ASUS joined the gaming-phone bandwagon earlier this year, when it announced the ASUS ROG (which stands for Republic of Gamers) Phone during its keynote at Computex 2018 in June. But back then, the company did not reveal the price of the device, nor did it mention how much exactly customers will pay for the bundle that includes the ROG Phone and its gaming accessories.
Thankfully, we don’t have to wonder any longer. At a press event held in China today, ASUS confirmed official pricing details for the long-awaited gaming phone.
The base model with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage runs you ¥5,999 (approximately P47,233 or $873), while bumping up the memory to 512GB will set you back ¥7,999 (P62,979 or $1,164). There’s also the E-Sports Limited Edition variant, which ships with four dedicated accessories — TwinView Dock, Gamevice controller, AeroActive Cooler, and Mobile Desktop Dock — for ¥12,999 (P102,347 or $1,892).
On the outside, of course, the ASUS ROG Phone features aggressive styling and sparks a gaming vibe with its exterior dressed up in fancy RGB lighting. It also offers better ergonomics, which is crucial to gaming phones that tend to be held in the hand longer than most other devices.
Under the hood, the ROG Phone uses an overclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, as well as the industry’s first 3D-vapor-chamber cooling system for high peak performance. The notch-less OLED screen measures 6 inches and has an impressive 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, while the battery, rated at 4,000mAh, comes with 30-watt fast charging.
We’ve been hearing rumors that ASUS plans to launch the ROG Phone in the Philippines sometime toward the end of the year. If that’s indeed the case, these prices for the Chinese market could be a good indication of local pricing if ASUS does bring it here.
ASUS ROG Phone specs
- Vapor-chamber cooling system
- RGB lighting with Aura Sync support
- Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted)
- 6-inch AMOLED display, 2,160 x 1,080 (18:9; 90Hz refresh rate with 1ms response time)
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB or 512GB non-expandable storage
- Dual 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear cameras with LED flash
- 8-megapixel front camera
- 4,000mAh battery with fast charging
- Android 8.1 Oreo
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