ASUS showed us that throughout the conception of the ROG Phone, it didn’t happen overnight. It went through many sketches and eventually shortlisted to 4 different design inspirations – humanoid robot, stealth aircraft, tactical knife, and super car. The tactical knife, which is the 3rd out of the 4 designs, was ultimately chosen.
The ROG Phone is a smartphone that was created with functionality in mind yet focusing on aesthetics at the same time. It is a marriage between function and beauty, and you can feel it when you start using the ROG Phone. There’s just so many components packed into this sleek and slim smartphone!
At the back of the phone we can see the dual rear-facing cameras, the slightly off-centered fingerprint scanner, the ROG logo, and also a piece of metal with a piece of perforated copper inside. Yes, you can feel the perforation with your fingertips. This is supposed to help with cooling and we’ll get into that later.
With certain lighting angles, the back glass of the ROG Phone starts to look a little different as well. The first thing that came into my mind is the Huawei P20 Pro’s Pearl White which has a similar effect under different lighting conditions.
The ROG logo at the back shown above is when the lights are turned off and on. You can head into the Game Center and enable the Aura RGB to literally “outshine the competition”, as ASUS stated in the ROG Phone’s product page. The ROG Phone only has 4 lighting modes – static, breathing, color cycle, and strobing. Unsurprisingly, you can also sync it up with other Aura Sync-compatible peripherals. More on this later in the software part of this review.
Let’s not forget about the included AeroActive Cooler here. It’s literally a thin, external fan that attaches to the ROG Phone with its clamping mechanism. To my surprise, ASUS paid attention and decorated the little space when the clamp is opened. Take a look below.
It also has a ROG logo on it and has RGB as well since it’s covering the ROG logo at the back of the phone.