As smartphone designs creep ever closer to total iPhone-like homogenization, any manufacturer that bucks the trend is one that makes me sit up and take notice. So when ASUS announced its crazy ROG Phone at Computex in June, I knew I'd be falling over myself to cover it come release. And that day has finally come.
It's not so much the spec upgrades, like the slightly-speedier Snapdragon processor, that have me stoked for the ROG Phone. It's the fact that ASUS built it for a specific application – gaming – and didn't even think about compromising that vision in pursuit of mass appeal. One look at the heavily stylized casing design, replete with copper cooling vents, ultrasonic triggers and a glowing Aura logo, tells you all you need to know about why the ROG Phone exists. That's before you even connect the AeroActive clip-on fan, just one accessory of an entire ecosystem made to guarantee the ROG Phone gives you a mobile gaming experience like no other.
I'll have to use that whole ecosystem before I decide whether the ROG Phone is worth its base price of $899 (especially in light of the fact that its closest competition is $100 cheaper) ... but my early impressions are strong enough that I'm positively giddy about getting the chance to try. Check out Part 1 of my ASUS ROG Phone Review above, and be sure you're subscribed to the MrMobile YouTube Channel so you don't miss Part 2 coming in a few weeks!
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It's important to know that ASUS ROG is different than regular ASUS, ROG is the republic of gamers. Their stuff is usually top of the line high quality stuff. I owned a good Asus gaming laptop before but it had some compromises and I avoided Asus for years after but I recently decided to try an Asus ROG motherboard and Asus ROG video card and I am EXTREMELY pleased with how it works, how it looks and how it performs. That's what made me decide to even look at this Asus ROG phone. Being so happy with the ROG brand.
But what surprised me is Mr. Mobile being ok with bezels and fake buttons. He has crucified other phones for those same things.