Asus Announces Gaming Phone With Overclocked Snapdragon 845

We should know more closer to launch, but in the meantime, what do you think of the latest TUF products? After years of making gaming laptops, ASUS has finally announced the ROG Phone. That's right, smartphones are getting the Republic of Gamers treatment. Five-zone Aura Sync backlighting stretches across the keys, powering a personalized array of colors and effects that you can easily synchronize with the M5 mouse and other compatible gear. It's a 6-inch, 18:9 AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2160x1080. It also houses a Pixart PAW3327 optical sensor, which supports DPI up to 6200- more than enough sensitivity for most gamers. Indeed, this phone seems to be specifically crafted for playing Fortnite and PUBG, as it's been outfitted with a Snapdragon 845 overclocked to 2.96GHz. You can configure a Hero II with this display, but the base model hero comes with a 60Hz screen that only sounds inferior in theory, since the GTX 1060 won't be able to take advantage of higher refresh rates anyway. It also packs in 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The main design highlight of the phone is its 3D vapor-chamber cooling system for keeping the device from overheating. There's a dual camera module on the back - a 12 MP main camera and an 8 MP secondary camera with a 120-degree wide-angle lens.

The ROG Strix Gaming Chassis includes a Quick Charge 3.0 port, USB 3., Gen 2 Type C port, and comes with a pre-installed PWM 140mm fans with magnetic bearings. This should help gamers move the mouse around without having to shift the gaming peripheral into a proper position once more, which is something I do once in a while.

Powering the phone is a 4,000 mAh battery, which supports ASUS HyperCharge, preventing the phone from heating during charging.

Featuring unnecessary tessellated design - like somebody has smashed their phone and then struggled to put it back together correctly - the ROG Phone is unlikely to be mistaken for anything else in a hurry. You can customise the lighting effects for incoming calls and notifications.

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The Asus ROG phone has a few software tricks to enhance gaming as well. You can fit up to a 280mm radiator in the roof, and a 360mm one in the front, so you would have plenty of room for a custom loop, or even a large AIO cooler. The clamshell houses an extra 6,000 mAh battery so that you don't drain your phone's battery halfway through the day.

The ASUS ROG Phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, but it isn't the run-of-the-mill Snapdragon 845 chipset that you see in other phones. It's primary use to allow the phone to be plugged into a screen, with a working keyboard and mouse, but it can also be hooked up to a PC, to function as a KVM switch, letting you use the same screen, mouse and keyboard from your desktop on your phone with the flick of a switch.

WiGig Dock - a 60GHz 802.11ad dock that works with the Gamevice gamepad and lets you stream to a TV.

  • Delia Davidson