Asus has just launched two new gaming smartphones called ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro. The main difference between the two models is the back panel design and RAM and storage configurations, while the rest of the specifications and features remain the same. If you thought last year’s ROG Phone 5s series had reached its peak, Asus has managed to offer even better features in the new models. We got a look at the ROG Phone 6 Pro, so let’s check it out.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro will be available in India in just one configuration with 18GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage, priced at Rs. 89,999. The previous ROG Phone 5s Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate (review) had the same configuration, but I’m still surprised by a smartphone with more RAM than most gaming laptops. The standard ROG Phone 6 will have 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 71,999. Internal memory is not expandable on any model. The standard ROG Phone 6 will be available in Phantom Black and Storm White, while the Pro model is only available in white.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro is the first phone to launch in India with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which is not only supposed to be more powerful than the 8 Gen 1 but, more importantly, claims to be more energy efficient. it’s what you want from a gaming smartphone. Asus claims to have upgraded the cooling system in the new model, and together with the optional new Aero Active Cooler 6, it should allow you to play longer without running into overheating or performance degradation.
As for the phone itself, Asus hasn’t fiddled too much with the formula since the ROG Phone 6 Pro is still a massive piece of glass and metal with the same dimensions as the ROG Phone 5s Pro. The new model weighs 239g and is 10.3mm thin, making it quite compact. However, it now meets the IPX4 standard for liquid splash resistance, which is the first we’ve seen on a premium gaming smartphone. This water resistance also applies to the standard model.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro’s massive display has almost the same specs as its predecessor, but with a few key upgrades such as a maximum touch sampling rate of up to 720Hz in some games and a higher refresh rate of 165Hz. It’s still a massive 6.78-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and a maximum brightness of 800 nits. In my short time using the ROG Phone 6 Pro, the display looked amazing, with vibrant colors and very good touch response. Several games I tried looked great and worked very well, as you would expect.
The ROG Vision OLED display on the back of ROG Phone 6 Pro can be used to showcase some of the pre-loaded animations for various events such as an incoming call, charging, etc. The back of the phone is also adorned with a variety of gaming motifs. such as lettering and graphics. I feel it is tasteful and not too high compared to the earlier generations of the ROG phone.
What makes the Asus ROG Phone special compared to any other gaming phone is the software tweaks and additional hardware features. ROG Phone 6 Pro runs Android 12, and you can choose between the Zen UI or the more gaming-focused ROG UI. Asus promises two OS updates and at least two years of security updates for the ROG Phone 6 series. Both phones feature an additional USB Type-C port on the left side of the case, so the charging cable doesn’t get in the way when you hold the phone horizontally while gaming. This port is also used to power the Aero Active Cooler 6. ROG Phone 6 Pro has two super-linear speakers on both ends of the case, and they are very loud.
The Asus Armory Crate app offers a lot of customization for individual games. It also allows you to control CPU and GPU temperatures, change system lighting, and tweak the functionality of the phone’s AirTriggers or ultrasonic buttons along the right side of the case. The latter gets new functionality in the form of the “Press and Raise” gesture, which allows you to perform two actions in the game with a single gesture.
Game Genie, the phone’s in-game dashboard, has been redesigned and can now be called up with a swipe down gesture. This menu allows you to toggle all kinds of settings, such as changing the refresh rate, blocking notifications, enabling X-Mode, and more.
Aero Active Cooler 6 is sold as a separate accessory and now, in addition to the fan, includes a thermoelectric cooling system based on a Peltier chip. You can set the type of cooling you want in the Armory Crate app. Asus claims it can bring the surface temperature of the phone down to 25 degrees Celsius using Freeze cooling mode, but the phone must be connected to the network to do this. The cooler also has four additional buttons (two more from the previous model). which may be displayed in certain games. The new cooler only works with ROG Phone 6 series and is not compatible with older models.
The cameras in Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro have been updated. There’s a 12MP Sony IMX663 selfie camera, and on the back you get a 50MP Sony IMX766 main camera without OIS, a 13MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP macro camera. In addition to the usual shooting modes, ROG Phone 6 Pro supports premium features such as 8K video recording. Camera performance probably won’t be a top priority for anyone looking to buy this phone, but I’m glad Asus has nevertheless put in the effort to offer better sensors instead of just reusing the ones from the previous one. models.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro packs a massive 6000mAh battery (a combination of two 3000mAh batteries) with up to 65W fast charging. Asus has its own 65W charger, but it’s not included in the box. Instead, Indian retailers will ship with a 30W charger. Asus says that any USB PD 3.0 charger with PPS (Programmable Power Supply) and the right wattage should be able to quickly charge the ROG Phone 6 Pro to full capacity. Wireless charging is one of the premium features that is still lacking.
All in all, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro is a real smartphone that builds on the strengths of the ROG Phone 5s series, which Asus says will continue to be sold in India to give buyers a more affordable option. However, is it worth updating the new ROG Phone 6 Pro over the previous generation? Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the full review coming soon.