Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro First Impressions: Going Above and Beyond

Asus has simply launched two new gaming smartphones referred to as the ROG Cellphone 6 and the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional. The principle distinction between the 2 fashions is the design of the again panel and, the RAM and storage configurations, whereas the remainder of the specs and options stay the identical. When you thought final 12 months’s ROG Cellphone 5s sequence had hit its peak, Asus has managed to supply even higher options with the brand new fashions. We have managed to get a sneak-peek on the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional, so let’s test it out.

The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional will solely be obtainable in a single configuration in India with 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage priced at Rs. 89,999. The earlier ROG Cellphone 5s Professional and ROG Cellphone 5 Final (Overview) had the identical configuration however it nonetheless amazes me to see a smartphone with extra RAM than most gaming laptops. The usual ROG Cellphone 6 can have 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 71,999. The interior storage is just not expandable on both mannequin. The usual ROG Cellphone 6 might be obtainable in Phantom Black and Storm White, whereas the Professional mannequin is just obtainable in white.

The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional is the primary cellphone to launch in India with the most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which isn’t solely purported to be extra highly effective than the 8 Gen 1 however extra importantly, claims to be extra energy environment friendly which is what you need in a gaming smartphone. Asus claims it has upgraded the cooling system within the new mannequin and together with the non-compulsory new Aero Energetic Cooler 6, it ought to mean you can recreation for longer durations with out having to take care of overheating or efficiency throttling.

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The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 again panel

Coming to the cellphone itself, Asus hasn’t messed round with the components an excessive amount of because the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional remains to be a large chunk of glass and steel with comparable dimensions because the ROG Cellphone 5s Professional. The brand new mannequin weighs 239g and has a thickness of 10.3mm, making it fairly a handful. Nevertheless, it’s now IPX4 rated for splash resistance in opposition to liquids, which is the primary we have seen on a premium gaming smartphone. This water resistance applies to the usual mannequin too.

The huge show on the Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional has practically the identical specs as its predecessor however with just a few key upgrades such a most contact sampling charge of as much as 720Hz in sure video games and the next 165Hz refresh charge. It is nonetheless a large 6.78-inch AMOLED display screen with a full-HD+ decision, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and a peak brightness of 800 nits. In my brief time utilizing the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional, the show regarded gorgeous with punchy colours and had excellent contact response. Just a few video games that I attempted regarded nice and ran very properly, as you’d anticipate.

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The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional is giant and begs for use with two arms

The ROG Imaginative and prescient OLED show on the again of the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional can be utilized to showcase among the preloaded animations for various occasions reminiscent of an incoming name, charging, and so on. The again of the cellphone can be peppered with loads of gaming motifs reminiscent of inscriptions and graphics. I really feel it is completed tastefully and isnt excessive, in comparison with the early generations of the ROG cellphone.

What makes the Asus ROG Cellphone particular in comparison with some other gaming cellphone are the software program customizations and extra {hardware} options. The ROG Cellphone 6 Professional runs Android 12 and you’ll select between Zen UI or a extra gaming-oriented ROG UI pores and skin. Asus guarantees two OS updates and at the least two years of safety updates for the ROG Cellphone 6 sequence. Each telephones characteristic a further USB Kind-C port on the left aspect of the body so the charging cable would not get in the way in which when holding the cellphone horizontally for gaming. This port can be used to energy the Aero Energetic Cooler 6. The ROG Cellphone 6 Professional has two Tremendous Linear Audio system on both finish of the physique and so they get very loud.

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The Armory Crate app presents a tonne of details about the cellphone, together with loads of customization choices

The Asus Armory Crate app presents a tonne of customization for particular person video games. It additionally allows you to monitor the CPU and GPU’s temperature, modify the system lighting, and tweak the performance of the cellphone’s AirTriggers or ultrasonic buttons alongside the fitting aspect of the body. The latter will get new performance within the type of a ‘Press and carry’ gesture that means that you can carry out two actions inside a recreation with a single gesture.

Recreation Genie, the cellphone’s in-game dashboard, has been redesigned and may now be summoned through a swipe-down gesture. This menu allows you to toggle all types of settings reminiscent of altering the refresh charge, blocking notifications, participating X-Mode, and much extra.

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The Aero Energetic Cooler 6 (left) includes a thermoelectric cooling system for higher outcomes

The Aero Energetic Cooler 6 is offered as a separate accent and now features a thermoelectric cooling system primarily based on a Peltier chip, along with the fan. You’ll be able to set the kind of cooling you need from the Armory Crate app. Asus claims it could possibly scale back the floor temperature of the cellphone by as much as 25 diploma Celsius with the ‘Frozen’ cooling mode, however this requires the cellphone to be plugged in. The cooler additionally has 4 further buttons (two extra from the earlier mannequin) which may be mapped inside sure video games. The brand new cooler works solely with the ROG Cellphone 6 sequence and isn’t suitable with the older fashions.

The cameras within the Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional have been upgraded. There is a 12-megapixel Sony IMX663 selfie digicam and on the again, you get a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 main digicam with out OIS, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide digicam and a 5-megapixel macro digicam. Other than the standard capturing modes, the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional helps premium options reminiscent of 8K video recording. Digital camera efficiency might be not going to be high precedence for anybody wanting to buy this cellphone however I am glad Asus has taken the hassle to supply higher sensors nonetheless, as a substitute of merely reusing those from the earlier mannequin.

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The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional will get an upgraded set of cameras

The Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional includes a large 6,000mAh battery (a mix of two 3,000mAh batteries) with as much as 65W quick charging. Asus has its personal 65W charger however this is not bundled within the field. As an alternative, Indian retail items will ship with a 30W charger. Asus says that any USB PD 3.0 charger with PPS (Programmable Energy Provide) and the fitting wattage ought to be capable of quick cost the ROG Cellphone 6 Professional at its full potential. Wi-fi charging is one premium characteristic that is nonetheless lacking.

General, the Asus ROG Cellphone 6 Professional is a beast of a smartphone and builds on the strengths of the ROG Cellphone 5s sequence, which Asus says will proceed to be offered in India in order that patrons have a extra inexpensive choice. Nevertheless, is the brand new ROG Cellphone 6 Professional well worth the improve over the earlier era? Stick round to Devices 360 for the complete evaluate, coming quickly.


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