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Official Announcement: The Asus ROG Phone 8 – lighter, sleeker, and packed with power

The ROG Phone 8 brings a fresh, sleeker design compared to its predecessors – it is more compact, slimmer, and lighter. This smartphone steps up its game with an improved camera setup. The big news? It features a 32MP 3x telephoto camera, a first for the ROG Phone series.

Gamers who push their phones to the limit will be excited about Asus’ latest update. The ROG Phone 8 features a new cooling system that directly and efficiently keeps the chipset cool. And about the chipset – it is the powerful

Now, let’s take a look at what else this new phone from Asus brings to the table.

Asus says the ROG Phone 8 is a game-changer: It is 17% smaller, 15% thinner, and 9% lighter than the ROG Phone 7. The company kept the cool RGB lighting on the back. You can personalize the ROG eye logo with a bunch of solid colors or pre-set lighting patterns. Plus, the phone comes with an IP68 rating, making it dust and water-resistant.

The ROG Phone 8, similar to its predecessor, has a refresh rate that goes up to 165Hz for buttery-smooth gaming experiences. Its touch sampling rate hits a remarkable 720Hz, ensuring lightning-fast responsiveness. Plus, with a peak brightness of 2500 nits, you can enjoy, for example, movie-watching even under direct sunlight without any hassle.

The ROG Phone 8 has slimmed down its bezels, achieving a 94% display-to-body ratio. And for added durability, the screen is shielded with Gorilla Glass Victus 2, making it tougher against scratches and drops.

Wrapping up with a key feature for gamers, the ROG Phone 8 includes an eye protection mode. This reduces blue light, which is known to cause eye strain and mess with sleep patterns. It is an important feature, especially for those long gaming sessions.

Unveiling the ROG Phone 8’s camera capabilities

The ROG Phone 8 steps up its photography game with a 50MP main camera featuring Sony’s IMX890 sensor – the same one found in devices like the OnePlus 11. It is equipped with a 6-axis Hybrid Gimbal Stabilizer for super smooth videos and steady shots. And yes, it can shoot 8K UHD at 24fps.

Joining the main camera are a 32MP 3x telephoto lens with optical image stabilization and a 13MP ultra-wide camera. For selfies, there is a sharp 32MP front camera. In 2024, it is no surprise that AI plays a big part in enhancing camera performance, and the case here is no different.

Take the AI Object Sense feature, for instance: it breaks the image into sections – like sky, sea, and sand – and tweaks contrast and saturation for each, promising more vibrant yet natural shots.

Inside the ROG Phone 8’s gaming prowess

Let’s dive into the ROG Phone 8’s performance, a crucial aspect of any gaming phone. At its core is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, backed by Asus’ cutting-edge cooling technology.

Asus introduces the 360° SoC Cooling System Gen 2. It features a Rapid-Cooling Conductor placed strategically between the SoC and the phone’s metal back, ensuring even heat distribution across all thermal layers.

When you add the AeroActive Cooler X, it aligns with the Rapid-Cooling Conductor, directly cooling the chipset for peak performance. Plus AeroActive Cooler X brings two extra physical buttons for an enhanced gaming experience. There are also built-in AirTrigger controls that mimic a console with support for various gestures like Dual Action, Press and Lift, and Gyroscope Aiming.

Asus offers the ROG Phone 8 in three storage options: 12GB/256GB, 16GB/512GB, and a 24GB/1TB version exclusive to the Pro model. It ships with Android 14 and ROG UI, boasting gamer-centric software features like Background mode, letting you run games in the background to keep your quest going even when you are not actively playing.

Sound-wise, the phone steps up its game by integrating Dirac Virtuo technology. Dirac, a Swedish audio tech firm known for its digital sound optimization, brings spatial sound to any type of headphones – wired, Bluetooth, or USB-C. This means you can expect a cinema-like audio experience whether gaming, streaming movies, or jamming to music.

What about ROG Phone 8 battery and charging?

With all its power, you are probably wondering about the ROG Phone 8’s battery life. It packs a 5,500mAh battery, supporting both fast and wireless charging. Asus claims it can go from 0% to 100% in about 39 minutes. The battery is said to last up to 3.4 hours of intense gaming, 23 hours of video streaming, or 17 hours of browsing Instagram. Of course, we have to test the phone to verify these figures.

What is the price, and when it will be available?

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Asus has set the ROG Phone 8’s starting price at $1,099.99 for the 12GB/256GB base model. There is a special pre-order deal, though, dropping the price to $999.99. If you are eyeing the beefier ROG Phone 8 Pro with 16GB/512GB, it will cost you $1,199.99.

The launch is set for February in the UK and Europe. As for when it hits the US shelves, that is still under wraps, with Asus planning to announce the date later.

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