Computex 2018: ASUS ROG announces ROG gaming smartphone

Gadgets, Smartphones

At the For Those Who Dare press event at Computex 2018, ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) unveiled a new lineup of gaming products, including the ROG gaming smartphone.

A 6-inch smartphone designed specifically for high-performance mobile gaming, it is powered by the world’s fastest speed-binned 2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 845 Mobile Platform with gaming-optimized Qualcomm® AdrenoTM 630 GPU.

Says Don McGuire, Vice President, Global Product Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc:

“Qualcomm Technologies and ASUS have enjoyed great successes over many years and we are thrilled to be at the core of their newest cutting-edge device, the ROG Phone,” said McGuire.

“Our entirely re-architected Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with the gaming-optimized Adreno 630 GPU is designed for speed, minimizing thermal throttling and maximizing battery efficiency so users can play longer. Snapdragon 845 is engineered to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience; supporting exceptional performance, fast and smooth graphics, and Gigabit speeds whether on LTE or 802.11ad Wi-Fi.”

Also on board is the GameCool vapor-chamber cooling system — with detachable AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost — which the company says offers blur-free high frame rates in the heat of battle, while the AMOLED display blends 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time.

The phone also features unique side-mounted ports, and enhanced, ultra-responsive game controls — including two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics — so gamers can focus all their skills on the game.

A range of powerful expansion accessories promise to further enhances the ROG Phone gaming experience: including the optional TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode; the Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming; and the Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock using 60GHz Wi-Fi for big- screen gaming.

Other ROG Phone innovations include ASUS Aura RGB lighting and Aura Sync support, plus ASUS HyperCharge direct-charge technology for faster, safer and cooler battery charging.

At Computex, ROG also announced ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, the world’s first tri-band 802.11ax router with Wi-Fi speeds of over 10,000Mbps, and introduced products in other brand-new categories, including the ROG Ryujin and ROG Ryuo CPU coolers and ROG Thor 1200W Platinum power supply. Rounding out the press event were the announcements of the ROG Delta gaming headset and the ROG Strix SCAR II and ROG Strix Hero II gaming laptops.

Says ASUS Chairman, Jonney Shih:

“Today is a celebration of those who dare to be different. Twelve years ago, ROG was founded out of our desire to create a full lineup of ultimate gear designed for gaming victory. Now, through the dedication of ROG engineers, designers, professional gamers and enthusiasts around the world, we have achieved these goals and distilled them into the essence of ROG. We will carry this spirit forward as we strive to create the next generation of gaming innovations.”

Chris Price
For latest tech stories go to