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[H]ardOCP: Hands on with the ASUS ROG Smartphone

06 Juin 2018

"The Strix Hero II highlights the QWER keys for MOBA-oriented gaming, while the FSP-oriented Strix SCAR II marks WASD instead", ASUS explains. A speacial vent at the back makes sure your processor gets enough cooling in order to keep pumping out those frames and quality graphics. As far as audio, ASUS' ROG Phone supports Dolby DTS Headphone 7.1 virtual surround sound and Qualcomm aptX for wired and Bluetooth headphones respectively. ASUS dug into its huge reserve of gaming nous and came out with the ASUS ROG Phone, a gaming smartphone that intends to dwarf all mobile gaming smartphones before it. Of course, it brings more money (ka-ching!) to the company.

They include Qualcomm's fastest ever mobile chip - the 2.96GHz Snapdragon 845 that offers almost 200MHz more performance than the regular model - as well as up to a massive 512GB of inbuilt storage.

The Snapdragon 845 in the ROG phone runs at 2.96GHz instead of the normal 2.8GHz. On its own, it keeps the device cooler over long periods, but with the addition of a special attachable fan that comes in the box, ROG can keep the Snapdragon 845 at peak speeds for up to 50% longer than typical devices.

The hardware alone leaves the ROG Phone as one of the fastest Android phones, although the extra bells and whistles are fun as well. The lid is designed so as to not block the rear exhaust vents when opened, and the cooling system has seen a number of upgrades such as extra cladding on the heat pipes, improved fans, and ulltrathin 0.1mm fins.

While the phone is certainly equipped for high-end gaming, the visuals are also important. It features a 6-inch 2160×1080 AMOLED screen, with a 1ms response at 90Hz. The lower resolution may be annoying for some, but it's likely in order to squeeze as much performance out of the device as possible. The CG32UQ also offers HDR 10 support, Adaptive Sync, atmospheric Halo Sync lighting, refresh rates between 40Hz and 60Hz, and a DisplayPort 1.2 and three HDMI connections. ASUS really pulled out the stops with accessories, knowing that gamers like to do stuff that normal users won't do.

It is running on Android 8.1 Oreo, dual front facing stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor, an RGB-lit ROG logo and a design that will definitely appeal to the targeted audience.

The beastly Asus ROG Phone comes with powerful specs all around.

One of the interesting bonus features of the ASUS CG32UQ is its Halo Sync lighting technology that has 38 LEDs and uses them to match ambient room lighting to what is happening on the screen. It can apparently charge up to 20W. We will update the space, the moment we have more information on it.

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. Also, the OFDMA support in the 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard enables several devices to be bundled together in each channel that increases the network efficiency by 4 times and reduces latency as well. The detachable cable is a USB Type-C one, but an adpator is supplied for those that don't have one. ASUS has stated that there will be a range of peripherals and extensions that make use of all these ports. It has an integrated 3D vapour chamber cooler, and also ships with an accessory called the Aeroactive Cooler that plugs in and actively cools the back of the handset. Other announced modules include the Mobile Desktop Dock and the TwinView Dock. You can also get a Gamevice controller which turns your phone into a portable console, so there's plenty of options here.

[H]ardOCP: Hands on with the ASUS ROG Smartphone