Asus' upcoming 'ROG Balteus' mousepad will contain Qi wireless charging tech

Tuesday, 05 Jun, 2018

The back of the phone is covered in insane lines and accents, including a ROG logo dressed up in RGB lighting which users have full control over in the software. It features a six-inch design, which houses a 2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile processor and Adreno TM630 GPU. It is claimed the system increases heat dissipation by 16 times. That's top of the class by any metric; in fact, no other phone on the market offers such powerful specs at this moment. Earlier this year, we have seen gaming smartphones from Xiaomi and Nubia.

The phone's AMOLED, 2,160x1,080 display has HDR support as well as a 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response rate. The headset comes with 3.5mm connectivity and also offers a USB adaptor for virtual surround sound support.

The hardware on the ROG Phone, as you'd expect, is way over the top as well, but it has some really thoughtful additions. With bold geometric accents on the rear, flashes of orange and a customisable backlit ROG logo, this is one of a kind.

The ASUS ROG Balteus Qi is a 370mm x 320mm mousepad that includes Qi wireless charging and 15 Aura Sync RGB lighting zones, where each RGB zone can be individually set.

Amazingly, though, for such a power-packed phone, it isn't horrendously bulky. In case you're anxious that's ASUS' answer to not providing a headphone jack, you'll be happy to know that there is also a 3.5mm headphone jack on board. The ROG feels perfectly manageable in the hand, and the slim bezels mean that the 6in screen doesn't send the size soaring into silly territory.

All of this makes the ROG Phone quite heavy at 200g, but that's understandable for a device that puts performance and cooling above everything else.

AeroActive Cooler - this is a clip-on cooling fan that comes bundled with the phone. Motorola has tried to target the gaming market with specific accessories, while Razer upped the ante with the release of the Razer Phone.

While ASUS has paid a lot of attention to the common areas of complaints of mobile phones, they've also paid a lot of attention to a lot of the areas that commonly aren't complained about.

Entire genres of gaming have been opened up to mobile, such as MOBAs like Vainglory, while massive, premium games that would previously only have been available on PC or console are opened up to the mobile audience - the likes of PUBG and Fortnite perhaps the most notable recent examples. That's not all, there's also two side controllers called the Gamevice that clip on either side of the device, and you can also get a variety of docks - including a desktop mounted one for full-scale gaming.

Twinview Dock: Fancy playing games on your TV from the couch? Slow internet connections are a problem for gaming, so the device supports both CAT 16 LTE and 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi. The company adding several products to its TUF series of durable, affordable gaming gear, including a robust steel chassis, a splash-proof keyboard, a mouse that's rated for 50-million clicks and a headset with a strong metal headband.