Asus launched two new gaming phones on Tuesday, the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro, which feature the latest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor and a Samsung AMOLED display capable of 165Hz refresh rate. Besides the phones, the in-line AeroActive Cooling 6 accessory claims to lower temperatures by up to 25°C (77°F) from the back of the phone with the inclusion of tactile shoulder buttons.
Both phones also include a 6000mAh battery with 65W charging, and additional sensors that add gaming controls through the phone’s gyroscope as well as along the corners of the phone. Each also includes a 50MP main camera, a 13MP ultrawide camera, and a 5MP macro camera. Both phones also include a 12MP front camera.
The main differences between the standard 6 and 6 Pro versions come with storage and memory options: the 6 starts with 256GB of storage with models that include 8GB and 12GB of RAM, while the 6 Pro includes 512GB of storage and 18GB of RAM. The Pro also has a second display on the back that can display notifications, system information, and animations. Instead, the 6 gets an LED logo that can be customized to illuminate in different situations.
These are all specs that – like other gaming phones – are meant to prioritize power and performance in order to get the most out of Android gaming. The battery in particular is particularly notable, matching last year’s 6000mAh capacity. This phone has the longest battery life we’ve seen on an Android phone, according to CNET reviewer Patrick Holland, and it’s accomplished with two 3000mAh batteries. Last year’s phone also had a very fast 144Hz screen, and this year’s faster 165Hz screen may affect how quickly it burns through charging.
Having a 165Hz screen should also make animations very smooth, especially for games able to support this limit. I found during my review of, which also has a refresh rate of 165 Hz, which only some Android games support at the moment since most phones run at a refresh rate of 120 Hz. For most people, 120Hz is smooth enough, but for a gaming audience this phone is targeting, 165Hz brings out a bit more accuracy in what you can see.
Release dates aren’t available yet, but both phones are set to debut in Europe at €999 (around $1,024; £858; AU$1,510) versus €6,1,299 for the Pro. This puts them well in the main price area, a slight increase over last year’s ROG Phone 5, which started at €799.
While we’ll need to wait for hands-on hands-on in order to check out the phone’s Snapdragon chip, this newer chip along with the higher refresh rate display on a Samsung-made screen is interesting as both could eventually end up in more mainstream phones below. Line.