This week ASUS shook up the gaming phone world with the launch of the ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate. On the one hand, this is the first time a ROG Phone has used a non-Snapdragon chipset – the “D” stands for Dimensity,
Even more impactful is the AeroActive Portal, created by cleverly repurposing the technology Asus uses for its flip-up cameras. It’s a hatch that opens up the internal cooling system to open up the air. This isn’t designed for passive cooling, though, but instead works with the bundled AeroActive Cooler 6.
Unlike the Red Magic phone, which also has active cooling, the system retains some water resistance – with the Portal closed, the phone is rated IPX4 , so it can withstand water splashes. On the other hand, the Red Magic solution is more compact than having to haul around an external cooler.
Please note that AeroActive Portal is exclusive to ASUS ROG Phone 6D Ultimate and is not compatible with regular ROG Phone 6D or previous ROG Phone 6. Additionally, there’s a 2-inch OLED display on the back, similar to its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 counterpart, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (the vanilla 6D only has RGB lighting for the ROG logo).
Aside from the cooling bay, the 6D Ultimate and 6 Pro differ in the choice of chipset. How did Dimensity 652+ perform? You can read our review and watch our video review for details. But long story short, it’s almost as good as the Snapdragon, though not quite. It has high standby power consumption (resulting in low durability in normal use) and doesn’t cool well – even with Portal and coolers in use.
6D Ultimate £1 in UK 22 and comes with the bundled AeroActive Cooler 6. This is an upgraded version of the 6 Pro for £1, 09 for18/256 GB units, and where consumers are price-sensitive time to appear.
ASUS ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
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