Asus ROG Telephone 7 Final First Impressions

Asus is now the one firm nonetheless promoting cumbersome, highly effective, devoted gaming telephones in India. The ROG Telephone 7 collection arrives proper on time, with the most recent flagship Qualcomm SoC, exhibiting that the Taiwanese large remains to be dedicated to creating enhancements whilst its opponents have fallen again. Nevertheless, is a gaming telephone nonetheless related in 2023, and would you be happier with a extra mainstream telephone that is rather less highly effective however much more reasonably priced and simpler to hold?

In the event you’re conversant in any of the earlier Asus ROG Telephone fashions, you will see that the corporate has saved to its formulation when it comes to design and options. There’s nothing utterly new or disruptive right here. Two variations have been launched – the usual ROG Telephone 7, and the ROG 7 Final which has extra RAM and storage, a small PMOLED show on the again and a vent that may bodily open for higher cooling (extra on this later). The Final unit is available in a extra elaborate field, and the AeroActive Cooler 7 is included. It is also obtainable solely in a silvery-white matte glass end, whereas the usual ROG Telephone 7 is available in Storm White and Phantom Black.

Whereas the bottom Asus ROG Telephone 7 mannequin is priced at Rs. 74,999 in India, the Final model prices a whopping Rs. 99,999. The AeroActive Cooler 7 by itself will value Rs. 6,999. Patrons can register their curiosity beginning at present, although models will solely go on sale on an unspecified date in Might 2023.

Each variations have the identical core specs and dimensions. At 239g, the ROG Telephone 7 is cumbersome, however surprisingly a hair lighter than the iPhone 14 Professional Max and simply 5g heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely, so it is in the identical ballpark as different flagship telephones. The ten.4mm thickness can be inside cause. Nevertheless, you may not discover both of those variants as comfy in day-to-day-use. Having frolicked with a number of earlier ROG Telephone fashions, I can let you know that they don’t seem to be very handy to hold round in a pocket and even simply studying or typing for an prolonged interval can get fatiguing.

The borders across the display are fairly thick by at present’s mainstream requirements however which means that there is not any notch or gap for the entrance digicam, and also you get twin front-firing audio system for balanced stereo sound. Identical to final 12 months’s variations, the ROG Telephone 7 collection all have 6.78-inch screens with a 1080×2448-pixel decision, 165Hz most refresh charge and 720Hz most contact sampling charge. What’s new is a 1500nit peak brightness and auto HDR conversion.

The ROG Telephone 7 Final (above) has a PMOLED show on the rear to show animations and alerts.


As anticipated, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with its built-in Adreno 740 GPU is the SoC that powers the ROG Telephone 7 collection, and should you’re paying this a lot for a gaming telephone you’d anticipate the most recent and biggest. The usual ROG Telephone 7 has 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage, whereas the Final model has 16GB and 512GB respectively. There are two 3000mAh battery models, which Asus says makes for faster charging and improved warmth dissipation. 65W USB-PD quick charging is supported, although for some cause you solely get a 30W charger within the field. There is no wi-fi charging. For connectivity, Wi-Fi 7 is supported.

There’s Gorilla Glass Victus on the entrance and Gorilla Glass 3 on the again. Each ROG Telephone 7 fashions have the identical IP54 score however that does not apply for the Final when the cooling vent on the again is open.

That vent is supposed to permit the AeroActive Cooler 7, a moderately massive clip-on fan attachment, to interface bodily with the telephone’s cooling system to conduct warmth out of its physique. Utilizing it’s mentioned to drop the rear panel temperature by as much as 25 p.c, that too fairly quickly. The attachment additionally has a bunch of RGB LEDs, a small subwoofer, and 4 bodily set off buttons.

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The AeroActive Cooler 7 is included with the ROG Telephone 7 Final however not with the bottom mannequin.


So what units the ROG Telephone 7 aside from different gadgets with the identical high-end {hardware}? For one, it is the gamer-centric design, which prioritises issues like front-firing audio system and extremely efficient cooling over decreasing weight. You additionally get devoted “AirTrigger” sensors on the body which line up along with your forefingers, to behave as bodily controls in video games. Like with its predecessors, there is a second USB Sort-C port on one facet so you may cost your telephone whereas gaming.

Furthermore, there are many software program tweaks, letting you do issues like program the AirTriggers and create macros, apply game-specific UI themes, select a efficiency preset, and fine-tune graphics and different {hardware} parameters. An overlay can present you efficiency stats in addition to estimated battery life. The ROG Telephone 7 collection introduces vibration mapping and computerized clip recording when sure enter sequences are detected.

On the draw back, Asus cannot promise that the ROG Telephone 7’s cameras will match these of at present’s extra frequent premium Android telephones at this value. The principle digicam relies on a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor, and also you get solely fundamental 13-megapixel ultra-wide and 8-megapixel macro cameras. There is a 32-megapixel entrance digicam.

The ROG Telephone 7 fashions actually aren’t for everybody. They solely make sense for many who worth gaming efficiency above all else. In the event you’re extraordinarily aggressive, like having the ability to play video games comfortably for lengthy hours, and if you’ll use the triggers and software program tweaks, you’re Asus’ audience. At these costs, you possibly can purchase a really succesful and slick fashionable flagship Android machine and even an iPhone. Nevertheless, should you’re the sort to spend just a few lakhs on a superb gaming laptop computer and improve your desktop PC each few years, the ROG Telephone 7’s value will not really feel like such a stretch.

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