Gone are the days when things are only used for one sole purpose. Just like how millennials have multifaceted lives, equipment around us have quickly evolved to cater different needs. With more and more teens and yuppies wanting to balance school or office work with entertainment and hobbies like eSports or mobile gaming, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) recently launched a gaming smartphone- the ASUS ROG Phone, taking the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) main stage by storm with much fanfare from hardcore fans last Sunday (October 28, 2018).
What got us hooked is its claim to have gaming at its core, powered by the world’s fastest speed-binned 2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and gaming-optimized Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU. It’s only 6 in size – fitting your hand perfectly, but its landscape design is made for those who play games on their mobile phone all the time in landscape mode. Users will be able to peacefully play while charging their phones without the hassle of cables going through their fingers. It’s also the only gaming smartphone that has a vapor-chamber cooling system, gaming accessories, and features that make it look like a legit console.
Here are a few things that you won’t find in any other phone: A GameCool vapor-chamber cooling system — with detachable AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost — which sustains blur-free high frame rates in the heat of battle; side-mounted ports, and ultra-responsive game controls which include the programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics. But of course, as early as now, let us warn you that gaming is the ROG Phone’s main purpose. Although these features are overwhelming, ROG didn’t put a lot of add-ons when it comes to the phone’s camera features.
ROG PHONE FULL SPECIFICATIONS:
|Processor||2.96GHz speed-binned Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform
10nm, 64-bit octa-core Processor
|GPU||Qualcomm® Adreno™ 630|
|Display||6.0” 18:9 2160×1080 AMOLED 90Hz with 1ms response time; 550nits brightness
108.6% DCI-P3; 10,000:1 contrast ratio. Front 2.5D Corning Gorilla 6 glass
|Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (support Glove touch)
Gaming HDR and Mobile HDR supported
|Memory||LPDDR4X 8GB RAM|
|Storage||UFS2.1 128GB / 512GB、Google Drive 100GB / 1 year|
|Sensor||Accelerator, E-Compass, Proximity, Hall sensor, Ambient light sensor, fingerprint sensor, Gyro, Ultrasonic sensor|
|Main Rear Camera||Sony flagship IMX363 12MP dual pixel image sensor – 1/2.55″ large sensor size, 1.4µm large pixel size
F1.7 aperture, 6.25x light sensitivity in low light photos
26.6mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
6p lens, 78.2° field of view
Instant cameras switching
0.03 seconds phase-detection autofocus
4-axis, 4 stops optical image stabilization
|Second Rear Camera||120° wide-angle camera
200% wider view for more friends and scenery in the frame
12mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
24mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
84° field of view
|Video Recording||4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video at 30 / 60 fps for main rear camera
3-axis electronic image stabilization for rear cameras
Take still photo while recording video
Slow Motion video (1080p at 240 fps)
|Speaker||Dual front-facing speakers
5-magnet speaker with dual NXP 9874 smart amplifier for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect
|Audio Output||Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit standard that is 4 times better than CD quality
DTS:X Ultra 1.0 featuring immersive 3D audio and 7.1-channel surround-sound with enhanced bass response for games or virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR)
AudioWizard with listening profile
|Microphone||Triple internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology|
|FM Receiver||FM radio|
|Wireless Technology||WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 & 5GHz, WiFi-direct
WLAN 802.11ad 60GHz (32 Antennas)
|SIM Cards||Dual SIM dual standby
Slot 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
Slot 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
|Data rate||LTE Cat13 UL up to 150Mbps / Cat18 DL up to 1.2Gbps
DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76 / DL 42Mbps
DL 5CA and UL 2CA supported
4×4 MIMO and CA w/4×4 MIMO supported
5CA 4×4 MIMO up to 1.2Gbps supported
|Interface||Side: 48 pin Customized connector
USB3.1 gen1/DP 1.4(4K)/Fast Charging (QC3.0+QC4.0/PD3.0) / Direct Charge
Bottom: Type C connector
USB2.0/Fast Charging (QC3.0/PD3.0)/Direct Charge
|3.5mm Audio jack|
|Operating System||Android™ Oreo 8.1|
|Power Adapter||Output: 10V 3A, supports up to 30W QC4.0/PD3.0/Direct Charge adapter|
|Dimensions||158.83x 76.16x 8.3mm|
- AeroActive Cooler – A four-speed fan system for extra cooling boost, keeping both the phone and the users’ hands cool during non-stop gaming sessions.
- Professional Dock – USB Type-A and Type-C up to 56bps, HDMI, RJ-35 Gigabit Ethernet to expand the way a user plays games.
- MobileDesktop Dock – For desktop-style gaming, supporting HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1 Type-A, SD slot, headphone, microphone, Type-C power for charging, and SB Micro B 3.0.
- GAMEVICE Controller & ASUS WiGig® Display Dock – Game on-the-go using the Gamevice, or connect via the ASUS WiGig® Display Dock for immersive big-screen gaming. This includes dual analog joysticks with A, B, X, Y buttons, D-Pad, R1/L1 Bumperes, R2/L2 Triggers, Pause Button, Back Button, joysticks, and audio jack.
- TwinView Dock – Turns the phone into a dual-screen console for the ultimate gaming and live-streaming experience. It has a 6-inch AMOLED display with ASUS Tru2Life Technology and 10 points multitouch capacitive panel.
These accessories are sold separately, but it can also be bought in bundles with the phone. Complete price list can be found below.
PRE-ORDER AND PRICES:
Pre-order started last October 28 and will run until November 8, 2018 at all ASUS, ROG, and ZenFone Concept Stores and Kiosks nationwide. The ROG Phone Accessories will only be available at ROG Concept Stores: Capitol of the Republic (ROG SM Megamall), North District of the Republic (ROG SM North EDSA), South District of the Republic (ROG SM Mall of Asia), and Visayas District of the Republic (ROG SM City Cebu). Each order of the ROG Phone comes with an ROG Phone Jacket, an ROG Phone hardcase, and the ROG Phone AeroActive Cooler as hard-bundles.
The complete accessory bundle valued at PHP 58,470 will be available as a PHP 40,995 add-on to the base package of the ROG Phone.
|ROG Phone 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM||PHP 49,995|
|ROG Phone 8GB RAM + 512GB ROM||PHP 61,995|
|TwinView Dock Station||PHP 16,995|
|ASUS WiGig® Dock||PHP 13,995|
|Mobile Desktop Dock||PHP 9,995|
|GAMEVICE Controller||PHP 4,995|
|Professional Dock||PHP 4,495|
|ROG Suitcase||PHP 7,995|
|Complete accessory package add-on*||PHP 58,470|
Do you think it’s worth the price? Let us know if you’re getting your own ROG Phone this November by tagging Manila Millennial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more details about the phone, visit:
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