The ASUS ROG Phone launched, the fourth in a new generation of gaming-centric Android smartphones, is going to be compared a lot with the Nintendo Switch. And, to a lesser extent, the Nintendo DS.

It may also be one of the first gaming phones after the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play to come with actual gaming controls, something which shows the extent of Asus’s ambition.

ROG(Republic of Gamers), is Asus’s high-end gaming brand for their laptops and peripherals. Asus goes an extra step with its phone-edge interactions by giving players two so-called AirTriggers, residing in the spots of the usual shoulder buttons on game controllers. These are user-programmable and should help keep the screen clear of controls while gaming.


Processor: speed-binned 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 630

Display: 6-inch, 18:9 (2160 x 1080) OLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms pixel response time; includes HDR support and 108.6 percent DCI-P3 color gamut coverage

Dimensions: 158.8mm x 76.2mm x 8.6mm

Weight: 200g

Battery: 4,000mAh

Memory: 8GB RAM

Storage: 128GB or 512GB

Wireless: 802.11ad Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5

Headphone jack: Yes

Audio: Dual front-facing stereo speakers; 24-bit/192kHz DAC; DTS Headphone:X 7.1-channel virtual surround sound; AptX support

What do you think of the Asus ROG Phone? Is it a true competitor to the Razer phone?