It’s CES 2024 and ROG has announced the new ROG Phone 8 series – about 2 months earlier when compared to its predecessors. The new gaming phone comes with the latest and greatest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset with a super fast 8533Mb/s LPDDR5X RAM and also is the world’s first IP68 gaming phone. If the phone ever gets too hot, we can literally just dunk it in water and get some much-needed water-cooling.

ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition box 3

There are also lots of design changes as the stereo front-facing speakers design are now gone, in favor of a higher screen-to-body ratio. The cameras also got an upgrade and so did the software features.

It now features a 6.78-inch AMOLED screen with LTPO technology that can vary its refresh rate all the way down to 1Hz to save battery if we’re just reading some text. It will also have 720Hz touch sampling rate so that it won’t miss any of your fast-paced finger action too.

ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition box 2

For the ROG Phone 8 Pro/Pro Edition in particular, we have the AniMe Vision that is very similar in concept with the ROG Zephyrus G14. It has little dots and each of the dot is an LED, and we can customize it to show text or some custom drawing that we made. It’s quite a nice feature that we’ll definitely talk about in the future.

ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition box 1

Here is the full specs sheet of the ROG Phone 8 series. There are some differences between the two – so take note of that.

ROG Phone 8ROG Phone 8 Pro
ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition
ColorRebel Grey & Phantom BlackPhantom Black
Rear CameraMain: 50 MP 6-axis Hybrid Gimbal Stabilizer 3.0, f/1.9

Wide: 13 MP, f/2.2, Free-form Lens

Macro: 5MP FFTele: 32 MP, f/2.4, OIS, 3X optical zoom, pixel binning 1.4μm(Actual output photo: 8 MP)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
Front Camera32 MP RGBW sensor, pixel binning 1.4um (Actual output photo: 8 MP)
Screen6.78-inch AMOLED
2400×1080 pixels
165 Hz refresh rate
LTPO 1~120Hz
Battery / Charging5,500 mAh
Wired 65W HyperCharge (USB-PD PPS)
Wireless 15 W Qi-certified charging
Memory12 GB + 256 GB / 16 GB +512 GB / 24 GB +1 TB

The ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition, however, comes with the AeroActive Cooler X in the box whereby the ROG Phone 8 Pro does not. I know, the name “ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition” is weird and they should’ve just called it a different name instead. The word “Edition” here doesn’t signify anything “special”, per see.

ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition box 4

Oh – we also have the unboxing for both the ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition and ROG Phone 8 on our other YouTube channel. Check it out here.

As for the pricing and availability, they’ll be announced for us Malaysians on 30th January 2023.


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