Asus Rog Phone 2 Review: Beast Phone Dedicated to Gamers
As a successor of Asus Rog Phone, Asus had improved quite a few things in Asus Rog Phone 2. As this phone is made especially for gaming there are lots of things you will get with this phone compare to other normal smartphones. If you are a mobile gamer and willing to buy a gaming phone then Asus Rog Phone is the best phone available in the market of Nepal. You can order Asus Rog phone 2 for Rs. 81,600/- for 8/128GB variant from Daraz Nepal.
Overview of Asus Rog Phone 2
At first glance, the phone looks pretty cool, the modified design decreases the red ascent drastically which provided minimal gaming design look. Compared to other phone, Rog Phone 2 feel big and heavy. Talking about the hardware and performance, Rog Phone 2 packs specs that is absolutely mindblowing in the smartphone market. The major features of Rog Phone 2 are the world’s fastest 120HZ 1ms AMOLED panel with 240Hz touch response, Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 6000mAh battery and tons of accessories.
Display and Design
Every part of the Rog Phone 2 is optimized for gaming and the same goes for the implemented display technology. The phone has a 6.59-inch FHD+(2340X1080 pixels) AMOLED panel. The display has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 6 as a screen protector. The display is amazing, it is the first device to adopt a 120Hz refresh rate on AMOLED panel that makes a visual content move more smoother and faster, noticed especially while scrolling or switching from one app to another. Normal user-pay little attention to the response time, but for gamers even a millisecond matters while gaming. Having a 1ms response time makes the touch more responsive and natural as there is no lagging or transition time between touch input and output. One of the potential things people might not like is the thick bezel at both the top and bottom of the phone, which according to Asus, will provide a better grip for the device.
Similarly, the front of the phone also has a stereo-speaker set up to provide a better sound and believe me the sound it produced is crisp clear and loud compared to other smartphones. Additionally, it has an under-display fingerprint sensor, which is not blazing fast like other flagship phones. A 24MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture can capture a better image.
Processor and Performance
For the best gaming performance, Asus chose Snapdragon 855+ chipset. Having the best chipset in the device is not only the thing, the speed performance and heating issues should also be kept in mind. The CPU can get a clock speed of 2.96GHz and to match the performance Adreno 640GPU had been a ramp-up to 700 MHz.
If that had not surprised you then hear this, Rog Phone 2 has a faster 12GB LPDDR4X RAM and 1TB of USF 3.0 Storage. Pairing all these powerful hardware can perform extraordinary as Asus had also included a cooling fan in the system. For long term stable performance, having a dedicated fan inside the system is a great idea. And this allows Asus Rog Phone 2 to stand at the top of the list of benchmarks.
Additionally, if you want to get the best performance for a longer duration of time, another external cooling fan that comes inside the box, which can be attached to the device. The Aero Active cooler 2 feature provides great sustained performance so that users can play games for a longer time.
Camera, Photo and Video Quality
All together 3 cameras are present in Rog Phone 2 and as the smartphone market is shifting towards incorporating more than 5 cameras in phones, it seems this device failed to stay at top of the chart. The provided hardware can perform great as it can produce better quality photos and videos. Even though this phone is made to attract gamers who normally are not photogenic, the provided 48MP primary shooter can capture decent shots. Besides 48MP primary sensor, there is a 13MP ultrawide lens at back and a 24MP f/2.2 front-facing shooter. The image captured by Rog Phone 2 has adequate details and color saturation so that shots produced looks nice naturally. Night shot capture has plenty of details but a fair amount of noise is also present. About selfie, the color and sharpness are good and plenty of detail can be seen too. Provided below are some sample photos.
Regarding video, Rog Phone 2 can capture 4K (2160p @60fps) with electronic stabilization. There is no optical image stabilization available in this device but besides a slightly shaky video, there are adequate details and colors in videos, so it looks natural.
Ports and Accessories
In almost all smartphones there is a single USB type C port for charging but in Rog Phone 2 there are two type C ports one on the side and another on … The side-mounted type C port can support multiple types of accessories which add feature to the smartphone. For instance, an external cooling fan comes in the box that can be attached to the phone that can drastically increase performance and reduce the temperature of the device significantly.
The port is also utilized by Lighting Armour Case that not only provides protection to the device but also provides different lighting effects condition. If you love playing games using a gamepad, you can incorporate Rog Kunai Gamepad that provides you a joystick for precise and more versatile gaming experience. One of my favorite accessories is a Twinview Dock 2, that simultaneously runs a secondary screen presented on the case. Both displays are identical, that means using Twinview Dock 2 u will get two 6.59-inch FHD+ AMOLED panels.
Additionally, users can mount Mobile Desktop Dock that provides you a desktop experience. As the Dock has additional ports you can connect additional accessories and external display. If you wish to use accessories with the device you have to pay an additional charge for the complimentary parts. If you don’t prefer to use external accessories for gaming there is an ultrasonic Air trigger that acts as a capacitive touch button on the side of the device.
Specifications of Rog Phone 2 Asus ROG Phone II
- Display: 6.59” Full HD+ AMOLED display, 2340 x1080 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
- GPU: Adreno 640
- RAM: 8/12 GB LPDDR4X
- ROM: 128/512/1024 GB
- Rear Camera: 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, 13MP ultra-wide sensor with LED Flash
- Front Camera: 24MP Selfie Shooter, Auto, Portrait
- Battery: 6,000mAh, QuickCharge 4.0, 30W fast charging
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie with a new ROG UI
- Sensors: In-display Fingerprint, Face recognition, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Ambient light sensor, Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger II and grip press, Dual vibrators
- SIM: Dual 4G SIM standby
- Color: Matte Black, Black Glare
- Price in Nepal: Rs.81,600(8/128GB Variant)
Price and Availability
Even though Asus Rog Phone 2 had been launched in the international market about four months ago, the device had been recently available to be purchased in Nepal. You can buy Asus Rog Phone 2 from Daraz Nepal at Rs. 81,600/- for 8/128GB variant. In Nepal beside Rog Phone 2, you can buy Nubia Red Magic 3 as a gaming phone which costs Rs. 59,000/-. The price of Rog Phone 2 is around $650 in the US market, which is slightly higher compared to what other competitors Red Magic 3, Black Shark 2 Pro, Razer Phone 2, etc. offered.