Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro review: A gamer’s dream phone

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro review: A gamer’s dream phone

Gaming phones are a bit of a strange niche, especially these days. With game streaming on the rise, it’s easier than ever to play high-end games without a powerful device. But companies seem to keep moving forward with building so-called gaming phones and honestly, I’m glad. The term “gaming phone” or “gaming PC” is often translated as “extremely powerful device”, as is the case with the new Asus ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro.

ROG Phone 6 takes what was great about ROG Phone 5 and makes it even better. It has the latest generation Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, a high-end screen and a small ecosystem of accessories that you can use to play. But the device is also more expensive than many alternatives.

Is it worth buying? I have been using the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro to find out. Note that there are some differences between the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro. The Pro offers more RAM, more storage, and Asus’ ROG Vision display on the back. The differences will be minor for most, but they do add up to a more expensive device.

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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advantage

  • excellent performance
  • cool design
  • funny accessories
  • the screen is great
  • Clean software experience

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Design

The ROG Phone 6 is far from subtle about being built for gamers. It’s big, bright, and full of interesting design elements.

The front of the device is the least interesting, so let’s start there: there’s a large screen with a small forehead that hides the front camera, and a chin of the same size. The rear, however, is where things get a bit more interesting. You’ll find a triple-camera array in a hexagonal cutout, some logos, and Asus’ ROG Vision display. That screen is two inches, and when X mode is on, it can display things like “Start game!” when you start playing or great graphics when you’re not playing. That screen turns off when the main screen is off, to help conserve battery. On the standard ROG Phone 6, you won’t get this secondary screen.

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro BackImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

Even the edges are a bit…strange. Along the right edge are a power button and volume rocker, and along the bottom are a headphone jack and an off-center USB-C port. Then you get to the left edge and there’s… another USB-C port. Like the lower one, it can be used for charging, but it can also be used to connect accessories, like the AeroActive Cooler 6 and Kunai Controller 3. We’ll talk more about those accessories a bit later.

While the standard Asus ROG Phone 6 comes in two colors, you can only get the Pro in the Storm White option. Some may find this annoying, but I like the white model.

Overall, I quite like the design of the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro. It’s certainly not for everyone, but I do appreciate when companies stray from the flat black and gray designs found on the vast majority of devices these days.

Screen Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

The screen of the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro is, as the name suggests, Pro. It has a 1080p resolution, but that’s not really a big deal. Especially considering the fact that Samsung has customized this phone’s display with a 165Hz refresh rate and a hefty 720Hz touch sampling rate. That’s not to mention the fact that the screen gets unbelievably bright: up to 1200 nits of maximum brightness. In other words, the screen is always easy to see, even in direct sunlight.

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro SideImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

In general, the screen looks impressive. The dynamic refresh rate can refresh between 60Hz and 165Hz depending on what you’re doing by default, though you can set it to stay at a specific refresh rate. Unless you want to limit it to a lower refresh rate for battery purposes, I recommend leaving it on Auto.

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Performance

Performance is one area where this phone really shines. As mentioned, the device comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is paired with a massive 18GB (not a typo) in the ROG Phone 6 Pro. You’ll also get an impressive 512GB of storage, which should be enough even for heavier mobile gamers, and there’s a microSD card slot for those who can’t find it enough.

In everyday use, the ROH Phone 6 Pro absolutely flies. When you are No games, easily handles all your multitasking and productivity needs, seamlessly switching between apps, and never freezes or stutters for a second. When you launch those games, it loads quickly and reacts smoothly to input while maintaining a good frame rate.

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro portImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

Benchmarks confirm the excellent performance. The device achieved the following benchmark results, without the cooling accessory.

  • Geek Bench 5: 1314 single core, 4402 multi core
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These results are surpassed only for the iPhone, which routinely outperforms most Android phones. Among Android phones, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro is among the best performers.

Battery and charging of the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

Gaming can eat up a lot of battery power, but luckily the Asus ROG Phone 6 is a battery champion. The device comes with a whopping 6000mAh battery and can power the phone for hours of gaming or literal days without gaming. I found that playing on the phone for an hour or so (mostly playing Genshin Impact) left me with more than 85% remaining.

Much of the battery you have left will have to do with the mode you use when you play. We’ll look at the different performance modes later, but the basic gist is that you can adjust your phone’s performance based on how much you want to prioritize performance, battery, and so on.

After a day of normal use, I typically still had more than 50% battery left, which means that as someone who charges their phone overnight, I was never worried about running out during the day.

Whenever you want to charge your phone, you can do it extremely fast. The device charges up to 65W with the included charger and will take less than an hour to fully charge the battery. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging here.

Camera Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

Cameras Asus ROG Phone 6 ProImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro is designed more for gaming than a great camera experience, but while the device won’t really compete with the likes of the iPhone 14 Pro Y Pixel 7 Prostill captures decent photos.

On the back of the phone, you will get three cameras. These include a 50-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. Unfortunately, there’s no telephoto camera here, which you’d want in a phone this expensive. Let’s hope Asus fixes that next time.

Still, the camera can capture solid photos. Overall, details are pretty good, and colors are vibrant and bright, or vibrant and bright enough. It’s not necessarily the most versatile or the most consistent camera. If you’re spending that much on a phone and want one of the best camera experiences around, you’re better off looking elsewhere. But if the camera is of less importance to you, you’ll be happy with the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro.

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Software

At first glance, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro appears to offer some pretty tampered-up software, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that it’s generally pretty clean and stripped back. Sure, there are some software tweaks, but most of them are there to help you get the most out of your phone, and not to advertise or encourage you to use unwanted apps. When you first set up the phone, you can choose between the Asus look or a more subtle look too. I decided to go for the flashy, gamer aesthetic.

Software Asus ROG Phone 6 ProImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

Added software includes Armory Crate, which is where you’ll switch between modes. Armory Crate is divided into a few different tabs, but perhaps the most important is the “Console” which offers a variety of different settings to dive into. Here, you can switch between Mode X, Dynamic, or Ultra Durable. X mode prioritizes display and system performance, while Ultra Durable puts the battery front and center. Dynamic aims to strike a balance between the two.

You can also tweak the phone’s performance and different controls on a game-by-game basis. That can seem like a lot of work at times, so some will prefer to keep things at the default settings.

Accessories for the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

As mentioned, the ROG Phone 6 Pro works with some optional accessories. These cost extra.

My favorite is the Asus Kunai 3 controller, which makes the device feel more like a handheld gaming machine than a smartphone. This controller can be used separately from the device or attached to the phone with a case, and it makes a world of difference. The buttons feel great and the joystick works well too.

The other accessory is the AeroActive Cooler 6, which is designed to help cool down your phone. It’s a bit bulky, but it has four physical buttons on the back. I didn’t love using it, but others may want it.

Conclusions

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The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro is quite a device. While not everyone will want or care about a phone made for gaming, those who do should seriously consider the ROG Phone 6 Pro. It runs like a beast, offers some great accessories, and boasts a software experience that scales down when you want it. .

However, not everyone needs the Pro model of the device, and frankly, most should stick with the non-Pro device. It really doesn’t. need a screen on the back for gamer-style graphics.

the competition

Much of the competition for this phone comes from Black Shark, with the new Black Shark 5. Overall, the ROG Phone 6 is a better device, considering the better specs, and is similarly priced if you don’t buy it. the Pro variant.

Should I buy the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro?

Yes, but consider buying the standard ROG Phone 6 instead of the Pro.

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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BGR may receive a commission

advantage

  • excellent performance
  • cool design
  • funny accessories
  • the screen is great
  • Clean software experience

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