ROG Phone: Asus’ new gaming phone takes on Xiaomi Black Shark, Razer Phone

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The dawn of gaming phones is upon us. After  and Xiaomi’s Asus has introduced a new smartphone for gaming enthusiasts. Asus’ new phone is called ROG Phone, marking the expansion of the company’s popular gaming portfolio under ROG-series.

As expected, Asus’ ROG Phone is powered by Qaulcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 845 processor with bumped up clock speed at 2.96GHz, from the standard 2.8GHz. The chipset is coupled with 8GB of RAM and Adreno 630 GPU for graphics. The smartphone runs on a custom ROG Gaming UI.

Asus ROG Phone comes with a 6-inch 2,160 x 1,080 AMOLED screen and runs at 90Hz refresh rate. The display also supports HDR. Asus ROG Phone also comes with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel dual cameras on the back, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back. The smartphone is powered by a 4,000mAh battery.

Asus ROG Phone also sports a number of gaming focused features. For instance, it supports 802.11ad WiGig connectivity. This allows users to mirror the content on a compatible TV in the proximity (through the company’s WiGig Dock). There are front-facing speakers and another noteworthy feature of the phone is that it comes with as many as four USB ports and also has 3.5mm headphone jack.

Asus claims the phone comes with a 3D vapor-chamber cooling system for better heat dissipation considering the phone has an overclocked chipset and is expected to extensively use most of the cores and GPUs onboard.

“The end result is a superb cooling system that enables sustained clock speeds up to 50% faster than a standard smartphone CPU, and which can achieve peak clock speeds for 5X longer than a conventional cooling system. There’s also a detachable external AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost when the going gets really tough. With GameCool, hot hands and spoiled games are a thing of the past,” claims Asus.

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