It’s been a little over 4 months now that ASUS first announced and showcased the ROG Phone back at Computex. Ian had written up a hands-on article showcasing the various intriguing aspects of the phone.

ASUS positions the ROG Phone as a gaming device. While most other vendor’s marketed gaming devices try to differentiate themselves through their looks, the ROG Phone actually seems to manage to offer a unique set of hardware differentiations. Key aspects to the ROG Phone itself is the higher binned and clocked Snapdragon 845, running at up to 2.96GHz, as well as the 90Hz AMOLED screen.

The one thing ASUS hadn’t talked about was pricing and availability; today we see the price list of both the phone as well as its many accessories released:

ASUS ROG Phone & Accessory Price List
  Pricing USD
ROG Phone 128GB $899.00
ROG Phone 512GB $1099.00
ROG Mobile Desktop Dock $229.99
ROG TwinView Dock $399.99
ROG Gamevice Controller $89.99
ROG WiGig Dock $329.99
ROG Professional Dock $119.99
ROG Phone Case $59.99

At respectively $899 and $1099 for the 128 and 512GB versions, the ROG Phone comes at the very high end of the pricing spectrum, although the ASUS has plenty specifications and features to justify the price.

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

The ROG Phone will be available for pre-order on October 18th following its US launch in New York at Microsoft’s Flagship store on 5th Avenue.

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  • sheh - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - link

    10K contrast. Is something wrong with their OLED?
  • Kamus - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - link

    Yikes, that's a hard pass for me.
  • shabby - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - link

    Those prices are a bit absurd are they not?
  • erwos - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - link

    Not really, at least in a relative sense. They're playing in the iPhone XS market, and they're priced competitively in that space. Too blinged-out-looks aside, it's a lot of phone for the money.

    As for the money, I dunno... I use the hell out of my phone daily. I had no issue dropping $1300 on my personal laptop, so I guess it makes sense that I'd spend a fair bit on a phone, too.
  • Manch - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - link

    Look at the size of that thing. If you pick this up, you'll have two laptops! surprised they don't offer a keyboard/clamshell adapter or is that what the mobile desktop dock is?
  • cfenton - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - link

    They want to play in the iPhone market, but even Apple has a hard time justifying those kind of prices. Apple can at least make the case that they have the best SoC, one of the best cameras, and the best screen. Bin the 845 all you want, it's not going to get close to the A12. Both phones are too expensive for me, but I can at least see why someone would pay for an iPhone. Other than the 90hz screen (and 802.11ad, I guess) I don't see anything special about the ROG phone.
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - link

    Not the best camera, totally ruined by the you can't turn off, doll filter.
  • erwos - Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - link

    Things I like about it:
    1. USB-C
    2. 802.11ad
    3. 90hz OLED
    4. 8GB RAM
    5. Dual-front-facing speakers
    6. Fingerprint scanner
  • shabby - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - link

    I meant more for the accessories, 200-400 for a dock is a bit much.
  • Dug - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - link

    Just what I wanted, a phone to say Republic Of Gamers on it.
    When are they going to get a clue.

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