Asus ROG Phone 6 Everything we recognize so far
We love Asus ROG gaming phones, which, aside from being great performers when it comes to gaming, are just great phones in general. They’ve got a cool cyberpunk aesthetic and often provide pretty good value for money, too.
If you can’t wait to see what the brand has in store next, you’re in the right place. The ROG Phone 6 is on the way, and we’ve rounded up everything that we know so far.
Release date and price
Launch event scheduled for July 5
No pricing information has been revealed
While we don’t know exactly when you’ll be able to get your hands on one, there is a launch event scheduled for July 5. You can find out how to watch that here.
ROG Phones tend to launch at different times across the world. If we take the ROG Phone 5S as an example, that launched in Taiwan in August 2021 but took until November to reach our shores. So even though the launch day is fast approaching, we may have to wait a while to get our hands on it.
Design and build
Possible rear display
Asus sent out some very-early engineering samples to show off the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, so, thanks to this, we’ve had a pretty good look at the design of the ROG Phone 6. However, a listing spotted on the TENAA certification site shows a fairly different design.
We’re not sure if there will be multiple variants launching in July or if the design has changed since the early samples were sent out. Whatever the case may be, Android Central and YouTuber Dave2D both got to play with a version of the device and gave us an up-close look at pretty much everything besides the cameras and software changes.
The early samples had a unique semi-transparent glass back that shows off some of the internals. ROG’s signature style is present throughout, and the back panel has the word ‘Dare’ prominently printed across it. It’s unclear at the point if other finishes will be offered, but we’re not so sure about the giant wordmark, so we hope there will be other options.
The usual dual USB-C ports are present, allowing you to hold the phone in either landscape or portrait mode while charging, and never interrupt your gaming session. There’s a headphone jack, too, if you crave low latency audio.
A big change is the lack of exposed cooling vents, which makes us curious about the new thermal solution.
Asus itself has confirmed that the ROG Phone 6 will be IPX4 protected, claiming it’s the world’s first gaming phone with an IP rating.
The device shown in the TENAA listing features a rear display, similar to that found on the ROG Phone 5, this was not present in the other prototypes. It also features an opaque back, and this design was further supported by additional high-resolution images. It’s likely that we’ll see a design close to this at launch, rather than that of the prototypes.
Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Triple camera array with 64MP main
The only confirmed hardware specification is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, but it’s a pretty exciting one, as it means the ROG Phone 6 will likely be the fastest gaming phone ever released.
When Android Central ran the prototype through some benchmarks, it found that it beat pretty much everything on the market. The only exception was the iPhone 13 Pro series, which marginally beat the ROG Phone in 3DMark Wildlife Extreme.
A listing on China’s 3C certification website revealed that the ROG Phone 6 will likely feature 65W fast charging and we might expect a battery capacity of around 5850-6000mAh.
Elsewhere, it’s mostly speculation, but we’re expecting a similarly large display to its predecessor, at around 6.78-inches. Going much larger would be cumbersome. It’ll be a high refresh rate panel – possibly jumping from 144Hz to 165Hz in order to match the Red Magic 7. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a dramatic jump in touch sampling rate, too, as Asus has some catching up to do when it comes to Nubia’s latest.
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