Computex 2018: ASUS ROG announces ROG gaming smartphone

Computex 2018: ASUS ROG announces ROG gaming smartphone

At Computex, ROG also announced ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, the world's first tri-band 802.11ax router with Wi-Fi speeds of over 10,000Mbps, and introduced products in other brand-new categories, including the ROG Ryujin and ROG Ryuo CPU coolers and ROG Thor 1200W Platinum power supply. It's got a number of tricks up its sleeve that ASUS hopes will push it ahead of the competition.

The ROG Phone starts showing off its gamer cred when you look at the array of ports. The processor's clock speed has been pushed to 2.96GHz, compared to the normal 2.8GHz.

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. While there's no word on storage yet, it has 8GB of RAM. It's coupled with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of onboard storage's as to be sufficient for the high-end games that it's created to run. It is claimed the system increases heat dissipation by 16 times.

The ROG Phone has a 6-inch 2,160 x 1,080 AMOLED display and if that single display is not enough for you, then Asus has provided another attachment called the TwinView Dock. Most of the titles also don't run above 60Hz as we saw with the Razer Phone, so the 90Hz refresh rate will only really be useful while navigating the phone's menus.

It is HDR (high dynamic range) compatible, with a 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time for twitch mobile gaming. Razer's own gaming phone has some serious competition. The TwinView dock adds a second screen for split-screen live streaming, as well as a front-facing quad speaker system, two extra physical triggers, an enhanced cooling system, and a 6000mAh battery pack. All of this is kept on by a rather generous 4,000 mAh battery, which should last you quite a bit on a single charge unless you are blasting through multiple matches of Fortnite, that is.

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It speaks to the PC gaming community, which is obsessed with keeping their gaming systems cool to prevent thermal throttling and maintain the highest performance possible. It can apparently charge up to 20W. Unlike desktops and laptops, there's little space in a phone to cram a powerful fan inside, so this'll be a welcome addition to you if you like long gaming sessions.

WiGig Dock - The 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi based dock transforms smartphones gaming into console gaming by letting you stream content and games on a TV.

While we have internals out-of-the-way, this phone has much, much more to offer on the outside.

The ROG Phone features a couple of quirks exclusively designed for gamers on-the-go within the initial design, such as two mounting ports on either side to keep cables out of the way, haptic ultrasonic AirTrigger controls for force feedback, and rear RGB lighting. More details include Type-C, HDMI and USB ports are supported, while the 4,000mAh battery can be charged to 85% in a little over an hour. The standard version that features the 15 LED lights will come forth, along with an upgraded model that adds the aforementioned Qi wireless charger to the top right corner of the mouse pad so you can charge your phone directly at your computer.

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