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ASUS unveils the ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro, the ultimate gaming smartphones

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ASUS has just unveiled the ROG Phone 8 and ROG Phone 8 Pro, the latest additions to its flagship gaming smartphone lineup, at CES 2024. The new devices are packed with a powerful processor, gaming features, a gimbal, and more.

The ROG Phone 8 Series has similar features and specifications, save for a few distinct elements, such as the Aura RGB Lighting logo for the Phone 8 and the AniMe Vision Mini-LEDs for the Phone 8 Pro.

The Phone 8 also comes in 12GB+256GB and 16GB+256GB options, while the Pro model in 16GB+512GB and 24GB+1TB flavors.

ROG Phone 8 Pro

The rest of the specs are pretty much the same from here. The ROG Phone 8 Series boasts a 6.78-inch Samsung E6 flexible AMOLED display with a 165Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, support, and a peak brightness of 1200 nits.

Under the hood, the Series has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, Qualcomm’s most powerful processor to date with fast performance and enhanced AI capabilities. The phones also feature X-Sense 2.0, a new technology that uses sensors and AI to detect the user’s gestures, movements, and environment, and optimize the phone’s settings accordingly.

ROG Phone 8 Pro
ROG Phone 8 Pro

For cooling, the ROG Phone 8 Series employs GameCool 8, an advanced internal cooling mechanism that includes a Rapid-Cooling Conductor, which transfers heat from the SoC to the back cover, where it is dissipated by the AeroActive Cooler 5, an external fan accessory that comes with the phones.

The phones also have gaming-friendly AI features, such as Background mode, which allows users to run games in the background without draining the battery or affecting the performance, and X Capture, which lets users record and share their gameplay with ease.

ROG Phone 8
ROG Phone 8

The ROG Phone 8 Series comes in a sleek and durable design, with IP68 water- and dust-resistance, and customizable elements. They also have a robust 5500mAh battery with 65W fast charging.

In the camera department, the ROG Phone 8 series features a rear triple camera system, which consists of a 50MP Sony IMX890 main camera with a 6-Axis Hybrid Gimbal Stabilizer 3.0; a 13MP ultrawide camera with a free-form lens, which can reduce distortion; and a 32MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom and OIS. The phones also have a 32MP RGBW front-facing camera for selfies and video calls.

The ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro are expected to be available in the Philippines. The prices and availability will be announced soon.

ROG Phone 8 specs

Display6.78-inch FHD+ Samsung Flexible AMOLED LTPO display, 2400×1080, 165Hz refresh rate, 2500 nits, HDR10+, Gorilla Glass Victus 2
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM/Storage12GB+256GB
16GB+256GB
LPDDR5X, UFS4.0
Rear Camera50MP main, Sony IMX890,Gimbal OIS, up to 8K@24fps and 4K@60fps
13MP ultra-wide
32MP telephoto, OIS, 3X optical zoom
Front Camera32MP RGBW
Network5G, 4G LTE, dual SIM
ConnectivityWi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, NFC
OthersIn-display fingerprint sensor, USB-C, symmetrical front-facing stereo speakers, headphone jack, IP68 dust- and water-resistance, GameCool 8, AirTrigger, Aura RGB Lighting, hi-res audio
OSROG UI, Android 14
Battery5500mAh battery, 65W fast charging

ROG Phone 8 Pro specs

Display6.78-inch FHD+ Samsung Flexible AMOLED LTPO display, 2400×1080, 165Hz refresh rate, 2500 nits, HDR10+, Gorilla Glass Victus 2
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM/Storage16GB+512GB
24GB+1TB
LPDDR5X, UFS4.0
Rear Camera50MP main, Sony IMX890,Gimbal OIS, up to 8K@24fps and 4K@60fps
13MP ultra-wide
32MP telephoto, OIS, 3X optical zoom
Front Camera32MP RGBW
Network5G, 4G LTE, dual SIM
ConnectivityWi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, NFC
OthersIn-display fingerprint sensor, USB-C, symmetrical front-facing stereo speakers, headphone jack, IP68 dust- and water-resistance, GameCool 8, AirTrigger, AniMe Vision Lighting, hi-res audio
OSROG UI, Android 14
Battery5500mAh battery, 65W fast charging

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