Asus ROG Strix Has Thin Bezels and a Bossy Keyboard

Asus ROG Strix Has Thin Bezels and a Bossy Keyboard

Asus is the latest smartphone maker to jump into this emerging market with the ROG Phone. It also features not one, but two USB-C ports, one for regular charging, the other for accessories and for charging it while playing in portrait orientation. With Asus' proprietary Armoury II software, all buttons on the mouse are customisable and it comes with three profiles stored directly on its internal storage. For starters, the ROG Phone ships with a cooling mechanism in the box.

Cooling is handled by ROG's GameCool system, which employs "highly efficient 3D vapor-chamber cooling".

Yu also said that Asus is working with mobile game developers to have games support the phone's configuration.

If you hate the text on the front, Asus says you'll be able to swap out the front panel.

Mobile gaming has come a long way since the likes of Angry Birds and Candy Crush. Still, ASUS has got a lot right here with the ASUS ROG Phone, and it may certainly give competitors a run for the best gaming phone of 2018.

Brutally fast and with an utterly gorgeous display, this is the finest gaming smartphone to grace the earth - if your idea of a great smartphone is one that's ready for serious PUBG sessions while on the train, plane or on-the-go, then this was built for you. The gaming-oriented smartphone will take on the likes of the Razer phone, and features an AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, is powered by an over-clocked Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and support for an external cooling fan. And this time around it's a 144Hz refresh, 3 ms response time IPS display, much like our favorite gaming monitors.

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There's a huge 8GB of RAM inside of the ASUS ROG Phone, and camera wise we have an 8-megapixel up front and 12/8-megapixel ultra-wide on the back, with a rear fingerprint sensor joining the fray.

Next, is a weird clamshell accessory that turns the ROG Phone into a dual screen phone.

Asus has not mentioned a price for the ROG Phone as of yet, but it will be surprisingly to see this device - especially with the added accessories - launching any cheaper than the Nintendo Switch at $299 / £279.

Though Asus uses thumbscrews for the window, the company is concerned that they may be too tight to remove by hand so it includes a gaming tag that also serves as a screwdriver. The click of a button switches between standard stereo output and simulated surround speakers, so you can easily adapt to different games, music, and other media.

WiGig Dock - a 60GHz 802.11ad dock that works with the Gamevice gamepad and lets you stream to a TV. The clamshell houses an extra 6,000 mAh battery so that you don't drain your phone's battery halfway through the day. Asus hasn't mentioned the Android version running on this device, but we expect it to run Android 8.1 Oreo. After all, if your handset overheats, it doesn't really matter how powerful your hardware is, because it'll be throttled down to cool off.

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