The ASUS ROG Phone 6 has a ‘wireless’ thermoelectric cooler add-on

Following the ROG Phone 5 and fives, ASUS chose to avoid Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in favor of the more effective 8+ Gen 1, which brings us to the brand-new ROG Phone 6 series today– practically a year after the fives. In a nutshell, this beastly video gaming phone is everything about its faster 165Hz 6.78-inch display screen, 720Hz touch tasting rate, approximately 18GB of RAM, approximately 512GB of storage, larger 6,000 mAh battery, bigger internal cooling system and IPX4 splash resistance, in addition to its convenient ultrasonic triggers and tested audio efficiency by Dirac. The most noteworthy modification, nevertheless, lies within the revamped clip-on cooler, which has actually now incorporated a thermoelectric chip and yet does not need external power.

This brand-new AeroActive Cooler 6 is visibly bulkier than previously, partially due to the fact that of its bigger, more ergonomic physical buttons– and there are now 4 of them rather of simply 2. It likewise has a larger kickstand that turns out from the bottom (though not needed), and there’s a spring-loaded clamp on top to protect (and trigger) the cooler. The brand-new Peltier cooling chip within– located right over the phone’s processor when installed– is sandwiched in between the fan and a big piece of copper plate, and there’s likewise a humidity sensing unit close by to assist prevent condensation.

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro and AeroActive Cooler 6.

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You can toggle in between 4 cooling modes in the upgraded Armoury Cage app’s console: “Smart” is generally automated, “Cool” is fan just, “Wintry” is fan plus Peltier chip, and “Frozen” is pressing the Peltier chip to the max, however this is just offered when there’s external power plugged into the cooler. ASUS declares that in “Frozen” mode, the AeroActive Cooler 6 can decrease the ROG Phone 6’s surface area temperature level by approximately an incredible 25 degrees Celsius. The cool air burning out of the 2 sides acts as a great perk for players with sweaty palms (like me).

The business likewise supplied some figures from more sensible circumstances. After a 60-minute session in the infamously resource-intensive Genshin Effect (at 60Hz), “Wintry” mode reduced the phone’s surface area temperature level from 44.8 degrees Celsius to 37.2, and “Frozen” mode took it down even more by one degree. Under the exact same test environment, the ROG Phone 6 was obviously able to preserve a typical frame rate of 59.7 fps while remaining cool at 37.2 degrees Celsius in “Wintry” mode, whereas the iPhone 13 Pro Max obviously reached a lower 56.8 fps however greater 46.3 degrees Celsius, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra presumably just handled 47.3 fps while reaching 47.9 degrees Celsius. This goes to demonstrate how cooling is crucial to keeping a steady frame rate over an extended period.

The AeroActive Cooler 6 can use its RGB lights to indicate the temperature of the ROG Phone 6 Pro.

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Regretfully, the AeroActive Cooler 6– together with its own bumper case– is an optional device for the ROG Phone 6 series, so you’ll likely need to pay additional for this convenient piece of set. However there’s some excellent news for existing fans: ASUS prepares to launch a variation of this accessory for the ROG Phone 5 and fives also, and it’ll use the old pogo pins rather of the USB-C side port. Release date to be revealed later on.

The ROG Phone 6 series is available in 2 tastes: the routine ROG Phone 6 and the higher-end ROG Phone 6 Pro, with the primary distinction being the latter has the little “ROG Vision” PMOLED display screen on the back for revealing off personalized animation graphics, rather than simply having an RGB-illuminated ROG logo design. Internally, the Pro evacuates to 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM rather of simply 16GB. The compromise– if you wish to call it that– on the Pro is that it just is available in “Storm White,” while the routine design likewise uses a “Phantom Black” variation. Conserve for the various cam module design, “ROG Vision” placing and printed graphics, the 2 ROG Phone 6 variations bear a strong similarity to their instant predecessors– to the point where they can share the exact same glass screen protector and ROG Clip controller.

An ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro mounted with an ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad at the bottom, with an AeroActive Cooler 6 with bumper case at the top left corner, and the gamepad's handheld grip at the top right.

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The modular Kunai 3 Gamepad– now offered in white in addition to black– has actually as soon as again been given a life extension by method of a bumper created for the ROG Phone 6. If you currently have this controller considering that the ROG Phone 3 or 5, you’ll just require to get the brand-new bumper in order to connect these Joy-Con-like sticks. Or you can simply slot them into the usual gamepad grip and utilize the whole assembly wirelessly by means of Bluetooth.

The ROG Phone 6 loads an enhanced (obviously) primary cam including a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensing unit, together with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide cam and a 5-megapixel macro cam. On the other side, there’s a 12-megapixel selfie cam with a Sony IMX663 sensing unit– as seen on the compact Zenfone 8. The primary rear cam can shooting videos at approximately 8K@24fps, though I ‘d envision many people would default to 4K@60fps to get the very best of both worlds.

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On the software application side, the ROG Phone 6 operates on Android 12 with ROG UI (you can change to the less fancy Zen UI), with ASUS guaranteeing a minimum of 2 significant OS updates and a minimum of 2 years of security updates. There’s the normal Armoury Cage app which is generally for accessing your video game library, in addition to the console for tailoring your system lighting, the back “ROG Vision” screen (6 Pro just, naturally), the AirTriggers and more. When in a video game, you can toggle the revamped “Video game Genie” control panel by swiping in from any of the 2 leading corners of the screen while in either orientation. Here, you can rapidly toggle the screen frame rate, crucial mapping, screen recording, efficiency modes, do not disrupt, crosshair and more.

The brand-new AirTriggers 6 now lets you map approximately 14 particular touch points, and you get an overall of 9 input approaches with these 2 ultrasonic buttons, consisting of the brand-new “press and lift”– generally toggling one set of actions for pushing down on the trigger, and after that toggling another set of actions when raising from the trigger. That stated, casual players like myself will likely simply utilize the traditional tap (to fire) and perhaps slide (to refill). If required, you can likewise map movement gestures with touch points in Armoury Cage.

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro mounted with an AeroActive Cooler 6.

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The ROG Phone 6 series consists of a bumper case and a 65W USB-PD battery charger (which takes simply 42 minutes for a complete charge). As far as schedule goes, ASUS has actually just shared that the ROG Phone 6 series will begin with EUR999 (around $1,000) for the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage setup in Europe, whereas the ROG Phone 6 Pro will just have one variation in Europe: 18GB RAM with 512GB storage for EUR1,299 (around $1,300). Rates and designs will undoubtedly differ throughout various nations, so remain tuned for more updates.

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