Asus ROG Phone 8 Goes Official with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, New and Improved Camera System, and IP68 Rating

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Asus ROG Phone 8 Goes Official with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, New and Improved Camera System, and IP68 Rating

The Asus ROG Phone 8 is finally official, and if you have been looking for a flagship phone, then this definitely is up your alley as it brings a number of improvements over the predecessor and now follows the design language that is seen in modern flagship phones. The phone is a lot less aggressive in terms of how it looks, but other than that, it features the same great set of specifications that manages to give it the edge you want.

The Asus ROG Phone 8 feels like the most complete gaming phone that you can get your hands on

The Asus ROG Phone 8 houses a 6.78-inch display–although the screen size has not changed from last year, the good news is that the screen is now edge-to-edge with a center hole-punch camera. Gone is the notch, as Asus has decided to go for a modern design. The display itself offers a 165Hz refresh rate with LTPO technology and can go as bright as 2,500 nits of peak brightness, which seems more than enough even if some phones are offering nearly twice as high.

The Asus ROG Phone 8 is also the first phone to offer proper ingress protection with an IP68 rating. This is all thanks to the company rethinking the cooling, and this time, the company uses conduction cooling. This cooling is achieved using a copper block that spans across the motherboard and touches the back panel, as well. The heat is transferred to the air or the new AeroActive Cooler X. The cooler is also smaller and lighter than the last time. This definitely allows Asus to make sure that the phone is protected against ingress and does not have a lot of openings.

Coming back to the specs, the Asus ROG Phone 8 comes with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 with up to 24 gigs of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 1TB of UFS 4.0 storage. You also get the choice to go with a more modest 12/256GB and 16/512GB configuration if you are not really looking to store a lot of files on the device. The phone also has 15W Qi wireless charging with 65W wired charging through the supplied charger.

The camera system is actually improved this time around, with the main camera being the Sony IMX890 sensor. It also has a 6-axis Hybrid Gimbal Stabilizer 3.0. You also get a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera on the back, along with a 32-megapixel telephoto camera with OIS and 4-in-1 pixel pinning. Asus has mentioned that in some markets, the Asus ROG Phone 8 will have a macro camera instead of a telephoto, while the Pro variant will have telephoto cameras in all the markets. On the front, you find a 32-megapixel camera that is binned down to 8-megapixel by default.

The Asus ROG Phone 8 also uses that, which is going to help you in games. For instance, there are several games that will allow you features such as Auto Pickup, Fast Forward, Running Lock, and more. This certainly is a good thing because, considering how this is a gaming phone, Asus knows that these features are going to help. There is also a feature called AI Grabber that will scan the text on the display and actually help you solve the puzzle in the game. You can also use AI for image generation.

The Asus ROG Phone 8 also comes with full support for Microsoft Phone Link. You will be able to stream apps, mirror screens, drag and drop files, and take calls on your laptop, as well. This feature is finally coming to more devices, with the ROG Phone 8 being one of them.

If you are looking to buy the Asus ROG Phone 8,. You can get the phone in Phantom Black and Rebel Grey. These phones have an RGB backlit ROG logo on the back. If you want the Pro or Pro edition variants, these are only available one Phantom Black, offering a small OLED display with programmable LEDs on the back that can actually mimic several of the system notifications.

I really like the approach that Asus has taken with the ASUS Rog Phone 8. This finally feels like a complete gaming phone that does not make a lot of sacrifices. The cameras are not flagship-grade, but considering how this phone is targeted towards gamers, it does make sense not to spend too much thought on the cameras. Still, we are sure that the camera performance is going to be decent, if not groundbreaking.

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