The ASUS ROG Phone is the latest and the most powerful gaming phone right now. But, is this phone for you? As you might have realized by now, this smartphone is targeted specifically for people that play games on their phone.
Around my area, the ASUS ROG phone should be a hit. While in most places, smartphones are used mainly for selfies and social media consumption, people here are into gaming. PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends are the norms here. Some also play Fortnite and Rules of Survival on their smartphones. And my point is that this type of phone is not at all for the few. Mobile gamers are a thing now.
I emphasize the “type of phone” here. The ROG phone while is an impressive and even mouth-watering gadget for us gamers, its price tag is not at all friendly. Starting at $900 to get the base model, this smartphone just turns into more of a dream phone than the typical phone you will ever see on our hands.
While I sound like a fanboy for this phone, you will realize that I still have some grinds and some negative feedbacks about this device. This review is not all praises. So watch out for the unpopular remarks.
ASUS ROG Phone Hardware Specifications
But hey, before you process the price, here’s what you are paying for in case you want one. Here’s the spec for ASUS ROG phone:
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm), Octa-core (4×2.96 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 630
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- Internal: 128/512 GB, 8 GB RAM
- Display: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2 (~76.8% screen-to-body ratio), Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 90 Hz (1ms pixel response time), ROG Gaming UI, Always-on display
- Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
- Dimensions: 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.7 mm (6.25 x 3.00 x 0.34 in)
- Weight: 200 g (7.05 oz)
- SIM: Nano-SIM
- Memory Card slot: No
- Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF
- Front Camera: 8 MP, 12mm, no AF
- Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
- Video: 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps (3-axis gyro-EIS)
- Front Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide)
- Features: Panorama, HDR
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- Network Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- NFC: Yes
- Radio: FM radio
- USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; accessory connector
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
ASUS ROG Phone Features
I don’t actually know where to start. But I will try to emphasize the things that really make this phone a little bit more exciting than the others. I will try to make things short and sweet. But if in case I get overly enthusiastic about this phone, please bear with me.
As soon as you see the ASUS ROG phone, you will instantly know that this device is made for gaming. From the little details, the outline, the orange color, the RGB lights at the back, and that air vent, it just screams gaming. And if a phone has a gender, this one is definitely manly. And yes, there is no notch.
I could honestly bring this phone out and will be more than proud to show-off to my friends holding this gadget up high. While that sounds like an exaggeration, I could honestly imagine myself doing that for real.
The display on the ROG phone is not as powerful as that of Razer phone at 120Hz, but it is not at all left behind. Boasting the 90Hz refresh rate, I doubt if there is already a game that can maximize that presently.
So that means that the ASUS ROG phone is still on top of the hill in terms of display. And in case you cannot agree with me on that note, here’s a kicker. The ASUS ROG phone is using an AMOLED display while the Razer phone uses only an LCD. And according to most reports, it’s barely usable when used under the direct light of the sun in the afternoon.
This is the part where the majority of users that can afford this smartphone’s price tag will be thinking hard. As we all know, while this phone sports a dual rear camera of 12MP and 8MP, it does not have the sweetest image output.
I am not saying that the ROG Phone has a poor camera system. It actually has a great camera system. But if you compare this to that of Google Pixel 3 XL, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, or even the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, this phone cannot compete.
But if you are comparing this to the OnePlus 6/6T, Pocophone F1, and other smartphones that are less equipped with ultra-camera, the ROG phone can do just fine. Like I said, this phone is specifically for gamers.
Moving on to the raw power of this device, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 was binned at 2.96GHz. That’s the most powerful version of the SD845 released this year. So until the SD850+ is finally out, this phone will remain to be the most powerful Snapdragon processor to date. Top it up with the 8GB RAM, and this phone will handle a lot of running apps in the background all at once.
Then there is that epic cooling system. When most flagship devices such as iPhone X series and other gaming phones are throttling their CPU performance due to heat, the ROG phone can still raise its power to the max without a hint of burning your hand.
And if you use the added cooling device accessory, all the more reason to just game like there’s no tomorrow. But then again, that is if the battery can last for a full day.
Speaking of battery, the ROG phone has a 4,000mAh juice to go with it. While this is an impressive size for a typical user, this is not enough for gamers. Sure, it can theoretically deliver around 4-5hours of gaming but is that really enough for those hardcore ones?
Think about it. Since most of the buyers of this phone will be gamers, do you think most of them are alright with just 5 hours of gameplay? For some, it may suffice, but knowing how gamers really work, this is not enough.
So while I am impressed by the overall capacity of this device, the 4,000mAh is still just an average battery for a gaming phone. It should have been at least 5,000mAh to 10,000mAh like that of Xiaomi Mi Max 3, Lenovo Vibe P1, or even the Oukitel K10000.
The ASUS ROG Phone is a dream phone for us gamers. It is the epitome of a gaming phone should be. While the Razer Phone 2, Xiaomi’s Black Shark, and even the Huawei Mate 20 X are all directed for gamers, the ROG phone overall execution speaks more volume than the rest.
And as far as gaming is the concern, the accessories that are intended for this phone is another great reason to hail this device as the present king of gaming on smartphone division. And until another device that has better specs comes along, the ROG phone will be the best choice for any faithful gamers out there.
Now, let’s talk about that question if this phone is for you. Well, if you are not a gamer, this is not worth your time and money. This will most likely appeal on the enthusiasts and are willing to spend that much money on a gaming phone.
If you are looking for a camera phone, you might feel disappointed that this cannot deliver on that perfect selfie shot, breathtaking scenery, or that beauty mode. Unless you do not have high expectations, then, maybe you should reconsider this device.
But if you are looking for a phone that can do heavy tasks other than gaming purposes, this phone can also do that. The 8GB RAM can handle multi-tasking with ease so using multiple apps at the same time will be a breeze.
Now, what do you think about this phone? Do you think that this is for you? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section. We will be more than happy to know if this phone meets most people’s expectations especially gamers and those that are somewhere in between.
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