Asus ROG Phone 

price₹ 69,999 onwards

launchNov, 2018

90.3

excellence score

59.9

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

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Design

  • Build quality is top-notch
  • Cool, funky design that’s both fun and serious
  • A light-up RGB logo at the back
  • The curved bezels and sides make the phone incredibly comfortable to hold especially in landscape
  • It's also fairly slim
  • Face unlock is fast and reliable
  • This is definitely not 'standard' smartphone design - so it might be too out there for some
  • The off-center fingerprint sensor in back and its narrow surface area means that it takes some searching for your finger to find it, and then a little more time to properly authenticate with such a small target (you will be better off using the face unlock)

Display

  • Very good, attractive, AMOLED display
  • One of the things that makes this a 'gaming' phone is that display that can refresh 90 times a second - a first for any OLED phone - the higher refresh rate means less motion blur and faster response times - it is a noticeable improvement over other phones when playing certain games
  • Other interesting stuff: it supports gloves, and ten-point touch

Software

  • Asus's ROG UI, not to be confused with ZenUI, is packed with gaming features and gaming aesthetics - the iconography is unique, there is Game Center where you’ll find most of these bonus features (among them are an interface to customize the Aura Light, control fan speed on the included AeroActive Cooler accessory, and toggle X Mode – a higher-frequency CPU mode), and Game Genie which enables gamers to stream or record their gaming sessions in up to 1080p, silence notifications, and optimize memory for better performance
  • There are also of course many other non-gaming related software add-ons like ZenMotion (when the screen is asleep you can draw a letter on it to launch an app), and ZenMoji (AR cartoon avatar emojis, a la iPhones)

Performance

  • The hardware is of-course top-notch, on par with other Android flagships - apps open lighting fast, Android animations are peppy and smooth, and there is no lag to be seen anywhere

Gaming

  • Of course the real USP of the phone is how capable it can be as an excellent, portable gaming device
  • The innovative AirTriggers to expand game control beyond the screen - these are pressure sensitive corners that double as bumper buttons for games
  • The ROG has two USB-C ports, one on the bottom and one on the side so when you're playing games in landscape mode the power cord doesn't get in the way of your hands - the side port also supports accessories like a detachable fan called the AeroActive cooler which comes with the phone
  • The AeroActive cooler actually makes a big difference in terms of performance, especially if you're going to be playing a game for 20 to 30 minutes without a break - the fan keeps the phone from getting too hot to hold and along with a software setting called "X mode" lets the processor run at its highest speed for longer during gameplay
  • This is simply the best gaming performance you can get on an Android phone right now (especially long-duration gaming performance, thanks to the fan) - but the new iPhones are in a different league altogether here - Apple's iPhone XS with the A12 Bionic is a performance beast that rises a couple of notches above the Snapdragon 845 - and it doesn't require a detachable fan - making the Asus solution seem quite clunky in contrast - so if you truly want the best possible performance from a phone, the iPhones are still your best bet

Gaming Accessories

  • Another big USP here is a ton of optional gaming accessories available for the phone - the likes that can make it indistinguishable from a dedicated gaming device
  • Accessories include the TwinView Dock (it transforms the phone into a Nintendo DS-like dual screen device and adds two physical shoulder buttons, a 6000mAh battery and a selfie camera to stream and record yourself as you play), Mobile Desktop Dock (turn the ROG into a mini gaming rig complete with nearly every port you can imagine), Gamevice controller (the ROG fits in the middle of the vice like device which has dual joysticks, fire triggers, bumpers, a D-pad and all the buttons you'd expect)
  • There is also an external mouse and keyboard support (if the game itself supports it) - although it can be a bit of a hit and miss experience
  • Most accessories are quite expensive though, so if you plan to use these, you will need to count them in the 'effective' price of the phone

Camera

  • Asus’ strong prowess in photography is on display in the ROG - proving that compromises in areas like this aren’t necessary to have the best gaming phone on the market
  • Image quality from the dual rear cameras is very good - they capture a nice amount of detail. HDR mode adds a bit more dynamic range without going over the top with highlights and shadows
  • The second rear camera gives you a wider field of view so you can pack more into your frame - and it is really wide
  • Videos and lowlight photography are two areas where the the ROG Phone's cameras lag behind the leading flagships - they are decent, but not the best-in-class

Audio

  • The speakers, dotted with copper colored grills, are wonderfully loud and sound fantastic - they're right up there with the best speakers on smartphones in terms of being able to produce bombastic high-quality sound

Battery

  • Excellent battery life - the 4000mAh pack will comfortably give you a day even with heavy use - as a gaming oriented phone must

Verdict

  • The ROG phone is the most specialist gaming phone Android has ever had - the high refresh rate, the AirTriggers, X mode and the fan actually work to enhance the gaming experience
  • At the same time, it's also a pretty great 'normal phone' - it has a good display, a solid camera, and a great battery life
  • It is not the highest raw performance smartphone though - that laurel rests with the new iPhones (apart from a larger library of games on iOS)
  • It's also not the best choice for non-gamers - you will want to look at better 'all-round' phones like the Pixel 3, OnePlus 6T or Galaxy Note 9 instead

Expert Reviews

We continuously monitor new reviews from 200+ top technology experts

  1. Asus has turned in an excellent phone in the ROG...Being no stranger to what gamers and smartphone buyers want, the company hits all the right notes here
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The best way to play games on Android
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Asus ROG Phone is a beast...though a bit of an overkill for the current state of mobile gaming
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A supremely capable gaming smartphone...and due to an impressive all-round ability and masses of power, is suitable for everyone and not just gamers
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  7. in.ign.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »

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Asus ROG Phone Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • AMOLED
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • ROG Gaming X Mode
  • 108.6% DCI-P3 Color Gamut
  • HDR display
  • 90 Hz Display
  • Always-on Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.96 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #5 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 630
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Fast ChargingYes, Quick Charge 4
Dimensions
Weight200 gm
Thickness8.3 mm
Camera
Primary Camera12MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 24mm Focal Length
  • 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 4-axis OIS; Dual Pixel PDAF
  • 8MP: 12mm Focal Length
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/240fps (3-axis gyro-EIS)
Secondary Camera8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 24mm Focal Length
  • Panorama
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO + QZSS
CompassYes
NFCYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Water ResistantYes, IPX4 (Splash Resistant)
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • AirTriggers, Side-mounted USB Type-C Connector
  • DTS X Surround Sound
  • Hi-Res Audio
  • Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year)

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