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The Daily Authority: 🎮 Ready for ROG?

An ASUS ROG Phone 6 sneak peek, HTC's metaverse phone, today's upcoming Nintendo Direct, and more top tech news.
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June 28, 2022
ASUS ROG Phone 5 product shot of the triple camera bump through the included case
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

🍐 Good morning, and welcome to this sunny Tuesday’s Daily Authority! On Sunday I discovered pears go really well with blue cheese. Who knew? (probably everyone but me, to be fair).

Ready for ROG Phone 6?

We got a look at the ROG Phone 6 as renders broke cover — and although it looks similar to previous ROG phones in terms of design aesthetic, the cooling accessory is bigger than ever before.

Looking good (but big)

The latest ROG phone — which many would agree is the best gaming phone on the planet — is looking pretty good.

  • We got a sneak peek courtesy of Evan Blass and 91 Mobiles.
  • Fans of the ROG phone design will feel right at home, as the design isn’t changing too much this time around.
  • Though the rear display panel has moved, which is a nice touch.
  • The leaked renders only show the phone in white, but we’ll likely see a black variant too, if past versions are anything to go by.

What we know so far

In terms of the ROG Phone 6’s specs, here’s what we’re expecting:

  • We should see a 6.78-inch AMOLED display, the same as the ROG Phone 5, but this time around there’s a 165Hz refresh rate (the ROG Phone 5 was 144Hz).
  • Under the hood should be a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, promising power efficiency improvements from 15 to 30% over Qualcomm’s current flagship chip, plus 10% clock speed improvements.
  • The chip still runs hot — more on that in a minute.
  • We’re expecting up to 18GB RAM and up to 512GB storage, plus a beefy 6,000mAh battery and 65W wired charging, so not much will have changed here from the ROG 5 Ultimate.
  • There’s also a headphone jack.

Keep your cool

With the notably hot-running Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, ASUS has had to step up its game to ensure the ROG Phone 6 stays cool.

  • The ROG Phone 5 got a little warm during extended play, becoming noticeable after 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Though the previous generation’s cooler accessory was a little bulky for on-the-go use, it’s absolutely massive this time around, so not the most portable.

We’ll soon know more, as there’s not long to wait until the ROG Phone 6 launches — next week on July 5 at 8 AM EST.

Roundup

🧟 HTC’s metaverse phone shows without all doubt that the company is a zombie (Android Authority).

😲 Yet another OnePlus 10 series phone surfaces in leaks (Android Authority).

🔋 Samsung’s next phone might be the most powerful one with a removable battery (Android Authority).

💲 Here are the (leaked) specs and prices of the Nothing Phone 1 (Android Authority).

🌍 Xiaomi’s first three Leica camera phones are coming on July 4 (Android Authority).

📷 Galaxy S23 camera might not get an improvement in at least one area (Android Authority).

📱 A new OnePlus phone just hit the FCC, could be North America exclusive (Android Authority).

🔑 Pixel 6a wins against Pixel 6 Pro in fingerprint unlocking test (Android Authority).

☝ And here’s the Pixel 6a fingerprint sensor working faster than the 6 Pro’s (9to5Google).

👋 Google Hangouts finally gets a shutdown date: November 2022 (Ars Technica).

🍎 Rugged Apple Watch, new SE again rumored for 2022 release (iMore).

🕹 Atari turned 50 yesterday: The video game pioneer unveiled its new logo to celebrate (VGC).

👾 There’s a new Nintendo Direct “Mini” today at 9 AM ET, focusing on third-party games: we could see Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, and more (Polygon).

🎮 July’s PS Plus games leaked ahead of Sony’s formal announcement (though take this with a pinch of salt): Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, and Arcadegeddon are coming (Eurogamer).

Chart Tuesday

Here’s how the mobile phone market has evolved over 30 years, and it’s pretty interesting. You’ll need to click through to see it evolve

  • In July 2000, Samsung still had just a 4.6% share of the market.
  • By summer 2007, when Apple launched the first iPhone (June 29), it still only had a 0.3% share of the market. That had risen to 6.8% just a year later, and more than doubled again to 13.9% by June 2009.
  • By December 2021, Apple’s market share was 27.3%, with Samsung taking a 27.8% share of the market pie and every other manufacturer lagging behind.
  • Gone are the days when Motorola and Nokia topped the leaderboard.
  • It’s not clear though whether these figures are global or just for the US.

Have a great day!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.