Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro: Can the new form factor make a difference?

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro. Photo: Asus
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro. Photo: Asus

Asus has unveiled its gaming phone series for the year 2024; the Asus ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro. Asus has brought a completely refreshed design and form factor in the new ROG Phone 8 series. The successor to last year’s Asus ROG Phone 7 and Phone 7 Ultimate have got mixed reactions with few major upgrades.

The gaming series from Asus is very popular among gamers all over the world with advanced gaming features and performance. Both the models this year are the same in terms of design and specs but differ on the back, memory options and colour.

Let us see what the performance-oriented Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro version offers in terms of specs.

Specifications of Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro

Dimensions163.8mm x 76.8mm x 8.9 mm
Weight225 grams
Display type6.78-inch
Display sizeLTPO AMOLED
Resolution2,400 x 1,080 pixels
Refresh rateUp to 165 Hz
IP ratingIP68 dust and waterproof
Glass ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4 & 5×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520)
GPUAdreno 750
OSAndroid 14
RAM16GB | 24GB
Storage512GB | 1TB
Rear camera50MP main camera
32MP telephoto camera
13MP ultrawide camera
Selfie camera32MP
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e/7, tri-band
NetworkLTE | 5G
AudioDual stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Hi-Res Audio up to 384 kHz / 32-bit for 3.5mm output
Tri-microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
SensorsIn-display fingerprint sensor, face recognition, accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, AirTrigger
Battery5,500 mAh
Charging65W wired charging
15W wireless
10W reverse wired
ColourPhantom Black
Price (expected)Rs 180,000 (16/512GB)
Rs 210,000 (24/1TB)

Design and Display

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro has a completely new design. The smartphone is 17 per cent smaller, 15 per cent thinner and 9 per cent lighter than the ROG Phone 7 series. It has a much more compact form factor which makes it look and feel smaller than the previous gen.

On the back, it has a matte frosted Corning Gorilla Glass. There is a diagonal line in the middle which has a shiny finish adding up the design. Below that line are 341 Mini-LED programmable matrices. By default, it can show time, battery percentage, charging and other animations. It can also be customized and animated as per the user.

The frame of the Phone 8 Pro is flat and is made up of Aluminium. The back slightly curves to the frame and the display also slightly curves to the frame. The frame being flat gives a more premium feel.

The display on the other hand is also changed in terms of design. The Phone 7 Ultimate has quite thick bezels on the top and the chin. The 8 Pro has much cleaner and thinner bezels which make the display more immersed and interactive while enjoying multimedia and gaming.

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro features a stunning 6.78-inch LTPO AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. It has an impressive colour accuracy covering 107.37 per cent DCI-P3, 145.65 per cent sRGB, and 103.16 per cent NTSC colour gamuts. The brightness reaches up to 1,600 nits in High Brightness Mode (HBM) and peaks at an impressive 2,500 nits.

The LTPO technology allows for a flexible refresh rate ranging from 1Hz to 120Hz. It can further reach an impressive 165Hz when playing games. The Always-On display feature supports refresh rates as low as 1Hz for power efficiency. The capacitive touchscreen supports 10-point multitouch, even with gloves. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and IP68 dust and water resistance.

Performance and Storage

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, built on a 4nm process. Its octa-core CPU configuration includes a Cortex-X4 core clocked at 3.3 GHz which is complemented by five Cortex-A720 cores at 3.2 GHz and two Cortex-A520 cores at 2.3 GHz which deliver really good performance. The Adreno 750 GPU enhances graphics rendering for smooth gaming and multimedia experience. It runs on the Android 14 operating system.

As for the memory, the Phone 8 Pro is available in two RAM options of 16GB and 24GB. The 16GB RAM option is paired with 512GB storage whereas the 24GB RAM is paired with 1TB of storage.

Gaming Features and Cooling

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro is packed with gaming features designed to enhance gaming experience. With X Sense 2.0, the phone employs pattern recognition AI to automatically detect key events, collect items, and facilitate conversations, providing perfect hero control in supported games.

The X Capture feature records your greatest gaming moments, is triggered automatically, and even offers a background mode for games with auto-combat, allowing you to continue your quest unattended without interruptions.

The AI Grabber makes it simple to copy content for online searches by using pattern recognition to find keywords in talks. Vibration Mapping adds configurable haptic input to on-screen buttons to improve gameplay. Additionally, Qualcomm flawless Technology, driven by Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 helps device-to-device sync-up experience with Snapdragon X Elite-powered PCs, and Microsoft PhoneLink allows you to view your phone’s screen and content from your PC. It also has an Air Trigger on the top which can be customized according to the user’s needs.

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro needs cooling for the unlagged gaming and multimedia experience. The cooling system comes here for efficient cooling. The GameCool 8 thermal structure, adopting the innovative 360° SoC Cooling System Gen 2, delivers a remarkable 22 per cent improvement in thermal efficiency. This design strategically places a Rapid-Cooling Conductor between the System-on-Chip (SoC) and the metal near the back cover, ensuring even heat dissipation across all thermal layers.

The latest AeroActive Cooler X further enhances performance, providing an extra 20 per cent boost in thermal efficiency. The compact yet powerful AeroActive Cooler X is equipped with a larger thermoelectric cooling chip and a faster fan rotation speed which contributes 1.3x improvement in cooling performance.

The GameCool 8 system, complemented by the AeroActive Cooler X, utilizes advanced components like the Vapor Chamber, Graphite Sheet, and Dual Batteries to effectively manage heat. The Rapid-Cooling Conductor when paired with AeroActive Cooler X aligns with the thermoelectric cooling chip’s location, ensuring direct and efficient cooling of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. The cooling solution maintains thermal efficiency and contributes to a 36°C lower back cover temperature drop, creating an optimal gaming experience for users.


The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro has also been given a bit of care in the camera department. On the back, it features a Sony IMX890 50 MP main rear camera sensor with a large 1/1.56” sensor size with Gimbal OIS and Quad Bayer technology. It results in a 12.5 MP output with a 2 µm large effective pixel size, F1.9 aperture, and a 23.8mm equivalent focal length in a 35mm film camera.

The second rear camera is a 13 MP ultrawide-angle lens with a Free-form lens, providing a 120° field of view and a 12.7mm equivalent focal length. The third rear camera is a 32 MP lens with a 3X optical zoom, featuring OIS and pixel binning producing an actual output photo of 8 MP. In terms of video recording, the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro can record 8K videos at 24fps, 4K at 30/60fps and 1080p videos at 30/60/120/240fps. It can record slow-motion videos of 720p at 480fps.

As for features, it has AI Object Sense which dissects images into distinct sections, such as the sky, sea, or sand, optimizing contrast and saturation individually to produce vibrant and natural-looking results. The Quick Shot feature allows users to capture the moment effortlessly with a double press on the volume key, capturing three instant photos.

The Light Trail mode utilizes multi-frame image stacking with AI for long-exposure handheld shots. The Semantic Search in the Gallery App adopts multimodal learning, allowing users to use natural language for photo search.

The front camera has a 32 MP camera which clicks decent selfies and videos. With pixel binning technology it delivers an actual output photo of 8 MP with a 22mm equivalent focal length. It can record 1080p videos at 30fps.

Battery and Others

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro features a massive 5,500 mAh battery. The battery capacity has been decreased than the Phone 7 Ultimate which has a 6,000 mAh battery. But with a new chipset and optimization, the Phone 8 Pro can deliver some really good battery performance for long-term gaming.

It has support for 65W wired charging, 15W wireless charging and 10W reverse wired charging. In terms of connectivity, it supports the latest Wi-Fi standards (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e/7) for internet connectivity and Bluetooth 5.3 for connection with other compatible devices. It operates on LTE and 5G networks along with dual SIM support.

The audio experience is enhanced with dual stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Hi-Res Audio support up to 384 kHz/32-bit for the 3.5mm output. It has ASUS Noise Reduction Technology with tri-microphones for clear audio during calls and recordings. It also features various sensors, including an in-display fingerprint sensor, face recognition, accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and the signature AirTrigger for enhanced gaming control.

The Asus TOG Phone 8 Pro is available in one colour option which is called Phantom Black.

The expected price of the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro if it releases in Nepal is Rs 180,000 for the 16/512GB option and Rs 210,000 for the 24GB/1TB.

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Dahal is a gadget/auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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