What is the Asus ROG Phone?
Asus isn’t a mobile company to shy away from “blue sky” thinking. Over the past few years, we’ve seen Asus launch many things from liquid-cooled gaming laptops to behemoth 65-inch plus gaming monitors.
But all look fairly sane next to its latest blue-sky product: the Asus ROG Phone. The handset is the latest/upgraded “gaming phone” to hit the market. But rather than offering a refinement screen tech in the way of the Razer Phone 2, or boosting GPU performance like the Honor Play, the ROG Phone takes things to a whole different level. The ROG Phone doesn’t simply want to be your pocket gaming associate; it wants to be an opponent to the Nintendo Switch.
- Review Price: $899
- 6.0-inch, 18:9 Ratio
- 2160 x 1080 AMOLED 90Hz screen
- 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 8 GB RAM
- 128/512GB storage
- 4000 mAh battery
- Dual Rear Camera 16 & 12 MP, Sony IMX363 sensors,
- 8MP (front)
Asus ROG Phone – Display
The 6-inch, 2160 x 1080-resolution AMOLED screen is another main selling point. On paper, the refresh rate doesn’t meet the 120Hz seen on the Razer Phone 2, but at 90Hz it still offers a great improvement on most competing phones locked to 60Hz. Games are smoother and generally feel more responsive as a result.
- 6-inch 18:9 Ratio
- AMOLED Display
- 2160 x 1080 Resolution
- 402 ppi density
- 1-ms response time
- Dedicate hardware display chip
- Gaming HDR & Mobile HDR Supported
- Corning Gorilla Glass 6
- Always On Display
Asus ROG Phone – Camera
Asus isn’t the first name you think when it comes to top-notch camera tech. The Zenfone 5 offered politely, but not industry leading dual camera setup. The ROG Phone camera setup doesn’t meet competing phones this price, like the iPhone XS or Pixel 3, but it directly smokes the Razer Phone 2’s.
Asus has loaded with a pair of the ROG Phone’s dual rear-camera 16 & 12MP, Sony IMX363 sensors. The lack of a zoom secondary lens is a petty odd, but it works much better than as well enough for basic snapping.
- 16MP, f/1.7 & 1.12µm pixel size
- 12MP, f/1.7 & 1.4µm large pixel size
- Real-time Portrait
- Real-time Beautification
- 4K UHD Upto 30/60 fps
- 1080p Upto 30/60 fps
- 720p Upto 30 fps
- 3-axis EIS
- 1080p at 240 fps/ 720p at 240 fps (Slowmo)
- Live Emoji
- 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide)
- 84° of view
- Selfie Panorama
- GIF Animation
- 8 various filters
- 1080p Upto 30 fps (video)
Asus ROG Phone – Battery
Battery life is one area gaming phones will generally battle at. This is because the demanding parts and higher refresh rate panels will normally put a large drain on batteries than traditional phones hardware.
This remains the case on the Asus ROG Phone, which despite packing a monster 4000mAh cell, offers a little below average battery life.
With the RGB backlighting set to breathe and the screen locked to its out of the box 60Hz on everything. But games the phone will last just about a day with regular light use. This entailed listening to music on the exchange to and from work, making and taking calls throughout the day, constantly checking email and social media feeds. With the battery at 100% at the start of the day, it was reduced to around 20% by 9.30pm.
- 4000 mAh
- Fast battery charging
- 10V-3A Upto 30W (Quick Charge 4.0)
- Direct Charge Adapter
|Asus ROG Phone|
|Display size||6-inch AMOLED|
|Resolution||2160 x 1080 pixels 90Hz|
|Dimensions||6.3 x 3 x 0.34 in|
|Dimensions||158.8 x 76.2 x 8.7 mm|
|Android Version||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Rear Camera||16 & 12 MP OIS|
|Front Camera||8 MP|
|Processor||2.96GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||128 & 512 GB|
|RAM||8 GB RAM|
|Notable Features||90GHz screen; Customized as buttons for games; ZenMoji|
Why buy the Asus ROG Phone?
If you’re a regular person, that just does the odd bit of occasional Candy Crush, the ROG Phone is complete overkill. If, however, you’re the person that salivates at ridiculously over the top products like the ROG GX800 and Acer Predator 21 X, you’ll probably love it.
Featuring a wealth of top-end hardware, amazing 90Hz, AMOLED screen, and a strong suite of entertainment-focused features. The ROG Phone is the best Android gaming phone ever made. Key highlights include amazing inbuilt streaming service support, Air-trigger controls and a healthy portfolio of cool looking gaming peripherals.