Asus’s most expensive gaming phone uses a MediaTek chipset
expensive gaming phone: Asus launched the ROG phone 6 and 6 Pro in July. However, the company decided that it was time to launch more gaming phones. Although the new 6D and 6D Ultimate don’t seem to be intended as direct successors, the latter is the most expensive ROG phone Asus ever produced.
The phones are currently priced in the UK. The regular 6D, which costs PS799 is the most affordable in the ROG Phone 6 line. The 6D Ultimate, however, is the most expensive at PS1,199.
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What are these new handsets doing differently?
It turns out that there is a hint in the name. Dimensity is represented by the ‘D’ symbol in this instance. Both phones are powered by MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity9000+ chipet. This is a big difference from the 6 or 6 Pro which use the Snapdragon8+ Gen 1 instead. This is a reference to laptop models with Intel or AMD versions.
Geekbench 5 shows that the performance of the two devices is almost identical. However, Asus claims to have overclocked Dimensity 9000+ in order to achieve higher clock speeds than the 3.35GHz advertised. Although 16GB RAM is a maximum (compared to 18GB on 6 PRO), it’s not a downgrade. It uses the faster DDR5X standard, which cannot go higher.
You might have noticed a key difference in the photos. However, it is only available to the 6D Ultimate. Asus has added what it calls the AeroActive Portal to the 6 Pro instead of the RGB lighting.
This is basically a small flap that opens when the AeroActive 6 fan has been connected. It helps improve heat dissipation. This fan is specifically designed to be used during long gaming sessions where heat can build up quickly and cause performance problems. Asus claims that this fan is up to 20% more efficient than a standard fan.
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Although durability is a concern, the AeroActive Portal supports more than 40,000 opening/closing cycles. The AeroActive Portal can detect when the phone falls and will automatically close it. However, the IPX4 rating is still valid. This does not mean that it is splash-resistant.
Asus included the AeroActive 6 Cooler with the 6D Ultimate. However, it is still available separately if you choose to purchase the regular 6D. Both this and the Kunai3 gamepad from the company are compatible with all ROG Phone 6 handsets.
The phones are almost identical to the 6 Pro and 6 in other aspects. These phones have 6.78in OLED displays with 2440×1080 resolution. They also feature a 165Hz refresh rate, 720Hz touch sampling, and a 640×1080 OLED display. However, the secondary ROG Vision rear screen only applies to Ultimate and Pro models.
Gaming phones don’t tend to prioritize cameras, but the 6D, 6D Ultimate, and 6D Plus include a triple rear setup with a 50Mp main sensor and 13Mp ultrawide lenses and 5Mp macro lenses. The front features a 12Mp self-portrait camera that is protected by slim bezels and no notch.
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The 6 Pro still has 6,000mAh of battery power, which is split between two 3,000mAh cells. The 6 Pro’s key strength was battery life, and the Dimensity9000+, just like the Snapdragon 8+ Generation 1, prioritizes power efficiency.
The 6D and 6D Ultimate have both Asus’ ROG UI and Zen UI skins. They can also run Android 12 (each stepping into depending on your activity). Asus has committed to at least two major OS updates, as well as two years of security improvements. This suggests that they will eventually get Android 13, and Android 14, but nothing else, which is disappointing considering how far behind other smartphone manufacturers.
Pre-orders for both phones are now possible ahead of the October release. The availability of the 6 Pro and 6 regular phones will hopefully improve by then. The four phones are expected to rank among the top gaming phones with the 6 Pro currently occupying third place.