September 30, 2023

High Options

– Spectacular, gaming-centric design

– Help for a number of equipment

– Wonderful AMOLED show

George RR Martin’s epic sequence Recreation of Thrones is suffering from intelligent one-liners and it’s the efficaciously good Tyrion Lannister that will get to ship a few of the greatest ones. Take this, as an example, “A thoughts wants books similar to a sword wants a whetstone.” Tyrion’s phrases can very nicely be used within the context of gaming and smartphones. A telephone wants video games however does gaming want an unique telephone? Asus actually assume so.

The Republic of Players’ sequence from Asus has been restricted to laptops and enjoys fairly a fan following amongst avid gamers. Now Asus has expanded the ROG sequence to telephones with the ROG telephone, priced at Rs 69,999. The ROG Cellphone, after we noticed it for the primary time in a pre-briefing throughout Computex 2018 again in June, did seem to be an ideal amalgamation of energy and sweetness. We spent a while with it and had been impressed not simply when it comes to specs however with the variety of gamer-centric options it introduced onboard.

Nonetheless, first impressions aren’t at all times the final impressions and we just lately received an opportunity to make use of the ROG Cellphone for a number of days. That is the primary ever ROG-branded smartphone by Asus which additionally means it’s the primary ever to start what could be a common gaming smartphone legacy in future. The Rs 69,999 price ticket might seem to be quite a bit for a mean Indian client however then the ROG Cellphone has a distinct viewers – avid gamers, who typically spend money on such gadgets, equipment or consoles. So is the ROG Cellphone price it for a gamer? Right here’s our evaluation.


Should you count on the design of the ROG Cellphone even 1% just like that of the ZenFone 5Z or any of the earlier Zenfone handsets. You might be in all probability flawed. One take a look at the smartphone and it screams of ROG laptop-based design, solely that it’s applied on a smartphone. Naturally, the entrance is all-screen however with a slight thickness on the prime and backside. Should you look from a gamer’s eye, this appears justified as taking part in on a smartphone with minimal bezels can grow to be tough at instances. {Hardware}-wise, the smartphone consists of two audio system every on prime and backside. Therefore the bezels.

The ROG Cellphone, as anticipated, is thick. We expect that it’s because of the giant 4000mAh battery, 3.5mm headphone jack, liquid cooling system, twin rear cameras, fingerprint sensor on the again and a secondary set of ports on the facet are the foremost explanation why this lacks a slim profile.

As for the seems to be, the ROG Cellphone’s front-facing speaker have the enduring orange-coloured grills, glass again with an angular lower design for the fingerprint sensor, which we thought is barely tough to succeed in, and the twin rear cameras together with some space lined by steel. Asus calls this design because the ‘steel and glass fusion design’.

The sturdiness comes within the type of Gorilla Glass 5 safety on the again. Because the handset is thick, cumbersome and has metals sides, we count on it to not less than resist a few drops earlier than the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 safety breaks. As well as, the steel space has two extra orange grille-like design that basically has no position as such. The mixture of the 2 supplies in an irregular design provides to the grip. What additionally makes the handset grippy is the curved again panel on the sides. The entrance is all flat. That is one thing that avid gamers will respect. On the draw back, the glass panel is a significant fingerprint magnet.

If the look was not sufficient, Asus has additionally included a multi-colour brand on the again. It lights up when in ‘X Mode’ and you’ll customise the color mechanism from the ‘Recreation Centre’. All in all, the smartphone seems to be futuristic and has a extra ‘smartphone-like’ look than Razer Cellphone’s brick-like design.


Asus ROG Cellphone, when launched earlier this 12 months throughout Computex 2018, bagged the title of the world’s first to sport an AMOLED display screen with 90Hz refresh charge assist. Razer Cellphone has 120Hz refresh charge however no AMOLED display screen. So basically, the ROG Cellphone is pushing round extra particular person pixels at a sooner charge. Nonetheless, this doesn’t suggest that each one the movies, video games and different content material will work on 90Hz. The assist ought to come from builders and that’s prone to take a number of time. By default, the setting is ready to 60Hz although.

Not simply that, the 6-inch canvas is claimed to have a 1ms fast response – important for avid gamers — specifically whereas taking part in video games like PUBG. That’s not a foul determination per se however as a gamer, a barely larger show would’ve made your entire display screen setup excellent.

The 6-inch show boasts of a FHD+ decision 18:9 side ratio show, which isn’t the very best however ok for the display screen dimension it’s packed in. The photographs and movies are nonetheless sharp and received’t hamper your gameplay by any means. On the brighter facet, the show has a excessive distinction ratio of 1,00,000:1 and in addition helps HDR visuals so choose content material comes out in its greatest type.

Because the panel is an AMOLED one, it will get actually vivid and retains the colors as nicely. We didn’t face any points whereas utilizing the smartphone in broad daylight.

Since avid gamers could have their fingers everywhere in the display screen whereas taking part in, it’s certain to get scratches. To deal with that Asus ROG Cellphone has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 safety. Now we have been utilizing the smartphone for practically two weeks not and never a single scratch has proven up. In order that’s a superb signal.


Since it’s Asus’ first-ever ROG Cellphone, the machine little question comes with all of the bells and whistles one can think about. It has options to customize the gaming expertise, flagship processors to deal with the heavy-duty duties and several other cooling mechanisms to maintain your entire shell cooled down. The ‘new’ working system runs the smartphone as nicely. So principally, Asus has marked its entry into a number of new areas with the ROG Cellphone.

To begin off, on the coronary heart of the ROG Cellphone is Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The flagship processor is just not your common Snapdragon 845 SoC that has a most clock velocity of two.8GHz. For Asus, the processor has been specifically speed-binned to 2.9GHz, one thing which additionally makes the smartphone first to get a Snapdragon 845 at 2.9GHz.

Including to that is the ‘specifically optimised’ Adreno 630 GPU and LPPDR4X 8GB RAM, which work in tandem to make each operation butter easy, regardless the variety of apps you might have activated within the background. At no level did we face any stuttering whereas looking the house display screen or switching between apps.

Since it’s a gaming telephone, the machine is expectedly brimming with a ton of gaming options. Among the highlighted ones embody improved Recreation Genie utility, Air Triggers, Recreation Centre to customize the gaming expertise and the X Mode to spice up the already highly effective smartphone for smoother a seamless gameplay.

Airtriggers are top-of-the-line encompasses a gamer can get in a smartphone. These are contact delicate buttons which are positioned on the decrease and higher proper sides of the smartphone. These act as set off buttons for higher accuracy within the recreation. You’ll be able to map the buttons on the display screen, supplying you with an undue benefit. The Recreation Centre app can be there to make your lives simpler. Asus claims it screens the CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage standing along with giving avid gamers a one-stop vacation spot to entry settings for equipment corresponding to AeroActive Cooler, TwinView Dock, Cellular Desktop Dock amongst others.

One other software program characteristic is the ‘X Mode’ that’s activated while you ‘squeeze’ the smartphone. Sure, we’re speaking about the identical type that was launched by HTC with the U sequence smartphones, adopted by Pixel handsets. This works nicely with Recreation Genie, Asus’ home-brewed app that takes care of calls, notifications and different duties within the background whilst you play these PUBG periods.

Lastly, what offers your entire UI expertise a change is the ROG UI. The ‘new’ gaming-oriented person interface doesn’t drastically change the look however as a substitute performs nicely on the minute options together with the orange and darkish gray color scheme all through the UI and the way it turns to pink and black when the X Mode is activated. It’s moderately a great way to move time. On activating the mode, the round icon outlines additionally flip Crimson.

We already talked about above that ROG Cellphone boasts of twin front-firing audio system. These can get actually loud with out overdoing the treble. Supporting DTS:X Extremely expertise, the handset additionally consists of Qualcomm’s aptX Excessive-definition assist when related through Bluetooth.

And naturally, with all that energy comes extra processing energy and therefore, extra warmth. However then ROG Cellphone is the gaming smartphone and Asus isn’t any stranger on hold highly effective laptops cooled down. So right here it has used Liquid Cooling system to dissipate the warmth. Asus says that it’s ROG GameCool vapour-chamber warmth dissipation design features a 3D-vapour cooling changer along with the copper warmth spreader and carbon pads. We didn’t face a single second the place we thought the smartphone is being heated up whereas taking part in video games or streaming video or modifying them. Nonetheless, the place you’ll be able to truly really feel it heating up is whereas charging.


Whereas the Asus ROG Cellphone is an eye fixed sweet for avid gamers and delivers the very best efficiency, one of many areas the place it lags behind is the digital camera. The handset has a 12MP predominant digital camera that, though boasting of Sony IMX 363 sensor and f/1.7 aperture didn’t appear up to speed. Whereas the day pictures seemed fantastic, the drawbacks had been seen when clicking low gentle pictures. The digital camera though does a good job in hiding the noise in low gentle, the ensuing photos aren’t as sharp as we anticipated. The colors at evening time additionally appeared a bit washed out and never pure. The quantity of sunshine that reveals up within the photos is nice although.

We’re not saying it’s a foul digital camera however then at Rs 69,999 it actually isn’t the most suitable choice. Because the handset is gamer-centric and never camera-centric, this shouldn’t have an effect on you a lot. What nonetheless, is a plus level right here is the inclusion of the wide-angle digital camera, which isn’t a standard affair with smartphones. The wide-angle secondary lens on the again is claimed to shoot 200% wider photos.

On the software program entrance, the ROG Cellphone has 16 automated scene detection modes that work nicely a lot of the instances. It will possibly additionally do real-time portraits that also looks as if a piece in progress, together with real-time beautification mode, which we hardly assume a gamer would ever use. Additionally, the person interface for the digital camera app can be improved a bit. It doesn’t appear as easy and seamless like in different smartphones.

The front-facing 8MP digital camera offers respectable outcomes at greatest. The color replica is just about good however the pores and skin tone and the portrait pictures should still provide you with a hit and miss end result. Nonetheless, the digital camera with f/2 aperture and 84-degree area of view must be ok in your Instagram and Fb posts.

Battery and equipment

Asus ROG Cellphone’s battery is respectable however sadly not the very best on the market. We did count on extra from the 4000mAh battery on condition that the smartphone has been made with avid gamers in thoughts. It’s not unhealthy. In our day by day use the ROG Cellphone stretched as much as 10-12 hours on a mean with round 5-7 hours of display screen on time, which is sort of the identical as that seen in OnePlus 6T or the Vivo Nex for that matter. Add to the truth that X Mode accelerates the UI and optimises background duties and you could discover the battery draining at a barely sooner charge. Even the Aeroactive cooler accent that comes with the gaming smartphone, takes some quantity of battery.

On the brighter facet, you get Asus ‘Hypercharge’ fast-charging tech, which isn’t the quickest however works together with Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 to ship from 0 to round 50% in nearly half hour of cost. What we did discover was that the smartphone received barely heat whereas being charged, which isn’t a deal breaker per se however nonetheless a priority for a gamer. There are some standard set of battery saver options on the software program stage as nicely. Nonetheless, if you’re on low battery, it’s attainable to make use of the accent as a battery backup.

For example, the Facet-Mounted Ports accent may act as a conveyable battery whilst you play video games in it in panorama mode. As well as, the ROG Cellphone additionally has side-mounted ports that cost the handset with out moving into your method whilst you’re taking part in.

Additionally, you will discover devoted accessory-based options beneath the Battery part within the Settings app, indicating Asus has given consideration to the smartphone’s accent as nicely as a substitute of merely making it and promoting it. For example, there are TwinView Dock battery modes whereby you’ll be able to change between Stability mode and Energy financial institution mode. The characteristic optimises using each the ROG Cellphone and the TwinView Dock accent.

So though the battery efficiency and utilization are subjective and rely upon how you employ it, for essentially the most half, you received’t complain. The options are quite a few and the assist for sure equipment simply provides to the checklist. Another equipment embody Cellular Desktop Dock, Skilled Dock and GameVice Controller.


As a standalone gaming telephone, the Asus ROG ticks all the required bins. A great AMOLED display screen, highly effective efficiency, all of the options one can ask for, giant battery and naturally – the accent assist. This, along with preserving the ROG design intact, makes the smartphone top-of-the-line gaming handsets accessible proper now. Like we mentioned above, the Rs 69,999 smartphone is just not made for everybody however avid gamers. In case you are anticipating a premium design and an ‘easy-to-use’ issue from this, then the ROG Cellphone might be not for you. On the opposite facet, it’s commendable on Asus’ half to combine the aesthetics and of its ROG laptops/desktops sequence in a smartphone.

What about ‘common’ consumers who aren’t hardcore avid gamers? For them, there’s quite a bit however maybe not well worth the price ticket that ROG telephone comes with. They get Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor powered smartphones in another flagship smartphones as nicely that look extra premium, what nonetheless makes the ROG Cellphone totally different from them is the bunch of software program and {hardware} options focused for avid gamers. Squeezable sides, facet ports, twin front-facing audio system, 3.5mm headphone jack and different such options are exhausting to search out in a single smartphone falling in the identical value bracket.

For avid gamers, the ROG Cellphone has nearly hit the bulls-eye. It has the seems to be, the ability and nearly each characteristic that you simply see in flagships. What nonetheless, stays a priority is that the gaming market continues to be at a nascent stage in India and till it doesn’t occur, Asus might have a tricky time promoting the ROG Cellphone. Nonetheless, being the primary ever gamer-centric machine in India, the ROG Cellphone undoubtedly has the higher hand.



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