ASUS today (Tuesday, 5.7) unveiled the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro devices, with impressive specifications and a lot of gaming capabilities. The device landed on our table even before the official announcement, and for several days we managed to get an impression of it.
ASUS has not spared any investment in the packaging design of the ROG Phone 6 Pro, it comes in a large hexagon-shaped cylinder, aptly named for the new series. Inside we found the device, along with a hard black back cover, which leaves openings in places where the backlight appears. In the box you can also find the high-speed 65W charger, a designed pin for pulling out the SIM drawer and a data cable with USB-C connections on both sides.
Another box that landed on our desk is that of the AeroActive Cooler 6 cooling accessory, along with that we found another hard back cover, with a larger opening in the center that will allow you to cool the device easily and keep it with the help of both covers.
Structure and design
The ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro is a huge and heavy device, as expected from a gaming device with a 6.8-inch screen. On its frame you can find a pair of USB-C connections, one at the bottom next to the 3.5 mm headphone jack and one on the left frame, which will allow you to connect accessories such as the AeroActive Cooler 6 or continue to charge it while playing.
Its dimensions add up to 173 mm in height, 77 mm in width (narrow and high) and a not at all low thickness of 10.3 mm, which is also joined by a high weight of 239 grams.
A new addition to the device this year is the support for water resistance, although you will not be able to swim with it yet. This is resistance under the IPX4 standard, which will provide the device with protection against water splashes only, and not against immersion in water.
On the front of the ROG Phone 6 you can see quite thick edges at the top and bottom of the screen, at the end of these are also a pair of front speakers and a selfie camera.
In the transition to the back of the device, we received it in its white version, you can see the triangular photo array, along with a flash (LED), a window where various animations are displayed that you can choose using an app and the caption “Dare to Play” will also be displayed.
All of these are joined by the Air Trigger 6, ultrasonic control buttons that are used as playing tools.
- screen: 6.78 inches, AMOLED, Full HD + resolution with 1080 × 2448 pixels, 395ppi density, Refresh rate 165 Hz720 Hz touch sampling rate, 1200nits maximum brightness, Gorilla Glass Victus coating, support for standards: + HDR10 and also 111.23% from DCI-P3, up to 150.89% from sRGB and Delta E <1.
- Processor: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 – with 8 processing cores at a maximum working frequency of 3.2 GHz and an Adreno 730 graphics accelerator.
- Memory18GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage (no expansion).
- Main photo array: 50MP primary (Sony IMX766 sensor), 13MP wide lens, macro camera. Up to 8K video support at 24 frames per second.
- Selfie camera: 12 megapixels (Sony IMX663 sensor).
- speakers: Front stereo, size 12 × 16 mm.
- Connectivity: WiFi 6E, 5G, Bluetooth 5.2 (including support for aptX HD / Adaptive, AAC, LDAC).
- battery: 6,000mAh, charging with a maximum power of 65W.
- a building: Water resistant to IPX4 standard, Storm White.
- Dimensions: 173x77x10.3 mm, weight 239 grams.
The experience of use and the game
Already in the first launch of the ROG Phone 6, ASUS takes care to put us into the experience of using the device. The music played in the background during the setting allows you to experience the powerful and high-quality speakers integrated in it, and a short game that is performed in augmented reality (AR) with the help of a card attached to the package, which we scanned with the camera, allows you to experience the use of Air Trigger 6.
The interface on the device is very smooth and the movement in it felt like one of the speeds I experienced in Android devices, which added a lot in its regular use as a phone, and not just as a gaming device.
The device’s huge screen is not particularly surprising in light of the screens that the company introduced in previous models in the series. It is still a very impressive screen, with high color accuracy and the possibility of comfortable work even outside the home with the support of the high maximum brightness.
On the battery side we could not dive deep within a few days of using the device, but we found that the charging times were improved compared to the previous generation, and if in the ROG Phone 5S we found a charging time of close to an hour to fully charge the 6000mAh battery, in the new model the time dropped below 45 minutes, with 60% charge of the battery in about 20 minutes.
An update coming to the screen this year is an upgrade of the refresh rate to 165 Hz (instead of 144 in the ROG Phone 5S model), but precisely here I can not say that this is a necessary addition. While the amount of games that support a refresh rate of 120 Hz is already quite significant, and even games that support a rate of 144 Hz are growing, the amount of games that support a refresh rate of 165 Hz on mobile is still small. ASUS is helping us find them with refresh rate playlists, and apparently the higher rate support for the new model is mainly meant to wink at competitive gamers (eSports) rather than casual gamers.
The refresh rates in the device switch dynamically from each other, so that the device can manage your resources better for you, although you can also select the refresh rates manually through a dedicated menu that is easily retrieved from the top left corner of the display. This menu will allow you to access a wide range of settings: you can choose to focus on performance or battery at the touch of a button and also manually set the refresh rate, block interruptions, fast switching networks, set the shoulder button (Air Triggers) and even record the screen.
While playing I was able to reach the high refresh rates that the device supports, although I did not find a game that regularly displayed the high refresh rate, with the supporting games I tested ranging from 120fps to 165fps. Anyway, there is a fairly small amount of games that support 165 Hz, so at this point there is no real contribution to the new addition of the refresh rate to my liking.
The shoulder buttons (Air Trigger 6) are probably the most experiential addition to gaming devices. They allow you to shift control from buttons that appear on the display, so we hide less of it during the game. The new model of shoulder buttons allows a wider range of settings, with variations of touching, squeezing and even sliding, many buttons can be set in the game through them.
In terms of performance there is no doubt that I got everything I was looking for, which after all is the most advanced chipset, alongside an insane amount of 18GB of memory, which delivers high performance even on devices that are not defined as gaming devices.
The addition of the ROG Phone 6 to the equation comes through the cooling system, which is able to maintain a relatively low temperature even during long gaming sessions. ASUS points out that the cooling system built into the device allows it to lower its temperature by up to 10 degrees, while the external AeroActive Cooler 6 plug also lowers it by up to 25 degrees.
Company statements aside, while playing an average of one hour in a wide variety of games, including those that support higher refresh rates, the device maintained an average temperature of about 43-44 degrees, meaning it displayed a low heating level consistent with company statements (43.3 degrees). When I added to the equation the external additive for cooling AeroActive Cooler 6, the device maintained a temperature of 37-39 degrees, and with the cool wind that is felt in the palms, it is quite a pleasant addition, when here too it is a bar that the company officially introduced (39 degrees), and even low Hence.
Composition of cameras in ROG Phone 6 Pro:
- Main camera: Sony IMX766 sensor with a resolution of 50 megapixels, a combination of 4 pixels overlapping to 1 (Quad-bayer), up to 2x zoom support, 8K video at 24fps and 4K at 120fps.
- Secondary camera13-megapixel sensor for taking 123-degree wide-angle images.
- Macro camera: 5 megapixels.
- Selfie camera: Sony IMX663 sensor with 12 megapixel resolution.
The new generation of cameras manages to improve to some extent the photography qualities we encountered in the previous generation, but you can still see some difficulties in photography where there is no high amount of natural lighting.
Under good lighting conditions the results are impressive both through the main sensor and through the wide angle sensor, but dark areas can be seen in the image in the photo in front of a strong light source.
Here are night photos:
In the previous generation we saw a 5 megapixel camera that serves as a macro in the ASUS gaming device and here we see more of the same. The macros in daylight show beautiful details, but in the transition to the dedicated macro mode it is not much more than what you will get with the main camera if you get as close to the object as possible.
Selfies in good lighting look good, but here too you can notice the same problem in photos in front of strong lighting sources, so the photographed figure gets less lighting in the picture. The bokeh effect looks good, with precision at the edges and creation of blur around the subject.
The main camera in the device also serves as a zoom camera up to 2 times, without losing quality according to ASUS and indeed in daylight photography we found a nice amount of details used in the built-in zoom mode.
Bottom line: what we thought of the ROG Phone 6 Pro
Gaming devices tend to be not cheap and their prices stand at the high threshold, similar to the leading flagship devices in the market. ASUS does a good job combining a flagship device that can be used on a daily basis, with an emphasis on performance, an excellent screen and an ever-improving photo array, thus allowing you to enjoy not only a gaming device with a lot of value while playing, but also a device That it can be used more widely.
The modelROG Phone 6 ASUS is expected to launch in Israel by the end of July 2022, when it will arrive in the following versions:
- ASUS ROG Phone 6 with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage At a price of NIS 4,599.
- ASUS ROG Phone 6 with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage At a price of NIS 4,999.
The modelROG Phone 6 Pro The company will launch in the country during the month of August, when it comes in a version of 18GB RAM and 512GB storage, andAt a price of NIS 5,499.
Click here to pre-order (ROG Phone 6 model only at this time)
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