We are seeing lots of new products come out from ASUS this year at Computex 2018. With the most interesting being the new ASUS ROG Phone which has some mighty impressive specs which put the Razer phone to shame.
ASUS claimed to have developed the phone using speed-binned Snapdragon 845 SoC making it run at 2.96Ghz compared to the 2.8 GHz on the standard S845 smartphones. Speed binning is just the process of cherry-picking processors that are capable of overclocking higher than others.
ASUS has bucked the trend of ultra-slim phones and the new ROG phone comes in at a chubby 11mm and a total weight of 200g. In comparison, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is just 7.9mm thick and 178g. They have used this added size for a good cause though, you get a 4,000mAh, 3.5mm headphone jack, ambient-light and 2 x ultrasonic AirTrigger sensors.
This will also be one of the worlds first phones to feature 802.11ad/WiGig, with the ASUS Zenfone 4 Pro being the first. 802.11ad is by far the most power efficient Wi-Fi standard ever which in theory can support up to 4.6 Gbps speeds across multiple 2.16 GHz wide bands. This will allow the phone to connect to an 802.11ad wireless display.
The display is a 6-inch 2160×1080 AMOLED screen, and the Snapdragon 845 SoC is paired with 8GB DRAM, 128GB and 512GB of UFS 2.1 storage, 20W ASUS Hyper Charge, support for 24-bit audio, and Corning Gorilla glass. One of ASUS’s key marketing points is the use of ASUS Aura RGB lighting
ASUS will be adding three ultrasonic air touch sensors – two shoulder triggers being the main ones. These are designed to be fully programmable and are more sensitive with haptic feedback.
The AeroActive cooler, which is bundled with the phone, aside from an additional fan to help cool the phone and sweaty fingers, it provides an extra USB Type-C connector which is side mounted for direct charging, HDMI output, Gigabit Ethernet, and headphones.
Several accessories will also be available including a TwinView Dock to convert the machine into a dual-screen handheld console. The Dock also offers front-facing quad-speakers, two extra physical trigger buttons, better haptic feedback, an enhanced cooling system, and a 6000 mAh extended battery back.
Then there is the Mobile Desktop Dock, another accessory, allows the phone to be connected to a 4K monitor, mouse, keyboard, and wired gigabit networking.
|ASUS ROG Phone|
|Processor||World’s fastest, speed-binned 2.96Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 845|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno™ 630|
|UI||ROG Gaming UI|
|Display||6.0“ 18:9 (2160×1080) AMOLED|
90Hz refresh rate with 1ms pixel response time
108.6% DCI-P3 colour gamut
10000:1 contrast ratio
Capacitive touchscreen with 10-point multi-touch (supports Glove Touch)
Discrete image processing chip support HDR display – gaming, video & images
|Dimensions||158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm|
|Memory||LPDDR4 8GB RAM|
|Storage||UFS 2.1, 128GB / 512GB|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, e-compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, 2 x ultrasonic AirTrigger sensors|
|Wireless connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad 2×2 MIMO; Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Certified WiGig® 802.11ad wireless display support|
|GPS||Supports GPS, aGPS, Glonass, BeiDou|
|I/O ports||Side: |
Supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 / DP 1.4 (4K) / fast charging (QC 3.0 +QC 4.0/PD 3.0) (15W)
ASUS HyperCharge direct charging
|Main Camera||12MP + 8MP (120° wide-angle)|
|Speakers||Dual front-facing stereo speakers with smart amplifier|
24-bit/192KHz Hi-Res Audio
DTS Headphone:X™ 7.1 virtual surround-sound
Qualcomm aptX™ High-definition Bluetooth wireless audio