ASUS Republic of Gamers reveals the ROG Phone, a gaming smartphone with a 3D vapor-chamber cooling system


Today at Computex 2018 ASUS Republic of Gamers unveiled its first gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone.

That this is a gaming smartphone is not the only "first" claimed by ASUS; it is also described as the world's first smartphone with a 3D vapor-chamber cooling system called GameCool. At the event, ASUS also revealed the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 router with Wi-Fi speeds of over 10,000Mbps, as well as ROG Ryujin and ROG Ryuo CPU coolers, and ROG Thor 1200W Platinum power supply.

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The ROG Phone is equipped with the world's fastest mobile processor -- the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform clocked at 2.96GHz. The chip features a gaming-optimized Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU which ASUS says helps the ROG Phone to "break every rule to go where rivals fear to tread".

ASUS says:

The ultra-comfortable design of ROG Phone includes unique side-mounted ports, and the enhanced, ultra-responsive game controls -- including two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics -- let gamers focus all their skills on the game, giving them the edge they need for total domination. A unique range of powerful expansion accessories further enhances the ROG Phone gaming experience: the optional TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode; the Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming; and the Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock using 60GHz Wi-Fi for big- screen gaming. Other ROG Phone innovations include ASUS Aura RGB lighting and Aura Sync support, plus ASUS HyperCharge direct-charge technology for faster, safer and cooler battery charging.

ROG PhoneThe ROG Phone features a 6-inch AMOLED display with HDR visuals, a 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. The unique GameCool 3D vapor-chamber cooling system helps keep the hardware from overheating, and there is also a detachable AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost. ASUS has created a gamer-centric design that features side-mounted ports optimised for landscape-mode, and ultrasonic AirTrigger touch sensors.

Speaking on stage, Don McGuire, vice president of global product marketing at Qualcomm Technologies said:

Qualcomm Technologies and ASUS have enjoyed great successes over many years and we are thrilled to be at the core of their newest cutting-edge device, the ROG Phone. Our entirely re-architected Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with the gaming-optimized Adreno 630 GPU is designed for speed, minimizing thermal throttling and maximizing battery efficiency so users can play longer. Snapdragon 845 is engineered to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience; supporting exceptional performance, fast and smooth graphics, and Gigabit speeds whether on LTE or 802.11ad Wi-Fi.

ASUS also has a new ROG Delta headset that can be used with the ROG Phone and features a ESS quad-DAC that helps deliver "clear, true-to-life gaming audio that gives gamers a better ability to pinpoint in-game opponents".

Here are the full specs for the phone:

  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 AMOLED panel, FHD+ (2160x1080), HDR, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Four Kryo 385 cores up to 2.96GHz, Four Kryo 385 cores at 1.70GHz, 10nm
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Rear Camera: 12MP (f/1.8, 1.4um) + 8MP (f/2.0, 1.12um), PDAF, gyro EIS
  • Front Camera: 8MP (f/2.0, 1.12um)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac 2x2 MIMO, NFC, LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/BeiDou
  • Charging: USB-C, Quick Charge 4.0, Hypercharge
  • Security: One-touch fingerprint sensor (back)

You can watch a re-run of the presentation on Twitter:

The ROG Phone is due for release later this year but for now ASUS has not given any details of pricing.

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