Announced at COMPUTEX 2018, the ROG Phone is deemed as the ultimate device for mobile gaming. Designed with ease of use and maximum performance in mind, every bit of its design, its components, the software, and its accessories are there to make sure that nothing will distract you from performing at your best, across almost any game title.

ASUS ROG Phone Unboxing and First Impressions


The ROG Phone boasts a 6-inch FHD+ 90Hz display with a 1ms response time for smooth and fluid visuals. Thanks to a special version of the Snapdragon 845 that’s clocked at 2.96GHz and 8GB of RAM, it should be able to handle anything you throw at it with ease.

ASUS ROG Phone Unboxing and First Impressions

There’s even X mode, which optimizes the phone’s performance, and prevents notifications from distracting you. This can be triggered by squeezing the sides of the device.

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To sustain maximum performance for extended hours, the device boasts a vapor chamber cooling system, and the detachable AeroActive Cooler acts as an additional vent. Oh, and it’s RGB-enabled as well.

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The ROG Phone has two charging ports – one on the side, and one at the bottom. That means you can use it comfortably in any orientation without having to mind the charging cable. Its 4,000mAh battery can deliver up to 7 hours of game time over Wi-Fi, and with ASUS HyperCharge Technology, the device can be charged from 0% to 60% in just 30 minutes.

There are also a number of accessories specifically made for this phone, such as a Twinview dock, which gives you the option of checking out comments on a livestream through a secondary display, a Mobile Desktop Dock, and a Gamevice and WiGig dock that turns the phone into a controller. It even has its own suitcase!

Just How Good is it, Actually?

ROG Phone PUBG Mobile

To give you an idea of how this phone performs. We tested PUBG Mobile on it and CPU usage was at about 31%, and GPU at 43% GPU with X-Mode On. The Aero Active Cooler also kept the temperature at 36-degrees at high settings. You’ll find more details in our first impressions.

Synthetic Benchmark (AnTuTu)

Surprisingly, the AnTuTu score was higher when XMode was off. Might just be a software glitch though.

Pricing and Availability

ASUS ROG Phone Unboxing and First Impressions

The ROG Phone is priced at PhP49,995 for the 8GB + 128GB variant, and PhP61,995 for the 8GB + 512GB variant.  Pre-orders start today at all ROG Concept Stores nationwide until November 8, 2018. Those who will pre-order will also receive PhP8,190 worth of freebies which include an AeroActive Cooler, a Hard Case, and an ROG Phone Jacket. The ROG Phone is slated to hit shelves some time in November 2018.

Complete Pricelist
ROG Phone 8GB RAM + 128GB ROMPHP 49,995
ROG Phone 8GB RAM + 512GB ROM PHP 61,995
TwinView Dock Station PHP 16,995
ASUS WiGig® Dock PHP 13,995
Mobile Desktop Dock PHP 9,995
GAMEVICE Controller PHP 4,995
Professional Dock PHP 4,495
ROG Suitcase PHP 7,995
CPUSnapdragon 845 (Octa-Core)
StorageUp to 512GB
Display6-inch FHD+, 90Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time
Rear Camera12MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.2)
Front Camera8MP (f/2.0)
Other FeaturesVapor Chamber Cooling, Accessories

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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