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

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate display

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TL;DR

  • Asus has officially announced two new additions to its ROG Phone 6 series — the ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate.
  • The ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate swap out the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with Mediatek’s Dimensity 9000 Plus chip.
  • Like the other models, the 6D and 6D Ultimate are aimed at delivering a premium mobile gaming experience.

Not satisfied with just 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 the 6D Ultimate. The previous two models boast plenty of eye-catching features for mobile gaming enthusiasts like a 165Hz refresh rate, a 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’s not much of a difference between these handsets and their older siblings. However, there are a few notable changes like color, weight, and most importantly the CPU and GPU. Asus also describes the 6D as an additional option when choosing a ROG Phone 6 device. While the company considers the 6D Ultimate to be one tier above the 6 Pro. Let’s go through a quick breakdown of what you can expect from the ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate.

Design and exterior

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate rear display

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

Where the 6D and 6D Ultimate start to break away from the familiar formula is the color. Both the 6D and 6D Ultimate will sport a new matte color that Asus calls Space Gray. Although the 6D will be similar in weight to the other phones in the lineup, the 6D Ultimate will be 8g heavier than all other models. The 6D Ultimate will also feature the 6 Pro’s ROG Vision 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 Phone 6 and 6 Pro. However, we’ll go into the variety of camera features Asus has packed into the 6D and 6D Ultimate. These camera features include:

  • Edit camera mode — a mode that allows you to customize, order, and disable camera modes
  • Flashlight countdown indicator
  • Auto exposure bracketing — a setting available in pro mode that makes it possible for the camera to capture shots at different shutter speeds and aperture values
  • HyperSteady video — a mode that enhances electronic image stabilization
  • Separate auto exposure and auto focus
  • slow motion
  • 8K video
  • Time-lapse settings
  • dynamic night mode

Specs

ROG Phone 6D ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

display

ROG Phone 6D

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

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

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

processor

ROG Phone 6D

Mediatek Dimension 9000 Plus

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Mediatek Dimension 9000 Plus

RAM

ROG Phone 6D

Up to 16GB LPDDR5X

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

16GB LPDDR5X

memory/storage

ROG Phone 6D

Up to 16GB / 512GB
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

Power

ROG Phone 6D

6,000mAh battery
65W wired charging (charger in box)
ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

6,000mAh battery
65W wired charging (charger in box)

cameras

ROG Phone 6D

Rear
– 50MP main sensor
– 13MP ultrawide

8K at 24fps main camera
4K at 30/60fps main camera and 30fps ultrawide
3-axis electronic image stabilization
4K time lapse
Slow motion 4K at 120fps, 1080p at 120/240fps, 720p at 480fps

Front:
– 12MP

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Rear
– 50MP main sensor
– 13MP ultrawide

8K at 24fps main camera
4K at 30/60fps main camera and 30fps ultrawide
3-axis electronic image stabilization
4K time lapse
Slow motion 4K at 120fps, 1080p at 120/240fps, 720p at 480fps

Front:
– 12MP

Audio

ROG Phone 6D

Symmetrical dual front stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone port

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Symmetrical dual front stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone port

connectivity

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 10.3mm

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

173 x 77 x 10.3mm

Software

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

space gray

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

space gray

Resistance

ROG Phone 6D

IPX4 rating (even with portal is in use)
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

IPX4 rating (even with portal is in use)
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

SIM

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

239g

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

247

internals

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate in hand

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If you were wondering what the “D” in ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate stands for, it stands for Dimensity. In 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 swapped out the Snapdragon chip with Mediatek’s latest Dimensity 9000 Plus with a 5G chip. When asked about the change, Asus responded by saying, “Mediatek had 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 to the existing Phone 6 model, so it makes sense it would get 16GB of RAM. However, if the 6D Ultimate is supposed to be a tier above the 6 Pro, it’s interesting the 6D Ultimate won’t have the 6 Pro’s 18GB of RAM. Asus explained this away by stating the, “LPDDR5X maximum is 16GB.”

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

Battery life

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate side

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When it comes to the battery, the handsets will have dual 3,000mAh batteries. Together equating to 6,000mAh, the 6D and 6D Ultimate 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, like allowing you to customize the charging limit to 80% or 90%. You can also set the device for steady charging which helps to keep the battery temperature low while charging. You can even schedule when you want charging to begin.

Gaming

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate Aero Active Portal inside

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With the ROG Phone 6 lineup, Asus has really zoned in on trying to give users the best gaming experience you can get on a phone. To help on this mission, Asus has brought back its AirTrigger 6 control system allows you to set up to 14 specific separate touch points on the screen simultaneously. The device also comes with Asus’s gaming portal “Armoury Crate” and its “Game Genie” dashboard.

In order to prevent overheating while gaming, both phones have Asus’s 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 — AeroActive portal — that will act with the internal GameCool 6 fan to cool the device even further.

Accessories

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate Aero Active cooler portal open

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

As mentioned earlier, there is also the AeroActive Cooler accessory. This device will come bundled with the 6D Ultimate in the box. Unfortunately, the same won’t be true for the ROG Phone 6D.

Pricing and release date

Asus ROG 6D Ultimate Aero Active Cooler on

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If the ROG Phone 6D or 6D Ultimate sounds like the phone for you, you’re going to have to wait for more details. At this moment, there’s no word on what the price of these phones will be or when they will be available for order. However, Asus has told us that the 6D and 6D Ultimate won’t be available in North American markets.

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