ASUS Reveals ROG Telephone 8 With Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Firepower And Refined Fashion For Avid gamers

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro 1

ASUS has been making Android telephones for the reason that early days of the platform, lengthy earlier than we settled on the usual flat glass slab kind issue. ASUS tried its hand at convertible Android laptops and telephones that was tablets, however even after giving up on all of that, it saved experimenting with its gaming-focused ROG Telephone sequence. These gadgets have featured glowing lights, snap-on equipment, and extraordinarily daring design components, however with the ROG Telephone 8 sequence, it is time for ASUS gaming telephones to develop up. 

The latest spate of leaks was spot-on—the ROG Telephone 8 and eight Professional symbolize a big departure from ROG Telephone 7 and earlier. At a look, you’d by no means assume this was the latest ASUS gaming cellphone. The gadgets are available both black or grey (base mannequin solely), and a lot of the “gamer aesthetics” are gone, together with the front-facing audio system and lively cooling hatch. However do not depend the ROG Telephone 8 out simply but. These are nonetheless among the strongest smartphones for gaming or the rest, with the newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and extra RAM than some gaming PCs. This is the total spec sheet. 

Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
Show 6.78-inch 1080 x 2400 LPTO OLED @ 165Hz
Reminiscence 16GB / 24GB (Professional-only)
Storage 256GB / 512GB (Professional-only) / 1TB (Professional-only)
Rear-Going through
Cameras
50MP 1/1.56” f/1.9 main (gimbal stabilizer), 13MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 32MP f/2.2 3x telephoto (OIS)
Entrance-Going through
Cameras
32MP (8MP output)
Video
Recording
Up
to 8K @ 24 fps
Battery 5,500mAh, 65W charging, 15W wi-fi charging
OS Android 14
Dimensions 163.8 x 76.8 x 8.9mm, IP68
Weight 225g
Connectivity Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, USB-C (2x), LTE, 5G (sub-6GHz)
Colours ROG Telephone 8: Grey and Black
ROG Telephone 8 Professional: Black
Pricing ROG Telephone 8: $1,099.99
ROG Telephone 8 Professional: Beginning at $1,199

The bottom mannequin ROG Telephone 8 nonetheless has an RGB-illuminated brand on the again, however the Professional cellphone sports activities totally different design components. It has a 341-element LED dot matrix that ASUS calls AniMe Imaginative and prescient. It could possibly present the time, notifications, battery degree, and extra. It you are not into the sunshine present, these lights are invisible on the ROG Telephone 8 Professional when disabled. The 2 fashions have the identical measurements, and so they’re noticeably slimmer and extra compact than final yr’s telephones. A part of the credit score goes the the 6.78-inch show, which is now edge-to-edge—thus, no front-facing audio system.

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro 16

The ROG Telephone 8 nonetheless has the core options which have made the sequence a favourite of cell players. There are programmable shoulder buttons, a secondary side-mounted USB-C port, and the optionally available AeroActive cooling fan, which has been redesigned as soon as once more. That is the primary ROG Telephone with an IP68 score for water and mud resistance, however that necessitated the removing of the cooling door from final yr’s cellphone. ASUS says it has redesigned the cooling answer with that in thoughts. We’ll let you know the way the fan works in our full assessment. 

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro 13

ASUS can be taking the pictures expertise extra severely this yr. The ROG Telephone 8 and eight Professional now have three rear sensors, together with a 50MP main, a 13MP ultrawide, and a 32MP 3x telephoto lens. The digital camera helps night time mode, and there is a gimbal-based stabilization system for the first shooter. The telephoto lens additionally has normal OIS. The 32MP selfie digital camera helps a wider 90-degree FOV for higher group photographs. 

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro 7
Proper: ROG Telephone 8 Professional, Left: ROG Telephone 7 Final

The ROG Telephone sequence has by no means been recognized for aggressive pricing, and the 2024 launch will likely be no totally different. The bottom mannequin ROG Phone 8 will run you $1,099. In the meantime, the ROG Phone Pro will price $100 extra. That model has the AniMe lighting and 512GB of storage as a substitute of 256GB. The highest-of-the-line ROG Telephone 8 Professional has 1TB of storage and 24GB of RAM for $1,499, however this one comes with the $100 AeroActive cooling fan

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro 4
Asus continues to supply a headphone jack.

ASUS has not settled on a selected launch date, but it surely says the ROG Telephone 8 will likely be obtainable within the first quarter of the yr. There may even be some early chook reductions a few weeks earlier than the launch. You can get the cooling fan free with the $1,199 Professional cellphone, and the non-Professional mannequin will likely be $100 off. 

Hot Hardware CES 2024 Coverage Brought To You By Lenovo