ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro hands-on and price and specs via Revu Philippines

ASUS ROG Phone 6 series launched. We get our hands on the Pro model

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Just a few days ago, Black Shark launched the Black Shark 5 and Black Shark 5 Pro in the Philippines. Now, it appears their brief reign as the country’s ultimate gaming-phone duo has come to an end. ASUS today unveiled the first gaming smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, the ASUS ROG Phone 6 series.

(Update, July 23: The ASUS ROG Phone 6 series is official in the Philippines! Or click on this for our full review of the ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro!)

(Update, July 18: ASUS has revealed the ROG Phone 6 series’ launch date in the Philippines!

(Update, July 15: Now that we’ve spent weeks with the ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro, we’re ready to share more of our thoughts on it. Check out our video now!)

Similar to its predecessor, the lineup will comprise two variants — the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro — with the main difference between the two being the customizable ROG Vision panel on the back of the top-end model. The standard ROG Phone 6 will feature ASUS’ Aura RGB LED lighting system on its rear instead.

The RAM configuration is also slightly different, as the ROG Phone 6 Pro can be configured with up to 18GB of fast LPDDR5 RAM, whereas the vanilla variant maxes out at 16GB RAM. Regardless of which version you opt for, you’re still looking at a gaming powerhouse built around Qualcomm’s newest and mightest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 5G chipset, which uses TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process and boasts a 3.2GHz prime core, to go along with an Adreno 730 GPU and ASUS’ own X Mode performance-tuning platform.

As for the price, the standard ASUS ROG Phone 6 will start from €999 (around $1,028 or P56,976 converted) for the 12GB/256GB storage configuration in Europe, while the ROG Phone 6 Pro costs €1,299 ($1,336 or P74,086) for the lone model with 18GB RAM and 512GB of storage.

ASUS announcement

ASUS has confirmed that the ROG Phone 6 series will be available in the Philippines at a later date, with local pricing and availability details to come.

The regular ROG Phone 6 will be available in black and white colors, while the Pro model is going to be offered in a lone white variant. It’s also worth mentioning that the new AeroActive Cooler 6 will not be bundled with the non-Pro edition, but it will come standard with the ROG Phone 6 Pro. The Aero Case for the new series and 65-watt HyperCharge adapter will ship with both editions, we’re told.

In terms of optional accessories, there’s also the ROG Phone 6 Glass Screen Protector, which is compatible with ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 5 models, as well as the Devilcase Guardian Case for increased drop and bump protection.

We’ll be coming out with our full review of the ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro in the coming weeks once the local embargo is lifted. In the meantime, read our hands-on preview of the ROG Phone 6 Pro to find out what ASUS has cooked up for the latest iteration of its popular gaming-phone line.

ASUS ROG Phone 6 hands-on and price and specs via Revu Philippines

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro

The ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro arrives in a large ROG-themed white box that opens nicely with an opening flap to reveal the phone wrapped in semi-clear plastic. The phone itself looks suitably handsome and gaming-ready, combining a rounded metal frame in a matte-black finish with a satisfyingly smooth rear panel that proudly shows the ROG design ethos in full force, complete with little design details, such as the blue accents on the power button, main camera lens, and SIM card tray.

Notably, the ROG Phone 6 Pro also offers IPX4-rated splash resistance, making it the first gaming phone on the market that can withstand splashes and accidental contact with water. That’s always a plus for users who live in a tropical country like the Philippines.

ASUS ROG Phone 6 hands-on and price and specs via Revu Philippines

The USB-C port on the left is primarily for the snap-on cooling fan, though it can be used for charging the phone as well during heated gaming sessions in landscape orientation

The left-hand side features a USB-C port, primarily for the snap-on cooling fan, though it can be used for charging the phone as well during heated gaming sessions in landscape orientation. The right side carries the touch-sensitive L/R shoulder triggers — as expected on a gaming-oriented device. The bottom of the ROG Phone 6 Pro has a second USB-C port alongside a standard 3.5mm headphone jack for immersive wired audio.

Inside, there’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which is said to offer up to 10% faster CPU performance and up to 30% better power efficiency than the previous-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Performance-wise, it will be unfair to comment on it at this point, as we have yet to really put our review unit through its paces, although we can confirm that the top-of-the-line ROG Phone 6 Pro unit we’re using easily breaches the 1,000,000 mark in Antutu, even without the AeroActive Cooler 6 attachment.

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro Antutu benchmark score via Revu Philippines

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro’s Antutu benchmark score

The top-of-the-line ROG Phone 6 Pro unit we’re using easily breaches the 1,000,000 mark in Antutu, even without the AeroActive Cooler 6 attachment

For all-day battery life, there’s a 6,000mAh battery inside, same as last year’s model. According to ASUS, it can be charged from zero to full in under an hour, or 70% after 30 minutes plugged in, using the included 65-watt fast charger.

The other highlight here is, of course, the display — or displays, if you count the ROG Vision secondary screen on the back of the Pro variant. The ROG Phone 6 series packs a 6.78-inch FHD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED display with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 720Hz touch sampling.

ASUS ROG Phone 6 hands-on and price and specs via Revu Philippines

The ROG Phone 6 series boasts a 6.78-inch FHD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED screen with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 720Hz touch sampling
ASUS ROG Phone 6 hands-on and price and specs via Revu Philippines

There’s an ROG Vision secondary screen on the back of the Pro variant

For pictures and videos, ASUS has fitted the ROG Phone 6 Pro with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 main image sensor, alongside a 13-megapixel ultra-wide option and a dedicated macro camera. You also get a 12-megapixel Sony IMX663 sensor for selfies using the front-facing camera on the top bezel.

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro hands-on and price and specs via Revu Philippines

ASUS has fitted the ROG Phone 6 Pro with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 main image sensor on the back

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro specs

  • 6.78-inch FHD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED display, 165Hz refresh rate, 720Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+
  • 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor with 5G
  • 18GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 512GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • Triple 50-megapixel main, 13-megapixel ultrawide, and macro cameras
  • 12-megapixel front camera
  • Under-display fingerprint reader
  • 6,000mAh battery with 65-watt wired charging
  • IPX4 splash resistance
  • ROG Vision rear panel
  • Android 12
  • Color option: white

ASUS ROG Phone 6 specs

  • 6.78-inch FHD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED display, 165Hz refresh rate, 720Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+
  • 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor with 5G
  • 8GB/12GB/16GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • Triple 50-megapixel main, 13-megapixel ultrawide, and macro cameras
  • 12-megapixel front camera
  • Under-display fingerprint reader
  • 6,000mAh battery with 65-watt wired charging
  • IPX4 splash resistance
  • ROG Aura RGB rear panel
  • Android 12
  • Color option: black, white

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 13 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.