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Rumor | Asus is working on a gaming smartphone

Asus is rumored to showcase the ROG gaming phone at MWC this year. (Source: NoypiGeeks)
Asus is rumored to showcase the ROG gaming phone at MWC this year. (Source: NoypiGeeks)
The upcoming smartphone could be showcased at MWC 2018 together with the Zenfone 5 family. Being a gaming device, Asus could also opt to release it under the ROG brand.

Smartphone gaming has come a long way ever since the Unreal Engine 3 was ported to the Android OS and iOS back in 2010. Most of the new mobile games are based on Unreal Engine 4, and some of these games look even better than PC games from a few years ago. This is also related to the processing power boost that smartphones get each year. In this respect, there is the Apple A11 Bionic Soc for iPhone models and the upcoming Snapdragon 845 SoC with integrated Adreno 630 GPU for Android phones, both offering enough processing power to recreate present-day PC games on the mobile platforms.

The potential for gaming smartphones was already explored by Razer and it seems the concept is becoming more and more appealing for companies like Asus or Xiaomi. Asus already has a respectable gaming brand in the Republic of Gamers branch, and reports are saying that the Taiwanese company could expand ROG with gaming smartphones in the near future.

According to PhoneRadar, there is a good chance Asus is going to present a Snapdragon 845-powered gaming smartphone together with the Zenfone 5 family at MWC 2018. Asus is also known to experiment with mobile cooling systems, thus it could come up with a new way to maximize the efficiency of the Snapdragon 845 SOC for continuous maximum frequency sessions. Information about the actual specs has not been leaked anywhere as of yet, but Asus is expected to equip the gaming model with at least 6 GB of RAM, 256 GB internal storage, a headphone jack, maybe some high quality stereo speakers, and most likely a hefty battery.

MWC 2018 is only 2 weeks away and, with a bit of luck, we could see Asus showcasing the gaming smartphone there, or even get some early leaked specs meanwhile.


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Bogdan Solca, 2018-02-13 (Update: 2018-02-14)