Asus on Tuesday unveiled two new gaming phones, the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro, which feature the latest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor and a Samsung AMOLED display that runs at a 165Hz refresh rate can. Alongside the phones, the line-clamping AeroActive Cooling 6 accessory promises to reduce temperatures from the back of the phone by up to 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees F) and adds tactile shoulder buttons for gaming.
Both phones also have a 6,000mAh battery with 65W charging and additional sensors that add game controls via the phone’s gyroscope as well as along the corners of the phone. They each include a 50-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. Both phones also have a 12-megapixel front camera.
The main differences between the standard 6 and the 6 Pro are in the storage and RAM options: the 6 starts with 256GB of storage on models with 8GB and 12GB RAM, while the 6 Pro includes 512GB of storage and 18GB RAM. The Pro also has a second display on the back that can show notifications, system information, and animations. The 6 instead gets an LED logo that can be customized to light up for different situations.
These are all specs that – like other gaming phones – aim to prioritize power and performance to get the most out of Android gaming. The battery deserves a special mention, with a capacity of 6,000 mAh, which is the same as last year’s. This phone has one of the longest battery lives we’ve seen on an Android phone, according to CNET’s Patrick Holland, and it’s matched by dual 3,000mAh batteries. However, last year’s phone also had a very fast 144Hz screen, and this year’s even faster 165Hz screen could affect how quickly it burns through a charge.
That 165Hz screen should also make animations extremely smooth, especially in games that can support that threshold. I found during my review of the, which also has a 165Hz refresh rate, is currently only supported by some Android games as most phones reach a 120Hz refresh rate. For most people, 120Hz is smooth enough, but for the gaming crowd this phone is targeting, 165Hz brings a little more precision to what you can see.
Release dates aren’t available yet, but if they do get a US release, the ROG Phone 6 will start at $1,000 and the 6 Pro will start at $1,300. The phones are set to arrive in Europe for now, priced at €999 (about £860 or AU$1,510) for the £6 and €1,299 for the Pro. That puts them well in flagship territory in terms of price, stepping up from last year’s ROG Phone 5, which started at $799.
While we’d have to wait for practical application with the phone to test the Snapdragon chip, this latest processor coupled with the higher refresh rate on a Samsung-made display is intriguing as both could eventually end up in more mainstream phones around Line.