We kind of feel like the unboxing background alone merited an entire page in the audit. Notwithstanding, that is for the most part valid for each aspect of the ROG Phone. Everything about it is created with the reasonable intention to awe.
Inside the hardshell folder case we find correctly cut-out froth inserts and a plenty of contraptions – the TwinView Dock, GAMEVICE, Portable Work area Dock, WiGig Display Dock, ASUS Professional Dock and a phone case, which we will all dive into in more prominent detail later on in the survey.
Asus ROG Phone Key Specs:
- Body: Metal frame; Gorilla Glass 6 front; Gorilla Glass 5 bended back; 158.83 x 76.16 x 8.65 mm, 200g.
- Display: AMOLED 6.0″, 90Hz, 1080x2160px resolution (18:9 aspect ratio), 402ppi pixel thickness; Wide Shading Extent; HDR display through hardware chip.
- Rear camera: Primary 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4um, 1/2.55″ sensor; dual pixel stage location self-adjust; 4-axix OIS. Optional 8MP, 12mm ultra-wide, settled center, Drove streak. Up to 4K/60fps video recording on primary and 1080p@30 on auxiliary camera. EIS available on all resolutions.
- Front camera: 8MP, f/2.0 aperture, 24mm, 84 degree field of view, settled center, 1080p/30fps video recording.
- Software: Android 8.1 Oreo OS; ROG Gaming X mode UI
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm): octa-core CPU (4×2.96 GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 GPU.
- Memory: 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, 128/512 GB of storage.
- Battery: 4,000 mAh Li-Po (fixed); HyperCharge 20W charging; good with QC4.0 charging.
- Connectivity: Dual SIM (Nano), 4G on the two slots; LTE Feline. 18 (1Gpbs download), Feline. 13 (150Mbps transfer); 2x Type-C USB 3.0 port; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/air conditioning, WiGig Wi-Fi advertisement 60GHz; GPS, GLONASS, BDS; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0; FM radio.
- Audio: Dual forward looking 5-magnet speakers, dual NXP 9874 brilliant intensifiers; Howdy Res audio 192kHz/24-bit DAC; DTS (Computerized Theater Framework) Headphone:X™ 7.1 virtual encompass sound for headphone support; AudioWizard with listening profile; Triple internal microphones with ASUS Commotion Decrease Technology.
- Misc: Raise mounted fingerprint reader; 3.5mm jack; Proprietary Side-mount connector for adornments (a second Type-C port is a piece of it); Ultrasonic sensors for AirTriggers and grasp press.
Indeed, even at first sight, absolutely on paper, the ROG phone leaves little uncertainty of its alpha status among the select collection of “gaming” phones available in 2018. Asus plainly set out to do only that – set a benchmark to by and large endeavor towards. This makes the ROG phone and its huge biological community of cutting edge frill enormously enjoyable to investigate.
Asus ought to be complimented on the brilliant form quality and premium bill of materials on the ROG Phone. The whole body feels shake strong and exceptionally premium. On the front, the display is secured with Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 6, while the back uses Gorilla Glass 5 for its bended surface. The back is finished with nickel-copper detailing in a shape Asus alludes to as “Strategic Blade” design. The frame is strong metal.
By and large, the 158.83 x 76.16 x 8.65mm body of the phone feels extremely strong and we must pressure that as much as possible. Without a doubt, a not insignificant piece of that feeling could come from the 200g weight of the unit. All things considered, with those materials, quality, internals, including a muscular 4,000 mAh battery, this is kind of anticipated. What’s more, since the ROG Phone is intended to be intensely embellished, you can basically depend on an ordinary exercise.
One of the defining features of any decent gaming setup, be it portable or not is the nature of the display and therefore, visual loyalty. Rendering dazzling frames with sensible detail hues and lighting implies next to no if the panel entrusted with displaying It just overlooks, twists or misinterprets the majority of that designs information.
The ROG Phone packs a 6-inch, 1080 x 2160 AMOLED panel. Nothing strange up to this point. The interesting “unicorn” bit here is that it has a greatest invigorate rate of 90Hz. 30Hz over 99% of the handset right now out available.
On paper, the camera setup on the ROG Phone looks extremely amazing. On the back – a 12MP, f/1.8, 24mm wide main camera, with a genuinely enormous 1/2.55″, 1.4µm pixel-estimate sensor. It even has a couple of fancy odds and ends available to its, as dual pixel PDAF and 4-pivot OIS, that really works surprisingly well. Close by this – a 8MP, 12mm ultra-wide snapper, with a settled center point – ideal for huge gathering shots of the majority of your companions.
Photographs taken with the ROG Phone’s main 12MP camera must be depicted as average. Nothing past that truly and honestly, not at the dimension of the competing lead phones.
The ROG Phone can catch video at up to 4K@60fps resolution with its main camera. EIS stabilization is additionally available on each resolution level, which, surprisingly wasn’t the situation on the Zenfone 5z when we surveyed it. Asus is therefore obviously making the a large portion of the capacities of the Hexagon 685 DPS, inside the Snapdragon 845.
Configuration shrewd, everything is entirely standard: AVC video stream and a stereo, 48kHz stereo audio one, inside a MP4 container. Pretty much 43 Mb/s bit rate at 4K and 20 Mb/s at FullHD.
Seeing the degrees to which Asus has gone in customizing the hardware of the ROG Phone, it comes as an unexpected that the software is pretty non-standard too. Indeed, even after a brisk look at the UI, the gaming family turns out to be instantly obvious, with everything canvassed in a distinctly Republic of Gamers layer of paint.
That is really an entirely exact depiction for the greater part of what Asus has done here. Underneath the forceful “FPS-beast” style lies a well-known ZenUI 5 core, the core usefulness originates from ZenUI 5, or rather 5.5 and in a significantly more profound sense, the Android 8.1 establishment.
Asus went the extra advance, implementing some interesting features truly profound into the OS. Things like “Diversion Center” and “Amusement Genie”, which we will definitely talk about in detail since they are unquestionably more than restorative changes.
All things considered, a standard Snapdragon 845 chipset has a big.LITTLE CPU configuration featuring four Kryo 385 Silver cores, clocked at a most extreme of 1.8 GHz and another four Kryo 385 Gold, going up to 1.8 GHz. In the ROG Phone, the last bunch of incredible cores can go up to 2.96GHz. That isn’t an insignificant distinction, in any event of paper, particularly when persisted four cores. Its Adreno 630 GPU is working at stock rates of 710 MHz, which is kind of odd, seeing how most overclocks we have found in the past from producers like Samsung typically interfere with GPU clocks.
The Asus ROG Phone packs a burly 4,000 mAh battery – very justifiable, given its hardware, slight CPU overclock, different appendable extras and by and large gaming family. The high invigorate rate on the OLED panel is a specific concern with regards to battery perseverance. All things considered, this is the main offender for the poor battery life on the original Razer Phone and the Razer Phone.
Technically, we found that variable revive rate is the thing that probable sucked the battery dry at a significant pace on the Razer handsets. Furthermore, those have LCD panels. Though the ROG Phone is packing a more energy-effective OLED unit and has a static most extreme revive rate of 90Hz.