Some time ago ASUS decided that it was time to get into the “gaming smartphone” market, a space which until then, was mostly dominated by the Razer Phone. ASUS introduced the ROG Phone, named after its own line of gaming-equipped laptops. And like its PC counterparts, it offered beefed-up specs to ensure a powerful gaming experience.
Fast forward to July 2019, and ASUS has now unveiled the ROG Phone 2, the sequel to its premium gaming phone brand. Is it a better buy than the first-generation ROG Phone though? Let’s find out!
Build and Display
Just like its predecessor, the ROG Phone 2 features the same glass and metal sandwich design, albeit with a more aggressive styling on the back, which really lets you know that this isn’t your average smartphone. Compared to the first-generation ROG Phone however, the design seems a bit toned down, striking a pleasant balance between minimalist and game-y. It still retains the glowing ROG logo on the back though, which adds a nice accent to an otherwise dark-colored design. The phone overall is a bit taller than the older phone due to the larger 6.59-inch display. On the back, you get a dual-camera set up with a 48MP primary module and a 13MP ultra wide angle lens at the back.
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The display is one of the biggest highlights of the phone, as it features a 120 Hz AMOLED screen. This basically means a wonderfully smooth screen viewing experience, especially when browsing or transitioning between apps, menus, and even in-game visuals. The AMOLED display also means you get very deep blacks and rich contrast and color reproduction.
It’s also nice to know that the phone still comes with a 3.5 mm jack, which in my opinion should nonetheless remain a standard feature on phones of all price ranges.
ASUS really means business this time as it has equipped the phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. This would actually be more than enough to accommodate all your games and media, and you’ll be able to use the phone for extended periods as it comes packed with a large 6000 mAh battery.
The ROG Phone 2 is clearly a high-performance device and definitely lives up to the hype of “gaming phone”.
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The ROG Phone features Android Pie, and more interestingly will let you switch between two UI modes. The first-gen ROG phone came with a rather heavily-skinned version of Android which – let’s be honest – can either make or break the experience for you. Fortunately, ASUS has seen it fit to let users choose between its ROG UI, and a more traditional stock Android UI. This is a feature which we hope more Android OEMS start adopting, so very big kudos to ASUS for including it in this device.
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Should You Get It?
Well, if you’re after a powerful phone that can offer you fluid and seamless performance – and really aren’t bothered by outrageous build designs, then we’d recommend that you add the ASUS ROG Phone 2 to your list of options.
It features powerful specs, a slick display, and a large battery to match.
We still have to wait for a US release date though, but once it arrives, it should be a must-buy for power users or even just the average user looking for a new and powerful experience.