Asus is one of the few bold companies that has broken the chain of producing unique designs. The ROG phones opened up a new niche: a device for gamers. To take it one step further and consolidate its presence in the gaming smartphone sector, the company has come up with the Asus ROG Phone 6. Let’s see how the new Asus ROG Phone 6 holds up in the highly competitive Indian smartphone market.
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The first thing you notice when you take the phone out of the box is the build quality which evenly distributes the weight. The phone retains the general aesthetic appeal of the ROG and you’ll find the regular glyphs on the back, just like previous ROG phones. We have the Phantom Black variant for review. It looks solid yet attractive, in line with ROG’s brand.
There’s also a ROG Vision display on the back of the phone. Known as the ROG Vision OLED, this color display strip dynamically displays different graphics based on what you’re doing with the phone.
There are two USB-C ports on the base and one on the left side of ROG Phone 6, so you can comfortably charge your phone while playing a game or while connected to an accessory.
Volume, power, and two gaming-specific touch-sensitive shoulder buttons are all located on the right side of the device. Also, the company has retained its 3.5mm headphone jack, something we like to use during intense gaming sessions.
The new ROG Phone 6 comes with Gorilla Glass Victus on the screen, making it the first gaming phone to be certified IPX4 splash resistant. Still, it would have been nice to see IP68 water and dust protection to protect it at a premium level.
The display of the ROG Phone 6 is almost the same as that of its predecessor, as it has a 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED display with a resolution of 2448 x 1080.
The refresh rate is a key area where it has improved. The ROG Phone 6 boosts the refresh rate from the 144Hz of the ROG Phone 5 to 165Hz, putting it on par with the best gaming smartphones available on the market today. The 165 Hz refresh rate is the highest available on the market to date. You can feel the extra smooth touch and scrolling experience when you play games or browse content on the screen.
The screen comes with HDR10+ support, so you can experience movies and games at the highest settings. The colors reproduced on the screen are very bright, vivid and punchy, matching the requirements for a perfect gaming experience. The screen has a brightness level of 800 nits and can peak at 1200 nits. The visibility of the screen outside makes it easy to play games on it and view all content.
The new Asus ROG Phone 6 runs on Android 12 and has a clear interface. The UI doesn’t come with preloaded games by default, which is a smart move by the company. The entire user interface has a game motif and when you grab the sides of the phone, the performance mode known as X-Mode is activated with a new wallpaper. With its plethora of moving wallpapers and lock screens, the ROG Phone’s user interface has the potential to impress. One can also switch to a much more generalized mode if they want to slow things down.
The best upgrade in the new ROG Phone 6 is the presence of the Armory Crate and Game Genie. With the Armory Crate, you can join the ROG community, find new high refresh rate games, manage your official accessories, and find your games. Asus uses in-game software called Game Genie. There’s essentially no limit to what you can do with it, but the key is to create game-specific profiles, whether it’s dedicated keys, macros, or crosshair settings.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 is powered by the latest and most powerful processor, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 (4nm) chip. The graphics are provided by the Adreno 730 GPU. The presence of eight cores separates each task and delivers high performance.
We didn’t encounter any lag while gaming or multitasking. The games ran at the highest quality and the experience was great thanks to the 165 Hz refresh rate. The phone stayed cool during intense and long hours of gaming. This is amazing considering we used it without the cooling accessory; the processor can control the heat of the phone. The processor is further supported by 12 GB of RAM storage, boosting any task. The new Asus ROG we got to review had 256GB on board.
To get straight to the point: the cameras of the Asus ROG series are not intended for professional photography. Rather, we can say that you will take some good quality images instead.
The new Asus ROG Phone 6 also comes with overall camera capabilities that deliver high-quality images both day and night. The phone has three cameras on the back: a 50 MP, f/1.9 main camera, a 13 MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide camera and a 5 MP, f/2 macro camera. The autofocus function is only present in the main camera. We liked the camera’s ability to capture steady and clean footage at night, which turned out to be great.
For selfies, there’s a 12MP lens that delivers a generous level of detail and color balance while capturing the face. Another thing we liked about the ROG Phone 6’s camera is its ability to capture steady videos. You can also record videos in 8K at 30 fps or 4K at 60 fps.
The new Asus ROG Phone 6 comes with a battery capacity of 6000 mAh and can last for a whole day. In our test, even after many hours of gaming and watching movies, the phone had enough battery power to get through the night.
The accessories would drain the battery, which unfortunately we didn’t get to try.
For charging, the company has provided a 65W charger. We thought this could go up a notch to give the upcoming ROG phones faster charging, as they’re gaming phones. Also, it would be great to see the addition of a wireless charging feature in the Asus ROG phones in the future.
Asus is all set to once again lead the way in gaming phones with the addition of the ROG Phone 6. The phone is aimed purely at gaming enthusiasts, as others will find it heavy to carry around and hold. to keep. Aside from the camera, the phone delivers the best in every aspect and really keeps the tag of a gaming phone alive.
The ROG Phone 6 costs €71,999.
Pros: Display, design, refresh rate, game performance, battery life
Cons: camera, charging speed