The Asus ROG is another attempt to make smartphone gaming happen

Asus Launches ROG Phone - Company's First Ever Gaming Smartphone

Asus has a monster phone for serious mobile gamers

There is a lot of great things packed into the phone and its various accessories, but at the end of the day, it is doubtful anyone will ever really care about the ROG, partly because of game support and more obviously, cost.

The Asus Phone features a 6-inch full HD+ AMOLED display, which comes thin bezels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. And now, it's making smartphones!

Additionally, the phone features dual front-facing speakers, up to 512GB of internal storage and two USB Type-C ports, one on the bottom and the other on the side. If you're anxious about thermal throttling, ASUS has taken steps to ensure that won't be happening by including vapor-chamber cooling and copper heat spreading to dissipate heat quicker than most phones.

To avoid CPU throttling, the device gets a 3D vapor-chamber design for better cooling.

There's also the Mobile Desktop Dock which allows users to pair their ROG Phone to a desktop monitor. We should know more closer to launch, but in the meantime, what do you think of the latest TUF products?

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Designed for multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, the ROG Strix Hero II comes packing a 144Hz display, 3ms response time and a desktop-style keyboard with 20mm keystrokes.

Unfortunately, Asus was not ready to talk about the price but did say it should be available in the third quarter.

Of course, that won't be easy, considering that smartphone games are usually created to run across a range of devices, fast and slow. 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.

HDR support is also on the cards, with native support for the Amazon, Netflix and Youtube HDR standards, as well as the ability to convert SDR content to HDR on the fly - just like Sony's Xperia XZ2.

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. You can fit up to a 280mm radiator in the roof, and a 360mm one in the front, so you would have plenty of room for a custom loop, or even a large AIO cooler. Lastly, there is the TwinView Dock, which has a clamshell design. And because it is an ASUS device for gamers, it has a fully programmable RGB ROG logo on the back, because of course it does. The ROG brand makes gaming computers, gaming PC components, peripherals, and accessories. Asus hasn't mentioned the Android version running on this device, but we expect it to run Android 8.1 Oreo. There is also a 30mm gap behind the motherboard tray to bunch your cables up and keep them out of sight, while also being able to close the side panel easily. The most notable accessory is a the Gamevice controller, which adds a form of split gamepad to the handset.

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