ASUS has released the ROG Phone 7 in Australia

ASUS ROG PHONE 7
Pictured: ASUS ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
// Is this the ultimate smartphone for mobile gaming?
Brodie Fogg
Jul 19, 2023
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Published on July 18, 2023

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.

Store
ROG Phone 7
ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
AmazonN/A$2,147
JB HI-FI$1799$2099

Compare popular SIM plans

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.

ROG Phone 7 vs ROG Phone 7 Ultimate

Not sure which ROG Phone to pick?

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.

Specs
ROG Phone 7
ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Display size6.78-inch6.78-inch
Display typeSamsung AMOLED w/ 165Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and Gorilla Glass Victus protectionSamsung AMOLED w/ 165Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and Gorilla Glass Victus protection
Storage/RAM512GB/16GB512GB/16GB
ChipsetSnapdragon 8 Gen 2Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
GPUAdreno 740Adreno 740
Rear camera arrayMain: 50MP (f/1.9)
Ultrawide: 13MP (f/2.2)
Macro: 5MP (f/2.0)
Main: 50MP (f/1.9)
Ultrawide: 13MP (f/2.2)
Macro: 5MP (f/2.0)
Selfie camera32MP (f/2.5)32MP (f/2.5)
Battery size6,000mAh6,000mAh
ProtectionIP54 water and dust-resistantIP54 water and dust-resistant
AeroActive Portal coolingNoYes
Rear OLED displayNoYes
ColoursPhantom Black and Storm WhiteStorm White
Price$1,799$2,099
Brodie Fogg
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Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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