Asus ROG Phone review

8.1/10 AVG.
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8.1/10
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The Asus ROG Phone currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.96 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Authority

The ASUS ROG Phone is built with gamers in mind, but unfortunately finds itself somewhat limited by the lackluster mobile gaming market. The good news is it's still an excellent phone, even outside of gaming. If you want an Android powerhouse, this one is certainly up for the job.

- Kevin Parrish, Android Authority
AndroidPIT

If you’ve got $900 to burn and you're in the market for a top smartphone that doubles as a high end handheld gaming device, then you’ve got it right here. Just don’t expect it to match ‘mainstream’ Galaxy S phones or iPhones in photography.

- Nicholas Montegriffo, AndroidPIT
Notebookcheck

The device is powerful, and ASUS has tried to create a gaming ecosystem with numerous accessories, but the device has a few drawbacks that prevent it from garnering top marks.

- Inge Schwabe, Notebookcheck
PhoneArena

Build quality is top-notch and its aesthetics balance serious looks with serious performance quite well. Internally, we have the best hardware you can currently get on an Android phone and a company that knows how to make the most of it. In fact, Asus couldn’t stop making hardware for it and produce...

- Corey Gaskin, PhoneArena
Stuff

Take away the fluffy extras and games seem just as they do on any phone with a Snapdragon 845. And you’d ideally want a phone like this to appear along with a new processor, not just as the follow-up is about to appear. The kinda weird bits are what actually set the ROG Phone apart, like the odd inv...

- Andrew Williams, Stuff


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Common Questions


Asus released the ROG Phone on October 18, 2018.


Asus backs up the ROG Phone with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your ROG Phone has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Asus support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Asus's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6"

The Asus ROG Phone's screen size is 6 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.96 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.96 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/512 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery.

ROG Phone Specs

Overview
Release date October 18, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.96 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128/512 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.88 x 7.62 x 0.86 cm (6.3 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 200 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Yes
Rugged design No
IP Rating Unknown
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, 90Hz refresh rate with 1ms pixel response time, HDR, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Unknown
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (8 MP 2nd camera, 120° wide-angle)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Android Authority

The perfect mobile weapon for your ROG arsenal

from Android Authority

The ASUS ROG Phone is built with gamers in mind, but unfortunately finds itself somewhat limited by the lackluster mobile gaming market. The good news is it's still an excellent phone, even outside of gaming. If you want an Android powerhouse, this one is certainly up for the job.

Read full review

The ASUS ROG Phone is built with gamers in mind, but unfortunately finds itself somewhat limited by the lackluster mobile gaming market. The good news is it's still an excellent phone, even outside of gaming. If you want an Android powerhouse, this one is certainly up for the job.

Read full review

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AndroidPIT

The top-class smartphone for gamers

from AndroidPIT

If you’ve got $900 to burn and you're in the market for a top smartphone that doubles as a high end handheld gaming device, then you’ve got it right here. Just don’t expect it to match ‘mainstream’ Galaxy S phones or iPhones in photography.

Read full review

If you’ve got $900 to burn and you're in the market for a top smartphone that doubles as a high end handheld gaming device, then you’ve got it right here. Just don’t expect it to match ‘mainstream’ Galaxy S phones or iPhones in photography.

Read full review

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Notebookcheck

Sets new standards for mobile smartphone gaming

from Notebookcheck

The device is powerful, and ASUS has tried to create a gaming ecosystem with numerous accessories, but the device has a few drawbacks that prevent it from garnering top marks.

Read full review

The device is powerful, and ASUS has tried to create a gaming ecosystem with numerous accessories, but the device has a few drawbacks that prevent it from garnering top marks.

Read full review

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PhoneArena

Great gaming performance and experience

from PhoneArena

Build quality is top-notch and its aesthetics balance serious looks with serious performance quite well. Internally, we have the best hardware you can currently get on an Android phone and a company that knows how to make the most of it. In fact, Asus couldn’t stop making hardware for it and pr...More

Build quality is top-notch and its aesthetics balance serious looks with serious performance quite well. Internally, we have the best hardware you can currently get on an Android phone and a company that knows how to make the most of it. In fact, Asus couldn’t stop making hardware for it and produced a bunch of really neat accessories to go along with the ROG Phone.

Read full review

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Stuff

A great gaming device

from Stuff

Take away the fluffy extras and games seem just as they do on any phone with a Snapdragon 845. And you’d ideally want a phone like this to appear along with a new processor, not just as the follow-up is about to appear. The kinda weird bits are what actually set the ROG Phone apart, like the od...More

Take away the fluffy extras and games seem just as they do on any phone with a Snapdragon 845. And you’d ideally want a phone like this to appear along with a new processor, not just as the follow-up is about to appear. The kinda weird bits are what actually set the ROG Phone apart, like the odd invisible shoulder buttons. And the fan that’s actually most useful as a way to make attaching a power cable and pair of headphones while gaming less annoying.

Read full review

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Digital Trends

It's so fast it has a clip-on fan, but this phone isn't just for gamers

from Digital Trends

If you want a gaming phone, the Razer Phone 2 is the most obvious direct competitor; but it’s not quite the all-rounder the ROG Phone is. If you want a gaming phone without the massive price, the Honor Play is also a great purchase. The iPhone XS and XS Max are also excellent gaming smartphones...More

If you want a gaming phone, the Razer Phone 2 is the most obvious direct competitor; but it’s not quite the all-rounder the ROG Phone is. If you want a gaming phone without the massive price, the Honor Play is also a great purchase. The iPhone XS and XS Max are also excellent gaming smartphones, due to the A12 Bionic processor and considerable developer support.

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TechNave

This phone is just ridiculously strong

from TechNave

Even without turning on its Super Saiyan mode, it's already capable of beating out most other flagships. Combine that with a thoughtful ergonomic design, innovative AirTrigger function, decent camera performance and compatible with various innovative gaming accessories, I think RM3499 is worth it for serious mobile gamers.

Read full review

Even without turning on its Super Saiyan mode, it's already capable of beating out most other flagships. Combine that with a thoughtful ergonomic design, innovative AirTrigger function, decent camera performance and compatible with various innovative gaming accessories, I think RM3499 is worth it for serious mobile gamers.

Read full review

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Cnet

The best way to play games on Android

from Cnet

Let there be no doubt: this is a serious gaming phone. Nongamers should look at the Pixel 3, OnePlus 6 or Galaxy Note 9 instead.

Read full review

Let there be no doubt: this is a serious gaming phone. Nongamers should look at the Pixel 3, OnePlus 6 or Galaxy Note 9 instead.

Read full review

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Tom's Guide

Totally over-the-top gaming

from Tom's Guide

With its bold design, powerful performance and innovative features, the ROG Phone is one of Asus' most compelling smartphones to date.

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With its bold design, powerful performance and innovative features, the ROG Phone is one of Asus' most compelling smartphones to date.

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Android Community

Overkill has a name

from Android Community

There is no mistaking it – ASUS has created a beast of a gaming smartphone. Initial impressions of the ASUS ROG Phone points to a great gaming device, and a real rival for the Razer Phone and the Xiaomi Black Shark. If the objective was to build a unique gaming phone, the ASUS has definitely hit it out of the park with this one.

Read full review

There is no mistaking it – ASUS has created a beast of a gaming smartphone. Initial impressions of the ASUS ROG Phone points to a great gaming device, and a real rival for the Razer Phone and the Xiaomi Black Shark. If the objective was to build a unique gaming phone, the ASUS has definitely hit it out of the park with this one.

Read full review

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