Asus has made its new ROG Phone 6 and Phone 6 Pro available for preorder in North America after an initial launch in the UK and Europe. The latest version of this gaming-centric smartphone is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, a souped-up version of the same CPU shared by many current-gen flagship Android devices like the Samsung S22 lineup and the OnePlus 10. The ROG Phone 6 has some extra hardware to cement its status as the go-to device for mobile gaming, including at least 12GB of RAM and a 165Hz refresh rate screen with a 2448 x 1080 resolution.
The standard ROG Phone 6 is available in two different configurations. The base model, priced at $999, is equipped with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The upgraded version, priced at $1,099, is expandable with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The ROG Phone 6 Pro has 18GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage, but the same as the standard models; However, it carries a hefty $1,299 price tag.
All models of the ROG Phone 6 have a 6.78-inch OLED display that is compatible with HDR10 Plus. Available in black or white, the ROG Phone 6 lineup naturally features plenty of RGB lighting to broadcast your gamer status to everyone around you.
The overall specifications of the Asus ROG Phone 6 mirror the overkill philosophy we saw in our review of the ROG Phone 5, offering what looks like a fully decked-out phone for those who can afford it.
ROG Phone 6’s gamer status also extends to its robust ecosystem of accessories, with the launch of ROG Phone 6 including a dedicated controller and active cooling system. The ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad is a cleverly designed peripheral that mirrors Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers for the Nintendo Switch. The controllers can be used as a standalone system or clipped to the ROG Phone 6 with its included case. The Kunai 3 has all the inputs you’d find on your standard dual analog stick controller, along with a pair of back paddle inputs. The Kunai 3 is currently available through the ASUS Storefront for $149.99.
While its necessity is debatable, the more unique peripheral that the ROG Phone 6 shares with the Aeroactive Cooler 6 is essentially a large, RGB-enabled heatsink that clips onto the back of the ROG Phone 6. The design of the Aeroactive Cooler 6 will be familiar to anyone who has seen a heatsink for their desktop CPU, as it uses an array of heat conducting surfaces to dissipate heat through the cooling fan. The cooler is powered by a USB-C connection from the ROG Phone 6, but can be adjusted depending on the level of cooling you want. The Aeroactive cooler costs $99.99 and comes with a built-in kickstand and RGB lighting, but it’s unclear if it can be used in conjunction with the ROG Kunai 3 gamepad.
Correction, September 9, 8:30AM ET: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Aeroactive cooler cost $149.99. The Aeroactive Cooler is priced right at $99.99.