Asus unveils the ROG Phone II

The world of gaming smartphones got its newest member as Asus announced the Asus ROG Phone II. ROG Phone II is the successor to the first Asus ROG Phone, and it can be considered a more than worthy update for those looking for one. The Verge called it “a pretty hefty” spec bump over the first one. The phone was also termed as the “most powerful and feature-rich phone on the market” by Tech YouTuber Dave2D.

Specifications

The display panel is a big 6.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the screen. With a 19.5:9 resolution, the phone has support for 10-bit HDR and has a refresh rate of 120Hz, thus matching the Razer Phone 2’s refresh rate. The ROG Phone II also has a response time of 1ms.

120Hz display with a response time of 1ms

Under the hood, the phone is running on the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, which is the latest gaming-focused chipset by Qualcomm that has a 15% faster GPU performance and overclocked CPU speeds. Asus says its cooling system, including a vapor chamber and vents, will prevent throttling of the 855 Plus’s peak speeds.

The ROG Phone II also has 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage. There is no option for external storage. The device packs in one of the largest batteries in smartphones, with 6,000mAh. Asus claims that the size of the battery should be good for more than 7 hours of PUBG Mobile gameplay with the screen set to 60Hz. The phone also has a secondary USB-C port which can let you connect accessories while you’re charging it.

The ROG Phone II also has improvements in the camera department over its predecessor. The phone has a dual camera setup at the rear with a Sony IMX 586 sensor which shoots 48MP photos at f/1.79 and a 13MP wide-angle lens which has a 125-degrees field of view, while selfies will be handled by a 24-megapixel front snapper.

Dual camera setup of the ROG Phone II

Asus has also unveiled redesigned versions of the dual-screen TwinView dock and the clip-on AeroActive cooler fan. The company has also launched a new gamepad attachment called ROG Kunai Gamepad that looks like a conventional console remote but can be detached and attached at each end of the phone

Cooler fan at the back of the ROG Phone II

Price and Availability

While Asus hasn’t yet quoted a price for the ROG Phone II, reports from The Verge suggests that the device will be around a similar figure as the first ROG Phone, which puts the price of the device around Rs. 69,990 at the launch.

Asus has also announced the phone in partnership with Tencent in China and the global launch is expected to launch in the first week of September. The China variant of the ROG Phone II will feature a glossy back panel whereas the global variant will have a matte black finish.

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