Hardcore gamers have trusted the elite Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand for a long time, with the label having become synonymous with gaming-focused hardware excellence since being introduced by manufacturer Asus in 2006.
Now, Asus is taking this a step further with the unveiling of the ROG Phone, the first gaming smartphone to bear the famous brand name. The device, which is set to launch in the third quarter of 2018, has been designed to be the ultimate gaming handset, offering top-of-the-line processing power and a range of features tailored to meet the specific needs of devoted players.
Making its debut at Computex 2018, the ROG Phone will undoubtedly be a hot topic of conversation in techie circles between now and its commercial launch, as the first details paint a picture of a gaming smartphone with unprecedented capabilities.
As would be expected for a gamers' smartphone, Asus was keen to emphasise during the unveiling that the ROG Phone will offer the kind of horsepower that few other mobile devices can hope to match.
ROG's long-term technology partner Qualcomm Technologies has developed the world's fastest octa-core Snapdragon 845 mobile chipset for the new phone, clocking in at a blazingly fast 2.96GHz, with a gaming-optimised Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU helping to deliver smooth, sharp visuals.
Don McGuire, vice-president for product marketing at Qualcomm Technologies, said: “Our entirely re-architected Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, with the gaming-optimised Adreno 630 GPU, is designed for speed, minimising thermal throttling and maximising 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.”
What's more, the ROG Phone will also be the first ever smartphone to feature a GameCool 3D vapour-chamber cooling system, as well as a detachable AeroActive Cooler for an extra cooling boost, further underlining Asus's intention of delivering PC-quality functionality in a mobile package.
A feature set optimised for gamers
Other key features of the ROG Phone emphasise this design principle further, with its six-inch AMOLED display combining a 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time with pin-sharp HDR visuals.
In terms of aesthetics and ergonomics, the phone delivers unique side-mounted ports to offer compatibility with standard controllers and other accessories, while its ultra-responsive onboard controls – including two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers and advanced force-feedback haptics – are designed to significantly outdo those offered by rival handsets.
Gamers can take their experience to the next level with a series of additional add-ons, such as an optional TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode, a Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style play, and a Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock that facilitates big-screen gaming via 60GHz Wi-Fi.
Other key innovations include its Aura RGB lighting and Aura Sync support, its Asus HyperCharge direct-charge technology, and its compatibility with the newly-unveiled ROG Delta gaming headset.
All of this news will serve to whip up huge demand ahead of the Q3 launch of the ROG Phone, when gamers will have a chance to see whether the cutting-edge handset is able to live up to all the hype.