Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Build upon the Asus ROG Strix Gaming Chassis and ROG Thor PSU

Build upon the Asus ROG Strix Gaming Chassis and ROG Thor PSU

ASUS is now getting in on the action with the ASUS ROG Phone (Republic of Gamers) making its way to the market. Asus also claims that the phone's enhanced haptics will make the device vibrate much like a conventional controller.

The ROG Phone features a couple of quirks exclusively designed for gamers on-the-go within the initial design, such as two mounting ports on either side to keep cables out of the way, haptic ultrasonic AirTrigger controls for force feedback, and rear RGB lighting. Oh, and 8GB of RAM is on offer with storage weighing in at 128GB to 512GB.

To get all that power in without creating an overheating problem, the ROG phone has the same GameCool vapor-chamber cooling system seen in ROG laptops. Officially referred to as the ROG Phone, the device will take on other gaming smartphones like the Black Shark gaming phone, the Nubia Red Devil, and the Razer Phone. Asus may have the flawless gaming laptop for you. If you're a hardcore mobile gamer, is this the phone you've been waiting for?

All three products will make their debut in the third quarter of 2018, and there's no word on pricing or availability just yet. Case in point: I've reviewed many a smartphone over the past few months, and they've all blended into one samey-feeling mush.

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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.

HDR support is also on the cards, with native support for the Amazon, Netflix and Youtube HDR standards, as well as the ability to convert SDR content to HDR on the fly - just like Sony's Xperia XZ2.

Though Asus uses thumbscrews for the window, the company is concerned that they may be too tight to remove by hand so it includes a gaming tag that also serves as a screwdriver. The former lets you connect the smartphone to a TV and mirror games, while the latter comes with a receiver that lets you stream games wirelessly, while also playing them with the help of a joystick. The display has a refresh rate of 90Hz placing it in the leagues of the Razer Phone. The back has the famous ROG logo which lights up and can be customized as you wish. While docked, the phone also acts as a secondary display and you can even hook it up to gigabit LAN and a 5.1 channel surround sound system via its SPDIF port. That accessory also adds 6,000 mAh of power to the setup.

To expand its gaming possibilities, ASUS has also introduced an optional TwinView Dock which turns the phone into a dual-screen console. 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. After all, if your handset overheats, it doesn't really matter how powerful your hardware is, because it'll be throttled down to cool off.

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