Asus’ latest gaming phone features a heat-dissipating “gate” for better cooling performance

ROG Phone 6D series uses MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity D9000+ chipset


Asus’ line of ROG phones are known for their stellar specs and unmatched gaming performance in the Android world. The phones have always used Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon chipset to deliver such a high level of performance. In July this year, the Taiwanese company announced the ROG Phone 6 featuring the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, a staggering 18GB of RAM and a 165Hz AMOLED display. Two months later, Asus announced the ROG Phone 6D and ROG Phone 6D Ultimate, its latest gaming phones featuring MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity 9000+ chipset.

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This is the first time that Asus has used MediaTek’s chipset in its gaming phones. The Dimensity 9000+ is an overclocked version of the standard Dimensity 9000 and offers a 10% performance boost over it.

Design-wise, the ROG Phone 6D series is similar to the Phone 6. The phones feature improved ultrasonic AirTrigger buttons and an RGB illuminated ROG logo on the back. The Phone 6D Ultimate replaces the ROG logo with a secondary 2-inch OLED panel that can display charging status, incoming call notifications, and more.

One of the highlights of the Phone 6D Ultimate is its new AeroActive portal. This is a heat dissipation door that opens automatically using a motorized hinge when you connect the AeroActice Cooler 6 to the phone, allowing cool air to directly reach the chipset and provide longer lasting performance. Asus claims this improves thermal efficiency by up to 20%.

Other specifications between the Phone 6 and the Phone 6D also remain unchanged. You get a 6.78-inch OLED display with a 165Hz refresh rate, dual front-firing speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a triple-camera setup consisting of a 50MP f/1.9 main shooter, a 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide and a 5MP macro camera. For selfie purposes, there’s a 12MP snapper on the front. The phones are powered by a huge 6,000mAh battery with 65W fast charging support.

The phones run on Android 12 out of the box with ROG UI on top. Asus promises two operating system updates and two years of security patches for the devices.

You can get the ROG Phone 6D with 256GB of storage and 12/16GB of LPDDR5X RAM for €949. The top-end ROG Phone 6D Ultimate comes with 512GB of storage, 16GB of RAM and the AeroActive Cooler 6 in the box and will retail for €1,399 in Europe.

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