Mobile gaming is a massive space and with the launch of games such as PUBG Mobile and Fortnite specifically for smartphones, it’s time they offered gamers features they want.
We could wait for Samsung to realise that gamers are important or we could look to brands that know what gamers want such as Asus and see if they can offer us something.
And would you believe Asus has just the thing.
Revealed at Computex today, the Asus ROG Phone is not just a smartphone with beefy specs but also features that gamers will love. But first, the specs.
Inside the ROG phone is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset with a CPU that has been boosted from 2.5GHz to 2.96GHz.
The Qualcomm chipset is also paired with 8GB of RAM.
At the back of the handset you’ll find a 12MP/8MP ultrawide snapper while a 8MP sensor takes photography duties up front.
The ROG Phone will feature storage capacities of 128GB and 512GB.
So what about features for gamers?
The ROG Phone sports a 6inch 2 160 X 1 080p AMOLED display that is capable of outputting an image at 90 frames per second. This is slightly lower than the 120 frames per second the Razer Phone’s capable of but still impressive.
There are also three “ultrasonic sensors” on the edges of the ROG Phone. Two of these sensors can be programmed for games while the third will allow you to toggle through apps.
Then, the ROG Phone has not one but two charging ports – one on the side and another on the bottom – to fuel its 4 000mAh battery. The logic behind this is so that your charging cable doesn’t get in the way while you’re holding the phone in landscape mode.
The side charging port is labelled “custom USB-C” and supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 and DisplayPort 1.4 which is important because the ROG Phone is launching with a boatload of accessories.
There is a Mobile Desktop Dock which allows for the connection of a monitor, ethernet cable, external speakers, and USB peripherals.
Then there is a TwinView dock which houses a display that mirrors the one on the handset. This, Asus says, will allow developers to use the second screen to display maps, inventory screens and more.
The TwinView dock comes with its own 6 000mAh battery.
Asus is also getting in on in-home streaming with a little-known piece of tech we’ve been waiting to see in a consumer application – 802.11ad wifi.
This technology allows you to stream your gaming from your phone to your TV using Asus’ WiGig dock, as long as you have line-of-sight.
Finally, the ROG Phone will ship with an AeroActive Cooler that will blow air onto the back of the handset in a bid to cool components down faster though Asus’s built-in GameCool system should keep components from thermal throttling.
So when can you get your hands on one? Erm, we aren’t sure.
For one, Asus hasn’t outlined specific regions for release and the release date given is a rather vague “summer” which we take to mean soon, given that summer is just around the corner in the north.
We are a lot more excited to get our hands on this gaming smartphone particularly because of its focus on gamer-friendly features.