- Aug 17, 2014
Some companies may be giving up on the idea of Android gaming phones, but not Asus, which is releasing the ROG Phone 7 today. It has all the trademark "gamer" laser-beam design language and flashy LEDs, but also some wild engineering additions when it comes to cooling your super-hot phone.
Specs include a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and—the highlight of the spec sheet—a whopping 6000 mAh battery with 65 W charging. The display is a 165 Hz, 6.78-inch, 2448×1080 Samsung AMOLED. The phone has two USB-C ports, one on the side and one on the bottom, and a headphone jack. There are three rear cameras, a 50 MP main camera, a 13 MP wide-angle, and a 5 MP macro, while the front camera is 32 MP.
There are two models, the ROG Phone 7 and ROG Phone 7 Ultimate. The specs are the same; the ultimate just adds a rear "ROG Vision" display. This is a 2-inch OLED display with six different modes to show things like the time, charging level, an incoming call, or a few purely aesthetic animations. The Ultimate model also interfaces better with a clip-on fan accessory, the "AeroActive Cooler 7."
Asus' extreme cooling ideas are what make this a gaming phone. Asus says the phone has a "revolutionary new rapid-cycle vapor chamber design, which increases heat dissipation efficiency by up to 168 percent" over the last ROG phone, which already had better-than-normal cooling.
The phone will eventually be for sale in the US, but not until Q2. For now, it's up for preorder in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Europe. The base model is 999 euro ($1,104), and the Ultimate model, with the rear screen and fancy cooler packed-in, is 1,399 euro ($1,266).