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ESGS 2018: ASUS Launches ROG Phone in the Philippines
Posted by Martin Patino on October 31, 2018

ASUS has officially launched the much-anticipated ROG Phone in the Philippines. The company’s first gaming smartphone, which was initially unveiled at Computex 2018 in Taiwan earlier this year, was launched locally at the 2018 Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit last weekend.

In a statement released to the press, ASUS Philippines Country Manager George Su said:

“The mobile gaming landscape in the country continues to expand aggressively, giving birth to numerous professional eSports teams dedicated solely to mobile gaming. We’ve supported this growth with ASUS’ mobile products that cater to mobile gamers, starting with the ZenFone Max Pro M1. We take this support one step further with the ultimate gaming smartphone for hardcore mobile gamers, the ROG Phone; a testament to our tireless commitment to empower the local mobile eSports scene.”

The ROG phone features top-of-the-line specifications as well as several features that helps really classify it as a gaming smartphone. Equipped with what the company calls AirTriggers, they give users virtual shoulder buttons, increasing the usability of the phone when it comes to games.

The new smartphone also comes with a whole slew of accessories designed to improve not only the phone’s gaming experience but also it’s overall usability as well. Some of the ROG Phone’s accessories include the AeroActive Cooler, which comes with the ROG Phone by defult, the Professional Dock, a Mobile Desktop Dock, a WiGig Display Dock and accompanying Gamevice controller, and the TwinView Dock.

The ASUS ROG Phone is priced at PHP 49,995 for the 8GB/128GB variant and PHP 61,995 for the 8GB/512GB model. These variants include the phone itself, an ROG Phone case, the AeroActive cooler, a USB Type-C cable, and a USB Type-C charging adapter.

The ROG Phone can also be purchased with all of its accessories as well as an ROG suitcase to carry them all in for PHP 108,465 (8GB/128GB) and PHP 120,465 (8GB/512GB).

Pre-orders for the ROG Phone are now open and will continue until November 8, 2018. Retail units come with free ROG Phone Jacket, ROG Phone Case, and the AeroActive Cooler.

ASUS ROG Phone Specifications:

2.96GHz speed-binned Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor
Qualcomm Adreno 630
128GB/512GB internal storage
6-inch 18:9 (2160 x 1080) 90Hz, 1ms response time AMOLED display, 550nits brightness, Gaming HDR and Mobile HDR support
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 6
12-megapixel dual pixel image sensor (Sony IMX363) main rear camera, f/1.7 aperture
120-degree wide-angle secondary rear camera
8-megapixel front camera, f/2.0 aperture
Dual front-facing speakers, 5-magnet speaker with dual NXP 9874 smart amplifier (192kHz/24-bit standard)
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 & 5GHz
WLAN 802.11ad 60Hz
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi direct
Dual SIM
Two AirTriggers
3.5mm audio jack
Two (2) USB-C ports
Aura Sync support
4000mAh battery
Dimensions: 8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm
Weight: 200g

This article is presented by Mountain Dew, the official thirst-quencher of ESGS 2018 and the Road to The Nationals.

(Photo by Raffy Leynes/GG Network)

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