The Asus ROG Phone series focuses on the niche gaming segment. The latest ROG Phone 6 comes with a refined design language and internally it’s also packed with improved specs over its predecessor.
I have been using the device for almost a week and here are my thoughts on the premium gaming smartphone.
Design, build quality and display
Asus ROG Phone 6 has a unique and one of the best visually appealing smartphone design languages in the industry.
The phantom black model looks beautiful in the sunlight and the value-added features on the back make it even more beautiful for gamers. It features a Dual RGB LED display with the signature ROG (Republic of Gamers) Fearless Eye dot-matrix logo and supports two different color gradients at once. Users can also customize the lighting with numerous colors and different pre-set mood lighting schemes.
It also features not one but two Type-C ports, another unique feature of the phones. The second port in the middle (when in landscape mode) is useful when connecting accessories such as AeroActive Cooler 6 to reduce heat while playing graphics games or battery packs to make the phone last longer.
It is also one of the few handsets with a 3.5mm audio jack which again helps users put on their favorite wired headphones to get the lag-ness audio sync while playing battle royale or shooter or adventurous action-like genre video games.
It also boasts IPX4 water-resistant certification, which means the device can withstand accidental water splashes. The company also offers a good quality thin case, which comes with thick cushions on the four edges, to ensure the phone can survive a fall. It also doesn’t add too much weight to the phone nor is it too thick. Yes, the phone is big for an average user, but the cover provides more grip for the fingers to hold the phone.
And the case has open spaces around the edge to ensure that the ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 6 can pick up pressure input from the fingers while playing the games.
Asus ROG Phone 6 has a 6.78-inch full HD+ (2448 × 1080p) OLED display with Pixelworks i6 processor. The screen supports a refresh rate of 165 Hz, a touch frequency of 720 Hz and a peak brightness of up to 1200 nits. The screen is protected by a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass Victus shield.
Browsing and reading content on the big screen is a smooth experience, even better when playing games.
It also features a built-in fingerprint sensor and works fine as advertised. It responds quickly to the fingerprint and unlocks the screen with less false rejections.
The ROG Phone 6 is powered by a 4nm-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which is currently the most powerful chipset we’ve seen in any of the premium Android phones. Yes, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was unveiled only a week ago, but the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will be able to make the phone perform and responsive, which will make it meet the user’s expectations for a long time.
The chipset can clock a maximum CPU speed of up to 3.2 Ghz and is supported by Adreno next-gen GPU.
ROG Phone 6 also features the proprietary GameCool 6 cooling system with 360-degree CPU cooling technology, a 30 percent larger vapor chamber and 85 percent larger graphite plates 6, along with a centered CPU design to reduce heat dissipation from the core.
Also during the testing period, the Asus phone did a great job in terms of thermal performance, the best I’ve seen so far this year.
Combined with the new performance manager in Armory Crate, the ROG Phone 6 Series allows gamers to fine-tune performance settings for different games, giving them a competitive edge in any gaming scenario.
While setting up the phone, Asus also did a good job of giving tips on how to make the most of gaming-focused features like Air Trigger sensors around the bezel and also Armory Crate to have the best gaming experience. I had a great time playing Asphalt 9: Legend and I loved the haptic engine feedback when I hit the Nitro to increase the speed of the car during the race, the vibration feel makes it so much more engaging.
Although it runs a year old Android 12, you won’t miss much as Android 13 doesn’t have a major improvement over the predecessor. The ROG user interface on the phone is easy to master within a few hours of use.
As for battery life, it comes with two 3,000mAh cells, a total capacity of 6,000mAh. With normal use, it can take up to two days. If you’re an extreme user and play games for several hours a day, this phone can still easily handle a full day’s use without worrying about the device going out before dinner at home.
It also comes with a 65W charger and took the device just over an hour to fully charge from zero to 100 per cent. In 40 minutes it can reach 65 percent.
The new Asus phone has a triple camera module – the main 50 MP (1 / 1.56-inch Sony IMX766 sensor, 1 μm pixel size, f / 1.9) with 13 MP 125-degree ultra-wide camera (f / 2.4) and a 5 MP macro sensor (f/2.0).
The camera of the ROG Phone 6 comes into its own in natural lighting conditions. The photo quality is very good outdoors and the flowers of my main subjects look vibrant with rich colors. Yes, the pictures are a bit warmer than what we see through our eyes. But having said that, the images are really good and worth sharing on social media platforms.
The portrait mode also meets the requirements. As you can see in the sample photo, the camera does a good job of creating a depth of field effect between the subject in front and the background. The edge around the flower bud stem is also well defined.
As for night mode, the ROG Phone 6’s camera manages to capture the essence of nighttime darkness. Unlike others, it doesn’t blow up the frame with too much light and ultimately creates a picture with a twilight atmosphere.
With an ultra-wide angle, the phone does a fine job of accommodating a wide area. Most phones in an attempt to cover more area within the frame bend structures and end up looking too artificial. Here the ROG Phone 6 does not falter in this aspect.
It supports up to 8K video recording at 30 fps (frames per second), 4K at 60 fps, slow-motion 4K at 120 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, and 720p at 480 fps.
The video quality is decent, comparable to most premium phones on the market.
On the front, the ROG Phone 6 houses a 12MP (Sony IMX663 sensor). It takes pretty good selfies outdoors with natural sunlight. Even indoors, the visuals are decent at best.
If I had to describe the Asus ROG Phone 6 in two words, they would be: ‘Gamer’s delight’. It has a unique and tailored design for gamers and internally it has everything to deliver an immersive, smooth gaming experience. Moreover, the value-added Air Trigger feature makes it even more engaging.
And it has one of the best thermal performance compared to any phone I’ve reviewed so far this year. Even the battery life is excellent.
Overall, the ROG Phone 6 is a complete package of a gaming phone.
In India, Asus ROG Phone 6 will be available in two colors – phantom black and storm white – for Rs 71,999 (12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage).
In addition to e-commerce websites, Asus brings the premium gaming phone to Vijay Sales for the first time.
The company is also setting up experience demo zones in the Vijay Sales showroom to provide potential customers with a first-hand experience of using and playing the game, and help them make an informed decision to purchase it.
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