After multiple leaks and rumors, Asus ROG Phone 6 Series was officially revealed in the global markets. The Taiwanese tech giant unveiled the gaming smartphone series via an online launch event. The latest gaming series features two smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flagship processor. Most interestingly, these Asus ROG Phone 6 series smartphones include up to 18GB of RAM. These flagship-grade gaming mobile phones come with the name – Asus ROG Phone 6 and Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro.
Asus ROG Phone 6 series launched in India
In terms of vital highlighting features, these Asus ROG Phone 6 and Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro sport a 6.78-inch Full-HD+ Samsung AMOLED display with a 165Hz screen refresh rate. Furthermore, these flagship devices get HDR10+ support and an exclusive ROG tuning technology.
Both handsets are powered by a massive 6000mAh battery and a triple rear camera setup. Remember, the latest Asus ROG Phone 6 Series succeeds the Asus ROG 5 series, and the newest smartphone series brings multiple improvements inside and outside.
Asus ROG Phone 6, ROG Phone 6 Pro price in India
After the success of the Asus ROG 5 series in India, the Taiwanese smartphone makers launched the latest Asus ROG 6 series in India. The gaming smartphone series includes the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro. Talking about its pricing in India, the Asus ROG Phone 6 is priced at Rs 71999 for the lone variant packing in 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. The vanilla variant of ROG Phone 6 is available in Phantom Black and Storm White colors.
ROG Phone 6 Pro price
On the other hand, India’s Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro price starts at Rs 89999 for the lone variant with 18GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage. During the online launch event, Asus confirmed that the sale and availability of these smartphones would be revealed later on the company’s official social media handle. The all-new ROG Phone 6 Pro is available in a single Storm White colour option. Also Read – Asus ROG Phone 5, Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate price in India
Asus ROG Phone 6, ROG Phone 6 Pro: Specification
Both the Asus ROG Phone 6 series smartphones come with many standard specifications. These gaming series phones are dual-SIM (Nano) smartphones running on ROG UI, based on Android 12 OS. Both the handsets sport a 6.78-inch Full-HD+ Samsung AMOLED display, with a 1080*2448 pixels screen resolution.
Furthermore, it currently comes with the highest 165Hz variable refresh rate on any smartphone. This means that the display refresh rate on the phone can vary between 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz, and 165Hz. Additionally, it gets a 720Hz touch sampling rate. Asus claims that the Asus ROG Phone 6 series display offers a 1ms response time and 23ms touch latency.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 series display also gets HDR10+ support. This display can reach a peak brightness of up to 1200 nits. Both gaming smartphones come with 2.5D curved glass, which gets protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. Furthermore, this display also gets a Pixelworks i6 processor. In contrast, the Pro model also features a small PMOLED display on the back panel with ROG Vision.
Under the hood, the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. This chipset comes in pair with Adreno 730 GPU on both the gaming handsets. The vanilla variant of Asus ROG Phone 6 features up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. While the ROG Phone 6 Pro exclusively gets up to 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
Asus ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro carries different storage setup. Meanwhile, the vanilla variant of ROG Phone 6 comes with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. At the same time, the ROG Phone 6 Pro has a big 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Also Read – Asus ROG Phone 5 with 18GB RAM price in India
New GameCool Cooling system
Besides this, the Taiwanese tech giant has included an Asus GameCool 6 cooling system on both smartphones. The company claims this is the biggest upgradation in the cooling system upgrade since the Asus ROG Phone series launch.
Additionally, these smartphones come with a redesigned, 360-degree CPU cooling system. This cooling system is more efficient in heat dissipation. Asus claims that with this new cooling system, the performance of the ROG Phone has improved by up to 10 degrees Celsius.
For photography and videography, the Asus ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro features the triple rear camera setup with the same camera configuration. The primary camera is a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor. In contrast, the secondary camera is a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 125-degree field view. The third camera is a 5MP macro camera. These smartphones come with a 12MP front shooter for selfies and video calling.
The latest Asus ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6 with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v5.2, NFC, and two USB Type-C ports. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio.
For onboard sensors, these gaming smartphones come with GNSS GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS, NaviC, accelerometer, e-compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 6 and grip press. For device security, these gaming handsets feature an in-display fingerprint sensor.
A massive 6000mAh battery with up to 65W fast charging support powers these Asus ROG Phone 6 series smartphones. Remember, the Taiwanese tech giant only offers a 30W fast charger in the box. Like the ROG Phone 5 series, the ROG Phone 6 also gets a dual USB Type-C port for charging. One of the ports is placed on the side, and the other port is at the bottom. Additionally, for audio support, these gaming smartphones come with two 5-magnet 12*16 Super Linear speakers tuned by Dirac.
Both of these smartphones are IPX4 rated for water resistance. Regarding of significant differences, the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro have different RAM and storage options. Besides this, the considerable difference between the two variants comes from the rear panel design.
The distinction between the Pro and the non-Pro variant is that the Pro variant gets a ROG Vision PMOLED display on the back panel. At the same time, the non-Pro variant gets a standard illuminated ROG Logo. Dimension-wise, both smartphones are equal. ROG Phone 6 series smartphones measure 172.83×77.25×10.3mm and weigh 239g.
Accessories for Asus ROG Phone 6 series
Asus ROG Phone 6 series smartphones also get accessories like AeroActive Cooler 6 with an integrated Thermoelectric AI Cooling System. This will significantly lower the temperature of the Asus ROG Phone. This optional accessory works wirelessly. Furthermore, it will take power from the smartphone’s battery to perform its action.
Other accessories include a ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, an expansion dock, and a ROG Clip to attach the ROG Phone with a PlayStation, Xbox, or Google Stadia controller with an adjustable arm. Look in detail at the newly launched ROG Phone 6 Pro.
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro: First Impressions
The new gaming phone, ROG Phone 6 Pro, launched alongside the ROG Phone 6. As mentioned above, the main difference between these two variants comes from the back panel design, the RAM, and the storage configuration.
The rest of the specs and features remain the same on both the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro. Now, let’s get a sneak peek at the all-new Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro. Also Read – Asus ROG Phone 5 Geekbench details, specifications, model number and more
Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 on Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
The ROG Phone 6 Pro is the first smartphone to launch in India with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. On paper, this processor is a better option than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. But in reality, it is not supposed to be more potent than the 8 Gen 1. However, Qualcomm claims that the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is more power efficient. Power efficiency is the primary factor when selecting a gaming smartphone.
New Cooling system on ROG Phone 6 series
Also, to remember, Asus has also upgraded the cooling system in the newer ROG Phone 6 Pro model. The latest Pro and non-Pro model have the optional Aero Active Cooler 6. The Taiwanese tech giant claims that this cooling system will allow users to play games for a longer duration without having to deal with overheating or performance throttling. Also Read – Snapdragon Gaming processor for the mobile phone
Talking about the design, the Taiwanese tech giant follows the similar design pattern we have already seen with the Asus ROG Phone 5 series. The newer ROG Phone 6 Pro still gets a massive chunk of glass and metal with similar dimensions. The unique model weighs 239 grams and is 10.3mm thick. Even with a heavyweight, the handset feels quite handy.
IPX4 ratings on new Asus ROG Phone
The IPX4 ratings for splash resistance will protect the gaming smartphone against liquids. We have already seen the company’s protection against water on the other premium gaming smartphones, and the same water resistance certification applies to the standard Asus ROG Phone 6. Also Read – Asus ZenFone 5 – The compact smartphone
Top-notch Display on Asus ROG Gaming Phone
Despite of massive display on the Asus ROG Phone 6, the smartphone comes with nearly the same specs as its predecessor. Although, there are a few key upgrades, such as a higher refresh rate and an increase in the touch sampling rate by up to 720Hz. The massive 6.78-inch display comes with an AMOLED screen with Full-HD+ resolution. Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protect the display on the Asus ROG handset. Asus claims this display can reach a peak brightness of up to 800 nits in normal conditions.
Regarding our experience with ROG Phone 6 Pro, the display looks stunning with punchy colours. The touch response is excellent, and the haptic feedback is excellent. We tried to play a few games on the Pro variant, and the games ran very well, as expected.
ROG Vision PMOLED display
The latest Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro gets a ROG Vision OLED display on the back of the handset. This display can showcase preloaded animations for events like incoming calls, charging, other notifications, etc. The smartphone’s rear side is also peppered with gaming motifs like inscriptions and graphics.
We believe these design changes are necessary to add more tastefulness to the handset. However, these design changes are not over the top compared to the early generations of the ROG Phone. Also Read – Asus ROG Phone 5 design, specs, model number and other details
ROG UI Skin on the gaming smartphone
The gaming smartphone’s main highlights are the software customizations and the other hardware features. The all-new Asus ROG Phone 6 runs on Android 12. Furthermore, users can select between the Zen UI and the more gaming-oriented ROG UI Skin. During the online launch, the Taiwanese company promised to offer two major OS updates and at least two years of monthly security updates on the Asus ROG 6 series phones.
Side USB Type-C port on ROG Phone 6 Series
Both the ROG Phone 6 series handsets get an additional USB Type-C port on the left side of the frame. This port will also help in charging. The side port will also help in charging so that the charging cable does not get in the way while holding the phone during long gaming sessions. Furthermore, this port is also useful to offer power to the Aero Active Cooler 6.
Upgraded camera system
This time the Taiwanese tech giant has upgraded the camera system on the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro. Meanwhile, the triple rear camera setup is headlined by a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary camera sensor. Although, this primary camera does not offer Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature. The secondary camera is a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 5MP macro lens. Additionally, the latest Pro variant comes with a 12MP Sony IMX663 selfie camera at the front.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro also comes with the usual shooting modes. The latest ROG Phone 6 Pro offers premium features like 8K Video recording. In our experience, the camera performance is not up to the mark. Since it is a gaming smartphone, camera performance is not the sector that is getting the top priority. Hence, anyone looking for a camera-centric smartphone should reconsider using the ROG Phone 6 Pro. Even though Asus has tried to offer better sensors instead of simply reusing the sensors present in the previous models.
Massive 6000mAh battery on Asus ROG Phone 6 series
The all-new Asus ROG Phone 6 packs a massive 6000mAh battery, a combination of dual 3000mAh batteries. This battery also comes with up to 65W fast charging solution. The Taiwanese tech giant has its 65W fast charger, but this isn’t coming inside the retail box—instead, the Indian retail unit ships with a 30W charger.
According to Asus, any USB PD 3.0 charger with PPS (Programmable Power Supply) and the appropriate power should also be able to charge the ROG Phone 6 Pro fully. However, one of the premium features of Wireless Charging is still missing on this Pro variant.
Asus Armoury Crate App
The ROG Phone 6 Pro boasts two Super Linear Speakers on either end of the body, which is rather loud. As for the gaming features, the Asus Armoury Crate app also offers many customization options for an individual gamer. Furthermore, this app will allow gamers to monitor the CPU and GPU temperature. It will also modify the lighting and tweak the functionality of AirTriggers or the Ultrasonic buttons.
Remember, these Ultrasonic buttons are on the right side of the frame. Furthermore, these Ultrasonic buttons also get new functionality. Now, with a “Press and lift” gesture on these Ultrasonic buttons, the user can perform two actions within a game with a single gesture. Furthermore, the Armoury Crate app also allows the setting up of the type of cooling.
Asus Game Genie
The in-game dashboard, Game Genie, has also been redesigned. Now, this gaming dashboard can also be accessed simply by the swipe-down gesture. Meanwhile, this menu allows you to change various options, including altering the refresh rate, disabling alerts, activating X-Mode, and much more.
Asus Aero Active Cooler 6
This time, the Taiwanese tech giant sells the Asus Accessories separately. The Aero Active Cooler 6 is one such accessory that is sold separately. Meanwhile, it now includes a thermoelectric cooling system which is based on Peltier Chip. Asus also claims that it can reduce the surface temperature of the phone by up to 25 degrees Celsius with the “Frozen” Cooling Mode.
The Asus Aero Active Cooler 6 also has four additional buttons, which can be programmed within certain games. Remember, this new Cooler will work only with the Asus ROG Phone series and is also not backwards compatible. Hence, we cannot use this Cooler with the older models.
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro: Final Verdict
Overall, the latest Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro is a beast of smartphones. It will follow the Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro’s footsteps and take the ROG Phone legacy further. The Taiwanese tech giant confirms that the Asus ROG Phone 5 series will continue to be marketed in India. So, buyers will have a more affordable option over the other gaming smartphones. However, the new ROG Phone Pro is worth the upgrade over the previous generation.