ASUS announces the Gladius II Wireless Gaming Mouse and more

Aloysius Low  CNET

It's a bold move from Asus to try and merge gamers' mobile phones and portable gaming devices into one unit - that is "built from the ground up to be a premium phone for gamers with unique features", as Asus put it.

Apart from the accessories, Asus has also unveiled a new gaming desktop in the TUF Gaming lineup. While the ROG Phone features the same Snapdragon 845 processor as the OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ2 and American version of the Samsung Galaxy S9, it's overclocked to 2.96GHz - 160Mhz faster than normal - and that calls for better cooling solutions. Further, it sports 8GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery, an 8-megapixel selfie shooter and a dual 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera setup on the rear.

Do we have RGBs? We're not sure right now, as ASUS won't announcing pricing information until the phone launches in Q3 2018. If that's not enough, there's even an AeroActive Cooler which you can attach to the back of the ROG Phone.

Enabling a lot of the insane tricks on the ROG Phone is the addition of extra ports (including USB-C) on the side of the device.

Cooling is handled by ROG's GameCool system, which employs "highly efficient 3D vapor-chamber cooling".

Internally, the Asus ROG Phone has similar specs to other high-end smartphones. That's probably the goal, of course, but in any case Asus has taken two more steps toward that eventuality with the release of the ROG Strix Gaming Chassis and the ROG Thor 1200-W Platinum power supply. The logo features RGB illumination (because why not?) and can be programmed to display any color in different patterns and also use as a notification light. With dual front-facing speakers, this device promises an excellent multimedia experience. ASUS claims that the display has a response time of 1ms and supports HDR visuals.

For what it's worth, ASUS has gone many more steps ahead of Razer to really sell you this phone. There is also the TwinView Dock, which allows it to be used as a secondary display or the WiGig Dock which allows you to pair it up with big screen TVs, third-party GAmeVice controllers and more. It's primary use to allow the phone to be plugged into a screen, with a working keyboard and mouse, but it can also be hooked up to a PC, to function as a KVM switch, letting you use the same screen, mouse and keyboard from your desktop on your phone with the flick of a switch. You can fit up to a 280mm radiator in the roof, and a 360mm one in the front, so you would have plenty of room for a custom loop, or even a large AIO cooler. This, in turn, grants a lot more surface area for heat dissipation, which is key for graphics-intensive gaming.

The distinction is nearly entirely a marketing gimmick, since the only major physical difference is that the ROG Strix Hero II (for MOBA) has different-colored QWERTY keys, while the ROG Strix Scar II (for FPS games) has the more traditional color distinction on its WASD keys.

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