ROG Phone 6 announced
- July 07, 2022
Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) revealed the new ROG Phone 6 series of gaming smartphones and a collection of ROG Phone 6 accessories.
The phone series includes the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro. Powered by the latest flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform with up to 3.2 GHz CPU clock speeds, up to 18 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 512 GB of storage, the upgraded GameCool 6 cooling system features novel 360° CPU cooling technology for maximum sustained performance.
The monster 6000 mAh battery capacity provides extended battery life for long gaming sessions and visuals are delivered by a 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED HDR10+ display. The display uses exclusive ROG tuning technology to achieve an amazing 165 Hz refresh rate, an industry-leading 720 Hz touch-sampling rate and a world-beating 23 ms ultra-low touch latency.
A wide range of unique ROG Phone 6 accessories, eg the new AeroActive Cooler 6 and ROG Phone 6 Glass Screen Protector, were launched with the new series.
For a fully immersive ROG Phone 6 gaming experience, several gaming headphones were also showcased, including the new ROG Cetra True Wireless Pro dual-mode wired/wireless model featuring an ESS Quad DAC and an AI Noise-Canceling Microphone, and the ROG Cetra True Wireless for low-latency gaming audio. For those that want detailed and true-to-life headset audio, the ROG Delta S Wireless — the first ROG dual-mode wireless gaming headset — and the lightweight 270-gram ROG Delta S Core gaming headsets were released.
The series is powered by the latest flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 offers amped-up gameplay, with the full suite of Snapdragon Elite Gaming features plus an improved Qualcomm Adreno GPU, and according to ASUS delivers a more than 50% performance improvement when compared to the Snapdragon 888 that powered the ROG Phone 5. The device is backed by up to 18 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512 GB of storage.
The upgraded GameCool 6 cooling system includes 360° CPU cooling technology, a 30% larger vapour chamber and 85% larger graphite sheets, along with a centered-CPU design to increase heat dissipation from the core. Combined with the new performance manager in Armoury Crate, the ROG Phone 6 series allows gamers to tune performance settings for different games, giving them a competitive edge in any gaming scenario.
For ultra-smooth and ultra-responsive gaming visuals, the ROG Phone 6 series is equipped with a 6.78-inch 165 Hz AMOLED HDR10+ display with an industry-leading 720 Hz touch-sampling rate and a world-beating 23 ms ultra-low touch latency. This astonishing display can be set to 60 Hz, 90 Hz, 120 Hz, 144 Hz, or 165 Hz for an unparalleled gaming experience. The superb visuals are tuned in collaboration with leading visual-processing company Pixelworks.
For even more advanced control possibilities, the AirTrigger 6 has been significantly upgraded. The ultrasonic sensors fully support various gestures, including new features such as Dual Action, Press and Lift, and Gyroscope Aiming.
The monster 6000 mAh battery features advanced battery-care features for better battery performance and an extended lifespan, and there’s also a 65-watt HyperCharge adapter for rapid charging.
The series is now equipped with a triple-camera system featuring a flagship Sony IMX766 50 MP main wide-angle camera with improved image quality and HDR processing, an ultrawide 13 MP second camera, and a macro camera. Enhanced software features include HDR10+ Video Mode, and there’s also a 12 MP front camera for high-quality group selfies and live-streaming videos.
The GameFX audio system features symmetrical seven-magnet dual speakers that fire forward for balanced stereo sound effects. There is also a convenient 3.5 mm headphone jack. The sound has been optimised in collaboration with the Swedish digital audio pioneer Dirac. The ROG Phone 6 features the Dirac Virtuo spatial audio solution, which uses patented algorithms to enable immersive stereo sound from the smartphone’s built-in speakers while enhancing the speakers’ overall sound quality. Snapdragon Sound technology ensures super-low latency processing for lag-free gaming and music streaming, so gamers can hear every detail of their music exactly as the artist intended.
The ROG Phone 6 is available in Phantom Black and Storm White and comes equipped with Aura RGB lighting on the back, up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 512 GB of storage. The ROG Phone 6 Pro is available exclusively in Storm White and features a colour ROG Vision mini-display on the back, 18 GB of LPDDR5 RAM memory, and 512 GB of storage.
Extensive array of accessories
But don’t get too excited for these yet! According to ASUS: “There is no plan to bring in the accessories alongside devices at this point.” So just to tease you…
Accessories include the AeroActive Cooler 6, ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad for ROG Phone 6, ROG Phone 6 Glass Screen Protector, cases and more. The clip-on AeroActive Cooler 6 has an AI-powered thermoelectric cooler, and a fan that delivers increased cooling airflow directly to hotspots on the back cover of the ROG Phone 6. The result is that it can lower the surface temperature by up to a stunning 25°C. The AeroActive Cooler 6 also adds four extra physical buttons to allow a genuine console-like control experience.
Availability and Price
The ROG Phone 6 will be the first in the lineup to go on sale in South Africa, according to ASUS. September is the current estimated time of arrival, but that could always change as ASUS awaits regulator approval. The local price will be disclosed nearer to the launch date.