Asus ROG Phone Unboxing

Asus’ ROG Phone is officially available and has landed at our doorstep begging to be unboxed. The ROG promises a different take and a different look for mobile gaming, so we swiftly opened the box on this one to see what’s inside.

In the box:
• Asus ROG Phone
• Aeroactive Cooler accessory
• USB-C cable and wall adapter
• Replacement rubber plugs for proprietary port

The Unboxing

The trapezoidal box in which the ROG Phone is packaged is already pretty unique. Pulling back the flap, the box unfolds displaying compartments for your ROG Phone and its included accessories. A USB-C charger is requisite fare, but the Aeroactive cooling fan is a neat addition to help keep your gaming sessions long and cool.

Picking up the phone, you’ll first notice the weight of the ROG Phone; the glass-and-metal construction is a bit weighty, but nothing too overpowering. Even from just the simple façade and its reddish, copper-accented speaker grilles this phone strikes you as a flashy, serious device. Turning it around you’ll find glass at the back with a circuit board graphic design underneath. Dual cameras, a skinny fingerprint sensor, copper cooling vents, and a light-up ROG logo build out quite the unique look that is well-balanced, yet reminiscent of a gaming console.

The Unlocking

Booting up the ROG Phone, your greeted by a loud boot noise and vibration at the logo screen, and into the ROG phone you go. Here you’ll find ROG UI – not to be confused with Asus’ ZenUI – which offers an orange, red, and black color scheme, a number of software additions, and some pretty cool iconography. There’s a lot to unpack here which should serve to make gaming easier, more fun, and longer-lasting, but we’ll have to dive deeper come review time to properly assess Asus’ efficacy on these fronts.

The Hardware

Asus also made some intriguing choices with the hardware on the ROG Phone. Aside from the included Aeroactive cooler – a touch we love, by the way – internally, the company uses a tweaked version of the Snapdragon 845 which is capable of reaching a 2.96Ghz frequency versus the 845’s typical 2.8Ghz max. Pair this with 8 gigs of RAM, and Asus’ GameCool vapor chamber cooling system, and you should have some smooth, cool gaming on the ROG.

Speaking of smooth, the ROG Phone’s display clocks a 90Hz refresh rate, which should also make games feel just a bit silkier. The inclusion of squeezable sides enables AirTriggers, which adds two mappable, pressure-sensitive triggers to the edge of the phone during gameplay.

The ROG comes in either 128 GB or 512 GB storage configurations – solid capacities for a phone meant to hold large mobile games.

A number of accessories have been built for the ROG Phone, as well. These include two desktop docking stations, a gamepad controller, a super-low latency wireless dock for streaming to a larger screen, and a dual screen clamshell accessory that can give you Nintendo DS-like gameplay.

The Expectations

The ROG Phone has another tough competitor in the Razer Phone 2, also released this month, but Asus hasn’t appeared to slack off when it comes to additional hardware or software. Selling for $899 for the 128 GB variant and $1099 for the 512, will the ROG Phone put its money where its mouth is for gamers?

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ROG Phone
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2960 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

This phone is a beast!

2. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

I agree..

3. nikhil23

Posts: 499; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Only a matter of time before we see a review with rating 7/10 or 8/10

6. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Most likely, however I truly believe this is a phone deserving 9 or more, because it really excels at being a gamers phone while still delivering good performance everywhere else. Camera is not great but not bad, sound apparently is louder than the Razer when using the proper profile, the UI while a bit much in its default presentation can be tweak to show a more stock appearance. Phonearena probably won't bother to check all features and configurations, but in my personal opinion this is THE phone of 2018

8. nikhil23

Posts: 499; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I was being sarcastic. I really think this phone deserves 9 or more looking at reviews on youtube

9. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I thought you were being serious considering PA's track records on reviews for phones other than Samsung and Apple flagships... There are many phones deserving an excellent score that get trashed here simply because of bias. I always end up taking more serious the rating given by users than by PA staff.

10. nikhil23

Posts: 499; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I was being sarcastic about the same, that PA would give mediocre score to good devices. Looking at reviews on youtube, I think it deserves a 9.

4. SuperA187

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 28, 2017

If it has wireless charging I would have bought this. The phone is cake! I just want the icing too.

5. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

mobile gaming.

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

A beast... but.. it was anounced in June! and now has 6-8 month old hardware as well as only Android 8... Its just way too late at that price point.. SD8150 phones are about to hit the shelves - maybe Asus can try harder to get to market faster next time.

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