It’s an awesome gaming phone too
It’s official – ASUS has officially taken the wraps off of the second generation ROG Phone. The ROG Phone 2 takes what was great with the first phone and addresses many of its faults, and the result is a truly epic phone made for gamers, by gamers.
The phone still uses glass and metal for its construction, though ASUS has tweaked the design of the phone a little bit compared to the previous generation. The biggest change here is the phone’s overall size, as it’s considerably taller than the first phone by around 12cm.
That change is thanks to a larger, 6.59-inch AMOLED display, which has a higher refresh rate than the original, at 120Hz and a response time of 1/ms. Overall resolution is just 2340 x 1080, but ASUS made sure that the display is the most color-accurate available on a gaming phone (and really, any phone) thanks to 108% DCI-P3 color gamut, Delta E<1, 10-bit HDR and SDR2HDR support (that will come via OTA).
The internals has been beefed up compared to other flagship phones in the market, thanks to Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 855 Plus and up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage. ASUS also made sure that the ROG Phone 2 is able to vent and release heat more efficiently as you play this time around to avoid thermal bottlenecks, achieved through passive means (3D vapor chamber and the vents on the outside) and through active means thanks to the AeroActive Cooler II.
To keep you gaming for extended periods of time, the ROG Phone 2 packs a massive 6000mAh battery inside of its glass and metal frame, which is the highest capacity we’ve seen yet for a gaming phone. ASUS’ ROG HyperCharge Tech allows you to charge the phone up to 30W using the device’s charger and any USB Type-C cable which isn’t the case for many of its competitors.
Just like the previous generation ROG Phone, the ROG Phone 2 comes with a USB Type-C connector on the side to make it more convenient for gamers to charge and game at the same time.
Additionally, that side connector allows the use of accessories, like the Nintendo Switch-like Kunai game controllers that attach to the side. ASUS also made a second-generation TwinView Dock II that’s lighter than ever before which also packs a 5000mAh battery, along with new cases plus a refined ActiveAero Cooler II for better heat dissipation when gaming.
ASUS hasn’t revealed how much this particular phone will be or when it’ll drop in the Philippines, but count on it to be at least as expensive as the original ROG Phone when it does come to the country.
ROG Phone 2 Specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor
- Adreno 640 GPU
- 6.59-inch 120Hz/1ms AMOLED panel with 240Hz touch sampling rate, full HD+ resolution, 108% DCI-P3, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 10-bit HDR (2340 x 1080)
- 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM
- Up to 512GB of UFS3.0 storage
- 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with an f/1.79 aperture lens, 13-megapixel wide
- angle secondary camera
- 24-megapixel front camera
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, under-display fingerprint sensor
- 6000mAh battery
- Two USB Type C ports
- Fast charging up to 30W using supplied charger and regular USB Type-C cable
- Android 9 Pie