Asus’ first ROG gaming smartphone was one of the most extremists takes on the concept to date, so it is only appropriate that the company keep up with a new model to stay on the bleeding edge.
The Asus ROG Phone II packs specs and is more than a design revolution. Asus has not offered official press images of the device yet, but if the model has specs, it would be a pretty hefty one.
Talking of the major modifications, the display has received a huge upgrade. It’s a 6.59-inch 1080p OLED panel with an integrated fingerprint sensor, along with support for 10-bit HDR, and a Razer Phone 2-matching refresh rate of 120Hz. The touch sampling rate is twice that, at 240Hz, and Asus claims its touch latency is 49ms which is the lowest of any phone. One can choose whether to run stock Android or Asus’ ROG UI as part of the phone’s setup process.
There is also a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor behind the screen, which is Qualcomm’s new gaming-focused SoC that provides 15 percent faster GPU performance and higher peak clock speeds on the CPU. According to Asus, its cooling system, including a vapor chamber and vents, will prevent throttling of the 855 Plus’ peak speeds. The ROG Phone II also has 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, a 48-megapixel camera, and a 6,000mAh battery that the company believes should be enough for more than 7 hours of PUBG with the screen set to 60Hz. If one wishes to play that many hours of PUBG, he might consider investing in something with a bigger screen, say a tablet, PC, or console. And each of these devices might be even cheaper than the ROG Phone II. The handset, however, can be connected to a TV or PC monitor.
In spite of all these powerful upgradations, the Asus phone might be even cheaper than the Note 10, starting at around $899 when it launches. The costs have yet not been announced, with the phone expected to launch first in China this week, and in international markets in September. Accessories like the Twin Dock II and the ROG Kunai Gamepad will cost extra but will transform the phone into an even more expensive alternative to the Switch. But this gaming smartphone can’t play any of the Nintendo games available on the Switch and only comes with support for Play Store games, so the comparison isn’t even fair.