Slide 1 - In pictures: Asus ROG Phone Slideshow

Slide 1 - In pictures: Asus ROG Phone Slideshow

Lindsey Duncan
June 5, 2018

For a desktop gaming experience, there's also the Mobile Desktop Dock which allows you to connect the phone to an external 4K UHD Monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Yessirree, gerbils-it won't be long before you can build an entire system with ROG-branded hardware. Late previous year, Razer jumped in the frey that is the smartphone market with its own first-ever handset - the Razer Phone.

Pricing is unknown at this time for the ROG Phone or any of its accessories, but it's very likely we're looking at a very high price tag. Asus at the same event also unveiled the Asus ROG Phone, as well as a bunch of other gaming products in its ROG lineup, such as laptops, coolers, and a Wi-Fi router. Two speakers on the front deliver stereo sound, but don't worry - there's still a headphone jack next to the USB Type-C port at the bottom.

Your window into the gaming world is through a 6-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2160x1080. Asus' achievement is quite impressive and we'd love to see how it holds up in person.

What do you think of the Asus phone? You can program each trigger for an exact action - be it a swipe or a tap. In terms of benchmark performance, ASUS claims that it could score more than 300,000 points on AnTutu, beating the BlackShark and Razer Phone by a significant margin. When not in-game, the triggers can be programmed as app shortcuts.

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The keyboard can withstand up to 60ml of liquids, and ASUS notes that the key caps are covered with three layers of paint - one more than traditional keyboards (to make it TUF). If you're perhaps more of an Overwatch or Counter-Strike player, you may want to instead check out the ROG Strix Scar II instead.

Internally, the phone packs a special, binned version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, which clocks up to 2.96GHz instead of the usual 2.8GHz. It also features front facing quad speakers, shoulder buttons, and more cooling. On the front, there's an 8 MP snapper.

In terms of battery, ASUS has packed a massive 4,000 mAh battery into this device.

With a refresh rate of 144Hz and a 3ms response time, the full HD display on the Scar is about as good as it gets for a gaming laptop. Secondly, the gaming scene on Android isn't exactly exploding, with most of the games on the store being of the casual kind that won't benefit from the various controller accessories in anyway. The company has clarified that the smartphone will be making use of 8GB of RAM. Alternatively, you can use the two screens to multitask. And not to be outdone, there's the Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock that provides a low-latency wireless connection with your display and features dual analog joysticks, dual triggers/bumpers, a D-pad and slew of other buttons that you'd expect with a modern gaming controller.

The first module is an AeroActive Cooler, which appears to allow you to cool the device even further if temperatures are a problem in long-term gaming. Asus says the device will go on sale sometime in Q3 2018.