When Xiaomi came out with their own Black Shark gaming phone to match the relative success that Razer had with their eponymous gaming smartphone, it seemed that a lot of manufacturers wanted to jump into that gaming smartphone bandwagon. But ASUS is one of the brands that this question could truly be asked, as they have had their own Republic of Gamers (ROG) gaming brand for a while now. They might have an answer to this question already.
In an interview in the Philippines during the launch of the Zenfone 5 line of products, ASUS Global CEO Jerry Shen confirmed that a gaming phone can be “expected” from the Taiwan-based company. And now straight from a source in Taiwan, there is a rumor that ASUS plans to launch their gaming phone at COMPUTEX 2018, Taiwan’s premier technology trade show come first week of June.
This gaming phone will purportedly be launched under the ROG line, making it the first ASUS ROG gaming smartphone. It will reportedly boast flagship level specs – Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM, and a display with 120Hz refresh rate (like the Razer Phone) – with the caveat that it will change to 60Hz refresh rate when not gaming, to save on battery power.
Of course, take this rumor with huge amounts of salt, because while the company has confirmed that they are willing to put out a gaming phone, nothing has been announced officially yet. With something as big as this, it would be a surprise that the company has been able to keep it a secret for so long. But ASUS’s ROG brand is a pretty mature name in the world of gaming, and we should not be surprised if ASUS does pull a rabbit – err, a gaming phone – out of the hat by June.