Taiwanese smartphone and PC hardware brand ASUS today launched the ROG Phone in India, its first gaming smartphone. The ASUS ROG Phone was unveiled at Computex 2018 in Taipei in June this year. Not only is the ROG Phone the first gaming smartphone from ASUS but it is also the first proper gaming smartphone to be launched in India. This means the ASUS ROG Phone has no real rival in the Indian market at present. Apart from the gaming-specific features, the ROG Phone is on par with other Android flagship smartphones in most other areas.
ASUS ROG Phone: Price, Availability
The ASUS ROG Phone has been launched as a Flipkart-exclusive in India. It has been priced at INR 69,999 in India and will be available for sale on Flipkart starting today. Consumers can avail No Cost EMI option across all major credit as well as select debit cards for up to 12 months. ASUS has tied up with Reliance Jio to offer cashback of INR 5,000 and 4GB of data per day with the INR 509 plan. ASUS is also offering accessories like the Mobile Desktop Dock to use the ROG Phone as a desktop PC, Twin-View Dock to add a second display to the phone, Game Vice Controller for a console-like experience, and a modular case.
Since the ROG Phone is the company’s flagship smartphone, ASUS is promising flagship service experience to customers in India. Some of the benefits that ROG Phone owners will be able to avail include Invoice-free Walk-in, free pick-up and drop, as well as device swap at service centers.
ASUS ROG Phone: Specs, Features
The ASUS ROG Phone offers a “battle-hardened construction” with precision-crafted 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and 3D-curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the back. The back of the phone also features a Republic of Gamers (ROG) logo with the company’s Aura RGB lighting and Aura Sync support. For precise control while gaming, there are Ultrasonic sensors on the sides of the phone. In order to deliver an immersive gaming experience, ASUS ROG Phone features a 6.0-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 2160 pixels Full HD+ resolution, 1ms pixel response time, 108.6% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, 90Hz refresh rate, and HDR certification.
Powering the ROG Phone is a speed-binned Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC clocked at an impressive 2.96 GHz with an Adreno 630 GPU. In addition to the speed-binned Snapdragon 845 SoC, the ROG Phone uses a GameCool system with a highly efficient 3D vapor-chamber cooling solution. The AeroActive cooler inside provides an instant extra cooling boost to ensure maximum sustained performance while gaming. ASUS claims the four-speed fan system can cool the surface temperature by up to 4.7° C. Moving on to the memory department, ROG Phone comes equipped with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
In the camera department, the gaming smartphone offers a dual-camera setup at the rear with a 12MP Sony IMX363 dual-pixel image sensor and a secondary 8MP snapper with a 120-degree wide-angle lens. On the front is an 8MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture and various PixelMaster camera modes. In the audio department, ROG Phone impresses with dual front-facing speakers with dual NXP 9874 smart amplifier, Hi-Res audio support, and DTS X Ultra 7.1-channel surround sound. Fueling the ROG Phone is a 4000mAh capacity non-removable battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 support. ASUS claims the gaming smartphone can provide up to 7.2 hours of gameplay and 14 hours of video playback time on Wi-Fi. Some of the other key features of the ROG Phone include a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, IPX4 splash resistance, Face recognition, triple internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology, ZeniMoji Live Emojis, dual USB Type-C charging ports, and Wi-Fi 802.11ad support for download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps. On the software front, ASUS ROG Phone will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo-based custom ROG UI out of the box.