Almost a year ago, ASUS launched ROG Phone One defining the standards for a gaming smartphone, from great looks to high-performance features, ROG Phone had everything under the hood. ASUS really designed a phone for gamers.
Well, numerous competitors have since cropped up, including Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic. So, they launched its second-gen gaming smartphone – ROG Phone 2 in India at the launch event in New Delhi.
Asus ROG Phone 2 is a massive upgrade over its predecessor. It includes a flagship processor, which overclocked with more raw power to gamers, a 120Hz super responsive display experience, flagship cameras, and a massive battery that can last up to 24 hrs on standby.
Here’s everything you need to know about ROG Phone 2:
What’s Under the Hood?
|CHIPSET:||Qualcomm’s SD 855+ Octa-core (Overclocked upto 2.96 Ghz)|
(2.96 GHz, Single core, Kryo 485 + 2.42 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 485 +1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 485)
|Display:||6.59-inch with Resolution of 1080×2340 pixel with 120Hz refresh rate|
|Operating System:||Android 9.0 Pie Along with ROG-UI|
|Rear Cameras:||48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF |
13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
Supports upto [email protected]/60fps video recording
|Front Camera:||24MP, f/2.2, 0.9µm with Panorama, HDR & 1080p Video recording|
|Charging:||Fast battery charging 30W (Quick Charge 4.0)|
|Other:||Also have a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack|
ROG Phone 2 is designed to provide its users an optimal and comfortable in-hand feel, especially while gaming. It still features the same glass and metal back as its predecessor, with sharp elements, an air vent on the side, and a customizable RGB ROG logo at the center.
ROG Phone 2 comes with a 6.59-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED screen along with a super responsive 120Hz AMOLED Display with 1ms response time. It also features thick bezels, both at the top and bottom but you will not mind the big bezels though as they provide you a grip while gaming and houses dual front-facing speakers from the first-gen ROG Phone. It’s a 19.5:9 panel, with 240Hz touch response similar to Black Shark 2, true HDR 10 support, SDR2HDR conversion, and DCI-P3 color gamut support.
ROG Phone 2 is the world’s first smartphone with a “120Hz AMOLED display” panel with a 1ms response rate. And well, Razer Phone may be the first to introduce the higher 120Hz refresh rate on a phone but it was a 120Hz LCD panel, not an AMOLED one.
ROG Phone 2 was the first to be released with the new overclocked Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset in tow. You also get up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, which would be enough to not just install a ton of games but capture photos or videos using the flagship-grade cameras (more on this below) in tow.
This second-gen gaming smartphone runs Android 9 Pie-based ROG UI 6 along with support to native pure android looks which let you choose between ROG Gaming Skin You, however, have the option to choose between a ZenUI Classic and ROG UI theme.
You also get an Armory Crate in tow that shows you RAM/CPU usage. You can also adjust the Air Triggers 2 setting, control of ROG logo’s RGB light, fan accessory and many other things with this Armory Crate.
ROG Phone 2 brings along the same dual rear-camera setup as the company’s flagship ZenFone 6 (Asus 6z, in India). This means you get a primary 48MP (f/1.79) Sony IMX586 sensor and a secondary 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens on the rear.
The main highlight of ROG Phone 2, other than 120Hz/1ms AMOLED screen, is the massive 6,000mAh battery, that fits perfectly well for a gaming-centric smartphone. It comes with a 30W HyperCharger in the box and
Asus says that it can juice up 66.66% battery in just one hour.
You’ve got a vapor chamber, copper heat spreader, and graphite pads inside for heat dissipation.
For Connectivity, ROG Phone 2 includes dual-USB ports – one at the bottom and other on the side for fast-charging and attaching accessories. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac in India (WiFi 6 supported in international markets), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and four Wi-Fi antennas for better latency while playing games. If you want a closer look at the ROG Phone 2 and its accessories.
Check out the Review of MKBHD on ASUS ROG PHONE 2 for more details
Price and Availability
The Asus ROG Phone 2 has been priced at Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant which is extremely low for phones like these specs.
You won’t get the new AeroAcive Cooler 2 in the box with this lower-end variant, but Asus is offering you an 18W charger and AeroCase.
You’ll have to spent Rs 59,999 for 12GB RAM and 512GB storage, coupled with 30W charger and AeroActive Cooler 2 in the box. Asus is now gunning for the upcoming OnePlus 7T, which debuts on September 26, with such an attractive and salivating price tag.
This gaming phone will be one of the launch specials during Flipkart’s Big Billion Day and will go on sale starting from 30th September at 12 noon. You will be able to avail no-cost EMIs for six months and an additional 10% discount with HDFC credit/debit cards.
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