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Asus Launches ROG Phone - Company's First Ever Gaming Smartphone

There is a lot of great things packed into the phone and its various accessories, but at the end of the day, it is doubtful anyone will ever really care about the ROG, partly because of game support and more obviously, cost. It has an additional 6-inch 1080p screen, similar to the phone, and has its own set of speakers and a cooling system. The ASUS ROG Phone has not one, not two, but three USB-C ports. It's mated to 8GB LPDDR4 RAM with onboard storage options of 128GB or 512GB. If that's not enough, there's even an AeroActive Cooler which you can attach to the back of the ROG Phone. It's also got a 3D vapour chamber inside and, the charger sports a smart temperature managed charging system.

There's also a 4000mAh battery that is backed by ASUS HyperCharge, something that is very cool as it saw ASUS moving the charging chip to the power adapter so that the heat generated by the charging of the ROG Phone is reduced. The ROG Phone will launch later this year in Q3 2018. Secondly, the gaming scene on Android isn't exactly exploding, with most of the games on the store being of the casual kind that won't benefit from the various controller accessories in anyway. While the ROG Phone features the same Snapdragon 845 processor as the OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ2 and American version of the Samsung Galaxy S9, it's overclocked to 2.96GHz - 160Mhz faster than normal - and that calls for better cooling solutions. It also supports HDR and features an impressive response time of 1ms.

There's more. The phone has three ultrasonic "AirTrigger" touch sensors - two are created to be left and right triggers at the top of display for gaming in landscape mode, and a third one designed for portrait-mode use. If you're a hardcore mobile gamer, however, nothing on or coming to the market now beats the gaming power packed in that size.

Though Asus uses thumbscrews for the window, the company is concerned that they may be too tight to remove by hand so it includes a gaming tag that also serves as a screwdriver.

The ROG Phone - bearing Asus' Republic of Gamers brand - is a phone created to take mobile gaming further than any device has before. It still has customizable Aura Sync lighting in the scroll wheel and the ROG logo, however, and these can be matched with other compatible accessories.

For those gamers who prefer more of a desktop setup, Asus is also selling a dock that connects to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to use as an Android desktop.

The company also removed the light ring around the base of the mouse to allow the 800 mAh battery to last longer on a charge. There is also a 30mm gap behind the motherboard tray to bunch your cables up and keep them out of sight, while also being able to close the side panel easily. And not to be outdone, there's the Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock that provides a low-latency wireless connection with your display and features dual analog joysticks, dual triggers/bumpers, a D-pad and slew of other buttons that you'd expect with a modern gaming controller.

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