ASUS is no stranger to smartphones, as the company has a thriving family of Android-based models to choose from. Most recently, the company launched the Zenfone 5 series, which look like clones of the iPhone X. However, the company is also looking to take on the likes of the Razer Phone and the Black Shark with its own Android gaming phone.
ASUS Chief Jerry Shen confirmed that such a device was in the works, and now a new report suggest that the smartphone will be unveiled during Computex, which runs from June 5th through June 9th. The smartphone will fall under the Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand and is expected to being some high-performance hardware to the table what would put it at the top of the benchmarks charts compared to more mainstream Android flagships.
With that in mind, it’s almost a certainty that the ROG phone will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor and at least 6GB of RAM (and most likely 8GB). The wildcard, however, will be what kind of display will be used on the device. The Razer Phone, for example, uses a 120Hz Sharp IGZO panel with a resolution of 2560×1440. Given ASUS’s gaming roots, we hope that its LCD technology can at least match the 120Hz refresh rate that the Razer Phone is capable of.
On the pricing front, we’ll have to once again look to the Razer Phone, which is priced at $699. That’s a far loftier price than ASUS smartphones typically sell for, but it’s par for the course for something with these specs.
We should note that one particular player in the gaming phone market might not be long for this world. ZTE announced the Nubia Red Magic gaming phone last month that incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM and RGB lighting effects. However, the U.S. government slapped sanctions on ZTE which prevent it from securing Qualcomm chips for its smartphones. As a result, the company is ceasing the majority of its operations in its home market of China.