With the rising popularity of mobile gaming and improvement in smartphone performance, it was inevitable for new models built solely for high-performance gaming to appear. We saw it first when Razer launched its Razer Phone last year, now we get to see another one that is potentially much better – the ROG Phone.

The mobile gaming segment is huge and the quality of games  are such that gaming phones are starting to make sense.

The mobile gaming segment is huge and the quality of games are such that gaming phones are starting to make sense.

Unveiled at a press launch in COMPUTEX 2018, the new device from ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) is the brand’s first gaming smartphone. It uses ASUS’ own 3D vapour chamber technology, previously used in its ROG G700 series gaming notebooks, along with a carbon cooling pad and copper heat spreaders for amazing cooling performance.

A three-part cooling system keeps the device at cool temperatures.

A three-part cooling system keeps the device at cool temperatures.

The video quality of the ROG Phone is no short of amazing. Its sweet 6-inch AMOLED display not only has a refresh rate of 90Hz and 1ms of response time, it also supports 108% of DCI-P3 wide colour gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio and HDR. You’ll also find two front facing speakers that can output high max volume, which adds to the whole gaming experience.

Fast refresh rate and response time, for a greater game video quality.

To make it more comfortable to use when gaming, ASUS has gone with side-mounted ports, meaning that you won’t have cables in the way when trying to hold the device in landscape mode. In addition, two programmable AirTriggers that will be very useful for mobile gaming.

Touch-sensitive AirTriggers were also added to the device, so you have less fingers blocking the screen.

Touch-sensitive AirTriggers were also added to the device, so you have less fingers blocking the screen.

Under the hood of the ROG Phone is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, with the specially-binned chips used to ensure that it can deliver the best in class performance. Its Kyro GPU is overclocked to 2.96GHz, pushing graphics performance to the absolute limits. We’ve attached some pictures of benchmark scores provided by ASUS below for your reference.

A phone can’t be called a gaming phone if its battery goes kaput too fast, so the ROG Phone has that covered as well with a robust 4,000 mAh battery that is expected to last around 7.5 hours while gaming. And once it starts running low, you can hook it up to the ROG Hypercharge adapter to give it a 60% battery boost in 33 minutes.

The front has two speakers that are surprisingly powerful.

Dual camera, more speakers, and a ROG logo that glows.

The ROG Phone is also set to be accompanied by a range of option expansion accessories. This includes the TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode, Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming, and the Gamevice controller plus WiGig Dock using 802.11ad Wi-Fi support for big-screen gaming.

WiGig controller that connects directly to the ROG Phone.

WiGig controller that connects directly to the ROG Phone.

Receiver for the WiGig, attaches to chosen display.

Dock or the WiGig, attaches to chosen display.

Mobile Desktop Dock

Mobile Desktop Dock

Mobile Desktop Dock - back

Mobile Desktop Dock – back

Mobile Desktop Dock - side

Mobile Desktop Dock – side

The TwinView Dock let's you have two screens within easy view.

The TwinView Dock let’s you have two screens within easy view.