While notches and bezels and, more recently, rising cameras have been the recent obsessions of the smartphone market, there has been a brief period of flooding from a seemingly very different line: gaming phones. From Razer to Xiaomi to ASUS to Samsung, one or the other manufacturer has released or is rumored to have a gaming-oriented smartphone. However, it is hard to deny that the ASUS ROG Phone is perhaps the strangest of them all. And Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, shares the signature of a working prototype that proves to be more than just a gaming smartphone.
Of course it's a gaming smartphone. The overall design of the device, from the aesthetics, especially the RGB lights, to the special software tools, are all geared towards an experience that fans of ASUS Republic of Gamers know all too well. This does not mean that they are just games. In fact, you can probably say that it is bloated with features that go beyond this use case.
It is of course an Android smartphone in the first place and a very premium smartphone. In addition to high-end specifications, you get the staples like fingerprint sensors and basic face recognition. However, they have also called fingerprint gestures, motion controls, gesture gestures on lock screens and even ASUS's own animoji shoot, what else, ZenMoji. It also has squeezable pages that function as "Air Triggers" in both regular smartphone mode and gaming mode.
It is probably not an understatement to say that the ASUS ROG Phone is cluttered with features, raising the question of who will buy such a niche device. Or more importantly, who can afford one? Of course, the last bit depends on how much ASUS plans to charge for such a smartphone, but you can bet it will not be easily affordable.