Gaming phones are an upcoming breed of smartphones that pack in top-of-the-line specifications in order to lure the crowd looking for serious performance. Even if you are not a gamer, these smartphones give you future-proof hardware as they go overkill on their features. If you’re looking to pick up a gaming phone in India, ASUS has now launched the ASUS ROG Phone in the country, giving premium users another choice in the high-end category.
|Specs||ASUS ROG Phone|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 @ 2.96GHz; Adreno 630 GPU|
|Camera||Rear: 12MP + 8MP (120° wide-angle lens)Front: 8MP|
128GB or 512GB
|Display||6″; 2160×1080 AMOLED @ 90Hz, 1ms response time and HDR support|
|Speakers||Dual front-facing speakers, quad front-facing with TwinView Dock|
|Battery||4,000 mAh supporting Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 and ASUS HyperCharge;10,000 mAh with TwinView Dock|
|Ports||3.5mm headphone jack, three USB-C ports|
|Connectivity||CAT 16 LTE, 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi|
|Peripherals||AeroActive Cooler, Mobile Desktop Dock, TwinView Dock|
Not only does the ASUS ROG phone come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, it comes with the fastest speed-binned Snapdragon 845, overclocked to an impressive 2.96GHz. Coupled with the Adreno 630 GPU, the ROG GameCool vapor-chamber cooling, and detachable AeroActive cooler, you can get up to five times the duration for peak performance.
The phone also features a design that reminds everyone that this is a gaming phone. You get Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, along with the ROG Aura Lighting Logo, as well as IPX4 splash resistance. The phone also sports three programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers – on the left-bottom and right-bottom edges when held in portrait orientation, and top-left and top-right edges when held in landscape orientation. AirTriggers are much like squeeze gestures, and the ASUS ROG allows users to set the level of pressure needed to register a touch, so you don’t actually need to apply a lot of pressure. You can move around where the corresponding touch (on your screen) lands, thus allowing you to map AirTriggers like shoulder buttons on a gamepad.
With two side-mounted USB Type-C ports (and an additional Type-C port which is conventionally placed at the bottom of the device), the ROG Phone can utilize a range of optional accessories in order to further enhance the gaming experience.
The AeroActive Cooler allows you to cool the device for sustained peak performance while gaming.
The TwinView Dock accessory turns the ROG Phone into a dual-screen console for gaming and simultaneous live-streaming. The Dock packs in a 6″ AMOLED auxiliary display, a front-facing quad-speaker system, two extra physical trigger buttons, dual-haptic force-feedback engine, an enhanced cooling system and a high-capacity 6,000 mAh extended battery pack.
The Mobile Desktop Dock allows the ROG Phone to be connected to an external 4K UHD monitor, mouse and keyboard. The Phone can be used as an auxiliary display, hooked up to a wired gigabit LAN and can drive a 5.1-channel surround sound system via the SP/DIF output.
The GameVice Controller morphs the ROG Phone into a portable console. It adds in dual analog joysticks, left and right fire triggers and bumpers, a D-pad, as well as A, B, X, Y, and L3, R3 buttons.
The ROG Phone Case also deserves a mention, as it not only serves as drop protection for your device, it is also “modular” in design. The back plate of the case can be removed to attach the AeroActive cooler.
Pricing and Availability – India
The ASUS ROG Phone is available for ₹69,999 ($1,000) exclusively on Flipkart. Asus does realize that the cost is prohibitive, so there is a special no-cost EMI option with tenure options of 6, 9 or 12 months for all debit and credit cards. Under the scheme, the ROG Phone will be available for purchase by paying an EMI starting at ₹5,833 per month for 12 months, which makes the device accessible for many more users.
The GameVice Controller is available for ₹5,999, the TwinView Dock is available for ₹21,999, the Mobile Desktop Dock is available for ₹12,999 and the ROG Phone Case is is available for ₹2,499.
Flipkart is offering the Complete Mobile Protection plan, which includes complete device repair as well as theft insurance, along with doorstep pickup and return, worth ₹5,999 for just ₹999 for the ROG Phone.