The Asus ROG Phone series has been getting unpretentious updates throughout the long term. With gaming brands, for example, Nubia’s Red magic and Dark Shark leaving the Indian market some time in the past, Asus’ ROG Phone stays the last phone standing with regards to top of the line, gaming cell phones.
This additionally implies that Asus truly has no immediate rivalry in India and because of that, it can require its investment refining its triumphant equation year on year, without expecting to roll out any extreme improvements to remain significant.
Asus Rog Phone 6 Review
The most recent Asus ROG 6 is definitely not a major jump over its ancestor, the Asus ROG Phone 5s. There are the standard exhibition related improvements which are normal from each new update. There’s another processor, upgrades to the interior cooling framework, and a new and a refreshed cooling extra.
Its plan likewise stays like the past model, just with several changes. But at the same time there’s a better camera arrangement, which could make it a top notch all-rounder. This last piece is significant, considering that the ROG 6 has seen a perceptible cost climb over the past model.
Asus ROG Phone 6 Price in India
The Asus ROG Phone 6 is valued at Rs. 71,999 for the sole 12GB Smash and 256GB stockpiling design. It’s accessible in two completions: Tempest White and Ghost Dark, and I got the last option for this survey.
There’s additionally a ROG Phone 6 Expert that is gone on special for Rs. 89,999 however the main distinction among it and the 6 is a somewhat unique back board plan with 2 extra inch OLED show and more Smash (18GB) and capacity (512GB). You can peruse our initial feelings of it.
The Asus ROG Phone 6’s sticker price is much higher than the ROG Phone 5s which was valued at Rs. 57,999 for the 12GB Slam and 256GB stockpiling variation, when sent off the year before.
The cost of the current year’s base ROG Phone 6 is nearer to last year’s Ace model which was valued at Rs 79,999. Join this expanded sticker price with Asus’ deferred discharge in India since the phone was reported in July 2022, and you can perceive how it should be two times as engaging its specialty gamer crowd.
Asus ROG Phone 6 Design
A piece of that allure appears to be a piece lost for this present year, with Asus reusing similar plan many years. Asus continues to tame the plan of the ROG Phone consistently, however this year seems a piece unique. The camera module around the back currently projects a little and is very enormous contrasted with past gadgets.
There’s presently two RGB components in the back board. Alongside the standard thing “intrepid eye” logo which has sought the spot grid treatment (like more up to date ROG-marked PCs), there’s currently a second customizable RGB component under the “Try to Play” motto.
The Asus ROG Phone 6’s Gorilla Glass 3 back board is as yet a smirch magnet and the gadget feels very plump with a thickness of 10.3mm, and weighty at 239g (which is very near a fourth of kilogram). The ROG Phone 6 at last gets an IPX4 rating. This is great for assisting it with getting by against sprinkles of water and this presents to it somewhat nearer to turning into a legitimate premium lead.
In any case, it’s still exceptionally tremendous and profound to be used as an everyday driver as I might want to think, whether or not you address its greater than normal battery limit. But in the event that you wind up having really enormous hands, the ROG Phone 6 solicitations genuine, two-gave movement and I was unable to sit effectively with it in my pants pocket. Without a doubt, even while playing, the phone feels a piece significant to hold during expanded gatherings.
I hate razor slender bezels on a cell phone, however the stout bezels at the top and lower part of the presentation really do show up very dated for a cell phone sent off in 2022. I would have favored somewhat slimmer ones that would have made the gadget look a touch more current. Red magic’s 7S Genius sure looks much slicker in examination with its more slender bezels and the covered up selfie camera (like on the Samsung Universe Z Overlap 4), which makes for an interruption free showcase.
The thick bezels on the Asus ROG Phone 6 really do conceal the enormous speakers thus, they have motivation to be there, yet it sure detracts from the allure of the cell phone. Truth be told, a straightforward bezel uncovering the equipment underneath would have most certainly looked much cooler than the thick dark groups at each end.
Asus ROG Phone 6 Specifications
The processor in the Asus ROG Phone 6 gets upgraded from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ in the ROG Phone 5s to the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. While the SoC is fairly new, the delayed release of the ROG Phone 6 in India may see a few buyers holding back their purchase until the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC starts showing up on premium smartphones, some of which are expected to arrive as early as the end of this year.
The ROG Phone 6 offers LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage which is the best that you can get on a premium device. Communication standards include support for multiple 5G bands, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and two USB-Type C ports. There is no dedicated slot for a microSD card but the built-in 256GB of storage should be sufficient. The phone is powered by a 6,000mAh battery and comes with a 30W charger in the box in India. The phone does support up to 65W fast charging, but that charger is sold separately.
Asus ROG Phone 6 Software
The Asus ROG Phone 6 runs Android 12 which has overlays of the brand’s ROG UI and Zen UI. The interface appears typically Asus with ROG UI elements used in the Armory Crate app, which is where all the gaming-specific hardware adjustments can be made. Tinkerers will love this since you can do anything from adjust the touch sensitivity of the display to tweak the battery performance modes. While the Armory Crate app appears the same as before, the Game Genie slide-out dashboard has seen an overhaul of sorts.
A swipe from the top-left corner of the display while in a game gives you access to this dashboard, which lets you switch performance modes on the fly and even lets you activate some game-specific settings. While the layout now pops up from the bottom and is much wider, there are still some options or toggles hidden in some scrollable menus, which I did not know about until I accidentally swiped over them.
As for the regular Android software interface, everything is where it should be and runs quite fluidly no matter how many apps or games have been opened in the background. The lack of Android 13 on a smartphone launched towards the end of 2022 stands out like a sore thumb when compared to other flagships at this price point. Asus did not comment about when the update to Android 13 would be available either.
Asus ROG Phone 6 Performance
True to form, the Asus ROG Phone 6 performed all around well in benchmarks and effectively brings down most top of the line Android premium leaders. While running most benchmarking applications, the Phone effectively utilized X Mode, however I figured out how to get standard scores also. An Tutu just ran in X Mode and returned a score of 10,83,480, which is the most elevated we have seen among the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 gadgets we have surveyed. The phone oversaw 1,220 and 3,719 focuses in Gee bench’s single and multi-center tests separately when tried without X Mode, and 1,325 and 4,284 when tried with X Mode. Different tests likewise showed an observable expansion in scores (or execution) when tried with X Mode.
The phone’s 6.78-inch AMOLED display is a tiny bit smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s panel, but because of the thick bezels, it feels a lot bigger. It produces slightly saturated colors in the default color mode, but can be adjusted to a user’s preferences in Display Settings. It supports the HDR10+ certification which is available in streaming apps such as Netflix and YouTube.
The 165Hz refresh rate made the software experience appear quite fluid but this panel is not of the LTPO variety. It can still switch between 60Hz, 90Hz,120Hz,144Hz, and 165Hz depending on the application in use. However when it comes to games, I rarely came across a title (even from Asus’s 165Hz library) which managed to cross 144fps. Most popular games managed 120fps with no problems.
As for games themselves, they ran flawlessly without a hiccup on the Asus ROG Phone 6. The phone did get hot around the back but the heat is evenly distributed so it did not feel too hot to hold. The display offers up to a 720Hz touch sampling rate. With X-mode on, I managed to tweak the screen’s touch sampling rate to the highest possible value and the results were impressive when playing FPS titles such as Call of Duty: Mobile.
Asus sent across the Aeroactive Cooler 6 and I was very eager to give it a shot. In principle, it’s a noteworthy piece of unit, with a peltier cooling arrangement tracked down in a few more modest refrigerators. Obviously, the innovation has been scaled down to convey improved proficiency, however during my testing it let me run Gentian Effect at the most noteworthy potential settings and the phone was much cooler than whatever other premium lead that I’ve utilized.
This cooler has four additional buttons (L1, L2, R1, R2) that can be mapped to various functions within games. However, the thickness of the new cooler makes them quite hard to reach, especially when I wanted to use the built-in Air Triggers on the phone, along with the cooler buttons. Upon using the buttons I also noticed that the cooler would randomly disconnect, which made it a big problem when playing competitive games. It’s not just the cooling that stops, but the buttons also become inactive during gameplay. It’s possible this was an issue with just my accessory, so I’ll give Asus the benefit of doubt here.
I also found the build quality of the cooler to be a problem, given that this accessory will set you back by an additional Rs. 5,999. One of the buttons popped out during the review period and the fold-out kickstand also seemed quite flimsy and felt like it could break with a little pressure. I would definitely recommend using just the Kunai Gamepad accessory for better controls, but the cooler is a must-have to keep the device running cool when playing demanding games at maxed-out graphics and hardware settings.
Asus ROG Phone 6 Speaker
The two speakers on either side of the Asus ROG Phone 6 are possibly the best I have heard on a smartphone. Asus claims to have added more cubic space to deliver better bass, and I can confirm that it’s doing its job quite well. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack for those who would like to plug in while gaming.
The Phone’s monstrous battery effortlessly gave me around two days of relaxed use with a few gaming meetings and camera utilization. Expanded gaming meetings and the utilization of the new cooler depleted the battery quicker (a 10 percent drop rather than 5%, like clockwork). Our HD video circle battery test dealt with an amazing 17 hours and 41 minutes of runtime with the showcase’s revive rate set to 165Hz.
Charging the phone is shockingly speedy while utilizing the packaged 30W charger. The phone charges to 44 percent quickly and finishes the charge in around 60 minutes, 7 minutes, which is great. Asus likewise offers a detour charging mode that will keep the phone controlled straightforwardly through the connector to diminish heat while playing requesting games. This mode can be enacted in the Game Genie dashboard.
Asus ROG Phone 6 Camera
Asus has upgraded the cameras on the ROG Phone 6 this year. There’s now a Sony IMX766 50-megapixel primary camera which strangely lacks optical stabilisation (OIS), a brighter 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. Selfies are handled by a 12-megapixel camera. The camera interface is typically Asus and Zen UI with all the necessary controls within reach and customizable camera modes. Video recording quality maxes out at 8K 24fps and the phone can also record HDR video.
Daylight photos using the primary camera had good details and sharpness. Dynamic range was good as well so you get plenty of detail in the shadows. Colors weren’t overdone but quite accurate. There was plenty of detail in close-ups as well. The macro camera did an average job with details and dynamic range. The ultra-wide-angle camera also captured some quality photos with slightly less detail compared to the primary, but were quite good on their own. Barrel-distortion was handled well, but there was minor purple fringing around brightly lit-up objects. What I really liked is that both cameras managed to deliver a level of consistency with similar color tones, which I did not expect from a gaming smartphone.
In low light, the primary camera continued to impress with good details and dynamic range in street-lit conditions. Problems began to crop up when I pointed it at darker and dimmer areas. The Night mode is triggered automatically in most conditions, but there were instances when the phone indicated that it would take a three second auto-night-mode exposure, but snapped a regular photo with less detail and dynamic range. The lack of (OIS) can be felt here as the images turn out looking a bit soft with smudged textures even after firing up the dedicated Night mode.
Selfies in daylight using the Portrait mode looked impressive, with good dynamic range and excellent edge detection. However, it captures quite average looking photos in low light.
Video recording quality is good in daylight and showcases good stabilization even at 4K resolution. While 4K video recordings hit the sweet spot with detail, sharpness and dynamic range, they have some abnormally saturated color tones, which almost appear as though a vivid filter has been applied. While HDR video recordings managed to bring out a lot more detail in the darker areas, the quality was not good and the colors appeared abnormal at best. 8K video recordings were not usable as they were too choppy due to the lower frame rate. Video quality in low light is far from the best I have seen at this price point. with footage having less detail, more noise, and appear quite soft in general.