Asus ROG Phone First Impressions

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This is best exemplified by the number of accessories that the ROG phone will come with, which include an actual clip-on cooling fan.

It is powered by 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 GPU.

Meanwhile, the six-inch, 2160x1080 AMOLED display refreshes at 90hz with a 1ms response time to make the most of the phone's processing power, and a sophisticated cooling system - and the option to add an external AeroActive Cooler - helps to keep that power in check. The battery's also the same size as the Razer Phone at 4000 mAH, although that's still substantially more than the iPhone X, Samsung S9, and the Huawei P20 too. There's also a bunch of other accessories from docks to gamepads planned for the ROG phone.

The sides of the phone are equipped with what Asus call AirTriggers - sensors that can register the touch of a finger.

It's interesting to note that the device has three USB Type-C ports, one is at the bottom where you'd expect it and two are conjoined and placed on the left. First, is an actual gamepad made by Gamevice that clips on either side of the phone.

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Entire genres of gaming have been opened up to mobile, such as MOBAs like Vainglory, while massive, premium games that would previously only have been available on PC or console are opened up to the mobile audience - the likes of PUBG and Fortnite perhaps the most notable recent examples. "Snapdragon 845 is engineered to deliver users an unparalleled gaming experience; supporting exceptional performance, fast and smooth graphics, and Gigabit speeds whether on LTE or 802.11ad Wi-Fi".

This smartphone has been announced with separate gaming accessories such as AeroActive Cooler which connects to the phone with 48-pin connector and blows the air backwards in order to keep your phone cool. It's unclear what that second screen is for, though.

As such games continue to bring experiences of greater depth to the mobile platform, it follows that the demand for devices tailored specifically to optimize the gaming experience, as is common in PC gaming, is likely to increase. The phone can be used as an auxiliary display and drive a 5.1-channel surround-sound system via SP/DIF output. Asus has created a suite of accessories for the ROG phone. The idea is that you use the latter one while you're gaming, so the cord doesn't get in the way of your hands.

Their new ROG phone, once the stuff of rumour and conjecture, is now a reality - and it's a sexy, powerful beast that offers a more comprehensive take on mobile gaming than its competitors. No details were given to press at ASUS HQ or the ROG Conference last night about the camera specs whatsoever. Talking about the camera, there is a 12MP + 8MP shooter on the rear side and an 8MP on the front.

Under the hood, ASUS is turning it up to 11 with a speed-binned Snapdragon 845 processor that's clocked at a higher 2.96GHz. The only kicker is that it probably won't be directly sold in Australia. As of right now, there is no announcement on the pricing of the phone but considering the hefty specs get ready to lighten your wallet.

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