Computex 2018: Asus ROG Phone with dual charging ports, squeezable sides launched

06 June, 2018, 07:13 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Asus Launches ROG Phone - Company's First Ever Gaming Smartphone

Computex 2018 is here, and following a bunch of flights across numerous time zones, Tom's Hardware is ready to bring you all the latest news from Taipei.

To keep the phone cool during intense gaming sessions, ROG has implemented a "3D vapor cooling" system.

The ultra-comfortable design of ROG Phone includes unique side-mounted ports, and the enhanced, ultra-responsive game controls - including two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics - let gamers focus all their skills on the game, giving them the edge they need for total domination. However, when under really extensive loads - such as Pokemon GO, the most demanding game known to man - Asus has a new accessory to deal with excess heat. It has an 18:9 aspect ratio like many new phones, so it'll be more comfortable to hold than a Razer Phone, which has the same diagonal measurement. The Snapdragon chip is slightly overclocked compared with the standard version in other phones (2.96GHz versus 2.8GHz).

For photography, the phone features a dual-rear camera setup at the back which consists of 12-megapixel sensor, paired alongside an 8-megapixel sensor. There's also a 12/8-megapixel camera combo on the back and an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front.

The phone has a full-screen display with dual front-facing speakers. ASUS is also hoping that developers make use of the second screen, effectively turning its ROG phone into a shiny, next-generation Nintendo DS of sorts. The device comes bundled with an "AeroActive cooler" for extra cooling boost.

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The 2,160 x 1,080 resolution screen might not win any world records, but the 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time put it in a league of its own. The first is the TwinView Dock which adds a secondary display to the device to extend gameplay, shown chat, or even watch videos or livestreams while gaming. The X Mode is ASUS' way to optimize the ROG phone by disabling background processes and services, activating the inbuilt cooling technology and turning the theme inside the phone to red indicating that extreme gaming smartphone can then be performed.

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. If you're a hardcore mobile gamer, however, nothing on or coming to the market now beats the gaming power packed in that size. The regular power slot is also positioned on the centre of the side for gaming when the peripheral isn't attached. ROG argues that its phone's AMOLED screen will trump Razer's IPS LCD one, even if the refresh rate is lower.

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.

But the ROG phone has got more going for it than numbers. Pricing and availability details will be announced later this summer.

The mobile gaming business is huge, and is now worth $50 billion worldwide which is more than entire theatrical box office take for 2017, with a market of two billion mobile gamers.

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