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Asus ROG Phone 1 Specification, Features & Price

In this article, we will take a look at the Asus ROG Phone 1 specification, features and its pricing. The Asus ROG Phone 1 is an Android based gaming smartphone by the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer – Asus Computers Inc. The Asus ROG Phone 1 smartphone was first demoed in June 2018 and later went on sale in October 2018.

Asus ROG Phone 1 Android Gaming Smartphone

Asus ROG Phone 1 was Asus’s answer to its competitors who had recently launched new smartphones in the gaming category.

Before discussing the features of Asus ROG Phone 1, let us take a look at its specification first.

Asus ROG Phone 1 Specification

What Operating System (OS) Does The Asus ROG Phone Have? Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Asus ROG Phone 1 was released in October 2018 with the latest Android Operating System available then – Android 8.1 (Oreo). Some of the new features included in this version of Android i.e. Android Oreo includes – Picture In Picture (PIP) support for videos, Improved battery power optimization, Bluetooth 5 support, Color Gamuts, Autofillers and WiFi Aware functionalities.

What Processor (CPU) Is Used In The Asus ROG Smartphone? Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Asus RPG Phone 1 runs on a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. This Snapdragon 845 is an Octa-core SOC composed of 8 different ARM cores. It has 4 Kryo ARM cores running at 2.96 GHz and another 4 Kryo ARM cores running at 1.7GHz.

What GPU Does The ROG Phone Come With? Qualcomm Adreno 630

Being a gaming smartphone, the Asus ROG Phone 1 sports an Adreno 630 GPU processor from Qualcomm. The Adreno 630 GPU provides excellent graphic rendering capabilities and games such as PubG plays very smoothly.

The Asus ROG Phone 1 also features ‘vapor-chamber’ cooling technology called GameCool to keep the smartphone from heating up. This helps in clocking the Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU to its highest performance level, thereby rendering excellent graphics and animation.

What About The RAM Size Of The Asus ROG Smartphone? 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM

For an Android gaming smartphone launched in 2018, Asus ROG Phone 1 sports an excellent 8 GB of RAM. This is exceedingly good for its time when most of the smartphones launched around that time featured 4GB RAM. This additional RAM availability will come in handy for all the game applications for better rendering & providing smoother experience.

How Much Storage (ROM) Does ROG Phone 1 have? – 128 GB or 512 GB

On the storage front, Asus ROG Phone 1 comes up in two variants. The first variant of this Asus Android gaming smartphone comes with storage of 128GB while the second one at 512GB. Both these variants of ROG Phone 1 uses UFS 2.1 Nand Flash memory storage technology. UFS here stands for Universal Flash Storage and is a new storage format technology developed by Samsung.

The UFS technology provides a data transfer rate that is five times that of other flash technologies. This helps in quick data transfer rate when moving data between devices such as ROG Phone 1 and the computer. UFS also helps in increasing data transfer between UFS and the RAM, thus increasing performance of the phone in general.

What About Its Battery? 4000 mAh Li-Po. Non Removable.

The Asus ROG Phone 1 comes with a non removable 4000 mAh Li-Po battery. This big of a battery is sufficient enough to power the device for a long gaming session. Most of the smartphones designed for gaming these days comes packed with similar battery capacity.

List Of Sensors Present In Asus ROG Phone 1

Asus ROG Phone 1 is packed with a list of sensors that makes gaming on this smartphone a great experience. It features a finger print sensor for quick unlock (mounted on the rear end side). It also features the standard accelerometer to recognize movement, Gyroscopic sensor for orientation detection, proximity sensor to control thr brightness of the display, a magnetic compass to asist in navigation, a half-effect sensor and barometer to detect pressure.

The sensory inputs from all these sensors should mean a great immersive gaming experience that one cannot find in other smartphones.

Display Size and Type In Asus ROG Phone 1 – 6 inch AMOLED FHD Display

For a great gaming experience, one need to use a display that renders excellent colors on the screen. Asus ROG Phone 1 does not fail on this front to say the least. The Asus ROG Phone 1 comes with a 6 inch AMOLED Full HD display having a screen resolution of 1080×2160 pixels.

Camera On Asus ROG Phone 1 – 13MP + 8 MP Rear Camera, 8 MP Front Camera

For a gaming smartphone, Asus ROG Phone 1 packs quite decent camera sensors within itself. It features dual camera on the rear end side and a single camera on the front. The dual rear cameras include a 13MP sensor and an 8 MP sensor with an F-ratio of f/1.8.

The front camera also features an 8MP sensor with an f rating (aka aperture rating) of f/2.0

Sound Quality Of Asus ROG Phone 1 – Stereo speakers, front facing

On the audio front, the Asus ROG Phone 1 features front facing stereoscopic speakers providing excellent sound and music complementing the gaming experience.

What Type Of USB Supported In Asus ROG Phone 1? USB 2.0 with USB Type-C Connector

As mentioned in the title, Asus ROG Phone 1 comes with a type C USB connector and can be used in either direction. The USB controller runs on USB 2.0 specification.

Not sure what a USB Type-C is? Checkout this article.

What Bluetooth Technology Is Used In Asus ROG Phone 1? Bluetooth 5.0

The Asus ROG Phone 1 comes with a Bluetooth 5.0 sensor module. With Bluetooth 5.0 support, you can connect different Bluetooth gaming accessories to your Asus ROG Phone 1 smartphone. Bluetooth 5.0 can provide connectivity and transfer upto 400 meters in distance, making it one of the most versatile connectivity stack to be used in smartphones.

Connectivity In Asus ROG Phone 1 – WiFi, NFC, GPS

In addition to Bluetooth 5.0 and USB, the Asus ROG Phone 1 also provides other standard connectivity such as WiFi, Near Field Communication (NFC) and GPS connectivitiy. These are all the connectivity types that you typically find in any other smartphone these days so nothing new to add here.

Asus ROG Phone 1 Price In India

With all its excellent features, we expected the price of Asus ROG Phone 1 to be critically high. However to our surprise, the Asus ROG Phone 1 is competitively priced at Rs.69,999 for an 8 GB RAM and 128 GB ROM. This price should place the smartphone at a competitive position with other gaming smartphones out there.

All in all the Asus ROG Phone 1 is an excellent smartphone bundled with all the electronics and features that would make your gaming experience an excellent one.

The official website link for this smartphone is: https://www.asus.com/us/Phone/ROG-Phone/

So, what do you guys think about this Android gaming smartphone? Do you find it worth it the price? Do let us know in the comment below!

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Why Does Your Smartphone Not Fast Charge When Using Any USB Cable

Fast charging of smartphone batteries are a new and must needed feature these days, especially with Android devices supporting it effectively across all variants of smartphones and tablets. Most of the smartphone supports less than 30 minutes of charging sufficient to reach over 75% of battery charge.

How does a smartphone charge so quickly?

Most of these Android smartphones that support this fast charging feature in them makes it possible by using a proprietary USB fast charging technology. These proprietary fast charging technologies while helps in improving the charge time, but because of their proprietary nature, works well only when you use their provided USB chargers and cables. So, as a result if you try to use a different USB charger or a USB cable, the charging time would go slow again, thereby making you lose all the advantages of fast charging capabilities.

Is USB Fast Charging Not Standardized For Smartphones?

This begs the question as to why we are going for a proprietary USB fast charging technologies that limits its usage to only its own USB fast chargers and USB cables. Can’t this not be standardized in such a way that they can be made to work with all USB chargers and USB cables used with our smartphones?

The answer is yes. We do have a USB fast charging capability built into the USB C standards, covered under the category USB Power Delivery (or USB PD for short). This standard states that all smartphones and similar handheld devices such as Android tablets that comes built with USB Type C connectors and cables need to meet and support the USB Power Delivery (USB PD) specification.

The USB Power Delivery specification states that these smartphone/tablet or other handheld devices need to be capable of delivering upto 100W of power.

However, even then, many Android Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) still do not support this USB C Power Delivery (USB PD) specification and still continue to use proprietary USB fast charging technologies.

But recently, Google is coming down hard on these OEMs and trying to enforce USB PD support for all the Android devices manufactured by them, atleast from Android 10 onwards. This, when achieved, should eventually make all Proprietary USB Fast charging technologies redundant and bring in the USB Power Delivery (USB PD) as the industry standard for USB fast charging technology.

When this happen, we will finally be able to move out of proprietary USB Fast charging technologies and be free to use any USB chargers with any USB cables to charge our Android smartphones and tablets and still be able to enjoy the USB fast charging functionality.

Until then, we will have to make do with the warning messages on our smartphone devices that reads “Device charging slowly use original charger” when connected with non original USB chargers and USB cables. 🙁