How often do you buy a new car? A new house? A new couch? A new raincoat, fridge, or washer and dryer?
And now: How often do you get a new cell phone?
Clearly, the upgrade cycle plays a much bigger role in the tech industry than in any other realm of consumer goods. Most people wouldn’t be embarrassed to drive a 2008 Toyota Camry or to put their food in a 2012 refrigerator (or even a 2000 fridge). But walk around with a four-year-old iPhone, and people think you’re some kind of caveman.
WITH EACH PASSING season, another wave of mobile devices is released that’s more capable and more powerful than the generation preceding it. We’re at the point where anyone armed with a current model smartphone or tablet is able to handle almost all of their at-home—and even at-work—tasks without needing anything else.
So let’s have a look on a trending smartphone that strive to take the technology to the next level. Here is just a humblebrag about it.
Asus has always been one of the ‘active’ companies every year at the Computex conference. This time at Computex 2018, which is being held in Taiwan, the company moved a step ahead in the world of gaming by launching what can be called its first even gaming smartphone — ROG Phone.
As the name strongly indicates, the new handset falls under the firm’s ROG gaming line up. Since it’s a smartphone made specifically for gamers, it is bound to have some of the best tech stuffed inside and some new features.
The ROG Phone at first glance looks stealthy and something that is — to state the obvious — built with gamers in the mind. Major design cues of the smartphone are taken from the company’s own ROG line of laptops and desktops.
It has all the basic features that a gamer requires. This not just includes the obvious additions but also some new ones.
- The ROG Phone have a 6-inch full HD+ display which is also the world’s first AMOLED screen running at 90Hz refresh rate.
We have seen Razer Phone running 120Hz refresh rate but then the screen it uses is not AMOLED.
While this may come as a welcome change for gamers, Asus says that they will also like their decision of omitting one of the trendiest screen features of 2018 – the notch.
- The smartphone has no notch, giving gamers an uncut view of what’s happening on the screen.
- Expectedly, the smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which is the most powerful mobile processors around for now.
- The processor is clubbed with 8GB RAM and Adreno 630 GPU, giving the device enough power to run apps and heavy games smoothly.
There are a couple of unusual features that one may find in the ROG Phone.
- The device has not one but dual USB ports to get charged.
- The purpose of that is that while playing a game title in the landscape mode, charging the handset by plugging the cable at the bottom can be irritating. It won’t be the case if the smartphone is being charged from the side.
- Another unusual feature in the ROG Phone is that it can be squeezed from the sides to activate the Gaming Mode.
The ROG Phone is also Asus’ first smartphone that comes with 512GB inbuilt storage, something that is rarely seen for now.
The ROG Phone has a 4000mAh battery that supports ‘Hypercharge’ fast charging tech. Asus claims this can give the smartphone 66% juice in 33 minutes, which obviously sound great to gamers.
The battery also supports Quick Charge 3.0 and Quick Charge 4.0 as well.
Also, a 3.5mm headphone jack is still there.
To play on big screens, the Mobile Desktop Dock is similar to what Samsung Dex does with the Galaxy smartphones, but only for gaming.
The WiGig Dock may also get some takers given that it can connect to your TV over the internet and has two controllers on each side of the smartphone to make gaming, specially racing games, easier.
In short, the ROG Phone seems to be ‘the’ smartphone gamers have been waiting for!
It has an AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM, up to 512GB inbuilt storage, 4000mAh battery and dual rear cameras, all in addition to a family of accessories surrounding it.
But we are yet to see how the device performs in real life, taking care of multiple games and gaming sessions that go for hours.
It’s impossible not to be impressed by the sheer amount of thought and engineering that Asus poured into the ROG Phone. This device and its mini ecosystem of gamer-friendly accessories have clearly been in the works for a while. It’s one of the most sincere and ambitious efforts to make Android gaming phones a legitimate category in its own right. I still think the task is an uphill one, but Asus deserves credit for putting its best foot forward.
The price will obviously play a major factor in the rise or downfall of the smartphone. But then, how often do you see a gaming device with powerful specifications being sold for cheap?!
Given the ludicrous specs, we should probably brace ourselves for an uncompromising price to go along with the uncompromising performance.