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Update: ASUS ROG Phone 6 will release in Australia this August
ASUS is unleashing a wave of new ROG gear this year.
At this year’s For Those Who Dare Launch Event, ASUS revealed more details about its upcoming ROG Phone 6, the successor to the tremendous ROG Phone 5. The ASUS ROG Phone 6 shares the same RGB aesthetic as the smartphones before it while receiving a significant increase in processing power and refresh rate and an all-new range of modular accessories. Both the ASUS ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro will be released in Australia (this August) but local pricing and exact release timings are still pending. In addition to the new ROG Phone 6, ASUS also revealed new audio products: the ROG Cetra True Wireless, Cetra Pro True Wireless earbuds, ROG Delta S Wireless and ROG Delta S Core over-ear headphones. ASUS is yet to confirm if the new audio products will also be released locally. Read on for a closer look at the new products.
ASUS ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro
If you managed to look past the aggressively ‘gamer’ aesthetic of the ROG Phone 5, you would find nothing short of a powerhouse Android smartphone that stood toe-to-toe with the big brands like Google and Samsung. It had incredible battery life, insanely fast charging and plenty of power to boot. The ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro are upping the ante this year with a new Snapdragon 8+ chipset (which ASUS markets as 50% faster than the Snapdragon 888 of the ROG Phone 5) and up to 165Hz refresh rate on the 6.8-inch AMOLED display. The new camera doesn’t shake things up too much but the upgrade to the triple-lens array– which features a Sony-manufactured Image Sensor in the 50MP wide-angle shooter– is nonetheless appreciated.
Thankfully, ASUS has also improved the durability a bit too. The ROG Phone 5’s biggest downfall was that it didn’t promise any level of water or dust resistance but the ROG Phone 6 series is officially rated IPX4, which means it’s at least protected against splashing water. It’s still a far cry from what most premium smartphones offer but it’s an improvement.
There are only two major differences between the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro. The first is mostly cosmetic in that the ROG Phone 6 Pro offers a small 2-inch OLED display on the rear for displaying flashy RGB effects and notifications (the ROG Phone 6 has a simple RGB logo). Secondly, the ROG Phone 6 Pro offers a baseline of 512GB of internal storage and 18GB of RAM. The ROG Phone 6 starts at 128GB with 8GB RAM and goes as high as 512GB with 16GB RAM. Again, we don’t know exactly which models we’ll receive in Australia or when but globally, the ROG Phone 6 Pro will release in Storm White while the ROG Phone 6 comes in Storm White or Phantom Black.
Will the ROG Phone 6 be available on a plan in Australia?
ASUS has never partnered with an Australian telco to offer its smartphones on a plan and we'd be surprised if the ROG Phone 6 changed that. Historically, ASUS has only sold its phones outright through retail partners like Amazon and JB HI-FI.
So if you're planning on picking up the ROG Phone 6, you'll need a SIM-only plan to get yourself up and running. Here's a short list of some of the most popular SIM plans available in Australia this week.
ROG Phone modular accessories
The ROG Phone series has long been accompanied by a modular cooling solution for some truly heated gaming moments and this release is no different. The AeroActive Cooler 6 has received a pretty radical RGB design, adds four extra buttons for gaming and connects via USB-C. Otherwise, its primary function remains more or less the same, to keep the ROG Phone cool while it's working overtime.
The more interesting modular accessory this year is certainly the new ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, which has taken some obvious queues from Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers. The Kunai 3 Gamepad is built to be used in handheld or tabletop setups and even has two separate configurations for tabletop; one with ergonomic grips, and another more portable option.
ASUS Cetra True Wireless and Cetra True Wireless Pro
The next most interesting product in the new ROG lineup is surely the Cetra True Wireless Pro earbuds. Equipped with low-latency 24-bit 96 Khz wireless audio, AI noise-cancelling microphones, Qi Wireless Charging and up to 28 hours of battery, the Cetra True Wireless Pro earbuds off the unique option of going back to wired. They come packaged with a USB-C adapter that attaches to the bottom of one of the buds, providing a semi-wired solution for an even sturdier connection.
There’s also a non-Pro version of the Cetra True Wireless buds but there isn’t a lot of information on those at the moment. They still have Active Noise-Cancellation (ANC), 27 hours of battery life and IPX4 water resistance but seem to ditch the USB-C wired option.
ROG Delta S Wireless and ROG Delta S Core
Lastly, ROG announced two new pairs of bonafide over-ear gaming headsets. The first is a wireless solution, the Delta S Wireless, which offers a 2.4 GHz connection, 50mmm drivers, plus AI beamforming and noise-cancelling microphones. ASUS claims the Delta S Wireless will last 25 hours and offer three hours of use off a 15-minute charge.
The Delta S Core is a lighter, probably cheaper, wired solution that offers most of the same features except the Wireless version’s noise-cancelling features.
Both headsets are compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and mobile devices.
We'll report back as soon as we here more about local pricing and availability on all of the products above.