+ Beautiful Display
- AeroActive Cooler sold separately
+ Really Strong Performance
- Heats Up Rather Quickly
+ Fast Charging
ROG Phone 6 Pro
Every year, we mobile gamers would look forward to gaming phone launches, and despite ROG launching their latest gaming device a tad bit later than their usual launch frame, we still feel incredibly ecstatic as this new beast arrived at our doorstep.
Unboxing & First Impressions
The ROG Phone 6 Pro comes in its usual hexagonal-shaped box and thank goodness, they did not bring back the complicated packaging of the ROG Phone 3 (fingers crossed they never do).
This time, when you open the box, you will be greeted with the phone instantly as the phone is located on the opening, you will also see an AR card. Upon removal of the phone and its cardboard tray, the 65W power adapter and braided USB Type C to Type C charging cable will greet you. The cardboard tray also carries a few stuff like the warranty card, manual guide, ROG case, and a sim card ejector.
Now, unlike the ROG Phone 5 where we had an AR comic on the inside of the box, this time, the AR card can be scanned to provide an AR experience, making the box this time much more minimalistic.
The back of the ROG Phone 6 Pro comes with a 2” OLED display giving the user the option of showcasing different animations. The volume rocker and lock button are located on the right side of the phone as per usual and the charging port is on both the left side and at the bottom with its headphone jack.
The ROG Phone 6 Pro is only available in the color Storm White unlike the normal variant of ROG Phone 6 where it is available in both Phantom Black and Storm White. However, despite the color limitation, it still looks really good and futuristic.
It comes with a 6.78” display using Samsung’s AMOLED panel with a 165Hz refresh rate and 720Hz of touch sampling rate.
The refresh rate can be adjusted from the standard 60Hz and up to as high as 144Hz, this option is rather crucial when in dire need to save battery or to pick according to your task. There is also an option to pick auto mode which automatically adjusts the refresh rate of the phone according to the application that is being used.
If you ask me, good color accuracy for a phone is much needed for a good experience, hence, this phone comes with Delta-E <1 color accuracy and is paired with Eye Care Display technology to avoid running our eyes.
Personally, I enjoyed scrolling through as the screen was smooth and I experienced no lag whilst gaming.
The ROG Phone 6 Pro boasts the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Qualcomm chipset coupled with 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage making this more powerful than most people’s PC and probably even mine.
I benchmarked the ROG Phone 6 Pro against my ROG Phone 5 and the latest contender of ROG scored 1,112,572 on the Antutu benchmark while my ROG Phone 5 scored 754,862 making the ROG Phone 6 lead by 352,710 in terms of benchmark results.
As it is incredibly powerful, it is only right that I test out the phone on a few quests on Genshin Impact, I started at 4.25 PM with 55% of battery and a temperature of 37°C. After 15 minutes of gaming, the temperature rose up to 41°C and the battery life dropped by 5%.
While the sides remained pretty cold, the middle is where the heating is most noticeable, however, it wasn’t too hot that it burnt my fingers as I held the phone. After attaching the AeroActive 6 cooler, the temperature dropped by 8°C in 5 minutes, cooling it down quickly. It is important to note that as much as I highly suggest using the AeroActive 6 Cooler for all the long gaming sessions, it is sold separately this time around.
The battery that powers this monster is a 6000mAh battery that is split into two making each small battery have 3000mAh of battery capacity - the phone also comes with a 65-watt USB Power Delivery HyperCharge adapter for fast charging. The charger allowed me to juice up from 49% to 100% in 24 minutes. The integrated two-battery design helps dissipate heat better whilst charging and it even helps lessen charging time by a ton!
For audio, it comes with dual front-facing speakers for a more balanced stereo sound effect. With the help of GameFX, users can fine-tune EQ bands to match different scenario effects for a more powerful crystal-clear sound. I personally enjoyed the audio output as it’s loud and the bass did not have to pay for it.
As it is a gaming phone, I wouldn’t expect the camera to completely blow me away as that is not the sole purpose of this phone. However, if you are looking for a phone that can take pictures good enough for social media postings then this should do the trick.
The camera features a SONY Flagship IMX 766 image sensor 50MP main wide-angle camera an ultrawide 13MP second camera and a macro camera. Whilst there is also a 12MP front camera for selfies every so often.
As I mentioned earlier, the AeroActive Cooler 6 is not included in the package unlike previous generations of the ROG phones. It is now sold separately for RM349.
The accessories that can help make gaming better are the Devil case ROG Phone 6 Guardian Light Plus that is retailing for RM149, ROG Phone 6 Glass Screen Protector retailing for RM149, and a ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad that comes in the colors white and black retailing for RM499 (which is the only thing we have on hand).
Buy or no buy?
The biggest question after my review is if the ROG Phone 6 Pro is worth your money or not, personally, I would spend RM4,999 for a mobile phone as gaming and streaming is technically my job. The ROG Phone 6 Pro also did not skip out on any features and it gave us gamers what we truly crave, power. It does, however, heat up quickly under X mode.
To top it all off, this ROG Phone 6 Pro is one of the strongest and best phones that I have reviewed this year.