Asus ROG Phone officially arrives in Italy
Announced at Computex 2018 by Asus, the ROG Phone is one of the most interesting smartphones dedicated to gaming around. Today, at the official presentation, we had the confirmation of its arrival in Italy and we had the opportunity to try it briefly together with the complete range of accessories.
Let’s start with the complete technical specifications of the configuration that will be available in Italy:
- Processor: Snapdragon 845 optimized at 2.96Ghz
- GPU: Adreno 630
- Display: 6.0 ″ AMOLED with FullHD + (2160 × 1080) 18: 9 resolution and HDR support. 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time
- Dimensions: 15.8 x 76.2 x 8.6 mm
- Weight: 200g
- Drums: 4000mAh
- RAM: 8 GB LPDDR4
- Internal memory: 128 GB UFS 2.1
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / n / g / n / ac / ad 2 × 2 MIMO. Bluetooth 5.0. LTE cat 18 with downloads up to 1.2 Gbit / s
- GPS: Gps, aGPS, Glonass, BeiDou
- I / O ports: 1 USB-C 3.1, 1 USB-C 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Cameras: 2 rear (12MP + 8MP 120 ° wide angle) and 1 front 8MP
- Speakers: Dual front stereo speakers with amplifier, 24-bit / 192KHz Hi-Res audio. Virtual surround sound DTS Headphone: X 7.1.
- Other specifications: NFC, 2 air-trigger sensors.
Let’s start talking about the CPU: it is a Snapdragon 845 optimized in collaboration with Qualcomm itself: unlike all the other smartphones that mount it, the ROG Phone can push it up to 2.96GHz offering us an experience without lag or slowdowns. To avoid overheating on board we find the cooling system Gamecool: through a 3D vapor chamber we obtain a higher cooling efficiency and we also have a greater heat dissipation area. To push the performance to the maximum we will have to activate the X-Mode: notifications are deactivated, the RAM is freed but above all the processor is pushed to the maximum.
On board we find a 4000mAh battery that allows us up to 7 hours of play with Wi-Fi connection. Technology ROG Hyperchargepresent in the charger and not in the phone itself, will allow us to reach 60% only after 33 minutes of charging, without overheating our device in any way.
The display is a Full-HD Plus AMOLED unit with 90Hz refresh rate support and 1ms response time. There is no lack of support HDR for even greater visual quality.
As for the design, we find two really interesting goodies. The first is the second door Side USB 3.0: allows us to charge the smartphone while we play without having the cable in our hands. The second gem is the tactile sensors AIRTRIGGERS: these are two touch sensors located on the right side that simulate the triggers of the controllers. They will allow us to have more free screen and greater comfort in holding it.
In addition to the ROG Phone, all the accessories dedicated to him will also arrive in Italy:
- Areoactive Cooler: it is a portable fan that attaches to the smartphone via the side USB-C port. It allows you to maintain an ideal temperature during long gaming sessions and offers us an additional USB-C port and a 3.5 headphone jack. It is included free of charge in the sales package.
- Twinview Dock: is a portable dock that adds an extra screen and two physical buttons. The second screen can be used to view additional information during gaming sessions or for live stream functions.
- Mobile Desktop Dock: allows you to connect ROG Phone to an external monitor, mouse and keyboard. The smartphone can be used as an auxiliary display, and can be connected to a wired Gigabit LAN. There is also one Professional Dock for additional ports and better connectivity options.
- Gamevice: is a controller that connects to the sides of the phone by adding physical buttons. It can be used in conjunction with the WiGig Dock to cast the screen to a low latency TV or monitor.
Let’s finish with the release date and price in Italy: the ROG Phone will be available for purchase on October 25 at a price of € 899; the pre-order will be possible from October 18th. You can buy it inAsus eShopin Asus Gold Store and in stores / site Vodafone. With Vodafone it will be possible to buy it in installments with the exclusive plan (dedicated to under 30s) Shake Remix Unlimited: we will have monthly installments of 29.99 and we will have to advance € 49.99 for the phone.
Asus has also thought of an exclusive warranty service for this device, the ROG Phone Swap. It allows us to immediately receive a completely new Rog Phone in the first 6 months and a refurbished unit up to the 18th month. The peculiarity is that we will receive the replacement device at the same time we return the malfunctioning one, to allow us not to wait even a day.
We also report the partnership with Madfinger Games who has optimized all of his games for the ROG Phone. The new Shadowgun Legends for example it will run at a fixed 90fps.
We haven’t had much time to test it, but first impressions are certainly great. The build quality seems to be at the highest levels, we have tried 3 games and in none of these we have encountered any kind of slowdown or lag. Excellent screen, the refresh rate of 90hz it is simply spectacular.
The range of accessories is also excellent, but above all we appreciate the choice of asus to add the Areoactive Cooler in the sales package. We can’t wait to try it out in depth, to offer you the full review.