Smartphone developers are really pushing the technology to its limits. Mobile Gaming has not been as immersive or attractive as consoles or PCs. However, by the look of it, things are changing drastically. Last Year, Asus dropped a bomb in the name of Rog Phone. It had incredible specs with a 90 HZ display, a beast of a processor, and a huge battery. However, it had one single problem-too expensive. Other Companies responded by providing devices which offered similar capabilities at a much lower performance. Thus, it was the end of the road for Asus Rog.
Fast Forward to 2019 and Asus has come back with an even better offering-ROG Phone 2. It’s bigger, better, and much cheaper than the first one. The camera, battery, display, everything that can be worked upon has been improved. However, it still costs money. The question is, “Is it worth your hard-earned money”? Therefore, in this article, we will be doing the complete Asus ROG phone 2 review and help you with your dilemma.
Asus ROG Phone 2: What’s Inside
The ROG Phone 2 is equipped with a more than sufficient 6.59-inch AMOLED screen, whose refresh rate stands at 120HZ. It boasts of the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, that is overclocked to 2.96 GHz. Also, it has 12 GB of Ram memory. There is lots of storage space with the default version coming with 512 GB and a 1TB version is planned as well. It has one hell of a battery with a capacity of 6000mAh and has fast charging support.
All these combines to give the ultimate immersive experience. Next time, you won’t have the luxury of blaming your phone getting knocked down on PUBG. Moreover, it has a dual camera-48-megapixel main and 13-megapixel ultra-wide. The Front Camera is 24 Megapixel.
ROG Phone 2 is not much different from the first edition. In fact, you would find it hard to tell them apart when placed side by side. The design upgrade is minimal, which is a good thing considering how good the first phone looked.
Perhaps the biggest change is that the plastic module in the heat sink is replaced by a glass-panel with a heat vent in an orange streak. The Greyish paint in the rear does look cool and RGB backlit logo does add some colour to the phone.
There are 2 USB-C ports on the metallic black frame along with a proprietary port beside the Kunai Gamepad headphone jack. The front portion consists of the display, stereo speakers, and some bezel. The ‘Air triggers’ are placed on the right-side, so when you keep the phone in landscape, you can make use of capacitive shoulder buttons. The fingerprint scanner is quite fast without compromising on the speed.
The phone feels balanced and good in the hand. However, the sheer size of it is reflected in the weight.
The screen is incredibly smooth and a delight to use. The display is huge and the Full HD+ resolution ensures that everything is crystal sharp. The colours are vibrant and with good contrast. The Wide viewing angles ensure the same effect found in IPS monitors. The 120 Hz refresh rate keeps everything fluid and in motion. This effect is particularly visible while playing fast-paced games like PUBG. The resolution is 2,340 x 1,080 with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
The Asus ROG Phone 2 offers a similar level of performance to the OnePlus 7T but it works slightly smoother. It employs three different cooling mechanisms which include a clip-on fan and vapor chamber cooling to maintain the fps in demanding situations.
The extra graphics is evident when playing games like PUBG, Fortnite, etc. Moreover, game loading time is significantly less.