After weeks of teasing, Asus finally unveiled the ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate – the Dimensity powered-counterparts to the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro. To squeeze every last bit of performance out of the Mediatek chipset, Asus designed a cooling system that’s revolutionary even by its own lofty standards.
ROG Phone 6D on the left, 6D Ultimate on the right
Both the 6D and the 6D Ultimate run on the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chipset. One of the differences between the standard 6D and the Ultimate variant is the memory available. The Ultimate goes up to 16GB/512GB, while the standard edition goes up to 16GB/256GB.
The two handsets share the 6.78-inch OLED panel with 10-bit color depth, 165Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ capabilities — it’s also the same as the original ROG Phone 6 lineup.
The camera department remains unchanged – 50MP 1/1.56″ sensor with 1.0µm pixels and f/1.9 lens on the main unit joined by 13 MP f/2.2, ultrawide shooter and 5MP macro camera. The selfie camera has a 12MP sensor.
Battery capacity is also the same – 6,000 mAh supporting up to 65W fast charging over USB Power Delivery.
The design is also largely unchanged. The 6D Ultimate edition gets a ROG Vision color PMOLED display on the back, while the standard one settles for an RGB LED-illuminated ROG logo.
Even the accessories for the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro are compatible with the new 6D and 6D Ultimate.
However, the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate comes with a unique AeroActive Portal on its back. The AeroActive Portal gives a direct path to the internal cooling components of the phone with a motorized hinge. It raises the assembly and automatically opens up an airway when the AeroActive Cooler 6 is connected. That allows the fan to dissipate the heat far more efficiently, leading to unprecedented sustained performance.
AeroActive attachment, ROG Phone 6D Ultimate, ROG Phone 6D
Asus is offering the ROG Phone 6D duo only in a single Space Gray color. The vanilla 6D start at £799 in the UK while the Ultimate alteration asks at least £1,199 but comes bundled with an AeroActive Cooler 6 attachment, which costs around €89.