Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro review: Game on – Android Authority
As well as boasting a selection of high-end specs, Asus has gone above and beyond with the finer gaming details and accessory portfolio, making the ROG Phone 6 Pro a compelling package for dedicated mobile gamers with deep enough pockets.
Asus is back with its latest gaming phone for the high-performance market — the Asus ROG Phone 6 series. Between the 165Hz display, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, and 65W charging, the handsets boast plenty of numbers to catch the eye of the discerning gamer, with a design aesthetic to match.
There are just two variants this year — the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro. Asus has dispensed with the Ultimate edition, bringing its best features to the Pro model and opting for a range of memory configurations and price points to suit different regions. Will this more streamlined approach be enough to claim first place? Find out in Android Authority’s Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro review.
About this Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro review: I tested the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro over a period of seven days. It was running the latest Android 12 build (32.2810.2204.47) on the 1 April 2022 security patch. The unit was provided by Asus for this review.
What you need to know about the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
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- Asus ROG Phone 6 (12GB/256GB): £899 / €999 (~$1,088)
- Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (18GB/512GB ): £1,099 / €1,299 (~$1,330)
The Asus ROG Phone 6 series is the latest in a long portfolio of gaming phones from the Taiwanese brand Asus, with the Pro variant as the flagship model for 2022. The phone sports the latest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor for a 10% performance boost and greater efficiency than smartphones launched earlier in the year. Along with advanced cooling, controller accessories, and a sci-fi-inspired design, this is a handset built with a very specific target audience in mind.
In addition, the phone boasts an improved 165Hz OLED display, although this defaults to a more common 120Hz dynamic mode out of the box. There’s also a faster 720Hz touch sample rate and latency as low as 23ms in 165Hz mode, ensuring smooth input performance while gaming. Asus has thrown in a few other improvements too, including an IPX4 rating for the first time and Gorilla Glass Victus protection on the front. While not an earthshaking upgrade over the ROG Phone 5 family, these little details add up to push the envelope that little further.
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Of course, Asus packs in plenty of gaming-focused features you won’t find on more typical smartphones. The series’ standard “AirTrigger” system remains and now supports nine mappable gestures, new press and lift settings, and ten different motion control gestures. Asus’ Armoury Crate software now includes rendering quality settings on a per-game basis, including Performance, Balanced, or Quality modes, as well as toggles for anti-aliasing, textures, and variable rate shading where supported. There are now more ways than ever to game your way.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 is available in Phantom Black and Storm White, while the Pro model only comes in the latter. The phones are heading to Europe first with a US launch date to be confirmed later in the year.
What’s the design like?
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Asus’ ROG Phone series has always embraced the “edgy” gamer aesthetic and the …….