Gaming phones are the latest trendsetters, and the nascent category is already proving itself to be an important Gameplayer. We all know that Razer is already a royal brand for the gamers, whether it be the laptops or gaming phones. Well, the 2019 gaming phone market seems to be overwhelmed by Nubia and Asus Rog phones instead. The Asus ROG Phone II has just got unveiled, and if you don’t know already, it is an update to the gamer-centric ROG Phone from 2018. Well, it is the real overkill flagship Android phone of the year 2109. However, the phone doesn’t cost as much as the flagships from Apple and Samsung.
The company asks CNY 6,000 ($870/€780) for the maxed-out Tencent variant of the phone with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage. The entry-level Tencent version with 128GB/8GB of configuration costs CNY 3,500 – that’s $510/€455. What’s interesting, the company has got a vanilla Asus ROG Phone II with 12GB RAM and 128GB storage as well. Well, that costs CNY 5,999 (roughly Rs. 60,000). Well, there’s an Armor version as well for CNY 13,000 ($1,890/€1,690).
A familiar face, but evolved physically with an even more intelligent brain.
The Asus ROG Phone from 2018 was an insane gaming phone. The 6.0 inches gaming phone was engineered to be the first phone in the market with a 90Hz AMOLED panel. While the ROG Phone 2 looks almost identical, the sequel scales up to a 6.59-inch display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Also, the phone keeps its pride by bringing the worlds first 120Hz 10-bit AMOLED HDR screen to the Android phone market.
You Can Feel The Heft.
The Asus ROG Phone II is a hefty phone. One can notice an increase in overall dimensions, and the phone feels pretty massive in one hand. Well, this is not substantially a bad thing. The phone packs in a Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery that justifies the 9.5 mm thickness of the phone.
What’s not so different from the Rog Phone 2018 is the chunky front bezels. Well, that’s not a bad thing either as the company adds a pair of fairly loud stereo front-facing speakers with DTS: X Ultra support. Whatsmore, the company adds some essence of copper on the speaker grills and also on the ROG Aerodynamic system on the rear.
About the durability of the ROG Phone 2, it uses the most current Gorilla Glass 6, both on the front and the rear. Well, it makes the phone quite shatter-resistant if you drop it, but glass is glass, and it is always fragile to drops.
The phone packs a 6.59-inch full-HD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels) 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED display. Is that all? Well, the phone also offers a 1ms response time after enrolling an input. Doesn’t it sound the same as the latest AMOLED, IPS, and TN panels in the gaming laptops? Interestingly, the company wants the tech enthusiast to adore desktop-level gaming on their smartphone.
The 10-bit HDR display is likely a Samsung made panel and covers 108 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, according to Asus. Also, the company states that ROG Phone owners play mobile games for about 42 minutes per day on average. Now, it is a way higher than 16 minutes across the other Android phones. The second-generation flagship from Asus can handle racing games with high refresh rates. Asus ROG Phone 2 has a 240Hz touch sampling rate that scans for input 240 times per second, thereby lowering response times. Well, an ordinary person won’t be able to make a difference, but only the professional gamers will be able to notice the real difference.
The Most Powerfull Specs Loaded Android Phone Right Now.
We all know that Qualcomm has just made the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC available in the market. Not to our surprise, Asus is the first official brand to make use of this SoC. While the CPU clock speed is just a 4 percent boost, the GPU turns out to be 15 percent faster. Trust me! The difference is just like day and night, while gaming on Asus ROG Phone 2. The catch is, the overclocked processor needs some severe cooling, as well.
The Cooling vapor chamber & vents are the Magic
For this, the phone has ROG Aerodynamic system with vapor chamber & vents to minimize the throttling of the 855 Plus, when severe gaming. Whatsmore, the AeroActive Cooler II can reduce the surface temperature by up to 5 degrees Celsius lower. Also, the new external hardware is four times quieter then it was before, and it maintains up to 98 percent frames-per-second stability with zero throttling.
The Snapdragon 855 Plus peaks at 2.9GHz, and pairs it up with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The phone also packs in up to 512GB UFS 3.0 of internal storage. Also, the 128GB and 256GB variants might be available at the launch.
Gaming Phones Are Now Getting Decent Cameras
The cameras on the ROG Phone 2 is quite an improvement from the last generation phone. Now, the phone packs in a 48MP IMX586 Sony sensor along with a 13MP wide-angle camera with a 125-degree field of view. The rear camera setup is identical to the one on the Asus Zenfone 6, while the ROG Phone 2 has got a 24-megapixel front snapper as well.
As per the battery capacity, the 6000mAh battery on this phone is insane. According to Asus, a person can play a continuous 7hours of PUBG with the screen set to 60Hz. Well, the phone has got a bottom-mounted USB-C along with two extra USB-C ports. This extra port comes in handy while charging the phone for long gaming sessions as well. According to pro mobile gamer PowerBang Gaming, the side-mounted USB-C ports is still the best part of the original ROG phone.
The ROG Phone 2 comes loaded with Android Pie with an option to either use the custom gaming theme or the near-stock ZenUI 6. Well, it is my favorite implementation as now we don’t need to use the bloated gaming theme.
The Gaming Accessories.
Along with the AeroActive Cooler II, the Asus ROG Phone 2 comes with a skeletal Aero Case in the bundle. Don’t worry, the case is semi-naked type, and does it’s the best job a making phone’s glowing logo exposed. Other than that the company has also brought the all-new ROG Kunai Gamepad that is a Nintendo switch rip-off. In case the phone is resting on the desk while casting to a TV, one can clip the two controllers and use either Bluetooth, USB, and 2.4GHz to control the phone. In addition to this, the new TwinView Dock II has a whopping 639g total weight. Well, it has a 120Hz display on top and a 5,000mAh battery to power it. The total 11,000mAh total capacity that the setup will make is will provide the best battery life.
Honestly, the accessories on the phone are remarkable and we have got a lot more. My favorite one is the cooling fan. Well, it acts as a dock with RGB lights, volume keys, a USB-C port, and also the ancient headphone jack. Now, unlike the previous version of this dock, it no longer supports SD card slots and haptic vibrators. Interestingly, the company provides all these things within the phone itself. The company retains the old Mobile Desktop Dock that’s compatible with both ROG Phone models. Well, its a pleasant way of sharing your phone with a PC monitor, keyboard, mouse, and of course the LAN connection.
High on connectivity.
The Asus ROG Phone 2 is the champion when it comes to connectivity and features. While the phone lacks 5G connectivity, it has all the other things rightly done. The phone has got 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi-Direct, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth 5.0. The WiFi connectivity on this phone is phenomenal, no matter in what direction you hold the phone you won’t lose the connectivity.
Anyways, all the necessary sensors like accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, hall sensor, ambient light sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, ultrasonic sensors are available. The ROG Phone 2 weighs a hefty 240 grams measures 170.99×77.6×9.78mm. Last but not least, the phone also supports the Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 and bundles in a 30W charger. While the phone supports 25W fast charging only, the rest 5W is for charging the accessories.