Our future could be cyberpunk or utopia, and the designs of this gaming phone show these possibilities.
Gaming accessories and peripherals have almost an unspoken rule about what are considered standard design rules. The predominantly black chassis is punctuated by RGB lights that shine like neon signs on a dark night. If that reminds you of cyberpunk settings, it’s pretty close to the aesthetic that most gaming products embrace. Of course, there are other ways to view our future, one that embodies hope expressed in cleaner and brighter designs. This dichotomy of aesthetics is even more pronounced in the latest gaming phone from ASUS Republic of Gamers, with a design that describes it as leaving the phone’s cyberpunk roots to go further into the future and into the wider cosmos. .
The ASUS ROG Phone 6 comes in two main designs, divided into Pro and non-Pro models. And while ASUS describes both as evolved styles, it’s really evident in just one of the two. The ASUS ROG Phone 6 still carries many of the design features of the previous generations, especially in its black colorway. Most of the shapes and lines on his back are asymmetrical and skewed, creating a bit of visual noise that radiates energy and eccentricity. The RGB dot-matrix display is also a blast from the past, a feature common in cyberpunk aesthetics.
The ROG Phone 6 Pro, on the other hand, only comes in a “Storm White” version and makes a sharp U-turn from past aesthetics, moving towards a more utopian and space-oriented view of the future. The lines are clean, the geometric shapes are more balanced and there is less disturbing noise and details. A new color screen on the side of the phone can display full graphics and animations, reminiscent of the fancy HUDs in sci-fi props. The phone’s accessories have matching motifs, with mostly white bodies, a few black bezels and maybe a touch of RGB colors here and there.
Despite the futuristic theme, the ASUS ROG Phone 6 is quite old-fashioned in some ways, and actually it’s not bad. There is still a headphone jack that is almost extinct on high-end phones these days. And instead of a notch or an advanced camera below the display, the phone has flat, narrow bezels, top and bottom. This also has the advantage of having some “dead space” for the holder’s palms when playing a game in landscape orientation. Of course, those same hands will also cover the headphone jack, so many gamers may opt for Bluetooth headphones instead.
In terms of hardware, the ASUS ROG Phone 6 is pretty much what you’d expect from a phone designed and built for gaming. The real test will be in the thermal management, which will determine how long the processor can maintain its performance. Design-wise, the phone could usher in a new phase for mobile gaming devices that adopt a cleaner aesthetic, a trend that seems to be growing in the wider gaming market if the latest console and PC designs have something to offer.