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ROG Phone 8 Series launched in PH: SD8G3, Slimmer body, 50MP OIS Gimbal stabilizer, starts at PHP 50,995

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ASUS officially launched its latest gaming phone in the Philippines dubbed the ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro.
ROG Phone 8 Series launched: SD8G3, Slimmer body, 50MP OIS Gimbal stabilizer, starts at PHP 50,999
The phone's design

ROG Phone 8 Series launched in PH!

The latest device from ROG features a slimmer body now measuring 8.9mm and weighing 225g. ASUS managed to do this by reducing the battery to 5,500mAh over the previous 6,000mAh. Despite that, ASUS claimed that it will still have a similar battery life as its predecessor by having extensive optimization.
The display
The display

At the front, the two devices have a 6.78-inch Samsung E6 AMOLED panel with 165Hz refresh rate (1-120Hz LTPO), FHD+ resolution, 10-bit HDR, 107.37 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, 20:9 aspect ratio, 2500 nits max brightness and Corning Gorilla Victus 2 protection.

These devices run on the 3.3GHz 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 octa-core CPU with a new Adreno GPU that delivers remarkable gaming performance. You can choose from 12GB, 16GB, or 24GB of LPDDR5X memory and 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of UFS 4.0 storage for these phones.
With AeroActive cooler
With AeroActive cooler

As mentioned above it is powered by a 5,500mAh battery and charges using 65W Hyper Charge and 15W Qi wireless charging.

The camera enhancements are also worth mentioning. Both phones now include a 50MP Sony IMX890 camera and include the Zenfone 10's 6-axis Hybrid Gimbal Stabilizer 3.0 and Super HyperSteady Video mode software. 

The main sensor is also accompanied by a 13MP 120-degree ultrawide shooter and a 32MP sensor with 3x telephoto zoom. This also has OIS and 4-in-1 pixel binning. There's also 10x Hyper Clarity AI zooming and up to 30x digital zoom.

As for selfies, the device boasts a 32MP sensor with 90-degree FOV.

The brand also claims that this is the first gaming phone with an IP68 water resistance grade. Typically, gaming handsets prioritize cooling, which means that water resistance is little to none. The company said that the previous ROG Phone 7 Pro features AeroActive Portal, which allows for convective cooling; however, the current 8-series employs conduction cooling alternatively. 

This is accomplished by inserting a copper block through the motherboard and tapping the rear panel. Heat is transported here to the air or, alternatively, to the new AeroActive Cooler X, which is 29 percent smaller and 10 percent lighter, making it easier to transport. It boasts a 2.6x larger contact area, a quicker fan, and a higher thermal efficiency, all of which contribute to much-improved cooling.

For connectivity, the phones have 5G SA/NSA, dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 7 (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 5.4, GPS, NFC, and dual SIM.

For software, the devices run Android 14 with ROG UI skin on top.

ROG Phone 8 Pro specs

Display: 6.78-inch Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protected Samsung E6 LTPO AMOLED screen w/ 1-165Hz refreshrate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 388 ppi
CPU: 3.3GHz 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 octa-core processor
GPU: New Adreno
RAM: 12GB/16GB/24GB LPDDR5X
ROM: 256GB/512GB/1TB UFS 4.0
Back Camera: 50MP f/1.9 Sony IMX890 w/ OIS + 13MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide + 32MP 3x telephoto + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 32MP f/2.5 RGBW
Battery: 5,500mAh w/ 65W fast charging, 15W wireless charging
OS: Android 14 w/ ROG UI, Zen UI
Connectivity: WiFi 7 (2.4GHz/5Ghz), 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, OTG, NFC, GPS,  dual SIM (nano)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, IP68, AeroActive Portal, cooling system, USB-C, Colors: Phantom Black, Rebel Grey
Dimensions: 163.8 x 76.8 x 8.9 mm
Weight: 225 g
Price: PHP 50,999 (12GB/256GB), PHP 60,995 (16GB/512GB), PHP 74,995 (24GB/1TB)

Price and availability

ASUS ROG Phone 8 12GB/256GB - 50,995 (w/ FREE AeroActive Cooler X)
ASUS ROG Phone 8 Pro 16GB/512GB - 60,995 (w/ FREE AeroActive Cooler X)
ASUS ROG Phone 8 Pro 24GB/1TB - 75,995 (w/ FREE AeroActive Cooler X)

You can head to the nearest ROG stores in your location to purchase the device.

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