Asus ROG Phone 2 Hands-On Review: A Beastly Gaming Phone Ever

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ROG released the ROG phone series – ROG gaming mobile phone 1. With excellent gaming performance and a wealth of accessories, ROG Gaming Phone 1 shows people what a gaming phone should look like. Of course, we also show us the ROG brand’s consistent value. (5999 yuan / 7999 yuan).

ROG 2 Gaming Phone continues the top-level configuration of the 1st generation, the world’s first highest frequency 2.96GHz Opteron 855 Plus chip, GPU graphics performance increased by 15%, reaching 675MHz. The highest storage combination is 12GB RAM + 512GB ROM (UFS 3.0).

The rear main camera is 48 Megapixels (IMX586), the sub camera is 13 Megapixels (super wide-angle), and the front is 24 Megapixels. The battery capacity is not 6000mAh, supports up to 30W fast charge, can charge 4000mAh in 1 hour, and supports QC4.0.

In the ROG game phone 2, the screen refresh rate was upgraded from 90 Hz to 120 Hz, and in order to improve the shooting game operation experience, the screen response time was optimized to 1 ms. In addition, the screen itself supports 10-bit HDR precision color.

As a game phone, ROG 2 has a lot of special designs for game scenes. For example, the right side of the fuselage retains the previous generation AirTriggers shoulder button, and optimized, the game comes with a chicken artifact; the left side of the fuselage custom interface, you can connect Type-C headphones or cool cooling fan 2 and other peripherals, you can also Charging on the side while playing the game brings the best horizontal screen gaming experience.

On the price, the starting price of the ROG game phone 2,3499 yuan ($508.24) suddenly makes it feel at your fingertips. In addition, because of the in-depth cooperation with Tencent Games, there are many special places in the ROG game phone 2 in the game experience. The following are the specific parameters, we have started this evaluation after reading.

Design & Appearance

Compared with the previous generation, the ROG game phone 2 is also reloaded, and the heavy suitcase highlights the strength and identity of the ROG brand. ROG game mobile phone 2 generations continue the design style of a generation, the difference in appearance is not very big, it is still a strong tough guy. Even if you don’t know the brand, you can guess it by looking at the appearance. This is a game phone.

The ROG game phone 2 uses an AMOLED screen with a size of 6.59 inches and a resolution of 2340*1080. The parameters seem unremarkable, but in fact, this screen is a lot of bright spots, first of all, its refresh rate from the previous generation of 90Hz upgraded to 120Hz, this year with a 90Hz refresh rate and a hot flagship brought here can only be regarded as Little brother.

Secondly, the official also announced that it has increased the touch rate of 240HZ and optimized the kernel and Android framework, which reduced the touch delay to 49MS, which is the lowest touch delay phone on the market. In addition, like an HDR 10-bit screen, it has better dynamic display and color registration.

Because of the use of the screen fingerprint, the previous generation of the fingerprint recognition module was canceled, the integrity of the back of the fuselage is more complete, and the style of the armor is more intense.

The top of the back is a dual-camera combination with the Zen Phone 6, a Sony 48MP IMX586, and another 13-megapixel, 125-degree wide-angle camera with dual-color temperature flash. The camera and flash are surrounded by the surrounding lines and look very dynamic.

Below the camera is the famous eye of the loser. As a LOGO, it is also a breathing light. Through the setting of the mobile phone system, we can adjust the LOGO lighting effect independently. The 3.5mm headphone jack is reserved at the bottom, and the Type-C interface is not centered but is located on the bottom left side.

On the left side of the fuselage is the well-received Type-C charging interface of the previous generation, which allows us to charge while playing games on the horizontal screen, without blocking the hands of the game. The two interfaces are black and red, and the only black is the charging interface. In addition to charging, the more important function of this interface is to apply ROG’s range of accessories.

In the previous generation of products, a variety of mobile phone accessories made people feel overwhelmed, and the operation has been fully adapted. The ROG game phone 2 certainly retains all of this, and the richness is better than the 1st generation. In addition to the normal power button and volume button on the right side of the fuselage, there are ROG game phone features.

AirTriggers shoulder button. AirTriggers is not a direct pressable physical button, but a textured design that can be felt by a finger. In the experience section, we will focus on the use and experience of AirTriggers. According to common sense, when we get here, we should talk about the width of the top and bottom borders, but we ignore this one in ROG game phone 2, after all, people who buy game phones will not pursue this, and the screen ratio is too high. (The narrow border) will affect the operating experience. I think everyone should have this experience.

Here we are talking about the front dual speaker and four microphone noise reduction design. The position of the speaker is obvious, there is one on each of the upper and lower frames, and the symmetrical bronze metal line design is also inherited from the first generation. The positions of the four microphones are one at the top of the fuselage, two at the bottom, and one at the side. We will not show one by one here.

The ROG game mobile phone with the customized Aero mobile phone case has a more prominent style. The mobile phone case can completely wrap the corners of the machine. At the same time, the large-area hollow design avoids blocking the “soul” LOGO and does not affect the heat dissipation of the body.

This is Tencent’s exclusive custom perimeter for the ROG gaming phone 2: glare smart protective case. The principle is to use the light pipe design to guide the light of one LED to the light-emitting area on the back of the fuselage. In addition, this phone case also supports NFC function, after the phone case is put on, the system will automatically switch to the corresponding theme.

LOGO lighting effects can be set on the phone, including music, video, games, custom lighting modes. Especially in the “Glory of the Kings” game, we can slide left into the game wizard in the king glory game interface, open the game equivalent settings. After the setting is completed, the matching success, failure, victory, first kill, double kill, triple kill, four kill, five kill… seven kill, the mobile phone will have a special lighting effect, with the increase in killing and killing, the degree of light effect is also Will change with it.

Among the rich accessories of the ROG gaming phone, there is a cool cooling fan that perfectly matches the Aero protective case. With the addition of a cool cooling fan, the body temperature shell can be effectively reduced by 5 ° C, and because of the new design, the fan operates with only 24 decibels of noise, four times quieter than the previous generation.

In addition to the above, the more popular faith accessories include desktop game docks, dual-controllers, dual-screen expansion boxes 2, etc., because of the time relationship we will not introduce them one by one.

Hardware & Performance

The refresh rate Hz refers to the display refresh rate, which indicates the physical refresh rate of the display. For example, the 120 Hz screen of the ROG game phone 2 can refresh 120 pictures in one second, and the high refresh rate brings not only the fast response of the game. More important is the smooth and smooth hand-to-hand experience.

At present, most mobile phones on the market have a refresh rate of 60 Hz, and few can reach 90 Hz. The 120 Hz is even rare. The more famous one is the iPad Pro released by Apple last year, and the refresh rate has reached 120 Hz. In the settings we can find the refresh rate option, manually open 120Hz, open the top bar will display the 120Hz icon, then we test.

“QQ Speed” currently supports the 120Hz refresh rate by default. The game is basically stable at 120 frames from the start to the end (refer to the frame rate at the top left of the picture). In the high frame rate state, the game will be more clear in the moment of drifting and accelerating, and the smoothness of the game will be very intuitive. However, for the 120Hz refresh rate, there are not many games currently adapted, but since the two have already reached a cooperation, the author has expressed considerable hope for the “Glory of the King” in the ultra-high frame.

Compared to the 1st generation, ROG upgraded AirTriggers based on feedback from players, became more sensitive in ROG Gaming Phone 2, and can detect whether it is being used or simply placed.

After opening, there will be two blue and one red selection buttons on the screen, corresponding to the left shoulder button and the right shoulder button. Drag the selection button to the location you want to use, then click the × on the screen to set the autosave and you are ready to use. The author chose the left button that most people used to fire, and right-click to open the mirror.

It takes a few minutes to get used to the beginning, and you can use the four-finger operation after getting used to it. Displacement, aiming, opening the mirror, shooting, in one go. AirTriggers will vibrate twice each time it is triggered. As far as the experience is concerned, the author feels that the ease of use and the level of tolerance are definitely at the top level of similar products in the market, but there is still a distance from the handle operation that the author has imagined.

As a game phone, solving signal problems is also a top priority. In order to improve the quality of wireless signals, ROG Gaming Phone 2 has a total of four Wi-Fi antennas. One set is located on the back of the fuselage, and the other three sets are scattered on the right side of the phone. This design allows the player to hold the phone regardless of the posture and does not affect the signal acceptance.

We open the smart control center and can see a Storm network acceleration option. After opening, the game will automatically optimize the network and improve stability, and popular games can support it. In addition, ROG Gaming Phone 2 can also use dual Wi-Fi acceleration. Multi-pronged, the network status during the game should not have any concerns. ROG Gaming Phone 2 has reduced the touch latency to 49MS by increasing the touch rate of 240HZ and optimizing the kernel and Android framework. It is also the lowest touch delay on the market.

The performance of touch delay in use is what we call the hand-to-hand. When compared with Apple’s mobile phone, it can clearly feel the low latency advantage of ROG game phone 2.

As a game phone, performance is, of course, a top priority. ROG Gaming Phone 2 is painstaking in this regard in order to open the gap with other mobile phones. While other manufacturers’ Snapdragon 855Plus is still in the official stage, ROG Gaming Phone 2 is the first to adopt, and it is the chicken version of Snapdragon 855Plus.

The CPU frequency is not the default 2.85GHz but the overclocked version of 2.96GHz, while the Adreno 640 graphics card is overclocked by 15% compared to the default power, reaching 675Mhz (formerly 585MHz). Paired with the CPU is 12G LPDDR4X memory and 512GB of storage space.

In order to avoid the heat problem caused by high performance, ROG game mobile phone 2 adds a large area of ​​3D vacuum cavity soaking plate, copper and aluminum thermal pad and back plate heat sink, forming a matrix liquid cooling structure, which plays a role in mobile phones. At the same time, take a lot of heat, so as to ensure that the mobile phone runs in overclocking mode for a long time and does not reduce frequency.

Antutu running test

Compared with the previous generation, ROG Gaming Phone 2 has improved performance by 35% in the performance of Ann Bunny

The total run in the test is 399,000, which is very close to the official announcement of 402,000.

GeekBench test

Single-core score 3607, more and score 11093.

AndroBench test

UFS3.0’s ability has been seen in a Oneplus 7 evaluation, read and write speeds are 1447.31MB / S and 398.67MB / S, compared to UFS 2.1 flash memory has more than 1 times the upgrade

Game frame rate test

Because of the cooperation with Tencent, “Peace Elite” we can open the limit frame rate mode (up to 60 frames). The author tested the situation several times, the situation is basically the same, the frame rate is above 59 frames, and the frame rate fluctuates within 1 frame.

Cameras

The rear main camera is 48 million pixels (IMX586), the sub camera is 13 Megapixels (super wide-angle), and the front is 24 million pixels. The battery capacity is not 6000mAh, supports up to 30W fast charge, can charge 4000mAh in 1 hour, and supports QC4.0.

In the ROG game phone 2, the screen refresh rate was upgraded from 90 Hz to 120 Hz, and in order to improve the shooting game operation experience, the screen response time was optimized to 1 ms. In addition, the screen itself supports 10-bit HDR precision color.

As a game phone, ROG Game Phone 2 has a lot of special designs for game scenes. For example, the right side of the fuselage retains the previous generation AirTriggers shoulder button, and optimized, the game comes with a chicken artifact; the left side of the fuselage custom interface, you can connect Type-C headphones or cool cooling fan 2 and other peripherals, you can also Charging on the side while playing the game brings the best horizontal screen gaming experience.

On the price, the starting price of the ROG 2 is 3499 yuan ($508.24) suddenly makes it feel at your fingertips. In addition, because of the in-depth cooperation with Tencent Games, there are many special places in the ROG game phone 2 in the game experience. The following are the specific parameters, we have started this evaluation after reading.

Battery

Among the phones we tested before, 5000mAh is already rare, and this ROG game phone 2 has increased the battery capacity to 6000mAh. The author is very curious about the chicken blood version of the dragon 855Plus with 6000mAh narrow road to meet who can be better, let us look at it.

Online video testing

Here we use the Bilibili client to play online barrage video, the brightness of the phone is adjusted to 50%, the volume is adjusted to 30%, and the video is 1080P.

The test time is from 12:01 to 1:01, the power is 96%-90%, the total video consumption of 60 minutes of online video playback is 6%, and it can be played for more than 16 hours under the condition of full calculation.

The game life

During the test, the effect was fully opened and the room temperature was 25 degrees.

Time 10:20-10:50, power 39%-34%, half-hour game power consumption is 5%, the game lifetime is about 9 hours under full power. In the official propaganda, “Peace Elite” has a battery life of 7 hours, which is theoretically achievable.

However, it should be noted that when the ambient temperature is too high, the power consumption of the mobile phone will increase significantly. For example, the author uses it outdoors (the ambient temperature is about 33 degrees), and the power consumption of the game is 9% for half an hour.

Charging test

Before the power reached 60%, the charging speed did not change much, and it rushed into 20% every 15 minutes, and the last 4% entered the trickle charging state, which took more than 15 minutes. Because the battery base is too large, even a 30W fast charger is fully charged and still takes more than 100 minutes.

Verdict 

Many people think that the game mobile phone is actually a false proposition. It is nothing more than the homogenization of mobile phones today. Manufacturers create gimmicks in order to increase selling points. In fact, there are some reasons for this. First of all, the current mobile game has no necessary requirements for mobile phone performance. The most popular mobile games such as “Glory of the King”, “Stimulus Battlefield”, etc., the general performance of the mobile phone can play, buy a special game phone will not bring significant improvement.

Secondly, mobile phone manufacturers have not reached a consensus on the game mobile phone. We know that there are only a few manufacturers who are making game mobile phones. Mobile phone manufacturers have not made up their minds about whether to develop game phones, and it is normal for natural users to have questions about game phones. However, the development of the matter is not static. We can refer to the computer field. The game is not created after the birth of the PC. It has also undergone long-term development and market integration.

The action of this Asus ROG 2 gave us an answer: create demand and open the gap. Originally, the hardware manufacturer and the game software manufacturer cooperated. The game performance after the combination of soft and hard is higher than that of the ordinary mobile phone. In the “Peace Elite” game, the stable frame rate of 59 frames is something we dare not think before. “QQ Speed” adapts to the smooth experience of 120Hz and then explodes all Android machine emperors. These also give us a preliminary reason to choose a game phone.

With the deep cooperation between the two manufacturers, the future popular games should be adapted and enriched with the game content. By then, the difference between game phones and non-game phones will become more and more significant. ROG gaming mobile phone 1 generation of users are also mainly professional gamers, after all, the high price is not acceptable to everyone. But when it comes to ROG game phone 2, the change is clear at a glance. The lowest price of 3,499 yuan was linked to the “fragrance” in an instant, not to mention the dazzling signboard of “Tencent Games”.

The author has already seen a small partner who is holding a coin, and I have seen many netizens in the comments. This shows that at least in the pricing strategy, this ROG game phone 2 was successful. In terms of configuration, the author feels that there is no need to say anything. Chicken blood version of the Dragon 855Plus, 120Hz refresh rate screen, 12GB + 512GB storage combination, any Android flagship comparison is not self-sufficient, not to mention the ROG game phone rich accessories series.

In terms of battery life, the 6000mAh battery is enough to feed the overclocked Snapdragon 855Plus. The ten hours of online video playback can be counted as the most enduring of our many evaluation models. The cooperation with Tencent Games has further consolidated the game hegemony of ROG Gaming Phone 2.

I think users’ attitude towards Asus ROG 2 should be two extremes. People who don’t like it can find many reasons, such as big, heavy, overperformance and low-cost performance. But for those who like it, all these shortcomings can be converted into advantages: the screen is big enough, the battery life is strong, the performance is hot, the armor looks cool, and the price of 3499 yuan is quite close to the people in the ROG series. Especially in the eyes of ROG believers, it is just a loser’s eye LOGO, probably more than this price.

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