ASUS has officially launched the ROG Phone 7 series in Australia, with the phones now hitting stores. This year, two models are available locally: the ROG Phone 7 and ROG Phone 7 Ultimate. The standard ROG Phone 7 comes in Phantom Black or Storm White while the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is available exclusively in Storm White.
Both smartphones are packing some serious heat with a Gen 2 Snapdragon 8 chipset and a 165Hz Samsung AMOLED display. They're also compatible with with all the additional bells and whistles of past ROG Phone releases, like the AeroActive Cooler 7 accessory — a portable cooling system with it's own kickstand, subwoofer, and physical controls for gaming.
Both the ROG Phone 7 and ROG Phone 7 Ultimate are available to purchase in Australia from today, the 19th of July 2023. The ROG Phone 7 will set you back $1,799 while the premium ROG Phone 7 Ultimate comes in at $2,099. Both handsets come with 512GB internal storage. For the sake of comparison, its top Android competitor, the 512GB Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, costs $2,249.
The ROG Phone 7 series is available at the official ASUS online store, Amazon Australia or in-store at JB HI-FI.
ASUS doesn’t sell the ROG Phone on a plan in Australia, so you’re going to need a prepaid or postpaid SIM plan that connects to the 5G network if you want to get the most out of your smartphone. Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the most popular 5G SIM plans currently available in Australia.
Unlike many other premium smartphone tiers, the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is nearly identical to the standard ROG Phone 7 in all but a few areas.
Firstly, the standard ROG Phone 7 comes in a cheaper 256GB model in some markets, but not in Australia.
Other than that, the only major difference between the two models is that the Ultimate has a 2-inch OLED display on the back that can be customised with flashy RGBs and animations, whereas the standard ROG Phone 7 has a simple glowing ROG logo. The ROG Phone 7 Ultimate also has a built-in “AeroActive Portal,” a motorised cooling system for those heated gaming moments.
That’s pretty much all that the extra $300 will get you. On one hand, it’s refreshing that ASUS doesn’t make you fork out a premium for premium specs, but $300 for a tiny OLED display on the back of your phone is a bit much. Take a look at the table below to see just how similar these two handsets are.