Asus ROG Phone II is the second phone in ROG series by Asus, and was the first phone to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, although feature wise it can compete with other flagship phones but it is marketed more as a gaming phone, having the Republic of Gamers tag we hope to see some top tier specs, so let’s get into it.
This device features Snapdragon 855 Plus as its processor which is the most powerful out of all Snapdragon chips, the processor consists of 1× Kryo 485 Gold clocked at 2.96 GHz, 3× Kryo 485 Gold at 2.42 GHz and 4× Kryo 485 Silver at 1.80 GHz wiyth Adreno 640 which is also tweaked to upgrade its output.
Asus ROG Phone II comes with a screen size of 6.59 inch, having an AMOLED display with screen resolution of 2340 × 1080 and pixel density of 391ppi, while most of flagship phones are just now reaching for 90 Hz screen refresh rate this beast comes with 120 Hz of refresh rate and 240 Hz touch response, so navigating is very smooth.
At this point the Sony IMX 586 has become a staple choice when it comes to camera sensor, it also has 48MP main snapper with 13MP secondary wide angle camera, In the front we have a 20MP camera, overall it can take decent photos but it is not the best in terms of camera, If you are looking for somewhat same specs with better camera you can pick OnePlus 7 T.
RAM & Storage –
Here in India Asus has decided to launch only two models of this device, base version having 8 Gigabytes of RAM and 128 GB of storage and the high end version carries 12 Gigabytes of RAM paired with 512 GB of storage, as there is SD card slot in either of them I think they could have gone with the 256 GB of storage for the 8 GB RAM version.
Battery & Design –
Asus ROG Phone II has a 6000 mAh battery which can last up to 2 days in normal usage, and can provide almost 6 hours of runtime while gaming, it supports fast charging and comes bundled with a 30 Watt adapter.
In design department it does not fancy any notch or pop up camera, it features two front firing speakers, and chassis of phone is made of hard anodised aluminium, on the back side we see a vent and many holographic lines running across with a RGB light inside of the ROG logo, downside full body design is that the phone has jumped to 240 grams in weight.
User Interface and OS –
It comes with android 9 out of the box, Asus have assured that it will be getting the Android 10 update soon and there will be regular updates in every two months, In first look you will say the phone is running on stock Android but it is Running on ROG UI which is very close to stock, we have seen Asus doing the same for their other phones too, and it reduces the extra load on processor due to UI.
Unique Features –
Headphone jack, while most of manufacturers have taken out the 3.5mm jack out of their device, It can be seen in Asus ROG Phone II, it also features the cooling vent from its predecessor vent allows for air to come in contact with the vapour chambers ensuring better heat dissipation.
It is not all you get two inbuilt air triggers which can be customised using an application called Armory, On the side of the device you also get a secondary USB Type – C port for charging along with a connector which can either be used to pair up with accessories or for external display.
If we compare to previous device this time the base variant got very competitive price starting at just ₹37,999 while the high end version is of ₹59,999 on Flipkart.
Honestly this phone is one of my favourite device in the market, nothing else can compare to the performance you get in given price point, Asus has again rising in the market with some solid phones, and this one is a literal monster. In my opinion only weak element in this device is the camera and of rest nothing gets better than this for now.