ASUS ROG smartphone: India’s first gaming smartphone is every mobile gamer’s dream come true


This year at Computex, Asus showcased a slew of new and exciting products, but the one that really caught the attention of most gaming enthusiasts was the ROG Phone. ROG stands for Republic of Gamers and is Asus’ division for all things gaming. The ROG Phone was designed like no other gaming smartphone on the market, with crisp lines and an aggressive look, complemented by the elegance of a glass sandwich design. We saw the smartphone in June and finally the company is now bringing it to India. Here are our first impressions of the phone and its associated accessories, in case you want to know what to expect.

ROG’s unique design
For a product to carry the Republic of Gamers brand, it must follow a very consistent design language. If you look at any ROG component in a stack of other gaming-related components, the ROG items simply stand out. The Asus ROG smartphone is no different. It’s distinctive ‘ROG’, with the brand’s logo shining in RGB colors and the crisp lines that define its structure. The back is made of a transparent material which does not look like glass, could be plexiglass, but we are not sure yet. What’s really interesting is that Asus seems to have approached the design of the ROG smartphone with a lot of thought. Typically, the gaming experience is hampered by charging cables and headphones. Asus has therefore built a second USB-C port on the side so that you can play your games with the charger plugged in to the side, without interfering with your hands. The retroactive cooler that Asus is going to bundle with the phone actually plugs into the side, providing an additional USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also serves another purpose, which is to dissipate the heat generated by the material inside.

The material inside
Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 845, is powered by the Asus ROG smartphone, but it’s not the regular SD845 that powers all new flagships. This processor has custom Kryo cores that are speed limited to 2.96 GHz and optimized for lag-free gaming. Asus’ presentation showed a bunch of benchmarks that put this phone ahead of the latest competitors, but the benchmarks are only half the story, as is the processor. The other half of the performance comes from the built-in 8 GB of RAM, as well as the storage that goes up to 512 GB. If that is not enough for you, the AMOLED display of the ROG smartphone has a response time of 1 ms and is HDR compatible. Keeping all that powerful gear cool requires a lot of special consideration, so in addition to the retroactive cooler (which is an external accessory), Asus has also integrated a vapor chamber cooling system. Finally, there is a 4000mAh battery in this wonderful smartphone that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0, Quick Charge 3.0, USB-PD and its own charger has fast charging technology that pushes the battery to 66%. in 30 minutes. The Asus ROG smartphone doesn’t leave much behind when it comes to impressive hardware. There are even stereo speakers on the front which are probably the loudest you’ve ever heard on a smartphone (no, seriously) and a Quad-DAC setup to ensure high audio fidelity when using your smartphone. ‘a helmet.

The TwinView dock
The Asus ROG smartphone is supposed to be a smartphone for gamers, so Asus didn’t just make a phone. They’ve also made some extra accessories that would appeal to die-hard gamers, such as the TwinView dock, a console controller-sized contraption where you strap your phone to the top half to monitor your Twitch stream while playing the game on. the integrated dock screen. Having been designed for gaming, the dock comes with trigger buttons for first-person shooters. There is a USB-C port for charging the 6000mAh battery on the dock, as well as a headphone jack on the front. The TwinView dock itself is heavy, but when the phone is placed inside it becomes noticeably bulky. It’s definitely not a pocket either, so expect to carry it in a backpack.

Mobile docking station
Many companies have dabbled in a desktop docking station to bring the mobile experience to a bigger screen. Asus’ attempt is designed for gamers. The Asus Mobile Desktop Dock comes with a Display Port and an HDMI port for video connectivity. There are four USB 3.0 ports on the back for connecting your gaming peripherals such as keyboards and mice. There is also a dedicated headphone and microphone jack, and the docking station itself is powered via a USB-C port. The dock is elegantly designed and, again, very much in line with ROG’s signature design language.

WiGig docking station
The latter was a pretty interesting little thing. It is essentially a controller coupled to a wireless receiver. Connect the phone to the controller and it will transmit the video signal to the receiver, which is, in turn, plugged into a huge TV. There is no noticeable lag or frame drop when playing Asphalt 8, which is pretty impressive. The Asus WiGig Dock happens to be an accessory that many might appreciate and not just die-hard gamers. It takes smartphone games to a big screen, via wireless connectivity.

Closing thoughts
The Asus ROG smartphone is definitely charged when it comes to a gaming device. It is also designed elegantly enough to be used as a stand-alone device on a daily basis. It remains to be seen whether any game developers will actually create games that take advantage of the 90Hz refresh rate on the AMOLED panel. There is also the consideration of cost. There is no denying that the Asus ROG smartphone is a niche device, but for it to be considered a success even as special hardware, price and availability will be a very critical factor.

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