The ASUS ROG Phone has officially been announced, with dedicated gaming buttons and several optional docks. This could very well be the gaming phone, beating the Razer Phone by a long mile. This is the first mobile phone to be launched under the Republic Of Gamers brand which is ASUS’ PC gaming line of products (graphics card, motherboard, etc).
The ROG Phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at 2.96GHz with an Adreno 630 GPU, and 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The phone will be available in a 128GB onboard storage variant and has a massive 512GB internal storage variant too.
The display on the ROG Phone is a 6.0-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels (Full HD+), 90Hz refresh rate, with a 108.6% DCI-P3 colour gamut, and a 10000:1 contrast ratio. The phone supports HDR display, glove touch, etc.
The ROG Phone runs on Android, and has an X mode for gaming which can be triggered by squeezing the frame of the device. There are two shoulder buttons on the phone’s edges called the AirTriggers (similar to that on game controllers and Nintendo hand-helds).
The device supports Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad, 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, WiGig (11ad/60GHz Wi-Fi), wireless display, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, aGPS, Glonass, BeiDou. The phone has dual front-facing stereo speakers with a smart amplifier to deliver 24-bit/192KHz Hi-Res Audio, a 3.5mm headphone jack which supports X 7.1 virtual surround-sound DTS, and Qualcomm aptX High-definition Bluetooth wireless audio.
The ASUS ROG Phone features an 8-megapixel selfie camera, and dual rear cameras comprising of a 12-megapixel lens and an 8-megapixel lens with a 120° wide-angle FOV.
The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery which supports ASUS HyperCharge direct-charge technology which can charge the device faster in a safer and cooler way, over the USB type-C port. There is an additional USB Type-C connector on the side of the phone which supports direct charging, HDMI output, gigabit LAN and headphones.
You can connect the AeroActive Cooler accessory to the side USB port, to cool the device faster. The phone does have a GameCool vapor-chamber which acts as an internal cooling system.
The TwinView Dock can be used to turn the ROG Phone into a dual-screen console for gaming and streaming videos using the split-screen function. The dock has a front-facing quad-speaker system. 2 more trigger buttons, has a cooling system, dual-haptic feedback engine and a 6000mAh battery pack.
The Mobile Desktop Dock turns the ROG Phone to a PC like device, because you can connect an external 4K UHD monitor, mouse and keyboard, plug in a wired gigabit LAN, and a 5.1-channel surround-sound system using the SP/DIF output.
The Gamevice controller and the WiGig Dock support 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi — to allow you to connect the ROG Phone to a wireless display. The controller has dual analog joysticks, left and right fire triggers, bumpers, a D-pad, and A,B,X,Y and L3, R3 buttons.
It is clear that the ASUS ROG Phone was inspired by devices like the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DSXL.