Asus’ second-generation ROG Phone may look exactly like the original, but make no mistake, it is the most ridiculous piece of hardware coming from the Taiwanese major - there’s no other high-end gaming phone quite like it. The Asus ROG Phone 2 is a gaming monster with a 120Hz AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ with 12GB RAM and 6,000mAh battery. Plus, there’s a whole host of accessories that Asus is announcing alongside, make this thing a full-on ecosystem of its own. The ROG Phone 2 will launch initially in China on July 23, followed by a US launch in the first week of September. The first-generation ROG Phone made it to India so we have reason to believe Asus may also bring the ROG Phone 2 here, in the days to come.
The ROG Phone 2 has three key highlights – display, core hardware and battery.
The ROG Phone 2 comes with a 6.59-inch AMOLED 1080p display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time – the screen also supports 10-bit HDR and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Asus says it has made under the hood changes to Android to achieve a touch sensor sampling rate of 240Hz making the ROG Phone 2 smoother than the latest and greatest iPhone. Asus is also updating its AirTriggers feature so it will be able to identify a casual tap and an actual press.
The ROG Phone 2 is the first phone in the world to launch with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855+ processor – which is an enhanced Snapdragon 855 designed for gaming with 15 per cent faster GPU performance. This is paired with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage. You can choose to use either stock Android-based Zen UI 6 or a gamer-centric ROG UI software on it – with ROG’s hallmark Armoury Crate which allows for per game customizations.
The ROG Phone 2 further has a 6,000mAh battery inside which is claimed to offer 7 hours of non-stop PUBG playback. An improved cooling system that consists of a vapor chamber and vents meanwhile keeps check on temperature. The ROG Phone 2 also comes with dual front-firing stereo speakers – there's also a dedicated headphone jack.