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Asus ROG Gaming Phone Teardown – Are the vents even real?

Asus ROG Gaming Phone Teardown – Are the vents even real?

The ROG Gaming Phone. You’re not supposed to judge a book only by
it’s cover. The same thing applies towards smartphones. Today we’ll be taking apart one of the most
unique looking metal and glass combination smartphones and reviewing it from the inside. This teardown has been sponsored by Audible. Let’s get started. [Intro] The ROG Gaming Phone from Asus is actually
a pretty over-engineered and complex phone to disassemble. The oddly shaped back glass panel makes things
a bit more complicated, but it looks pretty awesome. Heat is, as always, our best friend while
softening adhesive. And a little persuasion from my razor blade
and metal pry tools can help quite a bit. Heating up the glass when the adhesive cools
down and gets hard, and then shimmying my razor blade around the edges to slice through
the sticky stuff. The weird metallic growth on the side of the
phone makes for some pretty awkward angles, but I still managed to get the glass off in
one piece. Lifting the rear glass upwards as to not put
any pressure on the fingerprint scanner ribbon. It’s a little Lego style connector that’s
hidden under a tiny rubber pad. I’ll unsnap that connector and release the
back glass. After dealing with so many boring rectangle
phones, it’s nice to see something different. Asus is definitely pushing the aesthetic limits
of this smartphone design. It stands out for sure – especially with
the transparent light-up logo. Before we get any farther, we have 13 normal
Phillips head screws holding in the back plastics, 11 of which are visible, and 2 of which are
hidden under this…what should we call it…this metal protrusion. The thing is, it’s not exactly metal, it’s
more of a thin shell about as thick as the side walls of an aluminum pop can – meaning
that it’s really more for aesthetics than anything else. The three little black circles you see are
vents leading directly down to the motherboard, but the visible exterior copper portion is
only for decoration. I’ll explain more in a second. First, let’s look at this white pad that fits
underneath the transparent logo. Remember I said the logo was really dim during
the durability test? That’s because there is no back-lit lighting
things up. This is a piece of plastic. So when light shines through it at an angle,
like it did with my wall-mounted PC I built a few years ago, it catches the logo in the
plastic center and reflects out. The 2 side LEDs shine at different angles
to illuminate the whole piece of plastic. It works, but it’s still a far less bright
method than the back-lit LED like we saw inside the Razer Phone 2. Let’s take another look at the mid-plate. The underside of the black plastic is hiding
a pretty massive slab of solid copper. It’s not a vapor chamber. Nor is it connected with the motherboard with
any kind of thermal paste, but it is here, existing. And weirdly enough, surrounds the entirety
of the circular vibrator motor. You know, just in case that overheats. The copper slab has nothing to do with the
copper looking vents on the outside of the phone though. The thin copper vent things on the outside
are just for decoration. There is a layer of plastic between the slab
of copper and the outer copper vents. They’re not connected. You might be thinking to yourself, ‘Hey Jerry,
did you just break the whole phone?’ And nope, I did not. The phone actually works just fine even without
the copper plate or decorative exterior metal. I mean, look at how good this Audible app
is opening right now. See what I did there? Huge thanks to Audible for sponsoring this
teardown. The book I’m currently listening to is called
Ender’s Game. It’s a best selling classic about leadership
while fighting space aliens…you know…the good stuff. Normal narration always seems a bit slow,
so I bump it up a tiny bit and listen to Audible while I’m driving or running outside. Audible has something new called Originals. Originals are content that’s only found on
Audible. You can get your first audio book for free
when you try audible for 30 days. Visit or text the word
“jerryrig” to 500-500. You get to keep your free book even if you
decide to cancel. Audible is an app I use quite a bit, so I’m
glad I get to share it with you guys. I’ll get the phone turned back off. You know, safety first. We still have a lot of things to check out. I’ll unplug the battery and then find 3 silver
Phillips head screws holding the rather massive motherboard in place. The board wraps around the entire edge of
the phone. I’ll pop out the dual SIM card tray, and then
start unclipping the little ribbon cables. I found 8 of them before removing the large
black sticker over the battery. Unclipping that last ribbon cable for the
screen and then the whole motherboard was able to lift up and away from the phone body. One tiny dollop of silver thermal paste connects
the processor to the copper pad on the frame below. Supposedly this copper pad is connected to
a vapor chamber, but it’s hidden below the rest of the frame or sandwiched under the
screen. So there’s no way of telling how big it is. The 2 side USB-C ports are builtin to the
motherboard. These are for connecting all the additional
accessories like the external fan. The rear facing camera is uncharacteristically
secured to the frame of the phone with 3 screws. Asus is rocking a 12 megapixel main lens with
optical image stabilization. Thumbs up for that. And an 8 megapixel secondary wide-angle camera
that fan fit more scenery into a shot but does not have optical image stabilization. The front facing camera is an 8 megapixel
little guy with no OIS. Fun fact though: the optical image stabilization
is done with little magnets inside the camera’s metal housing. You can see how it attracts my screw as I
try putting it back together. The bottom of the phone has one silver screw
holding the loudspeaker in place. It projects the sound forward and out of the
front facing speaker grille. It’s got the gold contact pads on the back
that communicate with the motherboard. We also have a headphone jack with a super
long ribbon cable tail that reaches underneath the loudspeaker over to the motherboard. The charging port is a cute little guy. The USB-C with a rubber water resistant ring
around the outside. The ROG Phone has no official IP rating, but
it’s nice to see some steps were taken towards keeping water out. The little coin style vibrator motor is tucked
in here next to the gold battery, which looks like it has some pull tabs down at the bottom. But they do break at first pull, and they
are also unsatisfyingly silent during the removal process. The second pull tab snapped off…twice…resulting
in a Pry of Shame to remove the rest of the battery. It’s a rather large 4,000 milliamp hours. We also get to see the ribbon cables for the
air triggers on the side of the phone. Asus says there’s still a vapor chamber hidden
in here somewhere, but it’s impossible to see without sacrificing the phone entirely. I try to keep my phones in one piece. If it does exist, it’s glued between the screen
and the underside of the frame, which also means it’s probably nothing in comparison
to the size of the Razer Phone 2’s water bed style vapor chamber. I got the headphone jack, the loudspeaker
and charging port all situated back into the frame. Then comes the motherboard with it’s blue
wire cable. The tricky part with a circuit board this
big is lining up all the ribbon cables so they don’t get pinched underneath the board
when I set it in place. There are a lot of ribbon cables to plug back
in, including the battery. The little LED ribbon plug that lights up
the back logo is a bit different. That guy plugs in and gets latched down with
a little plastic lever and some tape on top to secure it. Then the whole back plastic panel can plop
in place with it’s decorative copper. The thin plastic strip to the left of the
battery tucks between the buttons and the battery itself to provide something for the
power button to push against. I’ll get the 13 screws back into place, get
the fingerprint scanner plugged in, and the white plastic LED reflector positioned back
in front of the LEDs. And now it’s time to see if the ROG Phone
can handle being dissected and reassembled. I imagine a teardown is rather stressful for
these pocket computers. Totally nailed it with that back metal cover. You can hardly tell the phone’s been opened
up. Everything still works, even the accessories. Not too bad. The ROG Gaming Phone is a feature-rich device,
with all kinds of interesting perks and quirks. I’m glad we got to review it from the inside. It’s a good one. Don’t forget to grab your free audio book
with the link in the description. or text the word “jerryrig”
to 500-500. j-e-r-r-y-r-i-g all lowercase. I recommend Ender’s Game. Now that you’ve seen the insides of both gaming
phones, which one do you prefer? The Razer Phone 2, or the ROG? Thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

100 thoughts on “Asus ROG Gaming Phone Teardown – Are the vents even real?”

  1. Your teardown videos make us want to appreciate our phones for the complicated engineering that goes in putting these devices together ๐Ÿ™Œ

  2. I go the phone Mr.Jerry I switched it with my S8+ camera wise Samsung is better but the screen colors on Asus are amazing

  3. If you break any smart phone and if it useless to you then can you give me those parts (I will use those parts if they are in working condition to build me a phone) thank you โค๏ธ

  4. Hey Zack will you be tearing down the ROG 2 phone ASAP. If you do I would appreciate it very much. Thanks for everything you do. Keep up the good work.

  5. How i wish, having one of this phone and the set. i love gaming but I cannot afford to buy this product, ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ญ

  6. Watching Zack video starter essentials:
    -scratches metal/speakers
    -scratches at level 6 with deeper grooves at level 7
    -little lego
    -pry tool
    -headphone jack
    -burn screen

  7. You should give us these kinds of phone, we cant really afford this kind of stuff but u guys are just dismantling it. I would be joyful if u guys give me one of these

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