Gaming smartphones haven’t been a huge deal since Android started to flourish. The basic concept of picking up an Android device to game simply meant that you had to look down a spec sheet and pick a device up for yourself. However, times are changing. As games continue to flourish on mobile devices, modern titles often require a decent set of internals to offer an enjoyable experience. Whether that’s FPS or Racing titles, games in 2018 are demanding more than ever before.
Back in 2017, Razer, primarily being a notebook gaming company, announced their first smartphone running Android. Dubbed as the Razer phone, the Razer phone competed with the best of the best and showcased why it was as enticing as everyone made it to be. For the first time ever, we finally got our first Android device that sports a high-refresh rate 120Hz display, something that PC gamers have exclusively been enjoying for a while. The incorporation of a 120Hz display meant that games looked much more fluid compared to any other device on the market and made it seem as if the Razer phone was simply in another league.
Not only did Razer incorporate a one of a kind display, but it also managed to incorporate everything that gamers would want. You name it! Front-facing speakers, a decent set of cameras and a well-built device… minus the RGB flair they’ve been well-known for.
Shortly after Razer’s launch, Xiaomi decided to jump in too with fresh 2018 internals. And now, Asus has jumped into the party too with their new ROG Phone. Yesterday, Asus announced their new ROG Phone, a new beastly gaming device from Asus encompassing everything you would want from a gaming phone. If I’m not mistaken, the ROG phone is the third major gaming phone on Android. Of course, since gaming phones are quite attractive and feature quite aggressive designs, these phones are supposed to function as “on-the-go” mobile gaming machines. All three of these devices are unique in their own aspect, but I won’t lie, Asus’s ROG phone looks the best to me, at least aesthetically.
Asus ROG Phone Specs
|Size||6″-inch (158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm)|
|Display||6“-inch 18:9 (2160×1080) AMOLED, 90Hz refresh rate with 1ms pixel response time, 108.6% DCI-P3 color gamut and 10000:1 contrast ratio|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 @ 2.95GHz|
|RAM||LPDDR4X 8GB RAM|
|Storage||UFS 2.1, 128GB / 512GB|
|Charging Tech||Custom USB-C supports USB 3.1 Gen 1, DP 1.4, fast charging (15W)
ASUS HyperCharge direct charging
|WiFi||802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad 2×2 MIMO|
|Dual SIM||Slot 1: Micro SIM, Slot 2: Nano SIM OR microSD up to 128GB|
|Cameras||Rear | 12MP + 8MP (120° wide-angle), Selfie | 8MP|
|Sound||Dual front-facing stereo speakers with smart amplifier
24-bit/192KHz Hi-Res Audio
DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround-sound
Qualcomm aptX High-definition Bluetooth® wireless audio
If we brainstorm for a while, we know that tablets were quite a big deal when the first iPad debuted a few years ago. These devices weren’t only attractive for their large displays, but also catered a large chunk of the general audience who want to consumer media or either play games on the go. Now that tablets have died off pretty much, I do think that the appeal for such devices should entice more than a few users. Not only are these new gaming phones bringing a ton of functionality back to the table, but are also differentiating themselves from the competition in terms of design.
Just look at the Razer Phone. Apart from its 120Hz blinging display, the minimalism Razer chose to implement with the Razer phone is really humbling. And don’t get me wrong, while Razer does remove the headphone jack for some reason, I do love the fact that the design choices Razer made were really well though out. From the front-firing stereo speakers to the boxy design. Its perfect!
Whereas, Asus ROG Phone really wants to push the limits of gaming. Not only has it won my heart in the design department over the S9 Plus, damn that gorgeous glass back, but it has also managed to crate a whole new level of productivity and gaming possibilities thanks to its excellent set of external add-ons.
Since these devices are set to push the boundaries of gaming by driving new innovative ideas, these ideas could potentially allow other devices to incorporate a few goodies and take a lesson of these phones.
Now, let’s be honest. Gaming phones are designs to bling, these devices at the end of the day are smartphones and shouldn’t take away the fact that at the end of the day these devices have to make calls, text people and capture your usual videos.
Potentially with the rise of these types of smartphones, who knows, this could drive high-refresh rate displays to mainstream phones as well. Heck, even the next iPhone could potentially pack high-refresh rate displays since Apple released the iPad Pro with their new ProMotion 120Hz displays.
There’s still six more months to go, so 2018 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. There’s a ton of devices to come. The thing I am keen about is how much these companies would invest in creating new devices. Apart from the new iPhone, we could look forward at Razer’s potential 2018 Razer Phone as well as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9. Let’s see how the landscape adapts over the course of six months.