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 33 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

While the phone isn’t for everyone, those looking for a solid mobile gaming experience won’t find a better option on the market today.

What's good

  • Unique design
  • Best-in-class performance
  • 90Hz, HDR AMOLED display
  • A bounty of accessories
  • Headphone jack
  • Generous storage
  • Native game recording and streaming

What's bad

  • Expensive
  • No wireless charging
  • No microSD support

ASUS has established a solid reputation for high-performance gaming in the laptop and PC markets under their “Republic of Gamers” (ROG) label. Now, with the gaming phone market heating up, they’re trying to duplicate their success and offer a compelling mobile experience tailored to gaming enthusiasts.

Does their new release -- the ASUS ROG Phone -- check all the needed boxes? Let’s see what reviewers are saying...

Design

If you want a phone that will stand out from the crowd, the ASUS ROG Phone fits the bill. It uses an aluminum chassis and Gorilla Glass 6 back to provide a durable, sturdy feel. But the hexagonal camera and fingerprint scanner -- not to mention the RGB-lit ASUS ROG logo in the middle -- give it a very “pro gamer” feel.

Along the top edge of the phone, you’ll also find touch-sensitive AirTrigger buttons that mimic gamepad buttons and allow you to map controls to any part of the screen and keep fingers away from your display during intense gaming moments.

Overall, reviewers found little to complain about. The glass back is durable, the design feels great in the hand even if it’s a little unusual, and the weight is acceptable for slipping in your pocket or holding for extended gaming sessions.

TechRadar says, “Asus has managed to keep things in intuitive positions, so a fumbling finger will land on the scanner without any issues.”

Display

Around front, you’ll find a six-inch 1080-by-2160 pixel AMOLED display. Reviewers loved the contrast and vibrant colors on offer. The 90Hz refresh rate and HDR support provided buttery smooth gaming with details that popped.

While there are larger bezels compared to many top-tier phones, reviewers felt this helped the gaming experience by avoiding accidental inputs and allowing you to firmly grip the phone.

Performance

While most of 2018’s top-tier phones used the octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor, ASUS has gone one step further by overclocking the processor to 2.96GHz and pairing it with 8 GB of RAM.

Despite these tweaks, reviewers mentioned no issues of overheating or the phone getting warm to the touch unless you were charging and playing at the same time. Even then, it was warm… not uncomfortably hot.

Gizmodo says, “The ROG Phone’s performance is as good as it gets for a Snapdragon 845-powered device.”

Software

While the phone might look futuristic, it’s running a slightly dated version of Android -- 8.1 Oreo. However, reviewers felt that ASUS’ software changes were nice and provided a ton of extra functionality you won’t find in other phones.

The star of the software is a suite of gaming-focused features including in-game recording and streaming integration, recordable macros, and on-screen hardware stats.

Android Central notes, “Game Mode on the ASUS ROG Phone is nothing like anything you've ever used before. The software has dozens of features for you to tweak, from notification bothering you to how fast you want the CPU to run and what apps are allowed to continue living in memory when you game.”

Storage

The phone ships with a generous 128GB or 512GB of storage. However, unlike many Android competitors, the phone does not allow you to expand storage with a microSD card. So if you plan to play multiple games or like reassurance, the 512GB model is likely the best choice.

Cameras

For a phone designed for gaming, the cameras received decent reviews. The phone features rear 12MP and 8MP cameras with an 8MP front-facing shooter. The rear cameras include optical image stabilization and an ultra-wide lens mode.

Overall, it impressed reviewers in well-lit conditions. While low light shooting wasn’t a strong point, many reviews noted that even a little light could improve shots and that noise and grain were slow to creep in.

TechAdvisor UK summed up opinions well, saying, “While photography is ok, there's nothing to write home about here.”

Battery Life

Cutting-edge performance does no good if you can’t keep a charge. Fortunately, the 4000mAh battery with two USB Type-C ports and fast charging wowed reviewers with some of the longest run-time tests they’ve seen to date.

While there is no wireless charging, the phone includes a second USB Type-C port on the side to let you charge while you hold the phone in landscape mode for less cable clutter while gaming.

Audio

If you’re watching videos or listening to your favorite music, the front-facing stereo speakers offer plenty of volume without distorting. However, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in a game, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Takeaway

If you don’t mind the price, reviews for the ASUS ROG Phone are great. It will not be everyone’s style, but the aesthetic is unique, and the phone delivers on its many promises.

TechRadar says, “... it’s a blooming good smartphone. If you like the design, you get a great HDR 90Hz AMOLED screen, a snappy UI, tonnes of storage, power in spades and excellent battery life.”

Android Central declares, “... the ROG Phone isn't just a great gaming phone, I think it's the only real gaming phone. And the new standard by which every other gaming phone is judged.”


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


Fone Arena

As a gamer, there are five things, which are very crucial to me in any gaming smartphone. Those are bright colourful display, longer battery life, better heat management, faster charging time and comfortable to hold while gaming. The ROG phone ticks all the boxes of my use case.

- Vigneshwar SR, Fone Arena
Good Gear Guide

Being a gamer means I can appreciate silly things like RGB logos and active cooling—even on my phone. When improvements like front-firing speakers and high-refresh-rate screens improve daily use as well as gaming, that's the best of both worlds. But as it stands, the Razer Phone 2 (and Razer Phone 1...

- Adam Patrick Murray, Good Gear Guide
PCWorld

The excitement for another high end gaming phone quickly washed away after using daily.

- Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld
Firstpost

In terms of the gaming experience and raw performance, the ROG Phone can do no wrong. It is the perfect visual blend of design and aesthetics. Combined with the number of accessories that Asus provides, no other phone on the market can offer what the ROG does.

- Kshitij Pujari, Firstpost
Mobile Syrup

The device’s disappointing screen, weak camera software and ostentatious gamer aesthetic make the ROG Phone difficult to recommend to the so-called average consumer. Still, for users looking for something new, for users who want a bold, unapologetically designed smartphone, for users who don’t mind...

- Sameer Chhabra, Mobile Syrup


Prices (Where to Buy)




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


Fone Arena

Gamer’s delight despite a few caveats

from Fone Arena

As a gamer, there are five things, which are very crucial to me in any gaming smartphone. Those are bright colourful display, longer battery life, better heat management, faster charging time and comfortable to hold while gaming. The ROG phone ticks all the boxes of my use case.

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As a gamer, there are five things, which are very crucial to me in any gaming smartphone. Those are bright colourful display, longer battery life, better heat management, faster charging time and comfortable to hold while gaming. The ROG phone ticks all the boxes of my use case.

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Good Gear Guide

This gaming phone can't take down the Razer Phone 2

from Good Gear Guide

Being a gamer means I can appreciate silly things like RGB logos and active cooling—even on my phone. When improvements like front-firing speakers and high-refresh-rate screens improve daily use as well as gaming, that's the best of both worlds. But as it stands, the Razer Phone 2 (and Razer Ph...More

Being a gamer means I can appreciate silly things like RGB logos and active cooling—even on my phone. When improvements like front-firing speakers and high-refresh-rate screens improve daily use as well as gaming, that's the best of both worlds. But as it stands, the Razer Phone 2 (and Razer Phone 1) is a better option for a gaming phone and a phone for gamers. Not only is the design more subtle and the hardware more comfortable to use, the close-to-stock Android experience surpasses what Asus has to offer in the ROG Phone.

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PCWorld

Too much gamer in one phone

from PCWorld

The excitement for another high end gaming phone quickly washed away after using daily.

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The excitement for another high end gaming phone quickly washed away after using daily.

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Firstpost

Best PUBG experience marred by average battery, camera

from Firstpost

In terms of the gaming experience and raw performance, the ROG Phone can do no wrong. It is the perfect visual blend of design and aesthetics. Combined with the number of accessories that Asus provides, no other phone on the market can offer what the ROG does.

Read full review

In terms of the gaming experience and raw performance, the ROG Phone can do no wrong. It is the perfect visual blend of design and aesthetics. Combined with the number of accessories that Asus provides, no other phone on the market can offer what the ROG does.

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Mobile Syrup

A hardy, capable, ostentatious smartphone with a disappointing camera and a disappointing screen

from Mobile Syrup

The device’s disappointing screen, weak camera software and ostentatious gamer aesthetic make the ROG Phone difficult to recommend to the so-called average consumer. Still, for users looking for something new, for users who want a bold, unapologetically designed smartphone, for users who don’...More

The device’s disappointing screen, weak camera software and ostentatious gamer aesthetic make the ROG Phone difficult to recommend to the so-called average consumer. Still, for users looking for something new, for users who want a bold, unapologetically designed smartphone, for users who don’t mind the phone’s $1,200 price tag and for users comfortable with the device’s two notable deficits, the ROG Phone might just be the perfect fit.

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Gizbot

More than a flagship smartphone

from Gizbot

Asus ROG Phone is for those, who require the absolute performance, a dynamic design, and a bunch of other features which no smartphone offers. However, if you are looking for a smartphone that just performs like the ROG Phone (95%), then smartphones like Poco F1 and even the Asus ZenFone 5z seems like the right choice.

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Asus ROG Phone is for those, who require the absolute performance, a dynamic design, and a bunch of other features which no smartphone offers. However, if you are looking for a smartphone that just performs like the ROG Phone (95%), then smartphones like Poco F1 and even the Asus ZenFone 5z seems like the right choice.

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Tech Advisor

Many gamer's dream phone

from Tech Advisor

The Asus ROG Phone is an over the top handset with just about everything a gamer could want including AreoActive Cooler, AirTriggers and an overclocked Snapdragon. Whether it's for you comes down to whether you buy into all these elements. This is a marmite phone due to the way Asus has gone to...More

The Asus ROG Phone is an over the top handset with just about everything a gamer could want including AreoActive Cooler, AirTriggers and an overclocked Snapdragon. Whether it's for you comes down to whether you buy into all these elements. This is a marmite phone due to the way Asus has gone to town with the design, features and software.

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TechRadar

Overkill, fresh and a lot of fun

from TechRadar

It may look like an irate Decepticon, but thanks to a really good camera, a great screen and excellent gaming performance, not to mention a suite of overkill accessories, the ROG Phone manages to get right much of what the Razer Phone 2 got wrong, making it a great smartphone and an excellent gaming phone.

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It may look like an irate Decepticon, but thanks to a really good camera, a great screen and excellent gaming performance, not to mention a suite of overkill accessories, the ROG Phone manages to get right much of what the Razer Phone 2 got wrong, making it a great smartphone and an excellent gaming phone.

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Gizmodo

The dumb fun RGB handset gamers deserve

from Gizmodo

When compared to the Razer Phone 2, the ROG Phone is better in almost every way. It’s got superior cameras, longer battery life, and nifty AirTriggers, and its collection of admittedly pricey accessories allow you to flex your mobile gaming muscle in a way Razer’s competitor doesn’t. And wi...More

When compared to the Razer Phone 2, the ROG Phone is better in almost every way. It’s got superior cameras, longer battery life, and nifty AirTriggers, and its collection of admittedly pricey accessories allow you to flex your mobile gaming muscle in a way Razer’s competitor doesn’t. And with outrageous styling and RGB lighting, the ROG Phone is unapologetic embrace of GaMeR LiFe, for better or worse.

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TechENT

The gaming phone to get

from TechENT

If what you are looking for specifically is the specific smartphone that can do games at the best possible settings; yes, this is the smartphone to get. The X Mode, the overclocking on demand, the speed, the racy looks; it has all the gaming package.

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If what you are looking for specifically is the specific smartphone that can do games at the best possible settings; yes, this is the smartphone to get. The X Mode, the overclocking on demand, the speed, the racy looks; it has all the gaming package.

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