ASUS producing a gaming smartphone is one of the more esoteric news stories at the Computex 2018 trade show this year. To fire a shot right across the bow of Razer, ASUS is putting its ROG credentials on display: a speed-binned Snapdragon 845 running at a higher frequency than the standard S845 smartphones, a higher-than-standard 90 Hz refresh rate display with 1ms response time and 108% DCI-P3 gamut, programmable ultrasonic AirTrigger sensors, force feedback, and additional docks for purchase. One of the key elements is that ASUS built this phone with an 11mm thickness, well beyond the 7-8mm we see on flagship smartphones today. They have put that additional volume to incredible use for extra battery, more haptics, bigger speakers, more connectivity, and it's a showcase of what we could see if other smartphone manufacturers offered a bit extra z-height.

The 6-inch 2160x1080 AMOLED display is paired with the high-performance Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8GB DRAM, 128GB and 512GB of UFS 2.1 storage, along with a 4000 mAh battery, 20W ASUS Hyper Charge, support for 24-bit audio, and Corning Gorilla glass. One of ASUS’s key marketing points is the use of ASUS Aura RGB lighting, with the company stating that this is one of the first phones (if not the first) to fully exploit RGB in this way.

Comparing the size of the LG V30 (left) and ROG phone (right). It's big

For control, ASUS will be adding three ultrasonic air touch sensors – two shoulder triggers being the main ones. These are designed to be fully programmable and are more sensitive with haptic feedback.

With the AeroActive cooler, which is bundled with the phone, aside from an additional fan to help cool the phone and sweaty fingers, it provides an extra USB Type-C connector which is side mounted for direct charging, HDMI output, Gigabit Ethernet, and headphones.

Bundled AeroActive Cooler, attaches to side port

How the cooler is inserted

ASUS will be offering the ROG Phone with a series of accessories, including a TwinView Dock to convert the machine into a dual-screen hand-held console. The Dock also offers front-facing quad-speakers, two extra physical trigger buttons, better haptic feedback, an enhanced cooling system, and a 6000 mAh extended battery back. 

The Mobile Desktop Dock, another accessory, allows the phone to be connected to a 4K monitor, mouse, keyboard, and wired gigabit networking.

Desktop Dock, Rear

The Gamevice controller and the WiGig dock, also to be available, focuses on 802.11ad wireless display connections as well as a dual analog stick gaming – like a console


Processor   World’s fastest, speed-binned 2.96Ghz octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 
Mobile Platform
GPU   Qualcomm® Adreno™ 630
UI   ROG Gaming UI
Display   6.0“ 18:9 (2160x1080) AMOLED 
90Hz refresh rate with 1ms pixel response time
108.6% DCI-P3 color gamut
10000:1 contrast ratio
Capacitive touchscreen with 10-point multi-touch (supports Glove Touch)
Discrete image processing chip support HDR display – gaming, video & images
Dimensions   158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm
Weight   200g
Battery   4,000mAh
Memory   LPDDR4 8GB RAM
Storage   UFS 2.1, 128GB / 512GB
Sensors   Accelerometer, e-compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient-light sensor, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, 2 x ultrasonic AirTrigger sensors
Wireless connectivity   802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad 2x2 MIMO; Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Certified WiGig® 802.11ad wireless display support
Bluetooth® 5.0
GPS   Supports GPS, aGPS, Glonass, BeiDou
I/O ports   Side: 
Custom USB-C™ 
Supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 / DP 1.4 (4K) / fast charging (QC 3.0 +QC 4.0/PD 3.0) (15W) 
ASUS HyperCharge direct charging

Supports USB 2.0 / fast charging (QC3.0/PD3.0) (20W) / Direct Charge
3.5mm headphone jack
Front Camera   8MP
Main Camera   12MP + 8MP (120° wide-angle)
Voice Wakeup   Yes
Speakers   Dual front-facing stereo speakers with smart amplifier
24-bit/192KHz Hi-Res Audio
DTS Headphone:X™ 7.1 virtual surround-sound
Qualcomm® aptX™ High-definition Bluetooth® wireless audio
NFC   Supported

More information as we get it at the show, hopefully with some hands on.

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  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    Two things:

    1. What the hell are you doing that demands hundreds of insertion a day?! The most I've managed so far is 30, while debricking the damn thing
    2. The USB-C socket should be better rated than the cables since it doesn't have a latch that wears out. On top of that, the latch isn't actually essential to the good functioning of the connector outside of locking it in place, so some docks simply remove the latch completely to reduce wear and tear, similar to how some microUSB docks did it.
  • Dr. Swag - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    That's cool but 1080p pentile on a 6 inch display does not sound fun
  • Stuka87 - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    1080P for a 6" display is fine. 4k smart phones just need to go away. Its a worthless cost and increase in power draw.
  • Midwayman - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    I wouldn't say worthless. I mean its really nice if you're using them in a VR setup like cardboard. Normal use I would say 1440p is about tops I would want though.
  • deepblue08 - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    Exactly, half of the people gaming today use 1080p on their PCs, usually on 24-25" screens, so I'm sure they can be satisfied with that pixel density on a 6" screen.
  • Dr. Swag - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    You also look at your phone from a much closer view distance than your monitor though. Plus it's not just 1080p, it's pentile, so closer to 720p
  • peevee - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    "1080P for a 6" display is fine. 4k smart phones just need to go away. Its a worthless cost and increase in power draw."

    But sells the phones to fools. Oh well...
  • Dr. Swag - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    It's not just 1080p. It's pentile. It's effectively close to 720p. On such an expensive device I would like to see 1440p pentile or 1080p with an rgb sub pixel layout
  • PixyMisa - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    1080p pentile works out to about 880p RGB. So not quite that bad, but the difference is perceptible.
  • PixyMisa - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    Nope, I'm wrong, you're right.

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