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This week’s COMPUTEX is starting to blast off and there are a lot of happenings already. While the show will actually start tomorrow, some brands chose to unveil their new products through their own press events, such as ASUS. One headliner is that they chose to unveil an addition to the ROG family – a gaming smartphone.

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Dubbed as the ‘ROG Phone’, it sports impressive specs, which are mostly world’s first, including a 90Hz AMOLED panel, and Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 845 with Kryo CPUs overclocked to 2.9GHz. Aside from those noteworthy features, it also sports Qualcomm’s X20 LTE Modem, which enables Gigabit LTE in a snap, basically making it an extremely premium phone not only for gamers but also for power users alike.

But it doesn’t stop there. There’s also HDR on the display as well as 1ms response time, ideally for game and entertainment content consumption. ASUS also emphasized the ultrasonic sensors on its sides which would act as shoulder buttons, just like on gaming controllers.

Image: ASUS

It also got stereo speakers on the front, and on the back, there’s a distinctive ROG logo, with RGB of course, as well as a stylized and uniquely-positioned rear fingerprint reader.

Image: ASUS

What makes it special is that there are accessories that can be mounted to it, similarly to a concept like MotoMods. One of them is the AeroActive cooler, which acts, obviously as a cooler and cools the phone from intensive gaming sessions. It also gives you an additional headphone jack and USB-C port to complement its obstruction. Other accessories include Mobile Desktop Dock, the WiGig Dock by Gamevice, and the TwinView Dock.

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Obviously, this would compete with the Razer Phone and Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming smartphone.

Specifications and Features

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Model:ASUS ROG Phone
Display:6-inch AMOLED display, 108% DCI-P3 coverage, HDR supported, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms response time, 90Hz refresh rate
CPU/SoC:Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core @ 2.9GHz (Speed-binned)
GPU:Adreno 630
ROM/Storage:128GB / 512GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
Rear Cameras:12-megapixel Sony IMX363 1.4um, 1/2.55” w/ f/1.8 Night HDR, OIS/EIS, PDAF + 8-megapixel 120-degrees wide-angle
Front Camera:8-megapixel f/2.0
Battery:4000mAh with HyperCharge technology
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C, USB On-The-Go (OTG)
3.5mm headphone jack
Network Bands:4G/LTE/Gigabit LTE, 3G (HSDPA), 2G (GSM)
SIM Slot:Dual SIM
Sensors:Fingerprint sensor (rear), GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NFC, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
OS/Software:Android Oreo 8.1
(Zen UI 5.0)
Dimensions & Weight:Size: 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm
Weight: 200g
Protection / IP Rating:Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Other Features:Stereo speakers with smart amplifier, Hi-Res Audio support, DTS Headphone:X, and AptX
Aura RGB lighting and AuraSync Support
GameCool vapor-chamber cooling system, AirTrigger force haptic feedback

Pricing and Availability

Since its just minutes after its actual unveiling in Taipei, we’ll get this information maybe a little bit sooner. Stay tuned for updates!

READ: This could be the price of that ASUS ROG Phone


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