Asus ROG Phone 2 announced

Update: Pricing and availability details down below.

Asus ROG Phone 2 (review) is the new gaming flagship from the Taiwanese tech giant. ROG or Republic of Gamers is a sub-brand solely catering to the gaming hardware. After years of experience in the gaming PCs and components, the brand unveiled its gaming smartphone in 2018. A year later, we have the successor ROG Phone 2. Beyond the heap of specs, the key highlight is recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ at the crux.

Asus ROG Phone 2 Highlights

ASUS ROG Phone 2 announced

Asus ROG Phone 2 sports a 6.59-inch Full HD+ display that’s protected by Gorilla Glass 6. This display has a lot going for it like its support for world’s first 120Hz AMOLED panel, Optical under-display fingerprint scanner, DCI-P3 color scale, HDR10 and SDR to HDR upscaling. It has a matte black back panel.

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At the core, the performance is helmed by Snapdragon 855+ aided by Adreno 640 GPU. This processor clocks at 2.96GHz, which is by far the fastest. On top of it, we have the ROG UI based on Android 9.0 Pie. The phone draws from a 6000mAh battery bolstered by 30W fast charging support. The huge numbers continue in the memory and storage as you get up to 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.0 disk space.

Asus hasn’t cut corners with cameras either. You get a 48MP plus 13MP duo at the back and a 24MP selfie snapper upfront. Rest, the phone also packs the following features: ARCore, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C and the usual set of sensors.

Asus ROG Phone 2 Gaming features

Primarily, it is a gaming gear and hence you get the following gaming-centric features:

  • The phone dons an Aura RGB lighting, resembling most other gaming rigs
  • Dual front-firing speakers with DTS:X Ultra boost
  • Four mics with noise-cancellation
  • Dual vibrating motors at an XYZ axis giving a surround feel
  • Customized connector on the side
  • Heat dissipation vents, 3D vapor chamber
  • Ultrasonic, pressure-sensitive Air Trigger buttons with reduced vibration latency (20ms)
Asus ROG Phone 2 accessories
Asus ROG Phone 2 accessories (Source: Asus)

These are the accessories announced:

  • ROG Kunai Gamepad
  • ROG Lighting Armor Case
  • Aero Case
  • AeroActive Cooler II
  • TwinView Dock II
  • Mobile Desktop Dock
  • Pro Dock
  • WiGig Display Dock Plus

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Asus ROG Phone 2 Pricing and Availability

Asus ROG Phone 2 has begun pre-orders in China via JD.com starting July 23. The brand has unveiled a total of 6 variants and their pricing details is down below:

Model Name RAM+Storage Variant Price
Tencent Depth Customisation 8+128GB CNY 3,499 (around Rs. 35,000)
Enjoy Peace in Beijing 8+128GB CNY 3,699 (around Rs. 37,000)
Classic Version 12+128GB CNY 5,999 (around Rs. 60,000)
Enjoy Peace in Beijing 12+128GB CNY 6,199 (around Rs. 62,000)
Zhizun version 12+128GB CNY 7,999 (around Rs. 80,000)
Esports Armour Version 12+128GB CNY 12,999 (around Rs. 1,30,000)

The company is yet to announce the global launch date and availability specifics. However, it is expected to arrive in the first week of September.

Asus ROG Phone 2 Specifications

Model Asus ROG Phone 2
Display 6.59“, 19.5:9, 2340×1080, 120Hz/1ms AMOLED; 240Hz response time, 108% DCI-P3; 100,000:1 contrast ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 10bit HDR, SDR2HDR upscaling
Software Android 9.0 Pie-based ROG UI
Processor 2.96GHz octa-core SD855+ with Adreno 640 GPU
Battery 6000mAh with 30W fast charging
RAM LPDDR4X up to 12GB RAM
Storage UFS3.0, 128GB or 512GB
Rear Camera 48MP+13MP (125-degree)
Front Camera 24MP
Other features ARCore, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C, Customized connector, Dual-front firing speakers with DTS:X Ultra
Price Starting at CNY 3,499 (around Rs. 35,000)

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