Dubbed the RoG Phone, Asus has given its gaming-orientated handset a 6in 2160x1080 AMOLED display that supports high dynamic range and a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth and vibrant mobile gaming. Mice in particular are prone to wear and tear over time, so for the M5, ASUS is trying out new paint that claims to be more durable and will stand up to the test of time.
This may change with Asus' new phone, announced at Computex on Monday. According to Asus' own site, the screen has a 1ms response time, 108.6 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and 10000:1 contrast ratio, as well as 10-point multi-touch support (with support for Glove Touch). The ROG Phone has a squeeze function, similar to the Pixel 2 and HTC Edge Sense, that activates "X Mode". It's a bit odd, as most phone displays either come in at 60Hz or 120Hz (like the Razer Phone). Further, there are two pressure "triggers" on the corners of the phone which can be mapped in games to specific actions on screen. The front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel shooter. Granted, it kind of spoils the aesthetics, but the extra device is there to provide extra cooling for your phone when you are in the middle of an intense gaming session and the chassis is already burning up.
ASUS ROG is also getting into power supplies. The mouse pad is 37 centimeters in length, which ASUS says allows the mouse pad to be used in any position the user is in without having to adjust its placement. In addition to the traditional bottom-mounted USB-C port, there's also one on the side of the phone, which allows you to charge with the phone in landscape mode without an awkward cable sticking out from the side. The phone also includes 802.11ad Wi-Fi, which is still quite rare. 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. They're qualified at an even higher temperature and also face a steamy 90% humidity throughout testing.
That's the AeroActive Cooler: a detachable cooler unit that clips on the rear of your mobile and sucks all the heat away from your system.
Mobile Desktop Dock - this lets you use the device as a desktop PC.
Powering the phone is a 4,000 mAh battery, which supports ASUS HyperCharge, preventing the phone from heating during charging.
Keyboards also suffer a lot of hands-on abuse, including accidental spills if you get bumped inadvertently at a crowded LAN party or celebrate a hard-fought victory a little too emphatically.
For those gamers who prefer more of a desktop setup, Asus is also selling a dock that connects to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to use as an Android desktop. With an overclocked processor, extreme cooling capabilities, and an excellent display, it's expected to cost a fair amount. However, we are told that the ROG Phone is expected to arrive in Malaysia as early as July 2018.
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