Asus ROG Phone 6 is a gill-crammed gaming phone with specs you probably don’t need
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Gaming phones are, by definition, smartphones that have been optimized in some way for mobile gaming. That could mean blazing-fast processors with fast GPUs, lots of RAM, big batteries for extended playtime, or improved cooling features to keep the phone from overheating while you game. Fast screen refresh rates and even faster touch sampling rates are common. Likewise, RGB lighting effects are built into the case.
New ASUS ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro have all of these things, and more. that you really are need them or not. Because let’s be honest, even if you plan to use your phone for PlayStation2 emulation, you probably don’t need 18GB of RAM. But if you want to a phone with killer specs, you can now buy one in the US for $1100+.
First unveiled in July, the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro launched in other markets earlier this summer. You can now pre-order in the US:
For the most part, the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro are quite similar. Both phones feature 6.78-inch, 2448 x 1080 pixel AMOLED displays with 165Hz refresh rates, 720p touch sampling rates, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processors, LPDDR5 memory, storage UFS 3.1, 6,000mAh batteries, 65W fast charging support, dual USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, pneumatic triggers, and a cooling system that includes boron nitride thermal compound, graphite heatsink, and a steam chamber.
But there are a few differences between the Pro and standard models. The ROG Phone 6 supports up to 16 GB of RAM, while the ROG Phone 6 Pro reaches 18 GB. The Pro model also has a 2-inch ROG Vision OLED display on the back that can display animations to indicate charging status, incoming calls or other custom scenarios. The standard model only has an ROG logo with support for RGB lighting effects on the back.
The phones also support optional accessories, including an AeroActive Cooler 6 (an external cooling fan that attaches to the rear case) and a Kunai 3 GamePad (which lets you sandwich the phone between controls or d use the gamepad as a standalone wireless controller).
Here is an overview of the key specs for the
|ROG Phone 6||ROG Phone 6 Pro|
2448 x 1080 pixels
Aspect ratio 20.4:9
165Hz refresh rate
720Hz touch sampling rate
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1|
|Chart||Qualcomm Adreno 730|
|RAM||Up to 16 GB
|Up to 18 GB
|Storage||Up to 512 GB
UFS 3.1 (no SD card reader)
In-screen fingerprint sensor
Ultrasonic AirTrigger 6 sensors
|Cameras (rear)||50MP Sony IMX766 primary
|Camera (front)||12MP Sony IMX663|
|audio||Stereo speakers (5 x 12×16 super linear magnets)
3.5mm headphone jack
|Ports||2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
1 x 3.5mm audio
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, NavlC
Dual nano SIM, dual standby
|Battery||Two 3000 mAh batteries (6000 mAh total)|
|loading||65W USB Type-C (wired)|
|Fourth cover||Illuminated ROG logo (RGB)||ROG Vision color PMOLED display|
|Water resistance||IPX4 (splash resistant)|
|Starting price||€999 for 12 GB / 256 GB
1149€ for 16GB / 512GB
|1299 € for 18 GB / 512 GB|
by Asus ROG
This article was first published on July 5, 2022 and most recently updated on September 9, 2022.