Asus ROG Phone II: A Phone Designed for Hardcore Gamers

The Asus ROG Phone II is a smartphone that brings the ultimate mobile gaming experience with the only 120Hz 10-bit HDR screen., with an unmatched collection of accessories, and key partnership with game developers.

The Asus ROG Phone II is specifically designed for hardcore gamers and for Android power users. To that effect, you can switch between a near-stock UI (borrowed from Asus Zenfone 6) and the game-focused ROG UI.

Asus ROG Phone II: A Phone Designed for Hardcore Gamers

Asus ROG Phone II Features

The phone’s dual nature can be seen in its design too. The width was kept just under 78mm so it can be used one-handed, but Asus optimized everything for landscape use.

The 6.59 inch AMOLED screen of the Asus ROG Phone II can run at up to 120Hz refresh rate with 1ms latency (60Hz and 90Hz modes are also available). The touch sensor has a sampling rate of 240Hz and thanks to optimizations to the Android core, Asus claims it achieved lower touch latency than the iPhone XS Max

The ROG Phone II display has 1,080 x 2,340px resolution (19.5:9 aspect ratio) and supports 10-bit HDR. It exceeds the bounds of the DCI-P3 color space (108%) and it boasts perfect color accuracy (deltaE< 1).

The Armoury Crate is Asus’ game launcher (it should be familiar to owners of ROG hardware). It allows you to customize the settings for each game, e.g. whether to run the screen in 120Hz mode and if the high-performance X-mode should be enabled. There is also the “Game Genie” to handle things like notifications, incoming calls and locking the brightness.

Flanking the screen are the front-facing stereo speakers with DTS:X Ultra support, so they can simulate multi-channel audio. They were beefed up with larger chambers making them 2.5x louder than the speakers on the first-gen ROG Phone.

The AirTriggers are new and improved as well. You can now rest your fingers on them as you would on actual triggers, they will be able to tell when you press down. They also recognize a new swiping gesture.

There are two vibration motors, one on the left and one on the right. This can be used in games (e.g. Asphalt 9) for directional haptic feedback. They are also used by the AirTriggers both on press down and release to simulate actual buttons. Asus improved the motors to reduce the vibration feedback latency for the triggers down to 20ms.

There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack that keeps up with the theme of low latency (it’s faster than even aptX LL). Also, there are four microphones so no matter how you hold the phone, it will still get clear audio – either to talk to your teammates or for commentary when streaming.

To that end, the 24MP front-facing camera is optimized for landscape use. Careful antenna placement enables low-latency, high-throughput Wi-Fi connectivity, which is also a boon to competitive gaming and streaming.

The Asus ROG Phone II is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, which overclocks the Adreno 640 GPU to 675MHz for a 15% boost in performance. The prime CPU core is overclocked too, although the gains there are just 4%.

To prevent thermal throttling, Asus put in vents that lead the heat away from the vapor chamber to the external vents. In the box you’ll get the second generation AeroActive Cooler II. It’s four times quieter (24dB) and keeps the exterior of the phone cooler (dropping the temperature by 5°C lower, up from 4°C). This cooler can also double as a kickstand, so you can leave the phone on the table and use a wireless controller.

Enter the ROG Kunai Gamepad – the best accessory for the ROG Phone II. It draws more than a little inspiration from the Nintendo Switch as it offers very similar gaming modes.

First, you can attach the two halves to the sides of the phone for a handheld experience. Or attach them together and use them as a wireless gamepad. In this configuration you can use one of the docks – WiGig wireless display dock, Pro Dock or the Mobile Desktop Dock – to output image to a TV.

The Kunai Gamepad is also used in conjunction with the TwinView Dock II. It adds a second 120Hz/1ms touchscreen, a cooling fan and a 5,000mAh battery. This dock has been redesigned to make it both lighter and with better weight distribution. Along with Asphalt 9, Shadowgun Legends also supports the TwinView Dock II (dual vibration as well).

Battery

Speaking of battery, the Asus ROG Phone II comes with a massive 6,000mAh capacity. It promises to significantly outlast its opponents, offering 7 hours of non-stop PUBG action. And it charges quickly too with 30W ROG HyperCharge using a standard 3A cable (Quick Charge 4.0 is also supported).

Camera

The camera on the rear borrows the sensors from the Zenfone 6. This means a 48MP Quad Bayer for the main camera and a 13MP sensor behind the 125° ultra wide-angle lens. There’s no flip-up mechanism here, though, as the phone has a dedicated 24MP selfie camera.

Asus ROG Phone II Specification

NETWORK
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 28(700), 29(700), 32(1500), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 46
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat18 1200/150 Mbps
LAUNCH
Announced 2019, July
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2019, August
BODY
Dimensions 171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm (6.73 x 3.06 x 0.37 in)
Weight 240 g (8.47 oz)
Build Front glass (Gorilla Glass 6), back glass, aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.59 inches, 106.6 cm2 (~80.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~391 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  DCI-P3 108%
HDR10
120 Hz
240 Hz touch-sensing
PLATFORM
OS Android 9.0 (Pie), ROG UI
Chipset Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 Plus (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640 (700 MHz)
MEMORY
Card slot No
Internal 256/512 GB, 12 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA
Dual 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF/Laser AF
13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
Features Dual-LED flash, HDR, auto panorama (motorized rotation)
Video 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps; gyro-EIS (except @240/480fps)
SELFIE CAMERA
Single 24MP, f/2.2
Features Panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
  24-bit/192kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mics
DTS Headphone X
COMMS
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; accessory connector
FEATURES
Sensors Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY
  Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 30W (Quick Charge 4.0)
MISC
Colors Black
Price About 900 EUR
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