The Asus company has finally announced the ROG Phone 8 series of gaming phones. Unlike previous models, ROG Phone 8 and ROG Phone 8 Pro retain high performance thanks to flagship chipsets, but differ from their predecessors with a tough gaming design. In addition, ROG Phone 8 features the most advanced camera system ever integrated into a ROG phone. Instead of a hardcore gaming phone, the new smartphones are designed for everyday use. Here’s a look at what awaits buyers of ROG Phone 8 and ROG Phone 8 Pro.
Design and display
Previously released ROG phones have had thick bezels, but the new ROG Phone 8 series looks attractive from the front as it features a flat display with a center perforation hole and thinner bezels. Moving to the back, the ROR Phone 8 features a customizable Aura RGB backlight logo, while the Pro variant comes with a customizable AniMe Vision mini LED backlight with 341 LEDs. Both devices are IP68-rated for dust and water resistance.
The ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro feature a 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED LTPO display with Full HD+ 1080 x 2400 pixels, 165Hz refresh rate, peak brightness of up to 2500 nits, glove touch support, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Both devices measure 163.8 x 76.8 x 8.9 mm and weigh 225 grams, making them thinner and lighter than the ROG Phone 7 series. The ROG Phone 8 is available in Rebel Grey and Phantom Black colors. The Pro version, on the other hand, is only available in Phantom Black. On top of the form
Specifications and camera
Under the hood of the ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro is a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor. The standard model comes with 12GB/16GB of LPDDR5x RAM and 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage, while the Pro version has 16GB/24GB of LPDDR5x RAM and 512GB/1TB of UFS 4.0 storage. Both devices have a 5500 mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging, Quick Charge 5.0, and mains charging. Both devices also support 15W Qi wireless charging.
The ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro come preinstalled with Android 14 based on the ROG UI. Both phones are equipped with a conductive cooling system for heat dissipation. The new AeroActive Cooler X accessory for the ROG Phone 8 series is 29% smaller and 10% lighter than before, and offers a larger contact area.
To enhance the gaming experience, it is equipped with the “AI Grabber” function, which is designed to simplify the process of finding game walkthroughs by recognizing and copying game text. To make it easier to find the right walkthrough, Asus has provided an example of copying a mission objective from a game like Genshin Impact. In addition, Asus offers some AI-based features, such as improved results in the phone’s launcher, Gallery and Settings apps. Also in development is the AI Wallpaper feature, which will generate personalized wallpapers using stable diffusion.
For audio playback, the ROG Phone 8 series features a 3.5mm audio jack and 5-magnet speakers. In addition, both devices offer other features such as Air Trigger buttons for gaming, Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, dual-frequency GPS, NFC, and a USB-C port.
The ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro are equipped with a 32-megapixel RGBW camera for taking selfies. On the back of both phones is a 50-megapixel Sony IMX890 main camera with OIS, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a 120-degree viewing angle, and a 32-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and OIS.
Price and availability
The base ROG Phone 8 with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage costs $1,099. The ROG Phone 8 with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage costs $1,199. The 24GB RAM + 1TB storage variant, dubbed the ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition, costs $1,499. As for availability, it will be available in the spring of 2024.