Asus could take on Razer with its own ROG-branded gaming smartphone

Asus could take on Razer with its own ROG-branded gaming smartphone
Asus could be about to launch a smartphone under its Republic of Gamers brand. In recent times a certain gaming smartphone trend has been developing in the mobile industry, with brands such as Razer, Xiaomi, and ZTE all producing their own unique devices. Now, according to a new rumor, it appears Asus may be about to challenge the trio with its own smartphone offering.

As stated by the information, Asus’ device will be launched under the popular Republic of Gamers brand, or ROG for short. In terms of what the smartphone will offer, a Snapdragon 845 is said to be inside, with this being coupled with 8GB of RAM. Interestingly, however, no information in regards to the internal storage count was given, although either 64GB or 128GB options seem the most likely. No details were given about the design either, but a display that boasts a refresh rate of 120Hz is expected, putting it on par with the Razer Phone. Furthermore, in a bid to save battery life, it is understood that the display will operate at a refresh rate of 60Hz when not gaming. Also, on a software note, Android 8.1 Oreo should be included straight out of the box.

Given that the Republic of Gamers brand has been around since 2006 and has built up a reputation within the gaming community, it appears Asus may be one of the few companies able to compete with Razer’s strong brand recognition. After all, both Xiaomi and ZTE’s recent launches utilize names with no reputation or history, putting them at a significant disadvantage.

In any case, Asus’ gaming device is just a rumor for now, so it’ll remain to be seen if anything comes from it. Nevertheless, the information does claim that the unveiling will take place at the Computex 2018 event in Taiwan (June 5-9), so it shouldn’t be too long before the rumor’s accuracy is clarified.

source: Geeksniper via: GSMArena

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13 Comments

1. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I don’t understand the read for these gaming smartphones. It sounds like it’s for PC gamers but even they would use that money to upgrade their gaming pc or laptop instead of downgrading to a tiny screen over a full setup

2. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

They are not for "PC gamers" just for people that like to play.... A PC Gamer will not "downgrade" to a tiny screen over a full setup because they would own BOTH.... And the full setup can't be taken with you on the subway or on a plane, etc... I for instance like to play on all of my systems, but I don't own specific gaming oriented devices... Just a Surface Book as my main working rig but strong enough for games in low-mid settings, that I can take everywhere... And a Xperia XZ, which works fine but nothing special for mobile games...

3. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Gaming phones ... without decent games to play. What a joke.

6. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

What kind of games would warrant a "gaming phone"?

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not "toilet time" games, that's for sure.

10. Valbunny

Posts: 12; Member since: May 11, 2018

I very respectfully ask you, which types of games do you enjoy most on your mobile device?

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Scribblenauts, Alto, Fotonica, Sims, Threes, Candycrush, Botanicula - adventure and puzzle games in general. Something that does not bother you, you are using touch controls. Yeah and Pinball games.

4. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Sony badly needs to revive the Xperia Play brand. Otherwise, they can make a Sony Xperia PlayStation rather than just screen casting the PlayStation into the phone as a 2nd screen or something. Thank me later Sony :)

5. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I have an older ROG laptop. It's easy to work on compared to many other laptops. Hopefully Asus will make a phone you can at least replace the battery on.

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Gaming smartphones are a new niche and the more of them that come the better. If gaming phones get custom gpu's then I think we will see better games come to them exclusively which will be a major selling point for them.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

SOC power is not the issue. Take for instance Nintendo DSi, that uses ancient "toaster" SOC. Nintendo DSi has so many good games.

13. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Honestly, they are better than flagship because they atleast have a large battery with powerful processor. Normally flagships have powerful processors but small batteries just ruined all the fun.

11. Furbal unregistered

Release the 5z already

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