At ESGS 2019, ASUS announced that the beastly ROG Phone would be up for pre-order. Fast forward to a few days ago, and the phones – along with the accessories pack – have arrived. We’re still playing around with it but right out of the box we love it already because IT DOES NOT HAVE A NOTCH.
We were able to check out the device itself days ahead of its ESGS announcement, but with all the pre-orders arriving, we finally get a look at all the accessories that you can get with the ROG Phone; so many in fact, that it comes with its own suitcase.
Before we get to anything else, here’s a quick spec rundown of the ROG Phone:
AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6-inch display (~76.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
Octa-core (4×2.96 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
Adreno 630 GPU
128/512GB ROM, 8 GB RAM
12MP wide-angle + 8MP rear camera with OIS
8MP selfie camera
3 touch zones/Air Triggers on the lower left+right and the upper right sides of the phone
When you get just the ROG Phone, you get the handset (monster specs and all), together with a charging cable and wall socket, phone case, warranty card, and the Aeroactive Cooler, a little clip-on device that keeps the ROG Phone cool via its fan. Since you need to tip the phone to the side to attach the cooler, it has a USB Type-C charging port and a headphone jack, perfect for long hours of playing the best mobile games.
Getting all the accessories – the Champion’s Pack – is where things get interesting. First off, the suitcase that comes with it looks really good and sturdy. The contents are protected by straps that go over the items and a standard combination lock. You can use it as an actual suitcase if you take out the foam!
Next, the phone case has its own box. It’s a two-piece design that you can attach to the phone pretty easily. The case is designed to be rigid in construction, a premium touch and positive departure from your typical firm plastic cases. Taking it off can be a little tricky, which you will need to master because you can’t use the ROG Phone’s accessories if you have the case on. That’s a bit of a letdown but considering how tough the phone actually is (full metal chassis + Gorilla Glass 6), we didn’t mind handling this without a case.
The Mobile Desktop Dock allows users to connect the ROG Phone to several external peripherals. You can plug in most modern monitors and can take resolutions up to 4K UHD. It also has a LAN port for better internet connectivity, and up to four USB 3.0 ports for your keyboard, mouse, and even an external harddrive.
Next are two controller devices that accept the ROG Phone. The first of the two is called the GameVice Controller. Together with the phone, it looks like a PSP or a Switch. The right half has the port that plugs into the ROG Phone, and no, you can’t use this device for any other phone. It takes a bit of remapping to get the GameVice tuned to your preferences but once you mod the buttons and sticks to your liking, the device will remember your preferences and keep them.
The other controller system the package has is the TwinView Dock Station. After you attach the ROG Phone, it looks like a Nintendo DS XL! The device is equipped with a lower screen that mimics the display of the actual phone, so it does look like you have two ROG Phones. It has comfort grooves and notches for your hands to rest on. When activated, the second screen provides you with access to phone apps and other phone functionalities. Streamers would like this because they can play their games while being able to read their chatrooms without the need for an external monitor or phone.
If wires aren’t your thing, then the accessories pack also comes with the WiGig Game Dock and a general external port collection. Connect the ROG Phone to your Smart TV or your ASUS gaming monitor (yes, the one with AuraSync because all the accessories with lighting have it as well) then the phone will do the rest of the connecting and the displaying. Combine it with your GameVice Controller for great on-the-couch gaming action!
While some might argue that the phone plus all these accessories are a little overkill, ASUS isn’t presenting this device to just about any regular gamer. The phone is certainly powerful enough to play PUBG Mobile with no problems, and it already comes with an un-updated copy of Asphalt 9 out of the box, so the Taiwanese company isn’t kidding around when they said that this phone is for pro gamers thanks to its high specs and overall performance. It’s definitely not for everyone.
However, if you really feel the need to get the phone with all its bells and whistles, you can check it out at all ROG-branded ASUS concept stores and some partner retailers. The phone plus the accessories, collectively called the Champion Pack, is a promotion for die-hard citizens of the Republic: 15 lucky people might just get a chance at an overall 20% discount! Details are here, so check that out for a great deal on these items.