A few companies are competing to produce the best gaming smartphone, but it’s hard to say that anyone does it better than Asus with its ROG lineup. The ROG Phone 6 series, which boasts some significant spec increases, was announced by Asus today.
There are two models of the Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) Phone 6 series . Both the standard ROG Phone 6 and the upgraded ROG Phone 6 Pro are available.
These two gadgets are remarkably similar at their core. Both operate on top of Qualcomm’s recently unveiled Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which has received some performance and efficiency improvements that should work well with the lineup’s emphasis on gaming.
With Asus’ improved cooling system, which is touted to reduce the CPU temperature by as much as 10C, that chip should be kept nice and cool as well.
Both devices also have the same FHD 6.78-inch AMOLED display, which has a maximum frame rate of 165Hz, a touch sampling rate of 720Hz, and a peak brightness of 1200 nits.
The only area where these two phones differ from one another in terms of specifications is with memory. The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro is the only variant having 18GB of RAM on board; the base model comes with either 12GB or 16GB of RAM. Both feature non-expandable storage options of 256GB or 512GB.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro has a tiny AMOLED panel that can be modified using software as a second display, which is another significant distinction between the two gadgets. These phones come pre-installed with Android 12 and an Asus-designed ROG UI; let’s hope it receives better support than Asus’s partnership with Qualcomm.
A 50MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultrawide lens, and a 5MP macro lens make up the triple camera array on the rear, which completes the specification sheet. A 12MP selfie camera is also there up front. Along with its two front-facing speakers, the phone offers an IPX4 water resistance rating and a headphone port.
A 6,000 mAh battery in the battery section is divided into two cells for faster and safer charging, with a maximum output of 65W through USB-C from any of the two ports. Along with the ROG Phone 6 series, Asus is also introducing a brand-new active cooling fan, the ROG Kunai controller, and two sets of truly wireless earbuds.
The standard model will cost 999 euros in Europe, while the most expensive model, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro, will cost 1299 euros. One or both should eventually make it to the US market, though Asus typically holds off on announcing a release date until later.