[Exclusive] ASUS ROG Phone 6 breaks cover, accessories in tow

Once again, Taiwanese consumer electronics firm Asus is gearing up to release the latest in its line of extravagantly-styled Android smartphones for gamers. Scheduled to launch on the 5th of July, the so-called ROG Phone 6 (which stands for Republic of Gamers) follows in its predecessors’ footsteps by pushing the envelope on mobile device specs — and in the process, dialing up the price point and heat output in such a manner that certain accessories become paramount.

Thanks to a posting last Friday on China’s official state telecom regulator’s site, many of the phone’s specifications have already been revealed – including its 6.78-inch AMOLED display with zippy 165Hz screen refresh. And we’d already known that the heart of the device would Qualcomm’s latest flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. Add to that up to 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a 5850mAh battery (with 65-watt wired charging), and the ROG Phone 6 promises to be one of the top performers on the market at its debut.

To keep all that hardware from singeing one’s palms during extended gaming sessions, Asus will be offering its latest snap-on fan, the AeroActive Cooler 6. Also pictured here is the Devilcase Guardian Lite Plus, with a large cutout for the phone’s 5x optical zoom-capable, 64-megapixel rear cameras.. No word yet on pricing for either of these optional accessories, nor the phone itself, but we’re only about a week away from the full reveal.