ASUS has just made the most insane gaming smartphone

Aloysius Low  CNET

Aloysius Low CNET

It's a bold move from Asus to try and merge gamers' mobile phones and portable gaming devices into one unit - that is "built from the ground up to be a premium phone for gamers with unique features", as Asus put it. The ROG brand makes gaming computers, gaming PC components, peripherals, and accessories. At the core of this device, there's the Snapdragon 845 processor, but ROG opted to use a top-tier variant of the popular chipset which is clocked at 2.96GHz.

Unlike the Razer Phone, which is an obvious competitor, Asus chose to stick with a six inch 2160x1080 resolution HDR AMOLED screen on the Asus ROG Phone, but with just 90Hz refresh rate, which is just slightly below the 120Hz one on the Razer Phone. There's also a 12/8-megapixel camera combo on the back and an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front.

Do we have RGBs?

The ASUS ROG Phone has three USB-C ports. You have the option of a static color, pulsating, strong, or cycling through various colors. or it can be turned off completely. If you're anxious about thermal throttling, ASUS has taken steps to ensure that won't be happening by including vapor-chamber cooling and copper heat spreading to dissipate heat quicker than most phones. Asus has created a suite of accessories for the ROG phone.

Cooling is handled by ROG's GameCool system, which employs "highly efficient 3D vapor-chamber cooling". Speaking of clocking, the Snapdragon 845 is overclocked, meaning that not only is this phone powerful, it's the most powerful smartphone on the market - according to Asus.

Why it matters: The Asus ROG Phone represents a current push into hardcore mobile gaming started by Razer a year ago. The battery is a sizable 4000mAh with ASUS "HyperCharge" 20W fast charging. The device comes with enhanced ergonomics to better suit long time gaming. Here's the big deal - the Asus ROG Phone actually has triggers embedded in the side of its frame. And not to be outdone, there's the Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock that provides a low-latency wireless connection with your display and features dual analog joysticks, dual triggers/bumpers, a D-pad and slew of other buttons that you'd expect with a modern gaming controller.

The mobile gaming business is huge, and is now worth $50 billion worldwide which is more than entire theatrical box office take for 2017, with a market of two billion mobile gamers. There's the TwinView Dock, which turns the ROG Phone into a dual-screen console not entirely unlike the Nintendo DS, and the Mobile Desktop Dock that allows you to connect to an external monitor and play with a mouse and keyboard. If you're a hardcore mobile gamer, however, nothing on or coming to the market now beats the gaming power packed in that size. The accessory also has its own 6000mAh battery. There is also a 30mm gap behind the motherboard tray to bunch your cables up and keep them out of sight, while also being able to close the side panel easily.

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