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ASUS ROG Phone 8 Review - The Headliner of Gaming Phone

The future of mobile gaming is here, featuring the new ASUS ROG Phone 8, where you can bring gaming and lifestyle together in one complete device. This cutting-edge device seamlessly combines the power of the Snapdragon® 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform with enhanced thermal design for unmatched performance.


Pros

Cons

Lots of gaming features

Functions UI might be sensitive

Cool Design

Quite Large

IP68 rated


Great Screen



ASUS ROG Phone 8 Price: From RM3,999



Design


The ROG Phone 8 series undergoes a complete redesign, marking the most significant overhaul in its extensive history. Transitioning from a dedicated gaming phone to a futuristic and transformative premium device, it now boasts a sleeker, lighter build with slimmer bezels, positioning it as the ultimate lifestyle phone for gamers.

I find it intereting that the Aura RGB Lighting on the ROG Phone 8 is customizable my favourite style on the tip of my finger. Personalizing the ROG Fearless Eye logo to match my preferences and synchronizing it with my emotions using a wide range of solid colors or predefined lighting patterns is such a cool feature. The IP68 dust- and water-resistant rating of the ROG Phone 8 assures me that I can play wherever and whenever I desire, free from concerns.


The interesting part is that the charger comes in two locations: below the device and on the side of the device, which means it has 2 charging ports. This conveniently allows gamers to charge on the side, preventing gaming sessions from being interrupted by awkward finger placement due to the charging position.



Display


The ROG Phone 8 features a 6.78” E6 AMOLED (flexible) panel, introducing adaptive refresh rates for reduced power consumption. You can change a refresh rate of up to 165 Hz for seamless gaming, and experience instant response with an impressive touch sampling rate of 720 Hz.

With an increased peak brightness of 2500 nits, gaming or watching movies is now possible even in direct sunlight. Achieving a 94% display-to-body ratio, the ROG Phone 8 provides a captivating visual experience. The panel is safeguarded by Gorilla® Glass Victus™2 for enhanced durability.


Performance


The ASUS ROG Phone 8 achieves an impressive score of over 2 million on Antutu, solidifying its position as one of the leading gaming phones in the global smartphone market.


It attains an overall score of 5246 in the Wild Life Extreme test, showcasing its powerful performance that surpasses most devices in the market.

ROG Phone always sets the standard for performance, with its best-in-class thermal design and the signature X Mode to maximize the processor’s true power.



Powered by the 3.3 GHz Snapdragon® 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform, the CPU is 30% faster7 and the GPU is 25% faster7 than before. The ROG Phone 8 is also equipped with 8533 Mbps LPDDR5X RAM and a UFS 4.0 ROM.




Top 4 Gaming Features in ROG Phone 8



AirTrigger

The incorporated AirTrigger controls offer unparalleled fingertip game control, delivering a console-like experience. They are compatible with a diverse array of gestures, such as Dual Action, Press and Lift, and Gyroscope Aiming which is best for FPS games like PUBGM where you can aim and use airtrigger to shoot.



Gaming Modes in Armoury Crate


The Armoury Crate application assists you in overseeing all facets of your system, ranging from the initial setup to controlling RGB lighting. Easily locate the most recent updates, drivers, manuals, and promotions, and establish instant connections with fellow gamers.

Dynamic Mode - The balance mode for your casual or competitive game that ensures stable FPS and long gaming without over heating.


Ultra Durable Mode - Also known as battery saver mode, ensure long lasting battery with games that are more chill and less competitive in frame rate.


X-Mode - Maximize your gaming performance for demanding FPS games to ensure you capture every frame rate, boosting your competitiveness to the maximum.


Background Mode


Background mode works in games with auto combat, so you can run the game in the background to continue your quest unattended, without fear of the system pausing and terminating the game. Now you can farm your Honkai dailies while browsing other things while the battle is automated in the background!



AI Grabber


Pattern recognition AI in supported games can identify key words in the game, so you can easily copy the content for online searching if you need some tips. Not sure what the newly released character does? No worries! You can simply scan with the AI Grabber, and the AI will provide you with all the information you need to read. You can do the same with a quest or puzzle you don't know too!


Camera


You think Gaming Phone and Photography Camera cannot co-exist? Think again as the ROG Phone 8 features an innovative tri-camera system that opens up a world of possibilities. Seize breathtaking ultrawide shots, zoom in on distant subjects, or record remarkably steady videos; combining the performance of gaming and clarity of the camera in one super phone!


The cutting-edge ROG Phone 8 boasts a 50MP IMX890 main camera with Gimbal technology, featuring a new sensor and Hybrid Gimble Stabilizer 3.0.


Accompanied by a Telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom, and an Ultra Wide camera enhanced with an upgraded free-form lens for unparalleled imaging versatility.


The stability of photos and videos is ensured by the Hybrid Gimbal Stabilizer 3.0, which utilizes the physical gimbal mechanism of the Main Cam. The ROG Phone 8 incorporates upgraded software algorithms to deliver enhanced features.


Look at how smart the media person is in with the amazing Portrait Camera mode.



It also has a cutting edge 1.4μm pixel binning 32MP Front Cam that brings clear selfie sessions.


Battery


The ROG Phone 8, equipped with a signature monster 5500 mAh battery and a robust 65-watt HyperCharge USB PD charger that completes charging from 0 to 100% in just 39 minutes, is the ideal companion for power users, offering additional flexibility with its 15-watt Wireless charging, perfect for heavy gaming, social scrolling, or movie streaming.


I conducted a battery test on a steady and continuous game of TFT, starting from 30% battery and concluding at 23% over a duration of 27 minutes; which means I can continously plays for another 14 games which can last me more than 6 hours of gaming in a single charge! The interesting about this is it supports both vertical and horizontal charging as there are 2 charging ports! As mentioned above, this conveniently allows gamers to charge on the side, preventing gaming sessions from being interrupted by awkward finger placement due to the charging position.





Verdict


In conclusion, I personally really like the ASUS ROG Phone 8 due to its high level of customization and gaming capability. It feels like you are customizing your character in real life with the ASUS ROG Phone 8. The only downside I have is that I sometimes accidentally pull out the functions UI by dragging the side screen. Overall, I think it's an absolute banger of a gaming phone to get if you are a huge mobile gamer!


Get more information about the ASUS ROG Phone 8 in their official website: https://rog.asus.com/phones/rog-phone-8/







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