The ASUS ROG Thor 1200W Platinum PSU is the first from the company, which is based on a Seasonic design. It's got a number of tricks up its sleeve that ASUS hopes will push it ahead of the competition.
ASUS has crammed in just about everything you can think of into the ROG Phone, going even as far as offering external cooling with a clip-on fan that connects ot the back of the phone for those long hours of gaming on-the-go, as well as an optional handheld dock that is very Nintendo Switch like. With the ever-changing landscape of mobile phone technology, companies are putting more and more power into their mobile phones in order to be able to compete in the future.
It comes powered by the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform overclocked at 2.96GHz. However, the CPUs in the chipset is clocked to 2.96GHz when compared to 2.8GHz found on other flagship phones.
Designed for multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, the ROG Strix Hero II comes packing a 144Hz display, 3ms response time and a desktop-style keyboard with 20mm keystrokes. 8GB of RAM are included along with either 128GB or a whopping 512GB of internal storage. For starters, the ROG Phone ships with a cooling mechanism in the box. With a 16 times larger cooling area, the result is a claimed 60% improvement in cooling efficiency over standard smartphone designs.
Even without the controller add-ons, the ROG Phone has more gaming controls than other phones.
Unlike the Razer Phone, which is an obvious competitor, Asus made a decision to stick with a six inch 2160x1080 resolution HDR AMOLED screen on the Asus ROG Phone, but with just 90Hz refresh rate, which is just slightly below the 120Hz one on the Razer Phone. Most of the titles also don't run above 60Hz as we saw with the Razer Phone, so the 90Hz refresh rate will only really be useful while navigating the phone's menus. However, during an interaction with BGR India, Dinesh Sharma, Director Mobile Product Centre for ASUS India did mention that the smartphone will be coming to India soon, and it will be competitively priced. The lower resolution may be annoying for some, but it's likely in order to squeeze as much performance out of the device as possible. They also boast a %108.6 DCI-P3 color gamut for vivid colors.
In terms of battery, ASUS has packed a massive 4,000 mAh battery into this device.
Rounding out Asus's new set of TUF products, the Gaming H5 headset uses a stainless steel headband to add strength and premium aesthetics. It can apparently charge up to 20W.
The ROG Phone starts showing off its gamer cred when you look at the array of ports. Slow internet connections are a problem for gaming, so the device supports both CAT 16 LTE and 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi. We'll be back with more later today so stay tuned. Here's the big deal - the Asus ROG Phone actually has triggers embedded in the side of its frame. A small cylinder at the top features a button to switch between different lighting profiles, as well as USB passthrough to offer an additional USB Type-A port.