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ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

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In the Asustek sub-brand ROG (player country), but also completely gave up the rationality, embarked on a heap of materials crazy way. Whether it’s a game book with an external cooling range of 50, 000 or 60, 000, or a 4K resolution, 144Hz refresh rate display, or a lightning-free and cheerful exterior design, it all shows a sense of “don’t wimp or dry.” No, no, no. It can be said that Apple is going to be minimalist and frigid words, then the ROG on the other side of the complex and the high-flying wind.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

Not the mysterious retro Maya, but the cyberpunk of the future.

In the past ROG equipment, a main line of design ideas is to do decorative Mayan lines. As the family design of the ROG device, the eye lamp and Maya grain are also the main reasons for the high recognition of the ROG device.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

But recently, many ROG devices have also begun to abandon the classic Mayan design, decorative lines more electronic style, from the sense of mysterious addition to the ancient Mayan culture, advanced to similar to the “Genesis” of the future of electronic wind.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

Stills of the film “Genesis”

Specific to the ROG Phone, in the back of the glass cover to retain the electronic wind decorative patterns, plasma copper color added to the three (two speaker openings on the front, a heat sink on the back) of the end of the earth wind; It’s reminiscent of “crazy Max”. This combination of futuristic electronic style and eschatological wasteland design style, in favor of the Cyberpunk style.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

“Crazy Max 4” stills.

Just as “Genesis” is also known as “Electronic World Warfare 2,” its predecessor, “Electronic World Warfare,” was the first movie with cyberspace as its theme. Then, “Electronic World Warfare” is not about games, so. From a design point of view, ROG Phone and the theme of the game phone, a very good fit.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

By 2018, many phones had bangs and real full-screen designs, but the ROG Phone’s positive design was biased toward the 2017 trend: 84.5 percent of screens, 18:9 screens, and chins under the forehead. The front side is absolutely symmetrical, with a copper-colored plasma speaker opening at the top and bottom.

For phones that often need to play games across the screen, the full 18:9 screen design is probably the most appropriate. First, the 18:9 screen has more effective display area than the 16:9 screen, in games like Honor of Kings. The enemy on the edge can be detected first. However, the non-screen area left by the two side loudspeakers can effectively prevent the screen from accidentally touching. The most important thing is, the direction key and skill key area of the interface of the game just match the position of the finger.

It is believed that many iPhone X users, when playing Honor of Kings for the first time, found that the thumb needs to bend a lot in the direction of the tiger’s mouth in order to normally click the attack key. There are also quite a few iPhone users who, when playing games on a horizontal screen, must have encountered a situation in which the palm position of the hand just blocked the speaker. The design of the, ROG Phone front double speaker was not just for the loud sound. You can also avoid the embarrassment of blocking the speaker opening with your hand.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

There are also a lot of random mobile phone users, encountered while playing games while charging, the charging line interface card in the fingers of the kind of people fidgety foreign body feeling. To address the pain point, the, ROG Phone also added a Type-C port to the side to recharge the battery.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

Among the accessories that come with it is an external cooling fan that can be called an artifact.

Although the heat dissipation configuration of this ROG Phone sounds quite bluff, the 3D VaporChamber condensation system + copper plate heat conduction plate + carbon fiber heat transfer plate will indeed be more reliable than the general mobile phone heat dissipation system, but due to volume reasons, when there is no external fan to play the game. Still can clearly sense the phone’s fever, after all, the ROG Phone is a dominant frequency as high as the 2.96GHz ‘s Qualcomm Cellon 845 chip, performance is stronger, so the fever is more crazy.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

In order to completely suppress this crazy dragon, this small external cooling fan came in handy. When the fan is connected, the fan runs automatically, but it can also be turned off in the drop-down control center. And its operating speed is also automatic, will automatically adjust the air volume according to the temperature and performance requirements of the fuselage. Once the fan on this side of the fan starts to fan, the mobile phone cooling is also an instant shadow, when playing large games, the mobile phone temperature and room temperature is almost the same, will not feel hot. And the fan or both sides of the wind, just blown to the hands, the hands at this time the feeling is cool and dry.

I believe that every mobile game player has played a game, mobile phone back burning, palms full of sweat sticky feeling, this is the summer quietly past, leaving a small secret.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

In addition, the small fan also integrates the Type-C charging port and headphone cable, charging and plugging headphones, which will not interfere with the operation of the game.

Before the experience, I thought the fan was a device, but when I tried it, it was the first chilled watermelon of the summer, the first cool breeze on a summer night when I bathed in mint lotion.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

The design of, ROG Phone, a mobile phone made for games, is not going to be accepted by everyone, but for a casual gamer like me, the design of the, ROG Phone is something I like to think about. Cyberpunk style design is not vulgar, not grandiose, complicated to the right degree, cool modesty and prudent. Of course, if anyone retorts that ROG Phone killed Matt too much, I wouldn’t object. Not everyone would like a gleaming lamp of faith and straight, masculine edges and corners.

However, whether you like the look or not, you have to admit that, ROG Phone is arguably the best mobile phone of all in terms of making it easy and easy for gamers to play.

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

We see almost the strongest hardware configuration in the current Android camp for, ROG Phone owners:

Processor: Qualcomm Cellon 845 2.96Ghz.

Display: 6-inch 18:9 AMOLED screen, resolution 2160 × 1080, 90Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, 108.6% DCIP3 color gamut (sRGB 145%).

Support for HDR Game effects.

Size: 158.83 x 76.16 x 8.3mm.

Weight: 200g.

Battery: 4000mAh.

Memory: 8GB LPDDR4 RAM.

Storage: 128GB or 512GB UFS2.1.

Dual speakers, support for DTS virtual 7.1 channel surround, Hi-Res Audio certified.

Corning sixth-generation gorilla glass.

30W Charger (10V 3A).

The CPU main frequency of general Cellon 845 processor is 2.8GHz, and this piece of Celldragon 845 main frequency used by ROG Phone is slightly higher, has reached 2.96GHz, a little bit higher than this main frequency, definitely can’t feel out in the daily use, the main function is well; In addition to running large games when leaving performance redundancy, is used to run points.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

It turns out that, ROG Phone is indeed the little prince of the run points, rabbit easily ran past the 300000 mark, ranked first in the Android mobile phone camp, to beat the old rival Black Shark game mobile phone.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

The Sling Shot Extreme project used to test flagship aircraft in 3D Mark scored 4682 points, still the first in the Android mobile camp, beating Asustek’s own Zenfone 5Z and Black Shark gaming phones.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

These points compared to the conventional Cellon 845 mobile phone, is indeed higher than a loss, but better than nothing, more to dominate the list and exist. If you do not pay attention to the ranking of the GeekBench 4 inside, in fact, do not see the difference with the ordinary Cellon 845 mobile phone. Flash in the speed of reading and writing in the AndroBench, the use of UFS2.1 flash ROG Phone score is not top, is the upper middle.

The first, ROG Phone charger to go with a dual Type-C port charging cable, that is to say, its charger interface is also Type-C, so you have to protect the customized cable, otherwise it will be lost to match.

The ROG Phone comes with an 4000mAh battery, which is bigger in the Android camp, but the 200g weight is also significant. Overall, the, ROG Phone’s battery life doesn’t add a lot to its battery life, which is not much different from most Android flagship phones.

With 50% brightness and 1080p streaming video on WiFi in flight mode, the 1 hour power consumption is 11%, which translates to 9 hours of continuous 1080p video viewing.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

But it’s not just watching videos that users buy ROG Phone. It’s playing games that are serious business. With all the special effects up to the maximum, 50% brightness flying mode, the WiFi plays Honor of Kings for 1 hour 04 minutes (three games) and consumes a total of 26% of the power, which adds up to no problem in supporting 4 hours of uninterrupted “Karabakh” games. According to 20 minutes a game, a day can not charge play a dozen games, from the diamond section to platinum section, and then no power off, just covered with the quilt silently crying.

Next is the charge test, 30W fast charge in the Android camp is a relatively high power, big flagship, only the Find X super flash charge 50W ultra high power is stronger than it. Because the ROG Phone’s battery is actually quite large, the 30W fast charge of the ROG Phone is no faster than that of other Android flagship aircraft. However, ROG Phone charging is very stable, in an hour of power loss is not obvious. Here are the hourly charging rates:

0 minutes: 0% (just do the video range test directly without power off).

10 minutes: 16%.

20 minutes: 32%.

30 minutes: 46%.

40 minutes: 65%.

50 minutes: 78 per cent.

1 hour: 86 per cent.

In the critical half-hour and one-hour charging speed tests, the, ROG Phone failed to charge 50 percent in half an hour, probably because it started charging without the power off, and it did well to charge up to 86 percent in an hour. As for the speed after 1 hour is trickle charge, in order to protect the battery charging power is low, can be ignored.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

I can’t believe it’s a good photo shoot.

As a matter of fact, Asustek has been making cell phones for quite a long time. The photos from the beginning were actually quite good, especially in the night scene and HDR scene, which often performed well. This tradition has also been preserved on ROG Phone.

The ROG Phone adopts a 12 million pixel main camera + 8 million pixel secondary camera, in which the 8 million pixel secondary camera is wide angle lens, which is not the same as the long and short lens used in iPhone.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

▲ Shot by ROG Phone

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

Shot by ROG Wide-Angle Auxiliary Photo.

But as you can see, at night, this 8 million-pixel wide-angle sub-camera is really average. Sharpness, dark detail, glare control are not comparable to the main camera, so in night view mode, I’d better use the main camera.

In other words, this main photo in the night scene performance is quite good, can enter the night shot of the first echelon, quite a bit of Samsung flagship style.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

In the scene where the light is not weak, the grain texture of the road surface in the sample sheet is clearly visible.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

▲ Shot by ROG Phone

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

Shot by iPhone XS Max.

In the above set of night scene samples, it is very obvious that the, ROG Phone images are one section brighter than the iPhone XS Max, and the color saturation is one and a half higher, which is more pleasing to the eyes. However, the details of the screen on the reservation, iPhone XS Max is still a little better, after all, iPhone has always been the style of brightness is not enough, sharpness to come together.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

▲ Shot by ROG Phone

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

Shot by iPhone XS Max.

In this group of outdoor sunny HDR samples, the difference between the two photos is quite large, regardless of whether the sky or the buildings have completely different hair color tendencies. For accuracy, though, the ROG Phone is a bit more accurate, since the color of the sky on, iPhone XS Max is a bit false just before sunset.

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

This is also the afternoon outdoor HDR sample, the overall performance is also good, the exposure of the cloud is more accurate, the highlight is well controlled, no overexposure, near the leaves have retained a sense of layering, not paste into a ball.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

Indoor and outdoor close-up performance is nothing to blame, the conditions of sufficient light, the film is very stable. In general, the, ROG Phone photo, or worthy of their flagship positioning.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

The game, on the other hand, is the last thing to talk about.

Okay, buy the game phone, installed a small fan, focus on the game X mode open, click on the “Honor of Kings”, all the special effects open to the highest, still very smooth, 60fps full frame rate operation (run points software shows the entire 61fps). At this time, I operate like a tiger, a look at the record of zero bar five.

Then turn on PUBG: stimulating the Battlefield, perform a series of dazzling operations using ROG Phone’s AirTrigger (using a border interaction function of an ultrasonic sensor), and end up being shot dead in the opposite direction.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

Note: Honor of Kings failed to maintain 100% 61fps because of the intermediate network delay of a few seconds of 460ms, and finally included the game clearing frames.

As a game equipment collector, I have several sets of game mouse and keyboard on my hands. However, on the one hand, I have little time to play games, on the other hand, my talent is limited, and my level is still very mediocre.

It has to be admitted that a mobile phone that can only run “Honor of Kings” or “PUBG: stimulating the Battlefield” at a low frame rate will indeed affect the game experience and even the operation of the game. Sometimes even half a second can affect the outcome of a game. This is like a random double-click keyboard, positioning the drift of the mouse, as a drag on the game’s level of factors.

However, the game is well equipped to a certain extent, such as 2.8GHz ‘s Cellon 845, and 2.96GHz ‘s Celldragon 845, are currently the Android phone inside the strongest core, in theory, is indeed better the latter. But when it comes to the gaming experience, I can’t really tell the difference between the flagship planes.

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

In fact, it is the fuselage design that has a greater impact on the gaming experience. It has to be admitted that the, ROG Phone designers have really considered the player’s feelings at the two points of the interface location and the external cooling fan.

On the other hand, there’s nothing to say about the, ROG Phone gaming experience, either because it’s blameless and leaves a lot of redundancy to the gaming experience.

There is a saying that high achiever got a full 150 because he was good enough to get a 150, while Shishen got a full 150 because the test was only 150. To some extent, the hardware has achieved the ultimate in the Android camp ROG Phone is the god of this school. After all, the vast majority of mobile games frame rate, 60 frames and below, whether it is the blood version of Cellon 845, or 90HZ refresh rate of the screen, can not enjoy the play.

 

ROG Phone Evaluation: Self-cultivation of a Game phone

 

The final complaint is that, ROG Phone’s systems, both in terms of operational logic and interface design, are extremely aesthetically pleasing and thought-provoking. Especially in X mode, after the redrawn icons and themes are all red, can be said to be cool, can also be said to be spicy eyes.

Asustek, which specializes in hardware design and manufacturing, should also look for some UI designers.

 

 

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