ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate announced: here’s everything you need to know

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate screen

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TL; DR

  • Asus has officially announced two new additions to the ROG Phone 6 series – ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate.
  • ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate replace Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with Mediatek’s Dimensity 9000 Plus chip.
  • Like the other models, the 6D and 6D Ultimate aim to deliver a premium mobile gaming experience.

Not only satisfied with the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro, Asus is back with two new additions to the ROG Phone 6 series – the ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate. The two previous models have plenty of features that are attractive to mobile gamers like the 165Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM. But what will these new 6D models bring to the table? Here’s everything you need to know.

The ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate pick up where the Phone 6 and 6 Pro left off, quite literally. There is not much difference between these phones and their older siblings. However, there are some noticeable changes such as color, weight and most importantly the CPU and GPU. Asus also touts the 6D as an additional option when choosing the ROG Phone 6. While the company considers the 6D Ultimate to be one category higher than the 6 Pro. Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect from the ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate.

Design and appearance

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate wallpaper screen

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On our way from the outside in, the 6D and 6D Ultimate will have the same 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED display with 720Hz touch sampling and 165Hz refresh rate. It’ll also share the same durability stats, with an IP rating of IPX4 and encased in Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. Additionally, both phones will still come with a headphone jack, dual front-facing speakers, and the same camera setup.

Where 6D and 6D Ultimate begin to break away from the familiar formula is color. Both the 6D and 6D Ultimate will have a new matte color called Asus Space Gray. Although the 6D will be similar in weight to the other phones in the range, the 6D Ultimate will be 8g heavier than all the other models. The 6D Ultimate will also have the ROG Vision 6 Pro display on the back.

cameras

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate Camera

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The cameras are no different than what you’ll find on the 6 and 6 Pro phones. However, we’ll get into a variety of camera features that Asus has bundled into the 6D and 6D Ultimate. These camera features include:

  • Edit Camera Mode – A mode that allows you to customize, arrange and disable camera modes
  • Countdown indicator flashlight
  • Auto exposure correction – A setting available in Pro mode that allows the camera to take shots at different shutter speeds and aperture values
  • HyperSteady Video – A mode that enhances electronic image stabilization
  • Separate auto exposure and autofocus
  • slow motion
  • 8K video
  • Interval settings
  • Dynamic Night Mode

Specifications

ROG Phone 6D ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Show

ROG Phone 6D

6.78 inch AMOLED
Refresh rate 165 Hz
HDR + (1080p) resolution

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

6.78 inch AMOLED
Refresh rate 165 Hz
HDR + (1080p) resolution

Healer

ROG Phone 6D

Mediatek Dimensity 9000 Plus

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Mediatek Dimensity 9000 Plus

RAM

ROG Phone 6D

Up to 16 GB LPDDR5X

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

16 GB LPDDR5X

memory storage

ROG Phone 6D

Up to 16 GB / 512 GB
LPDDR5X / UFS3.1
No microSD card slot
NTFS support

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Up to 16GB / 256GB
LPDDR5X / UFS3.1
No microSD card slot
NTFS support

Energy

ROG Phone 6D

6000 mAh battery
65W wired charging (charger in box)
ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

6000 mAh battery
65W wired charging (charger in box)

cameras

ROG Phone 6D

butt
50 MP main sensor
– 13 MP Ultra HD Camera

8K at 24fps for the main camera
4K at 30/60fps for the main camera and 30fps for ultra-wide
3-axis electronic image stabilization
4K Time Lapse
4K slow motion at 120 fps, 1080p at 120/240 fps, 720p at 480 fps

In front of me:
– 12 mega pixel

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

butt
50 MP main sensor
– 13 MP Ultra HD Camera

8K at 24fps for the main camera
4K at 30/60fps for the main camera and 30fps for ultra-wide
3-axis electronic image stabilization
4K Time Lapse
4K slow motion at 120 fps, 1080p at 120/240 fps, 720p at 480 fps

In front of me:
– 12 mega pixel

My voice

ROG Phone 6D

Dual front symmetrical stereo speakers
3.5 mm headphone port

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Dual front symmetrical stereo speakers
3.5 mm headphone port

Connection

ROG Phone 6D

Bluetooth 5.3
NFC support
5G support

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Bluetooth 5.3
NFC support
5G support

Dimensions

ROG Phone 6D

173 x 77 x 10.3 mm

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

173 x 77 x 10.3 mm

Programming

ROG Phone 6D

Android 12 with ROG UI and Zen UI

Two OS updates and two years of security updates

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Android 12 with ROG UI and Zen UI

Two OS updates and two years of security updates

Colors

ROG Phone 6D

gray space

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

gray space

resistance

ROG Phone 6D

IPX4 rating (even with the gateway in use)
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

IPX4 rating (even with the gateway in use)
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

SIM card

ROG Phone 6D

Dual sim dual standby
Dual Nano SIM (DSDV LTE + LTE)

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Dual sim dual standby
Dual Nano SIM (DSDV LTE + LTE)

Weight

ROG Phone 6D

239 grams

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

247

interior

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate on hand

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If you’re wondering what the “D” in ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate stands for, it’s Dimensity. On the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro, you’ll find a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor inside. For the 6D and 6D Ultimate, Asus has replaced the Snapdragon chip with the latest Dimensity 9000 Plus from Mediatek with a 5G chip. When asked about the change, Asus responded, “Mediatek has a really compelling solution and they want to see the Dimensity 9000 Plus in a phone that can push it to its limits.”

The phones will also ship with 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 3.1 SSD storage. As mentioned earlier, the 6D is only meant to be a different option than the current Phone 6 model, so it makes sense that it will get 16GB of RAM. However, if the 6D Ultimate is supposed to be a layer above the 6 Pro, interestingly enough, the 6D Ultimate won’t have 18GB of RAM. Asus explained this by saying, “The limit for LPDDR5X is 16 GB.”

Another change coming to 6D and 6D Ultimate is the GPU. Where previous models used the Qualcomm Adreno 730, the new phones will feature an ARM Mali-G710 GPU.

Battery life

The absolute side of the Asus ROG 6D

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When it comes to battery, the phones will have dual 3000mAh batteries. Together, the 6D and 6D Ultimate equate to 6000mAh, and they will essentially have the same amount of battery as the Phone 6 and 6 Pro.

To help with battery life, Asus has added a number of battery care features, such as letting you customize the charging limit to 80% or 90%. You can also set the device to a constant charge which helps keep the battery temperature low while charging. You can also schedule when you want to start shipping.

the games

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate Aero Active portal inside

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With the ROG Phone 6 range, Asus has really focused on trying to give users the best gaming experience you can get on a phone. To help with this task, Asus has brought back the AirTrigger 6 control system that allows you to set up up to 14 separate specific touch points on the screen at once. The device also comes with the Asus “Armory Crate” game portal and the “Game Genie” dashboard.

In order to prevent overheating while gaming, both phones have Asus’ GameCool 6 CPU cooling solution and will be compatible with the company’s AeroActive Cooler accessory. However, only the 6D Ultimate will have a heat dissipation door – the AeroActive Gateway – which will work with the GameCool 6’s internal fan to further cool the device.

complements

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate Aero Active cooler gate open

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You can expect a range of accessories to be available for the 6D and 6D Ultimate. For example, there is the ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, which is a modular gamepad that attaches to the phone. There is also an expansion dock that allows the ROG Phone 6D to connect to an HDMI display. A clip allows you to attach your phone to a variety of console controllers.

As mentioned earlier, there is also the AeroActive Cooler addon. This device will come bundled with 6D Ultimate in the box. Unfortunately, the same will not be true of the ROG Phone 6D.

Pricing and release date

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate Aero Active Cooler has been turned on

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If the ROG Phone 6D or 6D Ultimate looks like a phone to you, you’ll have to wait for more details. At the moment, there is no information on the price of these phones or when they will be available to order. However, Asus told us that the 6D and 6D Ultimate won’t be available in North American markets.

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