.So I'm very curious.What do you guys think about the ROG phone.Let me know in the comments below,and I will catch you guys in the next one.

Dani Al Jun 13th, 2019 Agree

Thanks...great review!