Mobile gaming is more alive than ever: this is the impressive Asus ROG Phone 8 and Phone 8 Pro

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mobile gaming is more alive than ever this is the impressive asus rog phone 8 and phone 8 pro
mobile gaming is more alive than ever this is the impressive asus rog phone 8 and phone 8 pro

 

ASUS has presented its new generation of gaming phones, maintaining its commitment to this concept.

 

At the time, gaming mobile phones seemed to make a lot of sense, as more players discovered the number of games and experiences they could have in this format. In recent years, its existence has been called into question, as ‘normal’ mobile phones have been receiving the same power and the same features. Is a gaming phone really necessary when a conventional high-end phone has the same chip?

ASUS wants to prove that yes, with the new ROG Phone 8 range, consisting of the basic model and the Pro model. Like all leading Android-based phones, both use the best processor available, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; The difference is in how they use it. The key is in the design, both external and internal.

Inside, both phones feature internal cooling mechanisms, including a cooling duct which carries heat directly from the chip to the back cover to be dissipated. They also have AI and software features that improve gaming performance and offer background gaming mode. All of this should result in a processor that runs ‘looser’ and is capable of reaching high frequencies for a longer period of time, unlike conventional mobile phones. ASUS will also offer the new generation of its AeroActive Cooler external fan, which is now 29% smaller and 10% lighter offering a larger contact area.

 

To all this we must add that the rest of the components are the most cutting-edge. For example, the 6.78-inch AMOLED screen has been manufactured by Samsung and although it offers a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, it is capable of achieving a 165Hz refresh rate, obtaining a much more fluid image than that of most current mobile phones. These phones also stand out for continuing to offer a 3.5 mm audio jack to connect our wired headphones, something that most manufacturers have abandoned; Not only that, it has Dirac Virtuo technology to offer virtual surround sound and five-magnet speakers with high-definition sound support. As for the cameras, the main one is based on a 50 Mpx Sony IMX 890 sensor with a 6-axis hybrid gimbal stabilizer, a 13 Mpx wide angle and a 32 Mpx telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS; much better than what gaming phones are used to.

As far as software is concerned, they are based on Android 14 with the ROG layer and its own applications such as AI Grabber, which is capable of detect the text of the games we play and search for it to find guides and tutorials on the Internet for games like Genshin Impact. It will also have a wallpaper generator using AI.

Both models are very similar in features and size, and the design is the main difference. The ROG Phone 8 features RGB lighting on the ROG logo, but the ROG Phone 8 Pro is more eye-catching by using a monochrome Mini LED display that allows show any logo we want, and even animations, on the back of the mobile. It is a system also used in some ROG gaming laptops, and it attracts as much attention as the reader can imagine.

The basic ASUS ROG Phone 8 with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage will cost $ 1,099, while the ROG Phone 8 Pro, with 24 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage, will cost $ 1,499, with prices and availability in Spain still not confirmed.