The Daily Authority: 🎮 Ready for ROG?

by mcdix

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

🍐 Good morning, and welcome to the Daily Authority this sunny Tuesday! On Sunday, I discovered that pears go very well with blue cheese. Who knows? (probably everyone but me, to be honest).

Ready for ROG Phone 6?

We looked at the ROG Phone 6 when the cover broke – and while it resembles previous ROG phones in design aesthetics, the cooling accessory is bigger than ever.

Looks good (but big)

The latest ROG phone – which many agree is the best gaming phone in the world – looks pretty good.


We got a sneak peek courtesy of Evan Blass and 91 Mobiles. Fans of the ROG phone design will feel right at home as the plan doesn’t change too much this time around. However, the rear display panel has been moved, which is a nice touch. The leaked renders only show the phone in white, but we’ll likely see a black variant, too, if previous versions have anything to offer.

What we know so far

As for the specifications of the ROG Phone 6, here’s what we expect:

We should see a 6.78-inch AMOLED display, the same as the ROG Phone 5, but this time with a 165Hz refresh rate (the ROG Phone 5 was 144Hz). Under the hood should be a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, promising 15 to 30% energy efficiency improvements over Qualcomm’s current flagship chip, plus 10% clock speed improvements. The chip still gets hot – more on that in a minute. We expect up to 18GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, plus a beefy 6,000mAh battery and 65W wired charging, so not much has changed here from the ROG 5 Ultimate. There is also a headphone jack.

Stay calm

With the remarkably hot-running Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, Asus had to step up its game to ensure the ROG Phone 6 stays cool.

The ROG Phone 5 got warm during extended play and became noticeable after 15 to 20 minutes. While the previous generation’s cooler accessory was a bit bulky for on-the-go use, it’s defi,nitely huge this time, so it’s not the most portable.

We’ll know more soon, as there’s not long to wait for the ROG Phone 6 to launch – next week on July 5 at 8 a.m. EST.

To round up

🧟 HTC’s Metaverse phone shows beyond any doubt that the company is a zombie (Android Authority).

🎮 July’s PS Plus games leaked before Sony’s official announcement (but take this with a grain of salt): Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and Arcadegeddon are coming (Eurogamer).

Gone are the days when Motorola and Nokia topped the leaderboards. In July 2000, Samsung only had a market share of 4.6%. In the summer of 2007, when Apple launched the first iPhone (June 29), it only had a market share of 0.3%. That had increased to 6.8% just a year later and doubled to 13.9% by June 2009. In December 2021, Apple’s market share was 27.3%, with Samsung holding a 27.8% market share, trailing every other manufacturer. However, it is not clear whether these figures are global or only for the US.

Nice day!

Paula Beaton, text editor.


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