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Say hello to the latest gaming smartphone

Asus Rog Phone gaming smartphone render against a black background. Asus

The Asus ROG Phone has been announced by the Taiwanese company at Computex 2018, marking the latest entry in the gaming smartphone category.

The ROG Phone packs a 2.96Ghz Snapdragon 845 chipset (Asus claims it’s the “world’s fastest speed-binned” Snapdragon 845), up to 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery.

Asus has also delivered a 6-inch 2,160 x 1,080 AMOLED HDR display with 90Hz refresh rate. It’s not quite 120Hz like the Razer Phone, but at least you’re getting AMOLED technology as well.

Other noteworthy specs include a 12MP regular plus 8MP wide-angle rear camera pairing, 8MP selfie camera, dual front-facing stereo speakers, NFC support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and (of course) RGB lighting.

Gaming-related features?

Asus Rog gaming phone front and back against black background. Asus

Interestingly enough, Asus has added three AirTrigger ultrasonic touch sensors on the phone. These essentially give you shoulder triggers when holding the phone in landscape fashion. The company adds that the triggers are programmable in games, but they can also be used to launch specific apps and toggle tasks. Asus cited one-handed mode as one possible toggle for the AirTriggers.

The whacky decisions don’t stop there, as the phone has a side-mounted USB Type C port for an optional WiGig gaming dock. This is in addition to a standard USB Type-C port at the bottom.

Another noteworthy gaming-related feature is X Mode. And yes, much like other gaming phones, this is essentially a performance mode for the ROG Phone. The company says X Mode raises the minimum clock speed and restricts tasks to the four fastest cores.

 

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