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Wrapping up the ASUS ROG Phone review

Okay, alright. This smartphone has its arrival rumored and predicted for months prior to its release. Ever since its debut back at Computex 2018, I consistently received the question of “when will the ASUS ROG Phone be released?”

After more than 4 months – it’s finally here. It’s a smartphone made specifically for gaming – and ASUS did it so right, that the ROG Phone is miles ahead of its competitions. The AirTriggers is something truly useful for gamers and I find myself using it way too often. Imagine playing Asphalt 9 without touching the screen.

ASUS ROG Phone
AirTriggers is the biggest boon here.

The utilities are useful as well. Game Center and Game Genie are the companion that made the ROG Phone become the ultimate gaming phone to date. It can record macros, record game footages, broadcast the gameplay via live stream – just to name a few.

However, the X Mode seems more like a secondary profile with different brightness level only. The AeroActive Cooler didn’t help much in terms of cooling the phone and functions more like an adapter to convert the custom 48-pin connector to become a USB-C + 3.5mm audio jack at the side.

ASUS ROG Phone

In terms of charging and data transfer, a slower USB-C port at the bottom and a speedier USB-C at the side is rather confusing as well. It wouldn’t hurt to make both of them the same, would it?

While 90Hz did make the entire usage experience buttery smooth, there are many games that are locked in 30FPS or 60FPS only. While Asphalt 9 does run at 90Hz, you’ll have to play it in lower graphical settings as the Snapdragon 845 GPU just isn’t powerful enough. Perhaps speed-bin the GPU instead of CPU next time?

Overall, I’ll still say that the ROG Phone is indeed the one smartphone to get if you are serious about mobile gaming. Other than that, it has a decent camera which does take decent shots. The ROG Phone is available in two storage variants, and you’ll have to be the judge whether it is worth it or not. Remember – the ROG Phone does not have microSD card slot.

From ZenFones to an ROG Phone, it’s a pretty big leap for ASUS and it’s a totally different perspective for us consumers as well. ZenFones have polished the ZenUI throughout the years, and ROG Phone builds upon it to create the best smartphone gaming experience to date. ASUS knows what mobile gamers want, and they did a good job integrated these demands into the ROG Phone. AirTriggers, especially. Now, I can’t use other phones to play PUBG Mobile anymore because I got used to AirTriggers. 🤪


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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Materials
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Software
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Connectivity and ports
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Screen
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Specifications
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Camera
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Battery and charger
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