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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  • Quantumz0d - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    That's some ultra dope stuff. Shows how engineering potential is wasted on the thin and light glass canons. No notch, 3.5mm jack. Fastest 845, Quad speakers, 512GB, Aura RGB (lol), cooling dock. woah woah !Those specs list need some break. I only hope the phone is not unobtainium and has a Bootloader unlock ( high possibility of nope).

    Still ASUS earned respect with this. Great showcase of possibilities.
  • ydeer - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    I guess im getting old.
  • boozed - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    Canon makes phones?
  • Manch - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    LOL, Don't get me wrong, this may prove to be interesting but until something a little more concrete comes out, some testing/reviews, etc we wont know if this is TG16, a SGG, or a GB. Not the first time something like this has tried to emerge, I remain skeptical if it will succeed. As a pure gaming device, maybe. As an all in one phone/gaming device, nope. I don't see it.
  • peevee - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    The spec page says: "802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad 2x2 MIMO"

    802.11ad? As in 60GHz? REALLY? Would it be the first if it is true?
  • Gasaraki88 - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    the 802.11ad is for display and it would the the first for a phone. It beams the display to a TV so you can play fortnite on your TV or Monitor.
  • thomasg - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    802.11ad is not strictly for displays.
    What it's for is pure speed.

    Since the channels in the 60 GHz band are MUCH wider the throughput can be much larger.
    The propagation properties don't allow it to penetrate walls, which means the range is very low - however, it also means that the full bandwidth is available again in the next room.

    Also, the short range propagation properties are sometimes advantageous.

    So why is it most often used for wireless displays these days?
    Simple: nothing else needs that much throughput, especially not over a short range.
  • babadivad - Sunday, June 10, 2018 - link

    Any word on price yet??
  • eva02langley - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    I don't understand, there is no Nvidia... so why the ROG brand...?

    Asus kept the Arez brand... so why the ROG brand for a QCM device... GPP is gone...

    Asus, just never again. After their wrong BIOS fiasco for my Ryzen 1700x at launch, you can bet I don't trust them at all anymore.
  • deepblue08 - Monday, June 4, 2018 - link

    I don't think ROG has anything to do with Nvidia. They even have motherboards with ROG branding.

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