❤ ASUS Rog Phone 7

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The new ROG Phone has arrived a little bit earlier than its usual schedule this year, but you won’t hear us complaining. Asus has simplified the lineup this time around, and there are just two devices – the ROG Phone 7 and the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate Edition. Both have essentially the same specs, sans for the ROG Vision display on the rear of the Ultimate and its AeroActive Portal for additional cooling, which is only present on the Ultimate.






We’ve already taken a look at the Ultimate model, and now it’s time for the regular ROG Phone 7 to get the review treatment. You can thus expect many of the same features to make an appearance and a few references to the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate review.






Asus didn’t change a whole lot with the new ROG Phone 7 generation. Most features are carried over from the ROG Phone 6, which is a good thing. After all, why change something that is clearly working?






Asus ROG Phone 7 specs at a glance:

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE / 5G
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
CDMA 800
3G bands HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, 66 – International
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 34, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, 66, 71 – USA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48 – China
5G bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 18, 20, 25, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 77, 78, 79 SA/NSA/Sub6 – International
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 18, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79 SA/NSA/Sub6 – USA
1, 3, 5, 8, 28, 41, 77, 78, 79 SA/NSA/Sub6 – China
Speed HSPA, LTE-A (Up to 7CA), 5G
LAUNCH Announced 2023, April 13
Status Available. Released 2023, May
BODY Dimensions 173 x 77 x 10.3 mm (6.81 x 3.03 x 0.41 in)
Weight 239 g (8.43 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
IP54 water resistant
Illuminated RGB logo (on the back)
Pressure sensitive zones (Gaming triggers)
DISPLAY Type AMOLED, 1B colors, 165Hz, HDR10+, 1000 nits (HBM), 1500 nits (peak)
Size 6.78 inches, 109.5 cm2 (~82.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2448 pixels (~395 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
PLATFORM OS Android 13
Chipset Qualcomm SM8550-AB Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPU Adreno 740
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM
UFS 4.0
NTFS support for external storage
MAIN CAMERA Triple 50 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF
13 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.0, (macro)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@480fps; gyro-EIS, HDR10+
SELFIE CAMERA Single 32 MP, f/2.5, 29mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 0.7µm
Features Panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers (2 amplifiers)
3.5mm jack Yes
32-bit/384kHz audio
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e/7, tri-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 5.3, A2DP, LE, aptX Adaptive
Positioning GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (L1), BDS (B1I+B2a+B2c), GALILEO (E1+E5a), QZSS (L1+L5), NavIC (L5)
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.1 (side), DisplayPort 1.4; USB Type-C 2.0 (bottom), OTG, accessory connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Po 6000 mAh, non-removable
Charging 65W wired, PD3.0, QC5, 100% in 42 min (advertised)
10W reverse wired
MISC Colors Phantom Black, Storm White
Price $ 663.00 / € 999.00 / £ 649.00
TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 1333597 (v9)
GeekBench: 5098 (v5.5), 5617 (v6)
GFXBench: 108fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker -26.0 LUFS (Very good)
Battery life

Disclaimer. We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.

Asus just went out to refine the phone in every way possible. The highlights include better computational performance, better speaker performance, and a brighter AMOLED display.

Other key features are still present as well, like the sturdy aluminum body and dual-glass design with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and an ingress protection rating. The massive 6,000 mAh battery with 65W fast charging is also here, and so are the impressive controls and connectivity options, including the ROG AirTrigger inputs and the side port for accessories like the AeroActive cooler.





Other things that unfortunately haven’t changed with this generation of the ROG Phone 7 include the camera setup, which appears to have been borrowed straight from the ROG Phone 6 and still lacks a telephoto cam. Wireless charging is also still a notable omission from the phone.

Add all of the pieces together, and you end up with a rather familiar ROG Phone 7 that sticks to the same core formula as before, with more or less iterative upgrades. Even so, we still believe it has what it takes to maintain its gaming crown. Let’s dive in.


First things first, let’s unbox the ROG Phone 7. Unlike its Ultimate sibling, the regular ROG Phone 7 comes in a much simpler two-piece cardboard box. It is still adorned with some “gamery” graphics, so you know what kind of product you are getting. The box is thick, sturdy, and good enough to keep the phone safe.





One thing worth pointing out straight away regarding the contents of the box is that the regular ROG Phone 7 does not come with the AeroActive Cooler 7 in the box like the Ultimate does. It’s a separate optional purchase (€110 at the time of writing).

Our unit came with a bumper case, which is a great extra accessory. Also in the box is the Asus 65W wall charger and a USB Type-C to Type-C cable to go with it.


The ROG Phone line is a lot of things for different people, but it has never been cheap, that’s for sure. Pricing has reached more reasonable levels, especially including optional accessorizing within the now significantly smaller ecosystem. Still, the ROG Phone 7, and particularly the 7 Ultimate, are luxury products. The regular ROG Phone 7 starts at €999 for the 12GB/256GB version and goes to €1199 for the 16GB/512GB version, whereas the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate, in its single 16GB/512GB configuration, retails for €1399, bundled with the AeroActive Cooler 7.





If you are after the ROG Phone 7, it is probably safe to assume that you would like a gaming phone and are pretty flexible with your budget. Unfortunately, most dedicated gaming brands out there haven’t been quick enough to update their offers to the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and we can’t recommend those in earnest.

The latest nubia Red Magic 8 Pro is based on the newest Qualcomm chip. Its starting MSRP is even lower than that of the ROG Phone 7, which is a plus. The Red Magic 8 Pro delivers a 6.8-inch, 10-bit AMOLED display that’s not quite as quick as the ASUS‘ at 120Hz refresh rate. However, it does have a noticeably higher resolution of 1116 x 2480 pixels. The Red Magic 8 Pro also has pressure-sensitive capacitive gaming triggers on the side, just like the ROG Phone 7, as well as beefy stereo speakers and a large 6,000 mAh battery with fast charging. The camera setup is quite similar to the ROG Phone 7’s, with a 50MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro.



ZTE nubia Red Magic 8 Pro • Motorola Edge 40 Pro



A less-gamery option to consider would be the Motorola Edge 40 Pro. It is a proper flagship with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and a 10-bit, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision 6.67-inch, FullHD+ OLED display with a 165Hz refresh rate. The Edge 40 Pro also does well with high refresh rate gaming. It also has stereo speakers and an IP68 ingress protection rating. The battery is a bit smaller at 4,600 mAh but much quicker to charge and still does great in endurance testing. The Edge 40 Pro also has a versatile camera setup with a 50MP main and 50MP ultrawide snapper alongside a 12MP telephoto.





The ROG Phone 7 hasn’t changed all that much compared to its predecessor, and that’s neither a new nor a bad trend with Asus devices. There are a few specs touch-ups here and there, like the boosted display performance, but at its core, the ROG Phone 7 remains a very familiar device.

It’s a device still laser-focused on delivering the best possible mobile gaming experience. And Asus remains barely challenged for yet another year, with most manufacturers focusing on creating more mainstream products.

Not only does the ROG Phone 7 leverage the best possible hardware around, but it does so in a unique way, optimizing everything from low-level integration to high-level software. The flexibility and number of tuning options on offer are still unmatched, and so is the versatility of the in-depth control mapping and macro system.

Despite an ever-shrinking accessory ecosystem, we still believe the ROG Phone remains on top of the gaming crowd. Their dedication to gaming remains so impressive that it alone earns it the champion title.





Honestly, the ROG Phone 7 generation doesn’t have many obvious shortcomings. Cooling has degraded a bit ever since the excellent ROG Phone 5 generation, which now sort of necessitates the purchase of an AeroActive Cooler to make the most of the ROG Phone 7. There is also the question of cameras. Asus just doesn’t prioritize these in any way, leaving the ROG Phone 7 behind your average 2023 flagship in that regard.





Neither of these criticisms is that new or a true “showstopper,” and fans of the ROG Phone line will know what they are getting into with the latest ROG Phone 7.

The steep starting price of around €999 isn’t new either. Though, given everything that the handset brings to the table, we might argue that it is downright competitive in the current market. We’d even say it’s the more sensible purchase than its more expensive sibling – the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate. Coming with the same pedigree but offering a more affordable price, the ROG Phone 7 is the gaming champion to beat and an incredibly well-crafted device that gets two thumbs up from us.


  • Toned-down, but still ROG-inspired gamer’s design with great build quality.
  • IP54 certified body. Gorilla Glass Victus on the front, Gorilla Glass 3 on the back.
  • AirTigger, ultrasonic touch sensors, remain industry-leading and are very precise and versatile.
  • Significantly improved internal cooling design with a new “rapid-cycle” vapor chamber.
  • AeroActive Cooler 7 now cools the front of the device and also has a built-in subwoofer.
  • Industry-leading stereo speaker performance, complete with gaming-specific sound tweaks.
  • Gorgeous 10-bit, HDR10+, AMOLED screen, 165Hz refresh rate and now with improved 1500 nits of peak brightness and real-time SDR to HDR conversion.
  • Amazing battery life, even at full 165Hz. Rich battery health prolonging options. Very fast charging (65W charger bundled).
  • Flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset with unparalleled performance tuning.
  • Great Android implementation, unparalleled game tweaks, control mapping and performance options. Two major OS updates and four years of security updates.
  • Solid daylight photos, as well as low-light images. Impressive selfie quality. Feature-rich camera app.
  • Very good video quality, impressive EIS.


  • Available accessory ecosystem is not as wide as older models.
  • The accessory connector is back to having POGO pins, which may be prone to breaking.
  • AeroActive Cooler 7 is now required to make the most of the available hardware and it will cost you.
  • Rather basic camera setup, compared to typical 2023 flagships. 8K video recording is capped at 24fps. The Selfie video is now capped at 1080p.