Asus ROG Phone 6 Review: Obsessed With Gaming

The Asus ROG Telephone collection has been receiving refined updates through the years. With gaming manufacturers comparable to Nubia’s Redmagic and Black Shark leaving the Indian market way back, Asus’ ROG Telephone stays the final cellphone standing in relation to high-end, gaming smartphones. This additionally implies that Asus does not likely have any direct competitors in India and as a result of that, it could possibly take its time refining its profitable formulation 12 months on 12 months, without having to make any drastic adjustments with the intention to keep related.

The most recent Asus ROG Phone 6 is not a giant leap over its predecessor, the Asus ROG Phone 5s. There are the standard performance-related enhancements that are anticipated from each new replace. There is a new processor, enhancements to the inner cooling system, and a brand new and an up to date cooling accent. Its design additionally stays much like the earlier mannequin, solely with a few adjustments. However there’s additionally an improved digital camera setup, which might make it a premium all-rounder. This final bit is vital, on condition that the ROG Telephone 6 has seen a noticeable worth hike over the earlier mannequin.

Asus ROG Telephone 6 worth in India

The Asus ROG Telephone 6 is priced at Rs. 71,999 for the only 12GB RAM and 256GB storage configuration. It is accessible in two finishes: Storm White and Phantom Black, and I obtained the latter for this overview. There’s additionally an ROG Phone 6 Pro that is gone on sale for Rs. 89,999 however the one distinction between it and the 6 is a barely completely different again panel design with an extra 2-inch OLED show and extra RAM (18GB) and storage (512GB). You possibly can learn our first impressions of it.

The Asus ROG Telephone 6’s price ticket is lots larger than the ROG Phone 5s which was priced at Rs. 57,999 for the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant, when launched final 12 months. The worth of this 12 months’s base ROG Telephone 6 is definitely nearer to final 12 months’s Professional mannequin which was priced at Rs 79,999. 

Mix this elevated price ticket with Asus’ delayed launch in India since the cellphone was announced in July 2022, and you’ll see the way it must be twice as interesting to its area of interest gamer viewers. 

Asus ROG Telephone 6 design

A part of that enchantment appears a bit misplaced this 12 months, with Asus recycling the identical design 12 months after 12 months. Asus retains taming the design of the ROG Telephone yearly, however this 12 months seems a bit completely different. The digital camera module across the again now protrudes a bit and is kind of massive in comparison with earlier gadgets. There’s now two RGB parts within the rear panel. Together with the standard “fearless eye” brand which has gotten the dot-matrix remedy (much like newer ROG-branded laptops), there’s now a second customisable RGB factor underneath the “Dare to Play” slogan.

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The Asus ROG Telephone 6 has two customisable RGB parts on the true panel

The Asus ROG Telephone 6’s Gorilla Glass 3 rear panel remains to be a smudge magnet and the gadget feels fairly chubby with a thickness of 10.3mm, and heavy at 239g (which is kind of near 1 / 4 of kilogram). The ROG Telephone 6 lastly will get an IPX4 ranking. That is good for serving to it survive in opposition to splashes of water and this brings it a bit of nearer to changing into a correct premium flagship.

Nonetheless, it is nonetheless fairly massive and heavy for use as a each day driver for my part, even in the event you account for its bigger than typical battery capability. Until you occur to have actually massive fingers, the ROG Telephone 6 calls for correct, two-handed operation and I wasn’t in a position to sit comfortably with it in my pants pocket. Even whereas taking part in video games, the cellphone feels a bit heavy to carry throughout prolonged classes.

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The Asus ROG Telephone 6 has thick bezels on the high and backside edges of its show

I am not a fan of razor skinny bezels on a smartphone, however the chunky bezels on the high and backside of the show do seem fairly dated for a smartphone launched in 2022. I’d have most popular barely slimmer ones that might have made the gadget look a bit extra trendy. Redmagic’s 7S Pro positive seems to be lots slicker as compared with its thinner bezels and the hidden selfie digital camera (like on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4), which makes for a distraction-free show.

The thick bezels on the Asus ROG Telephone 6 do disguise the massive audio system and so, they have a cause to be there, but it surely positive takes away from the enchantment of the smartphone. The truth is, a clear bezel exposing the {hardware} beneath would have positively appeared lots cooler than the thick black bands at every finish.

Asus ROG Telephone 6 specs and software program

The processor within the Asus ROG Telephone 6 will get upgraded from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ within the ROG Telephone 5s to the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Whereas the SoC is pretty new, the delayed launch of the ROG Telephone 6 in India might even see a number of consumers holding again their buy till the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC begins exhibiting up on premium smartphones, a few of that are anticipated to reach as early as the top of this 12 months.

The ROG Telephone 6 provides LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage which is the perfect you can get on a premium gadget. Communication requirements embody assist for a number of 5G bands, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and two USB-Sort C ports. There is no such thing as a devoted slot for a microSD card however the built-in 256GB of storage ought to be enough. The cellphone is powered by a 6,000mAh battery and comes with a 30W charger within the field in India. The cellphone does assist as much as 65W quick charging, however that charger is bought individually.

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The Console part of the Armoury Crate app lets one tweak and regulate efficiency settings

The Asus ROG Telephone 6 runs Android 12 which has overlays of the model’s ROG UI and Zen UI. The interface seems usually Asus with ROG UI parts used within the Armoury Crate app, which is the place all of the gaming-specific {hardware} changes could be made. Tinkerers will love this since you are able to do something from regulate the contact sensitivity of the show to tweak the battery efficiency modes. Whereas the Armoury Crate app seems the identical as earlier than, the Sport Genie slide-out dashboard has seen an overhaul of types.

A swipe from the top-left nook of the show whereas in a sport provides you entry to this dashboard, which helps you to swap efficiency modes on the fly and even allows you to activate some game-specific settings. Whereas the format now pops up from the underside and is way wider, there are nonetheless some choices or toggles hidden in some scrollable menus, which I didn’t learn about till I by chance swiped over them.

As for the common Android software program interface, the whole lot is the place it ought to be and runs fairly fluidly irrespective of what number of apps or video games have been opened within the background. The shortage of Android 13 on a smartphone launched in direction of the top of 2022 stands out like a sore thumb when in comparison with different flagships at this worth level. Asus didn’t remark about when the replace to Android 13 could be accessible both.

Asus ROG Telephone 6 efficiency

As anticipated, the Asus ROG Telephone 6 carried out very well in benchmarks and simply takes down most high-end Android premium flagships. When operating most benchmarking apps, the cellphone forcibly used X Mode, however I managed to get common scores as nicely. AnTuTu solely ran in X Mode and returned a rating of 10,83,480, which is the best now we have seen among the many Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 gadgets now we have reviewed. The cellphone managed 1,220 and three,719 factors in Geekbench’s single and multi-core exams respectively when examined with out X Mode, and 1,325 and 4,284 when examined with X Mode. Different exams additionally confirmed a noticeable improve in scores (or efficiency) when examined with X Mode.

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The Asus ROG Telephone 6 has a pointy, 165Hz refresh price show with a 720Hz contact sampling price

The cellphone’s 6.78-inch AMOLED show is a tiny bit smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely’s panel, however due to the thick bezels, it feels lots greater. It produces barely saturated colors within the default color mode, however could be adjusted to a consumer’s preferences in Show Settings. It helps the HDR10+ certification which is out there in streaming apps comparable to Netflix and Youtube.

The 165Hz refresh price made the software program expertise seem fairly fluid however this panel is not of the LTPO selection. It might probably nonetheless swap between 60Hz, 90Hz,120Hz,144Hz, and 165Hz relying on the appliance in use. Nonetheless when it comes to video games, I hardly ever got here throughout a title (even from Asus’s 165Hz library) which managed to cross 144fps. Hottest video games managed 120fps with no issues.

As for video games themselves, they ran flawlessly with out a hiccup on the Asus ROG Telephone 6. The cellphone did get sizzling across the again however the warmth is evenly distributed so it didn’t really feel too sizzling to carry. The show provides as much as a 720Hz contact sampling price. With X-mode on, I managed to tweak the display’s contact sampling price to the best doable worth and the outcomes had been spectacular when taking part in FPS titles comparable to Name of Obligation: Cell.

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The Aeroactive Cooler 6 with its peltier chip did a superb job of holding the gadget cool throughout intense gaming classes

Asus despatched throughout the Aeroactive Cooler 6 and I used to be fairly excited to strive it out. In principle, it is a powerful piece of package, with a peltier cooling setup present in some smaller fridges. After all, the expertise has been miniaturised to ship higher effectivity, however throughout my testing it did let me run Genshin Affect on the highest doable settings and the cellphone was lots cooler than some other premium flagship that I’ve used.

This cooler has 4 extra buttons (L1, L2, R1, R2) that may be mapped to numerous capabilities inside video games. Nonetheless, the thickness of the brand new cooler makes them fairly laborious to succeed in, particularly once I needed to make use of the built-in AirTriggers on the cellphone, together with the cooler buttons. Upon utilizing the buttons I additionally observed that the cooler would randomly disconnect, which made it a giant downside when taking part in aggressive video games. It is not simply the cooling that stops, however the buttons additionally change into inactive throughout gameplay. It is doable this was a difficulty with simply my accent, so I am going to give Asus the advantage of doubt right here.

I additionally discovered the construct high quality of the cooler to be an issue, on condition that this accent will set you again by a further Rs. 5,999. One of many buttons popped out throughout the overview interval and the fold-out kickstand additionally appeared fairly flimsy and felt prefer it might break with a bit of stress. I’d positively advocate utilizing simply the Kunai Gamepad accent for higher controls, however the cooler is a must have to maintain the gadget operating cool when taking part in demanding video games at maxed-out graphics and {hardware} settings.

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The Asus ROG Telephone 6 comes with a top quality plastic case within the field

The 2 audio system on both facet of the Asus ROG Telephone 6 are probably the perfect I’ve heard on a smartphone. Asus claims to have added extra cubic house to ship higher bass, and I can verify that it is doing its job fairly nicely. There’s additionally a 3.5mm headphone jack for individuals who want to plug in whereas gaming.

The cellphone’s huge battery simply gave me about two days of informal use with some gaming classes and digital camera utilization. Prolonged gaming classes and using the brand new cooler did drain the battery sooner (a ten p.c drop as a substitute of 5 p.c, each quarter-hour). Our HD video loop battery check managed a powerful 17 hours and 41 minutes of runtime with the show’s refresh price set to 165Hz.

Charging the cellphone is surprisingly fast when utilizing the bundled 30W charger. The cellphone fees to 44 p.c in half-hour and completes the cost in about 1 hour, 7 minutes, which is spectacular. Asus additionally provides a bypass charging mode that can hold the cellphone powered instantly by way of the adapter so as to scale back warmth whereas taking part in demanding video games. This mode could be activated within the Sport Genie dashboard.

Asus ROG Telephone 6 cameras

Asus has upgraded the cameras on the ROG Telephone 6 this 12 months. There’s now a Sony IMX766 50-megapixel major digital camera which unusually lacks optical stabilisation (OIS), a brighter 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 5-megapixel macro digital camera. Selfies are dealt with by a 12-megapixel digital camera. The digital camera interface is usually Asus and Zen UI with all the required controls inside attain and customisable digital camera modes. Video recording high quality maxes out at 8K 24fps and the cellphone may document HDR video.

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The Asus ROG Telephone 6 has three rear-facing cameras

Daylight pictures utilizing the first digital camera had good particulars and sharpness. Dynamic vary was good as nicely so that you get loads of element within the shadows. Colors weren’t overdone however fairly correct. There was loads of element in close-ups as nicely. The macro digital camera did a median job with particulars and dynamic vary. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera additionally captured some high quality pictures with barely much less element in comparison with the first, however had been fairly good on their very own. Barrel-distortion was dealt with nicely, however there was minor purple fringing round brightly lit-up objects. What I actually favored is that each cameras managed to ship a degree of consistency with comparable color tones, which I didn’t count on from a gaming smartphone.

Asus ROG Telephone 6 daylight digital camera samples: Main digital camera, ultra-wide-angle digital camera and selfie portrait (Faucet to see full dimension)

In low mild, the first digital camera continued to impress with good particulars and dynamic vary in street-lit situations. Issues started to crop up once I pointed it at darker and dimmer areas. The Evening mode is triggered robotically in most situations, however there have been cases when the cellphone indicated that it will take a 3 second auto-night-mode publicity, however snapped an everyday picture with much less element and dynamic vary. The shortage of (OIS) could be felt right here as the pictures flip out trying a bit mushy with smudged textures even after firing up the devoted Evening mode.

Selfies in daylight utilizing the Portrait mode appeared spectacular, with good dynamic vary and wonderful edge detection. Nonetheless, it captures fairly common trying pictures in low mild.

Asus ROG Telephone 6 low-light digital camera samples. Prime: Auto mode, backside: Evening mode (Faucet to see full dimension)

Video recording high quality is nice in daylight and showcases good stabilisation even at 4K decision. Whereas 4K video recordings hit the candy spot with element, sharpness and dynamic vary, they’ve some abnormally saturated color tones, which nearly seem as if a vivid filter has been utilized. Whereas HDR video recordings managed to convey out much more element within the darker areas, the standard was not good and the colors appeared irregular at greatest. 8K video recordings weren’t usable as they had been too uneven as a result of decrease body price. Video high quality in low mild is much from the perfect I’ve seen at this worth level. with footage having much less element, extra noise, and seem fairly mushy usually.

Verdict

With anticipated upgrades in relation to gaming, Asus did shock me with a top quality major digital camera this 12 months within the ROG Telephone 6. It provides good efficiency in daylight and has first rate low-light high quality which is uncommon in relation to gaming smartphones.

To a gamer who’s most important precedence is taking part in video games together with having wonderful battery life, this is perhaps sufficient. To an everyday client, the digital camera efficiency is not the perfect when in comparison with equally priced flagships such because the Vivo X80 Pro (Review). This cellphone too has good gaming efficiency (minus the frills of the ROG in fact), shoots wonderful pictures and is much more pocketable regardless of having a big show. It additionally will get you an IP68 ranking. 

Whereas the cellphone is not going to enchantment to informal players and common consumers, the Asus ROG Telephone 6 remains to be the one cellphone out there to supply this degree of {hardware} and software program customisation, which solely skilled players will recognize. Get one if you’re dead-serious about cell gaming and do not thoughts lugging this cellphone round. For individuals who nonetheless desire a premium gaming smartphone however do not wish to spend as a lot, final 12 months’s Asus ROG Phone 5s from Rs. 49,999 remains to be a good selection.


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