Asus introduced two new gadgets in its gaming-focused Republic of Gamers telephone lineup, the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro. They’re gamer telephones for avid gamers who like to recreation, and the upgraded shows look fairly spectacular.
Both fashions run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, and include up to 512GB of storage. They have 6.78-inch OLED screens, the identical measurement as the earlier ROG Phone 5S, however their 165Hz refresh charges and 720Hz touch-sampling charges are each substantial enhancements over the final mannequin. They have 6,000mAh batteries, identical as earlier fashions, and an upgraded three-camera setup. The Phone 6 will begin at €999 and the 6 Pro at €1,299 — they’re set to launch in the UK and Europe first, and Asus says they’ll come to the US, India and elsewhere later.
The ROG Phone 6 is available in black and white, and the 6 Pro solely in white. The largest distinction between the two fashions is the second OLED display screen on the again of the 6 Pro, which is form of cool trying however not usually very sensible. You also can get a bit more RAM on the Pro mannequin — the Phone 6 tops out at 16GB of reminiscence, however the Pro will go up to 18GB. Suffice to say the common Phone 6 mannequin will in all probability be sufficient for most individuals.
Asus is clearly making an attempt to construct a telephone you could possibly additionally use as your on a regular basis machine; the firm has been slowly refining the ROG Phone’s design over the previous few fashions so it doesn’t scream “gamer phone!” fairly so loudly. But that is very a lot nonetheless a gamer telephone. Much of the telephone’s design is about optimizing cooling, as an illustration, and the phrase “we developed a unique 360-degree CPU cooling technology” was undoubtedly uttered throughout the product’s announcement stream. (The vapor chamber is 30% bigger now!) Asus even up to date the Aeroactive Cooler accent, which is principally only a large clip-on fan that doubles as a easy controller for taking part in video games.
The telephone’s specs are as spectacular as ever, notably the show’s refresh and response charges. But as traditional with the ROG Phones, the query is: to what finish? You don’t want 18GB of RAM to play even the most complex video games on Android. Asus has a considerably spotty historical past of well timed software program updates, too, and is simply promising two years of Android and safety updates for these gadgets. For the value, you possibly can in all probability discover a machine to do most telephone issues higher. And whilst cloud gaming brings more high-powered video games to your smartphone, you simply don’t want as a lot on-device power to make them work properly. The ROG Phone 6 is a cool machine, however nonetheless doesn’t seem to be a really sensible one.