Asus ROG Phone 5 product shot of the ROG LED logo through the included case

Release date, rumors, specs, price, feature wishlist

Asus ROG Phone 5 product shot of the ROG LED logo through the included case

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In the world of gaming phones, few can compare with Asus’ ROG Phone series. In 2022, we expect the Asus ROG Phone 6 to once again blow the competition away. But what will it bring to the table – and when? We have collected all the credible rumors regarding the 2022 ROG Phone series. Moving on, we’ve also listed a few things that we hope Asus changes this time around.

When will the Asus ROG Phone 6 release date be?

Asus ROG Phone 6 launch date
  • Asus ROG Phone — October, 2018
  • Asus ROG Phone 2 — September, 2019
  • Asus ROG Phone 3 — October, 2020
  • Asus ROG Phone 5 — May 2021

On June 1, 2022, Asus confirmed both the name of the ROG Phone 6 and the launch date. Asus will launch the phone on July 5, 2022 at 8:00 AM ET. The company put a countdown timer on its ROG Phone 6 mini sitewhich we took a screenshot of above.

Keep in mind that July 5 will likely be a simple announcement. The day when Asian customers could actually buy the phone could be weeks or even months later. Likewise, Western buyers will likely have to wait even longer, as Asus usually staggers the launch over time, with the US being one of the last places to get the phone. Above is a general guide to when previous main-series models will reach North America, usually three or four months after launch in the East.

What specifications and features does the Asus ROG Phone 6 have?

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Edition bottom of the phone close-up

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Asus’ gaming phones have a very ‘gamer’ aesthetic. We do not expect that change this year. Also, the phones tend to have some of the best spec sheets in the industry, which we don’t expect to change either.

Design

Back in January, Mishal Rahman found a sketch of what looks like the ROG Phone 6. The sketch is reportedly appearing in the Android 12 update software for the Asus Zenfone 8† Below you can see the sketch.

And from the same firmware a sketch of the ROG Phone 6. I am very curious how the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 performs on this phone, because on the Moto Edge X30 or Xiaomi 12 it does not look good pic.twitter.com/RhOElpL6OV

If the sketch is right, Asus won’t stray too far from its own beaten path. The sketch looks a lot like the ROG Phone 5 Series from 2021. However, this sketch could be just that: a roundabout idea of ​​what the phone might look like.

Even ignoring the sketch, we would expect the ROG Phone 6 to come with some of the same design cues as last year’s model. That includes a rear display, a headphone jack, two USB-C ports (one on the bottom and one on the side), and Air Triggers.

Specifications and Features

Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 again

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do we already know the Asus ROG Phone 6 comes with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 as its processor. Asus claims this would be the first gaming phone with the chip, but that remains to be seen. Anyway, the phone should be a powerhouse with that chip under the hood, and it should have significantly fewer overheating issues compared to the regular Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Read more: What you need to know about the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

We can also assume that Asus will not downgrade any of the other specs we saw on the ROG Phone 6. As such, it’s safe to expect a 144Hz OLED display with an FHD+ resolution, a 6000mAh battery, up to 512GB of internal storage, up to 18GB of RAM and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. A recent regulatory application seems to confirm that the ROG Phone 6 would also have the same 65W wired charging speed as the previous generation.

Camera specs are a bit more up in the air as photography isn’t really the main focus of a gaming phone. However, Asus may have some surprises in store for us in that regard. We’ll have to wait.

What will the price of the Asus ROG Phone 6 be?

Asus ROG Phone 5 product photo of the ROG logo on the included case

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Asus has renewed the ROG Phone 5 series in the second half of 2021. The prices for those phones, which launched under the ROG Phone 5S banner, were as follows:

  • Asus ROG Phone 5S — $1,099
  • Asus ROG Phone 5S Pro — $1,299

Judging by those prices, Asus could drop the ROG Phone 6 series at similar prices, although the base ROG Phone 5 was available in some markets for just $699. We don’t know for sure yet, but expect the most common models. will be close to the ~$1,000 mark.

Also, don’t forget that Asus usually launches a maximum Ultimate version of its ROG phones. This would almost certainly come in at $1,499 or more, judging by previous releases.


Asus ROG Phone 6: what we want to see

With the Asus ROG Phone 6, we definitely want Asus to continue to offer the excellent audio, long battery life and gaming software that make the series what it is. But of course there are a few tweaks and improvements that we would like to see next time. So here’s our wish list for what we want to see from the upcoming ROG Phone 6.

Improved cooling solutions

Asus ROG Phone 5 product photo of the AeroActive cooler on the device itself

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The Asus ROG Phone series is all about gaming performance, and while we certainly have no complaints in that regard, the latest phone can get a bit warm during extended play. It’s not enough to hold the phone uncomfortably, but you can definitely feel the heat after 15 to 20 minutes.

Asus bundles its Aero Active cooler accessory with the Pro and Ultra variants, but you have to buy it separately from the regular version. It’s a bit bulky to use on the go and isn’t the cheapest accessory priced at around $45. This accessory would be better if the extra buttons were easier to reach so maybe a redesign to make the cooler a bit more ergonomic? Plus, it wouldn’t hurt to go back to bundling the cooler with all models next time either.

Also see: The best phone charging accessories

Alternatively, it would be great if ROG Phone 6 came with an improved passive cooling system to improve temperatures without the need for accessories. To be fair to the ROG Phone, Asus already has charging bypass mode and Wi-Fi optimizations designed to lower the temperature while gaming and extend battery life. More of these fun ideas would continue to separate the phone from the competition.

An even better camera package

Asus ROG Phone 5 product shot of the triple camera bump through the included case

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We liked the ROG Phone 5 partly because it offers a solid main camera, especially for a gaming smartphone. However, the image quality of the ultra-wide-angle lens and macro camera does not keep up with the primary snapper. The results of the ultrawide in particular can be quite poor, with noticeable distortion. A more robust all-round imaging package would certainly improve the overall credentials of the ROG Phone 6 flagship.

Likewise, the gimmicky 5MP macro camera can be completely removed. It doesn’t really offer much in the way of usability, but it does add up on the bill of materials. Swapping this out for a telephoto zoom would provide much more flexibility, matching the capabilities of other phones in the ROG-series price range. A package more like the Smartphone for Snapdragon InsidersQualcomm’s phone, based on the ROG Phone 5, should do the trick – although hopefully without the bugs and expensive price tag.

A more robust all-round camera package would boost the phone’s flagship credentials.

We’re not going to demand industry-leading image quality – after all, gaming is still the primary focus of this device. But a more competitive and complete camera package would certainly make the phone a better long-term investment for gamers and general users alike.

Functions with finesse

Asus ROG Phone 5 product photo of the in-display fingerprint scanner

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The Asus ROG Phone 5 is not IP rating, has no wireless charging and we described the in-display fingerprint scanner as unreliable at best. It’s a shame because we’ve come to expect these features from high-end smartphones with a $1,000 price tag.

With the game formula already on track, Asus can afford to work on some features that would improve the phone’s more general use. Wireless charging is a great feature for keeping the battery charged throughout the day, while a top-of-the-line fingerprint scanner takes the frustration out of unlocking the phone. Likewise, a better selfie camera, an IP rating, lighter weight or even expandable storage add value, especially at Asus’ higher prices. We’d settle for two off the wish list as a decent improvement on the existing formula.

Our verdict: Asus ROG Phone 5 review

Addressing this would be a perfect complement to the already excellent stereo speakers, haptic feedback, and capacitive Air Triggers that make the ROG series such an excellent gaming phone.

Fewer models and variants

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Edition time on the rear display

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Asus sold five ROG Phone 5 models at launch: three different memory variants from the standard model, as well as the Pro and Ultra variants. Throw in a few ROG Phone 5S models with an upgrade Snapdragon 888 Plus processor and there were seven different options to choose from at various points in 2021. I’d say that’s easily three or four too many and the range would benefit from a simplified portfolio.

For starters, I would drop the 128GB storage option† That’s not really enough for a decent game and media collection these days anyway. Likewise, 18GB of RAM in the Ultra model is overkill and probably shouldn’t exist except for bragging rights. It also seems a little crazy that there are different rear display options for the standard, Pro and Ultra variants. The price of that tiny secondary display is clearly a factor here, but it’s such a unique aspect of the ROG design that it should probably be in or out of all models by now.

No phone needs to start with five different variants.

I’d simplify the range to three models, with RAM, storage, and perhaps camera configurations as key separators. That makes it much easier for consumers to understand the differences, and still should allow Asus to hit prices above and below $1,000 without compromising the phone’s main gaming focus.

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