Overclocking, vapor cooling, modular design, and 90Hz displays. With these on the label, you’d be forgiven if you thought the Asus ROG phone was actually a high-end PC gaming setup. Instead, it’s Asus’ latest attempt to create a gaming smartphone that actually targets hardcore gamers, not just the casual crowd. This device showed up at Computex 2018 but even months later at IFA 2018, the Asus ROG phone still managed to draw a crowd.
That’s why we decided to take a closer look at it. We wanted to see exactly what each module does and what Asus had in mind when it decided to embark on such a difficult quest: a smartphone for gamers.
With specs that list a 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with an Adreno 630 GPU, a whopping 8 GB of RAM, outstanding DTS:X Ultra audio and storage that goes up to 512GB, the Asus ROG smartphone is a true flagship not just for gamers but for regular Joes as well. Where else are you going to see 8GB of RAM actually benefiting a smartphone? Only Huawei’s Honor 10 GT comes to mind.
However, one look at the design of the Asus ROG smartphone and the modular accessories like the dock or the fan add-on, and you definitely know it’s not for the average user. If you then squeeze the sides of the phone, the entire UI will switch to a menacing red glow and an X Mode that will let you tinker with all the gaming settings. Even the body of the phone has two new so-called AirTriggers, which do an amazing job of replacing the shoulder buttons found on traditional game controllers.
Want to know how the Asus ROG phone actually feels in your hand and in a game?