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ASUS ROG Phone coming to India on November 29th!

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ASUS gaming brand Republic of Gamers (ROG) is all set to launch its flagship smartphone ASUS ROG in India on November 28th. The Taiwanese manufacturer today send invites for the launch event where it will be announcing the details of its price and availability.

Take a look at the poster from the brand here:

Asus Rog Phone

ASUS ROG gaming phone was unveiled at Computex 2018 and launched back in June this year with specs designed for mobile gaming. The smartphone looks stunning with a rear logo that lights up.

As for specifications, the ASUS ROG features a 6 inch OLED display with a resolution of FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels, an aspect ratio of 18:9,HDR support and a pixel density of 402 ppi. The display support multi-touch upto 10 fingers, 1ms response time and has a refresh rate of 90Hz making it perfect for gaming. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 845 chipset clocked at 2.95 GHz and paired with a Adreno 630 GPU. It is coupled with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the device sports a dual rear camera setup of a 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and an 8MP secondary camera with 4 axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF and LED flash. The front offers an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies.

The handset runs on ROG Gaming UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a non removable 4,000 mAh battery which gives 7 hours of gameplay on Wi-Fi and charges from 0%-60% in just 33 minutes. There is a fingerprint sensor in the rear for security purpose. Connectivity options iclude Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, AGPS, Glonass, NFC USB Type-C port, a 3.5 mm jack while sensors on-board includes Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor,  Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, and an Ultrasonic AirTrigger Sensor.

However, the specification alone doesn’t define the gaming tag of the smartphone. ASUS has included support for supplementary gaming specific-features like touch sensitive edges that can be individually mapped to various actions even outside games, additional Type-C port, AeroActive Cooler that blows off air from the back panel of the phone improving heat dissipation, GameCool vapour based cooling technology, dual front firing stereo speakers and more. It is still unknown whether the company will bring the gaming dock to India.

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Even without the gaming dock, we can expect the handset to be priced above average. In the United States, it comes at a price tag of $899 which is around Rs 64,000 in Indian currency putting it in the same segment as the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Another gaming smartphone Nubia Red Magic Mars is also scheduled to launch on the same day.

ASUS ROG Phone specifications 

  • 6 inch FHD+ AMOLED display (90hz)
  • Snapdragon 845
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB internal storage
  • 12MP + 5MP rear cameras
  • 8MP front camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 4000mah battery with hyper charging
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Asus ROG Phone 2 Spotted in Geekbench. Flexes it’s Snapdragon 855 Plus Muscles!

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ASUS will be announcing the ASUS ROG Phone 2 on July 23 next week. It will be the first smartphone to be powered by the new Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. Now the device has appeared in benchmarking website GeekBench showing how powerful the new chipset is.

The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is benchmarked as the “asus ASUS_I001DC” with 12GB RAM though we can expect another RAM variant. It runs on Android’s 9 Pie. The spec sheet shows the motherboard name as “msmnile”, the same tag it shows for other devices housing the SD 855. The base frequency is also the same at 1.78GHz but the ROG 2 scores are slightly higher in the tests.

In the single-core test, the tested device managed to score 3612 and 11,103 points on the single-core and multi-core tests respectively. This put the scores a bit higher than the average score of the Snapdragon 855 smartphones. But the difference in scores isn’t large because the difference between the SD855 and the SD855+ is the higher CPU and GPU clock speed of the latter.

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Qualcomm claims that the new Snapdragon 855 Plus is designed to offer between gaming performances and enhanced experience with 5G, AI processing, AR and VR. The chipset’s Kyro 485 cores are clocked at a higher 2.96 GHz while the ones at the SD 855 are clocked at 2.84 GHz. The CPU performance boost is about 4.2 percent while the GPU has been claimed to receive a 15 percent boost as well.

As for the ASUS ROG Phone 2, a couple of alleged live images of the smartphone has surfaced online. It shows a familiar design with thick top and bottom bezels and copper accents on the dual front-facing speakers that are the most likely stereo speaker. There is an antenna band at the top left edge suggesting a metallic real panel build.

The new Snapdragon 855 Plus is expected to come with other phones like Black Shark, Xiaomi, Redmi, Nubia’s Red Magic line and Vivo’s iQOO later this year. We will be finding more about the ASUS ROG Phone 2 on July 23. Till then, keep tuned.

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Mi A3 & A3 Lite to Come with SD730 & SD675 Respectively. Also Teased Officially!

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With two generations of Xiaomi’s Android One phones, they’re in the works of the next-gen phone which could be named as Mi A3. Usually, the A series follows the design and specifications of “MiX” series of devices. After a lot of rumours, they’d launched Xiaomi CC9 last month. The reports on the web suggest that Xiaomi will follow CC9 lineup for A3 & A3 Lite. Famous tipster @IshanAgarwal24 revealed that the Xiaomi Mi A3 {codenamed bamboo_sprout} will spot Snapdragon 730 SoC while the lower Mi A3 Lite {codenamed cosmos_sprout} will sport a Snapdragon 675 chipset.

Talking about the design, as mentioned earlier it may follow the CC9 line-up most probably. The A3 will spot a 6.39-inch FHD+ display while the A3 lite may spot a 6.01-inch FHD+ display. Both the devices will spot the battery size of 4,030mAh. It they follow the trend of CC9, it will spot a headphone jack. Thankfully Xiaomi will return a headphone jack here and usually, A series would have a smaller capacity battery, but this time they’d solved that issue too.

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Ishaan has confirmed that information regarding chipset is confirmed and not likely to change. It the rumours are true, then the Mi A3 would be powerful than the Mi CC9 series and a key differentiator between them will be the processor. The MI CC9 comes with a Snapdragon 710 SoC while the Mi CC9e has a Snapdragon 665 SoC. We don’t have any information regarding the launch date of the devices. However, the brand is launching the Redmi K20 lineup on July 17. The launch of these devices would be in the later Q3/ first of Q4.

Xiaomi also started teasing the phone in their global social media accounts. Which could mean that the global debut of the phone is happening soon.

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Realme 3i to Launch alongside Realme X, Spotted in GeekBench

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Realme is scheduled to launch its new smartphone the Realme X in India on July 15. The Chinese company will be launching another device called the Realme 3i and it is confirmed by none other than Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth. While Realme has not released any details about the smartphone, we do know that it will be a direct competitor to the Redmi 7. The Realme 3i has also made an appearance at the benchmarking site GeekBench, spilling the beans on its key specs.

From the GeekBench listing, the Realme 3i will be powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset. The tested variant has 4GB RAM but there could be a 3GB RAM option too. It runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 on top. It managed a score of 1420 and 5070 points on the single-core and multi-core tests respectively.

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The other camera specs and battery unit is yet to be revealed but the handset is speculated to come with a 64MP camera given that Realme had earlier confirmed to bring a 64MP smartphone in the country soon. It could sport a 6.2 inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The Realme 3i is likely to be backed by a 4230 mAh battery.

The device is basically a watered-down variant of the Realme 3 while the company touts the device as being the most ‘stylish champion’, big battery champion’, ‘display champion’ and ‘camera champion’. While the rumored specs look too good on a budget smartphone, we should wait till an official confirmation.

The price and other information are unknown but we don’t have to wait long as the launch is just a few days from now. Flipkart already has a landing page dedicated to the Realme 3i smartphone.

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