But that device, though it had big speakers and an awesome 120Hz display, felt like a modified device from Nextbit Robin, a phone company acquired by Razer.
Asus is working with several component vendors to make sure that their components share a common black and silver “military” aesthetic and, more importantly, that they work well together.
Asus’ Republic of Gamers or ROG brand is pretty well known for its gaming hardware. It’s got a number of tricks up its sleeve that ASUS hopes will push it ahead of the competition.
The ROG Phone – bearing Asus’ Republic of Gamers brand – is a phone created to take mobile gaming further than any device has before. It has an 18:9 aspect ratio like many new phones, so it’ll be more comfortable to hold than a Razer Phone, which has the same diagonal measurement. It features a six-inch design, which houses a 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile processor and Adreno TM630 GPU. With this chip comes the Adreno 630, now the best mobile GPU around. You have the exact same CPU and RAM options as you do on the Hero II, but for graphics, you can go as high as a GTX 1070. In addition, there is a 3D vapour-chamber cooling system to keep the device cool under extended gaming conditions. It is claimed the system increases heat dissipation by 16 times. The TUF Gaming K5 keyboard can even adapt in the midst of a mission thanks the on-the-fly macro recording that captures input sequences while you play, completely independently of Armoury II. The display is a 90Hz HDR AMOLED with a speedy 1ms response time for all those mobile games. But the ROG Phone will need to be better than both to really convince gamers, and that requires a ton of developer support on the software side, too. 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. They also boast a %108.6 DCI-P3 color gamut for vivid colors. For selfies the phone comes with an 8-megapixel camera up front. All of this is kept on by a rather generous 4,000 mAh battery, which should last you quite a bit on a single charge unless you are blasting through multiple matches of Fortnite, that is. That’s top of the class by any metric; in fact, no other phone on the market offers such powerful specs at this moment. It can apparently charge up to 20W. The goal, at least, is to keep component temperatures cool enough that clock speeds aren’t automatically throttled and gameplay doesn’t suffer, which can be hard to do in a laptops running graphics-intensive games. The Twinview dock uses Asus’ Wigig docking and 802.11ad to provide Wi-Fi speeds of up to 4.66GHz.
More information from Computex 2018 can be found below. It also features not one, but two USB-C ports, one for regular charging, the other for accessories and for charging it while playing in portrait orientation.
You’ll also be able to set up macros and save them to the onboard storage. For more immersion, plug in the included USB adapter to add virtual surround sound that puts you at the center of the action.