Asus ROG Phone to get Android Pie soon, spotted on GeekBench

The Android Pie update for the Asus ROG Phone was scheduled to roll out within the first quarter of 2019. Now, the device has appeared on GeekBench with the latest Android version, hinting at a sooner arrival of the same.

The GeekBench listing reveals the model number of the smartphone to be ASUS_Z01QD, i.e. the Asus ROG Phone. The device gets powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and packs a whopping 8GB of RAM. While everything is the same, Android 9.0 Pie is mentioned as the OS in the listing. This suggests that Asus is almost done with the development and may roll out the Pie update anytime soon.

As of now, the Asus ROG Phone runs the company’s own ROG Gaming UI, based on Android Oreo. You can check our list of Smartphones getting Android Pie update to see whether your device is eligible for the Pie update.

Asus ROG Phone Specifications

As for the specs, the Asus ROG Phone comes with a beautiful 6-inch Full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) AMOLED display. The display touts a refresh rate of 90Hz and 1ms response time (compared to 4ms on normal displays). It also incorporates HDR alongside 108.6 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage and 10000:1 contrast ratio. Additionally, the presence of dual-front firing speakers makes for an immersive gaming experience.

Under the hood, the device gets powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC customised to achieve a maximum clock speed of 2.96GHz. It is coupled with Adreno 630 GPU optimised for gaming. Furthermore, the phone carries 8GB of RAM and a 128GB of internal storage space.

In the optics department, the Asus ROG Phone gets a dual rear camera setup at the rear. The setup comprises a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.7 aperture, accompanied by an 8-megapixel 120-degree wide-angle shooter. There’s also an 8-megapixel sensor upfront for selfies.

Moreover, the handset runs ROG Gaming UI, based on Android Oreo. Fueling all of this is a massive 4,000mAh battery, rated to deliver 7 hours of continuous gameplay over WiFi. The phone also supports Quick Charge 3.0 on the bottom port and Quick Charge 4.0 (30W) on the side-mounted port. Asus further claims it to juice up from 0% to 60% within 30 minutes.

The key highlights of the ROG Phone are its GameCool vapour-chamber cooling system, with detachable AeroActive Cooler that aids for extra cooling. There are two programmable ultrasonic Air Triggers along with advanced force-feedback haptics which acts as extra buttons and helps in gaming without the need of touching the display.

Additional features include an IPX4 rating that ensures splash resistance. The phone also encompasses a Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style play and a Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock using 60 GHz Wi-Fi for big-screen gaming.

Not to forget, there’s also a TwinView Dock that allows for dual-screen gaming and brings in a quad-speaker sound system, two physical trigger buttons, enhanced cooling mechanism and a 6,000mAh power extension.

Connectivity options on the phone include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, AGPS, Glonass, USB Type-C port, NFC, and 3.5mm headphone jack. Lastly, the Asus ROG Phone measures 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm and weighs 200 grams.

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