Unlike earlier, 2018 has seen many gaming smartphones launched in India and all have been installed with all top-notch configuration that gives out unprecedented performance. Well, of those lot, Taiwanese major ASUS's ROG Phone that was first shown off at Computex 2018 in June has garnered great response and here it is for a spin.
The most highlighting facet of ROG Phone is its 3D vapour-chamber cooling system which is the world's first of its kind. When it comes to the design language of the device, the big form factor with stylish and aggressive body gave a perfect powerful look to the device. Also, the metal-glass body with plastic cooling panel and copper grills at the back put the handset cool for any long sessions.
To give the gaming device some flashy lighting effects, there's a customisable RGB-lit ROG logo, that can change colours, on the back.
ROG Phone comes with a 6-inch full HD+ (18:9 aspect ratio), AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6. It has a refresh rate of 90Hz. Of all the gaming phones available in the market, this device seems to have the best screen so far. The volume and power buttons are placed on the right side and the primary USB Type-C port and 3.5-mm headphone jack on the bottom. It also has a regular USB Type-C port for charging the device.
The device is powered by the speed-binned 2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with gaming-optimised Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU. It is coupled with 8GB RAM and internal storage up to 128GB. It runs Android 8.1 operating system (OS) and has ROG Gaming user interface (UI). There was no lag even after running multiple apps in the background that included heavy games such as Asphalt 9 and PUBG.
The device performed quite well in the battery department as well. It houses a 4,000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging.
The phone has a unique "GameCool" vapour chamber cooling system, with detachable "AeroActive" cooler for an extra cooling boost. It also features 3D vapour-chamber cooling inside that provides larger surface area for heat dissipation than a standard heat-pipe cooling system. This cooling system is enhanced with a copper heat spreader and carbon cooling pads on the circuit board for maximum cooling performance.
The gaming device delivered performance without overheating, which was quite overwhelming.
The AirTrigger buttons -- that uses ultrasonic technology -- on the left edge acts like shoulder buttons seen on actual game consoles. The device's stereo speakers worked quite well.
When it comes to imaging, ROG has 12MP f/1.7 lens with Sony's IMX363 sensor and a 120-degree wide-angle camera and an 8MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture for selfies which gave out decent quality shots with saturated colours.
What Doesn't Work?
Not a major disappointment but this device does not have the "Face Unlock" feature. A fingerprint sensor is there, but we found it's slower than expected. And nobody would mind a bigger battery as it is a gaming-centric smartphone.
Price: ROG Phone that was November 29 in India costs Rs 69,999.
Conclusion: ASUS ROG Phone, with its rough look and powerful hardware, is here to stay until some other beast of a gaming phone overpowers it.
(Image Courtesy: Asus)