Performing in all areas and for all audiences

Main technical features:

  • 6.78-inch AMOLED screen, 1080×2400 pixels 1-120 Hz/165 Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset
  • 16 GB of non-expandable RAM
  • 512 GB of non-expandable internal storage
  • Triple camera sensor 50+13+32 megapixels
  • 32-megapixel front sensor
  • Under-screen fingerprint reader
  • 5500 mAh battery compatible with 65-watt charging and wireless charging
  • Operating System: Android 14 with Asus software overlay

Design

The design of the Asus ROG Phone 8 smartphone is relatively sober compared to what the brand has offered us until now. Indeed, its lines are rather conventional. It has a rather sober back with, for the classic version, a back cover divided into two parts, one glossy and the other matte, available in black or gray. The phone features a ROG logo (Republic Of Gamer) that is animated with different colors to simulate breathing, for example.

The phone is also available in a Pro version with a logo that has several LEDs allowing the brand logo and other designs to appear. In the top left corner, there is a relatively large block, protruding almost 3 mm to integrate the photo sensors and the flash. This block is black, contrasting with the gray side of our test model.

The ROG Phone 8 is significantly thinner than the ROG Phone 7. In fact, the latter had a profile of 10.3 mm compared to 8.9 mm for the new model. It can also be seen that it is shorter since the ROG Phone 8 is 163.8 mm compared to 173 mm for the ROG Phone 7.

The ROG Phone 8 competes with the Red Magic 9 Pro gaming phone, which has almost the same dimensions. Indeed, the latter offers exactly the same thickness and a height of 163.98 mm as well as a width of 76.35 mm compared to 76.8 mm for the ROG Phone 8. The latter weighs 225 grams, which is better than the 239 grams of the ROG Phone 7, compared to 229 grams for the Nubia phone. This is significantly more than the 196 grams of the Samsung Galaxy S24+ or the 201 grams of the iPhone 15 Plus, for example.

Returning to the design of the Asus phone, it can be seen that the right profile still includes the AirTrigger touch-sensitive triggers as well as a microphone, the power button, and the volume control button. There is also a microphone on the top profile. On the left profile when looking at the phone, there is a USB-C port for charging the phone while playing in landscape mode. This is always very practical. Finally, on the lower profile, there is a second USB-C port, a third microphone, the SIM card tray, a loudspeaker, and a headphone jack to directly connect a headset. All around the phone, you can see the different antennas allowing the smartphone to pick up networks in all positions.

Precisely, in terms of connectivity, the ROG Phone 8 is particularly well-equipped since it has Wi-Fi 7 as well as compatibility with 5G networks and Bluetooth 5.3. It is of course possible to make contactless payments with NFC technology or to pair the phone with other compatible devices. Compared to the old model, which was only IP54 certified, so it could only resist splashes, the new model benefits from IP68 certification and is therefore completely waterproof as well as dustproof.

For unlocking, the smartphone has a fingerprint reader that is placed under the screen in a truly ideal position as it is located almost 5 cm from the bottom edge, allowing the thumb to naturally fit on it. This device is fully satisfying because it never failed in our tests and allows the smartphone to be unlocked in record time.

A brighter screen than the previous one

The ROG Phone 8 screen is based on a 6.78-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. For comparison, the screen of the Red Magic 9 Pro is 6.8 inches compared to 6.7 inches for the Galaxy S24+ and the iPhone 15 Plus. The brightest of all is the screen installed on the Galaxy S24+ offering a maximum brightness of 2600 cd/m², but the Asus phone is not far behind as it offers 2500 cd/m². The ROG Phone 7 screen, for comparison, offers a maximum brightness of 1500 cd/m².

On the Asus ROG Phone 8, you can count on a refresh rate that can vary between 1 and 120 Hz in automatic mode. Note that it is also possible to go up to a frequency of 165 Hz, but for that, the setting must be “locked” in the settings, something used especially when playing.

In the phone’s settings, you can choose between several screen colors with the Optimal, Natural, Cinematic, Standard, or Custom modes. It is also possible to adjust the color temperature. An option allows you to activate flicker at low brightness and another to leave the screen on when you look at it.

Still in the Display menu settings, you can choose between two styles of quick settings panels: either the classic Android version or a version optimized for Asus that presents, at that time, icons with a more streamlined design.

To push the customization a little further, Asus offers a menu to manage the screen lighting that can turn on during charging or display an icon at the top of the display, symbolizing incoming notifications. At this point, it is possible to choose the position of the icon as well as its color during charging.

The phone’s screen is fully satisfying, offering excellent brightness indoors and outdoors, but also being able to dim low enough in dim light to not tire the eyes. The display area is protected against shocks and scratches, thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 technology, the highest available after the Armor technology that only the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra benefits from at the time of writing. You can count on a sampling rate of 720 Hz, allowing for a slight advantage for video games.

Android 14 on board with a rather substantial software overlay

We began to discuss this in the chapter dedicated to the screen, but the software overlay offered by Asus is quite substantial, in the sense that the settings, for example, are extremely complete, allowing for a very high level of customization. The phone can rely on the latest version of Android, Android 14, with particularly recent updates since the security update was dated December 1 and the Google Play system update was dated November 1, 2023 for tests carried out in January 2024. UPDATE POLICY

A specific menu in the settings groups all the phone’s usage tips and the offered features. There are, for example, everything concerning wireless charging options, background mode, game display area, smart search, and pop-up windows. You can also count on a sidebar that quickly accesses the most common applications as well as favorite features. The level of menu customization is truly impressive.

The smartphone comes with pre-installed Google apps as well as some apps offered by Asus including Armoury Crate (the gaming interface), Instagram, and Messenger. Despite this, the system occupies an impressive amount of storage space since about 63 GB are used out of the 512 theoretically available on our test model.

A powerhouse

For performance, the smartphone relies heavily on its Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, which is optimally located in the center of the phone to avoid discomfort from heating when holding the phone in landscape mode. The chipset has a clock frequency of 3.3 GHz and is paired with 16 GB of RAM for the tested version. The Pro version has 16 GB, and the brand also offers a Pro Edition version with 24 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage space. This one comes with the new version of the external cooling system, the AeroActive Cooler X. For comparison, the Red Magic 9 Pro has the same processor with 12 GB of RAM. The fastest formats for RAM and ROM are used in both cases, allowing for particularly fast exchanges.

With such a configuration, the phone has absolutely no problem launching games very quickly and providing excellent playability with maximum details. Applications are executed with impressive speed. When a game is launched, the X Mode is automatically triggered to deliver the best performance. The chipset can hold up well over time, offering full power for the first 10 minutes and then a constant level between 85 and 90%. However, it must be recognized that the phone tends to heat up, despite the use of two layers of graphite, a quick cooling conductor, a Boron Nitride module, and a vapor chamber integrated into the phone’s chassis. To optimize performance, the phone can be paired with an external fan, the famous AeroActive Cooler X, whose design was revised in 2024.

To compare its performance with other phones we have tested, we subjected the ROG Phone 8 to various measurement tools, here are the main results.

Camera sensors worthy of the best smartphones

As mentioned in the introduction, Asus has reconsidered its approach to the camera sensor. The ROG Phone 8 (as well as the Pro and Pro Edition versions) is equipped with a Sony IMX890 main sensor with 50 megapixels especially benefiting from a 6-axis stabilized mechanical Gimball. This allows it to offer exceptional stabilization. Next, there is an ultra-wide-angle sensor of 13 megapixels like the ROG Phone 7. However, the sensor is here paired with a lens that limits distortion. Finally, it can also rely on a 32-megapixel optically stabilized telephoto lens to limit blurring, allowing for a 3x optical zoom.

The front selfie and video call sensor is a 32-megapixel RGBW model, compared to a previous RGB module. This allows for clearer images.

From a technical point of view, the smartphone comes with HyperClarity technology. It can capture photos in JPEG and RAW formats. The phone can also rely on AI Object Sense artificial intelligence technology for the most precise results.

The Camera app interface is relatively classic with several options available immediately at the top and others that can be accessed by pressing the virtual ^ key. Below, there is the framing area where you can directly access several levels of zoom: 0.7x, 1x, 2x, and 3x. Several shooting modes are available: Slow-motion, Time-lapse, Video, Photo, Portrait, Panorama, Light trail, and More. This last menu allows access to the Manual, Night, and Pro Video modes. These can be added to those already present at the main interface of the app.

Compared to the old model, it can be observed that the photos taken with the ROG Phone 8 are of a whole different level. They actually benefit from a lot of detail, with faithful colorimetry and a certain dynamism. The main sensor does a particularly good job and impresses with its stabilization. The images are extremely clear, almost too much compared to photos we were able to take comparatively with the Google Pixel 8 Pro, for example. This is not displeasing, but in the end, we lose a bit of realism.

We were quite impressed by the level of zoom offered by the phone. However, here too, the phone does not manage to match the level of Google’s flagship, as the details remain behind compared to the latter when enlarging the image.

Long battery life and fairly fast charging

With its 5500 mAh battery divided into 2 units for greater efficiency, the ROG Phone 8 offers excellent battery life that can reach two days if not used for gaming. This is very appreciable. When games are launched, there is also an interesting battery life, but

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