Asus ROG Phone Review: Premium Gaming Smartphone

Asus launched a premium Gaming Flagship smartphone Named Asus ROG Phone. This ROG Phone was released in India on 29 Nov 2018. 
ROG Phone is priced at 69,999 in India, $959 in the US @ 128 GB Variant.

Asus Released ROG Phone in only 6GB Ram + 128GB Internal Storage Model. when I’m using Asus ROG Phone, I got a premium feeling when holding in the hand with a Dual Camera on rear and single camera setup and Beautiful Display on the front makes this Smartphone a true Gaming beast. Coming to Display Department  Asus ROG Phone uses Samsung’s Quad HD AMOLED screen which is good to see. it shares some features of Latest Flagships.


Asus ROG Phone features the Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm named SD 845 which is available on S9 Plus too. this chip is made of 10nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 2 parts; the first part features 4 x A75 low power cores which are clocked at 2.8GHz, second part features 4 x A55 high powered cores which are clocked at 1.7GHz. it has Adreno 630 GPU which increases its work by 30% compared to SD 835 the last Flagship processor from Qualcomm. it has an X20 LTE Modem which has Download and Uploads speeds of 1200 & 150MBPS. Coming to the AI Department it does not have Ai Integration built in the processor, it has Ai Optimizations which helps in AI Capabilities.


Asus ROG Phone has a Dual Camera setup the on rear and a single Camera on the front which comprises a 12MP + 8MP F/1.8 sensors in that 1 sensor are colour and 1 sensor is Monochrome and a 8MP F/2.0 Front camera user take normal, ultrawide angle and portrait images from front and back.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of  
Asus ROG Phone and Jump into the review.

Asus ROG Phone

  • 6” Full HD+ 18:9 pOLED Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Aderno 630 GPU
  • 8 GB LPDDR4X Ram
  • 128 / 512 GB Internal Storage.
  • Dual Camera: Rear 12MP OIS Dual Pixel PDAF + 8MP.
  • 8MP f/2.0 MP front camera
  • 4000mAH battery with Quick charging 4+ support
  • Android One 9.0 Pie with ROG Gaming X UI On top.
  • Rear fingerprint scanner / Volte / Dual GPS
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 5.0 / USB – C 3.1 / NFC

6″ FULL HD AMoled screen :

here in Display Department Asus ROG Phone Features an Excellent FULL HD+ 18:9 AMOLED panel screen with 402 pixels per inch, the colors are vibrant and excellent, viewing angles are perfect. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight. It is HDR Certified So you can Play HDR content on the phone without any issues. This Display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Stereo Speakers and 3.5MM Jack:

 In Asus ROG Phone, Asus Used their Stereo Speaker System with Dolby DTS which loud as Stereo Speaker System, but it does the job very well in indoor Conditions. it is Sound’s equally when compared to S10 Plus. these speakers are supported by DTS X Which is an amplifier to Amplify the sound which helps to get clear sound output from the mobile speaker.

Coming to Headphone jack and earphones, the headphone jack was equipped with UHQ 24-Bit encoder which provides a punchy and clear sound with Dolby DTS X support. the Asus DTS X headphones are good for listening to music and for taking voice calls clearly.

Build Quality : 

Asus ROG Phone is Build with a 6000 Aluminium frame on side and Gorilla Glass 6 on front and back of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla glass 5 like OnePlus 6t. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with 6000 Series Aluminium and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with build quality. It is well built with an 18:9 Aspect ratio and the bezels are shrunk down to place a Almost 6″ AMOLED screen.

Rear fingerprint scanner: 

Asus ROG Phone Features an Rear fingerprint sensor. By looks, it is so Small to see but, very fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user. This placement of this sensor is on the Rear top Side of the phone.

Face unlocking:

Asus ROG Phone Uses the face unlock with its 8MP RGB Camera. the face unlocking is Quite fast and Secure. it works in the pitch dark conditions with medium Amount of light from the AMOLED Panel.

Weight balance: 

Blackshark 2 SmartPhone weighs 200 Grams, it feels Heavy with 6″ Screen and 4000 mAh battery equipped. This Asus ROG Phone can be used by one hand. The weight balance is done very well on the device. After using a Week You will notice that.

Battery life:

 My Asus ROG Phone lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 23% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 4000 mAH Battery. The ideal drain of ROG Phone is very low as other Latest Flagship’s. the Quick charge 4+ makes a difference and charges the phone in 95 min which is good.


Android 9 Pie Operating System :

Android 9 Pie present on the ROG Phone is very fast & so fluid, No lags were noticed. It has no bloatware like Pixel Devices. There are some extra features like Inbuilt Face Unlock System, Direct video calling feature, Always on Display, Perfect Gaming Mode makes this Android 9 Pie OS special for Blackshark. there are some Battery Optimizations Present on Android 9 pie makes Blackshark 2 SmartPhone last longer.

Performance: 

My Blackshark 2 SmartPhone managed to do day to day tasks very well like the lastest Flagships. there are No issues and problems with the Operating system and there are no heating issues with Asus ROG Phone.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is done very well on this ROG SmartPhone. It features 6 GB LPDDR4X Ram and I did not notice any lags with the device and there are no reloading of apps on this ROG Phone. Multitasking experience is nice.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game. this over clocked Snapdragon 845 Processor is very suitable for heavy gaming.

the Game Mode helps a bit in gaming with out any Distractions of Notifiactions from differnt Apps

Pressure sensitive buttons are present 4 sides on the ROG phoneG which helps in Easy Gameplay in favorite Games like Asphalt 9 and PUBG.

Call Quality :

the Call quality on Asus ROG Phone is very good and there are no issues with cellular call quality on Volte. we have taken long calls in a day and the other party doesn’t complain. the earpiece is included on the front side & its very loud. the Voice Calls From speaker is also Good and Clear. 

Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department, Asus ROG Phone features a Dual Camera setup on the back of the device and a single camera on the front of the device. this Camera system works perfectly in Asus ROG Phone. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

Dual Camera system: 

Asus ROG Phone takes good quality photos in daylight and low light conditions. The images have good clarity and exposure levels are under control. When you take images in very low light conditions the images come a bit dark. though it is a Gaming phone we cannot expect More Camera Performance.

Video recording can be done up to 4k @ 60fps .the video footage has good Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Optical image Stabilization is good in 4k @ 60fps And Good, Doing the job in 1080p @ 30fps FHD recording.

Selfie camera :

 ROG Phone features a 20MP selfie camera with large 1.22 μm pixel size and 80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.0. Picture quality is good. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range.

Front Selfie camera can record Video at 1080p @ 30fps which is good and a bit wide with EIS On which is good.

This single camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artifical Intelligence.I

IP68 Water and Dust Resistance:

Asus ROG Phone has IP68 Water and Dust Resistance which is good for a Flagship Gaming Device. it does the job done.

Coloured ROG LOGO:

Asus ROG

We can see the coloured Rog Logo on this gaming smartphone which looks cool and interesting. this used to definr the true Hardcore gamer.

Aero Active Cooling System:

Asus ROG

Asus has implemented a powerful cooling system from inside and outside. Here the internal Cooling system Works Perfectly. If you want to use External Cooling system, we can use the Aero Active Cooling System which is provided in the Box. This Does the Work as its name. We can find a USB-C Port and 3.5mm jack on the Aero Active Cooling System which is good to Use when The Phone is available in Low Battery Conditions. This system can be connected from the side with a USB-C Port.

Wide range of Accessories:

Asus ROG

Asus Released Wide range of accessories for ROG Phone for Perfect gaming and Other tasks to carry on. The accessories are named as Asus Game Vice, Dual screen and Professional Dock.

CONS

Pictures Has A bit Noise in Low light and Night Conditions

Slow Android Version Updates. Asus Need to Release the New Version Upgrades Fastly to tjis Premium gaming Smartphone.

VERDICT

Who can Get Asus ROG Phone view: 
if you want a True Gaming Phone with Extra Gaming Features like 4 Pressure sensitive Buttons and a Whopping AMOLED Full HD+ screen, without thinking about the processor then you can go with Asus ROG Phone.

If you want good gaming smartphone at low cost you go to Blackshark 2 or if you want a good AMOLED Screen with 855 Processor triple camera setup then you can go with other new Flagships like S10 plus, LG Thinq Devices.

If you are using Asus ROG SmartPhone then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this.

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