Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Price in the UK and review (2022): Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate price in the UK is expected to be £1,199 Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate is Expected to be launched on Oct 19, 2022. This is a 16 GB RAM / 512 GB internal storage base variant of Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate which is expected to be available in Space Gray colour.
Pros of the Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate: The dynamic 165Hz AMOLED screen, Powerful MediaTek hardware, 16GB RAM/512GB storage, Useful gaming-focused additions, Great thermal management, AeroActive Cooler, bundled by default, and Clean software.
The ROG Phone 6D Ultimate shows off the might of the Dimensity 9000+, delivering outstanding performance across the board. Combine that with a new internal cooling system and bundled AeroActive Cooler, and you get the best thermal headroom of any gaming phone.
This gaming smartphone has a 6.78-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 165Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. The design of the Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate is very similar to the earlier released ROG Phone 6 Pro. Around the back are triple cameras. A 50MP main cam, supported by a 13MP ultra-wide sensor and a 5MP macro unit. While upfront is a 12MP selfie camera. Additionally, the device runs Android 12 software out of the box.
The device’s performance is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chipset, paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. And to sustain a more extended performance, the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate comes with a unique AeroActive Portal on its back. When the AeroActive cooler is connected, it allows the fan to cool down the device, which in turn enhances the performance. The battery capacity remains 6,000 mAh with up to 65W fast charging support.
ASUS’ ROG Phone 6D Ultimate review and cooling system
The ROG Phone 6D Ultimate is identical to the 6 Pro in almost every way, except for four things: the new “space grey” colour, the interesting choice of the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ processor (which is what the “D” in “6D” stands for), the switch to the faster LPDDR5X RAM, and the new “AeroActive Portal” design for blowing cool air into its internal heat-dissipation fins — I’ll abbreviate this as heatsink from here onwards.
The AeroActive Portal itself is essentially a door flap that opens when the bundled AeroActive Cooler 6 is attached so that a portion of the cool wind produced by the fan — at nearly 1,000cc per second — is guided through a wind tunnel and into the heatsink, with hot air coming out from the top slot. The heatsink is, of course, linked to the generously sized thermal layers covering the logic board and battery cells, in order to transfer heat from the components to the airflow. This is to help sustain a high frame rate over a longer period while gaming, as well as to ensure the phone is still comfortable to hold.
ASUS claimed that after 60 minutes of Perfdog benchmarking on Genshin Impact at 60Hz in air cooling mode, the ROG Phone 6D reached 36.9°C (98.42°F), which was 3.4°C lower than the ROG Phone 6 in the same mode. That is to say, the AeroActive Portal seems to make a notable difference. Likewise in “Frosty” and “Frozen” modes (with the Peltier thermoelectric cooling chip-enabled), it’s worth repeating that the AeroActive Cooler 6 is the only Peltier-enabled cooler in the market that doesn’t require additional power externally — it only needs that for the more powerful “Frozen” mode.
While the AeroActive Portal only kicks in when an AeroActive Cooler 6 is attached, you can open it temporarily in settings for cleaning purposes. The flap is otherwise shut tight to safeguard the phone’s IPX4 splash resistance. It also has fall detection for automatically retracting the flap, and the stepping motor along with the zirconium alloy hinge is apparently good for over 40,000 flips — both of which are based on the learnings from the now-retired Flip Camera feature from the Zenfone series.
The 6D Ultimate packs the same set of key features as the 6 Pro: 165Hz 6.78-inch AMOLED display, 720Hz touch sampling rate, up to 512GB of storage, 6,000mAh battery, 65W fast charging (42 minutes), Dirac-tuned front-facing stereo speakers, ultrasonic “AirTiggers” and a customizable “ROG Vision” colour display on the back. It’s also the same set of cameras: a 50-megapixel main camera with Sony’s IMX766 sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera plus a 5-megapixel macro camera; and on the front, there’s a 12-megapixel selfie camera with a Sony IMX663 sensor.
For the processor, ASUS made the surprise switch to MediaTek for its Dimensity 9000+ processor, which apparently scores a tad higher than the ROG Phone 6’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The company added that while the Snapdragon flagship chipset packs a better GPU, the Dimensity’s CPU is allegedly 10 per cent more powerful (albeit with the same 3.2GHz maximum clock speed), and this is more crucial to most mobile games. The CPU is complemented by the faster LPDDR5X RAM as well, though this is the same reason why this is capped at 16GB instead of 18GB here.
ASUS also launched the ROG Phone 6 Batman Edition, which is basically either the 6 or 6D base models (depending on region) with a special storage case, a small bat signal LED projector (you can power it with your phone via USB-C), a special Batman Aero Case and a Batman emblem SIM tray pin — this comes with its very own stand for display purposes. There’s no word on the US or Europe availability yet.
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Price in the UK
The ROG Phone 6D Ultimate will be available across Europe very soon, with the sole model (16GB RAM with 512GB storage) priced at £1,199 (around $1,400) or €1,399. Again, this premium model comes bundled with an AeroActive Cooler 6. There’s also the ROG Phone 6D launching alongside, which is basically the ROG Phone 6 (so just an RGB logo on the back) but packing MediaTek’s chipset and LPDDR5X RAM instead. This starts from £799 (around $950) or €949 with the 12GB RAM plus 256GB storage base model.
ASUS ROG Phone 6D Ultimate vs. ROG Phone 6 Pro: Which should you buy?
ASUS did a great job with either device, and choosing between the two comes down to whether you want to go with Qualcomm or MediaTek. Qualcomm hardware powers the best Android phones, and it is a known quantity in the high-end category. But if you like what MediaTek is doing with its Dimensity series and want to try something a little different, the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate has plenty to offer.
ASUS isn’t bringing the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate to all global markets; because the Dimensity 9000+ doesn’t have all the requisite bands for carriers in North America, the phone won’t be debuting in the region. Buyers in the U.S. and Canada are limited to the Qualcomm version, but the MediaTek-powered variant is heading to the U.K. and other markets where ASUS has an official presence.
If you see yourself using the AeroActive Cooler and are interested in trying out what MediaTek has to offer, you’re going to like the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate. If you don’t need the extras, the ROG Phone 6 Pro is the obvious choice.