So, does it stand out in the sea of flagships? We find out.
This phone has that armoured style design and graphics that scream ROG, Republic of Gamers. The tag is coveted in the gaming community for its laptops and PCs. The phones are no different. The 5th gen ROG phone carries the ROG badge with pride and has a bulky, imposing design with RGB lighting and all the gimmicks that you can expect from a gaming phone.
The handset weighs 239g. It’s heavy and you can feel the heft while carrying it. Although holding the phone for long periods won’t be a problem, any one-handed usage is quite uncomfortable.
Overall, the layout has stayed the same. No major surprises here. There’s no notch. The bezels are on the thicker side than today’s standards but the screen makes up for it. The 6.78” HDR10+ AMOLED screen by Samsung has a maximum refresh rate of 165Hz and that’s good news for gamers. It is sharp and fast.
This phone has a headphone jack. A rarity these days, but it is essential for gamers who prefer to use wired headsets. However, the placement is a bit odd. If you want to use airtriggers while using a wired headset, the plugged-in jack will hinder your finger movements. Ohh, the airtriggers remain a really cool feature. It was there in the previous ROG phones also. These are two ultrasonic sensor zones on the side panel that you can use as a trigger in FPS games or to open Google Assistant.
The back panel has RGB lighting. While the ROG 6 Pro has a small LED panel on its back, the ROG 6 has a dual LED setup that you can customise for gaming, music, phone calls and much more. Moving on, the three-camera setup at the back is housed neatly and follows the line of earlier ROG phones.
The phone comes with a snug back cover that also carries the ROG badge. It gives the device a nice look. We love it. The phone also has two USB Type C charging ports to charge two 3000 mAh batteries, which combines to give a battery backup of 6000 mAh. Well, you need all that juice for gaming. A 30W adapter is provided with the phone and you can buy a 65W adapter if you want faster charging. Flagship phone manufacturers, take note, please.
Performance is as good as it gets. Snapdragon’s 8 Gen 1 processor is one the best you can find in an Android right now. It is almost a year old but is a trusted workhorse. Many flagship phones, including the Samsung S22 series, use it. Heating issues are negligible. But if you actually want serious cooling to play for a longer period, buy the ROG AeroActive Cooler 6 that comes as an accessory. The skins and themes of an ROG phone might hinder surfing experience in the long run. For now, the phone runs smoothly.
The rear camera has a 50MP SONY IMX766 sensor on the main unit. This sensor is also available in the Nothing Phone 1 and OnePlus 10R, among others. It is a tried and tested unit and produces decent images. The other two cameras are a 13MP ultra-wide, and a 5 MP macro camera. The front cam is a 12 MP unit and is capable of recording 4k videos as well. The images are decent, but a bit more was expected from the camera unit. Especially, when you have reached the price point of iPhones and Pixels.
Then again, this is a gaming phone and the cameras will suffice if you are not looking to start an Instagram travel blog with this device .
ROG Phone 6 has 12 gigs of RAM and 256GB Storage. It is available in Storm White and Phantom Black colours. The phone is priced at Rs 71,999. The 6 Pro with 18GB RAM and 512GB storage is only available in a Storm White matte finish. It is priced at Rs 89,999.
The Asus ROG Phone 6 surely makes an interesting case if you want a device that handles daily tasks and high-speed gaming seamlessly. The eye-catching aesthetics and graphics also add to the appeal. However, if you are on the lookout for a better camera, Google’s Pixel brothers are available in this price range. But if you are into gaming and want RGB colours and an overall gamer feel from your phone, boy, you are in for a treat with this one.