Our Opinion

The Asus ROG Phone II (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus ROG Phone II (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Asus ROG Phone II (8GB RAM, 128GB)  Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Asus ROG Phone 2 Xiaomi Black Shark 2
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Excellence Score
81.7
69.4
Value for Money Score
83.1
60.3
Price ₹ 37,999 onwards ₹ 39,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Jun, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.39 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 108%, HDR10, 120Hz Display, 240Hz Touch-sensing, Bluelight Filter, Always-on Display, Glove touch Support DCI-P3 Support, Always-on display, Eye Protection mode, Intelligent Motion Compensation, Image Enhancement
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.96 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 13MP 48MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); Sony IMX586 Sensor; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; 1.6um Pixel Size @ 12MP; PDAF, 13MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 125° Ultrawide Lens; 11mm Focal Length, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/240fps; 720p@480fps, EIS, Portrait mode, Panorama, Super Night mode, Pro mode, AI Scene Detection 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, HDR, Panorama, Pro mode, Slow motion, AI Camera, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 24MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 77.9° Field-of-view, Panorama, HDR, Portrait mode F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.48 mmThick 8.77 mmMedium
Weight 240 gmHeavy 205 gmHeavy
Width 77.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 25W HyperCharge Yes, 27W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Air Triggers; Side-mounted USB Type-C Connector; Reverse charging 10W; UFS 3.0 Storage; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DTS Headphone X In-display Fingerprint Sensor; WiFi Display; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Exquisitely crafted and uniquely designed - excellent materials and build quality - unique and surprisingly stealthy gaming look
  • The back is crafted out of glass with a strip of aluminum on the right - it looks pretty cool
  • Well thought-out control layout, plenty of I/O including some unique input offers like the Air Triggers - it's also a very functional gaming-focussed design, including wider areas (bezels) around the display for bigger speakers and easier gripping
  • There are two USB-C ports, one on the bottom and another on the left side - the latter is to allow gamers to charge the phone while playing games in landscape orientation (Asus has thought of everything here)
  • Decent under display fingerprint reader
  • The “Air Triggers” on the ROG Phone 2 are touch sensitive panels located on the right side of the device’s body that double as shoulder/trigger buttons when the phone is held sideways - this allows gamers to play certain games the way console players do, with a combination of thumb and index fingers, and it improves the experience of playing first-person shooters significantly
  • Huge, stunning 6.59" AMOLED, silky smooth 120Hz display (most phones are 60Hz) - graphics and animations are butter smooth - it’s hard to describe with words - but the more fluid graphics are noticeable, and one of those things that once you see it, you can’t unsee it - it makes for arguably the best display on any smartphone right now, along with the 90Hz OnePlus 7 Pro display
  • Surprisingly clean Android ROM, with most additions working behind the scenes to improve gaming
  • Well laid-out Armoury Crate gaming interface, which includes a lot of automated optimization options as well as unparalleled access to system-level values and thresholds for advanced tuning
  • Runs on the speed beast Snapdragon 855+, which is the just-released upgrade of Qualcomm’s flagship chip - the 855+ is the same hardware as the 855, but the CPU and GPU has been overclocked to better handle memory and graphics rendering - considering that the 855 is already more than powerful to handle any game, the 855+ is overkill
  • You get amazing peak and sustained performance, with some top-grade thermal management
  • Combine the 855+ with the excellent thermal management, and you get the pinnacle of Android performance so far into 2019
  • Just like it was with the original, a big part of the allure of the ROG Phone II lies with its extensive accessory ecosystem, unmatched by any gaming phone - some key ones include AeroActive Cooler II, Lighting Armour Case, ROG Kunai Gamepad, Twinview Dock II, Mobile Desktop Dock, ASUS Professional Dock, WiGig Display Dock Plus and USB 3.0 to RJ45 dongle
  • Solid cameras for the price bracket - the main camera sensor is a 48-megapixel sensor that produces 12-megapixel pinned images, and the secondary wide-angle camera marks the first time a gaming phone featured a wide-angle lens
  • Photos captured under good lighting conditions are more than respectable, with the wide-angle camera doing an admirable job of keeping distortion to a minimum, too (In low light situations, photos become noisier, but still respectable)
  • Overall, the cameras are not exceptional, but they are good in general for the price bracket, and surprisingly good for a gaming oriented phone
  • Easily one of the best stereo speakers on a smartphone to date - the two fairly wide areas on top and bottom of the ROG Phone's display house an impressive pair of smartphone speakers - you get great loudness, depth, and clarity
  • Excellent battery life with a whopping 6000 mAh battery - you can expect up to 2 days of use even with solid gaming sessions thrown in
  • Snappy 25W fast charging support, with Asus' Hypercharge technology (an 18W fast charger comes included)
  • Put simply, the ROG Phone 2 is now the best gaming device for your buck - the 120Hz AMOLED display, the "Air Triggers", the amazing accessory eco-system, the very good thermal management, the outstanding speakers, and the huge 6000mAh battery put it far and ahead of the rest of the gaming phones pack, including the excellent Nubia Red Magic 3 - if you are a hardcore gamer, this is the device you are looking for
  • Powerful, unique, industrial 'gaming device' design
  • Slick 'gaming lights'
  • The Black Shark logo on the rear of the phone can be customized to glow and pulse in just about any color
  • The included case has two small ledges onto which you can latch your fingertips - the grippy material of the case and these ledges really help you take firm hold of the phone when gaming
  • The buttons (a short volume toggle, a small power and screen button, and dedicated Shark Key) have excellent profiles and perfect action
  • Fast, effective face unlock
  • Large, crisp, punchy OLED display - you are going to enjoy playing games and watching videos on this device
  • Contrast, and viewing angles are great
  • The display also supports a 'MagicTouch' feature, that relies on the phone’s pressure-sensitive display to let you reassign controls to a more convenient location on the screen - which can make playing games in landscape mode (like PUBG) much more fun
  • The UI is mostly stock Android, which keeps things nice and simple
  • The primary modification to the software is in terms of a number of options that help you optimize the gaming experience on the phone
  • The “Game Dock” and “Light Settings” found at the bottom of the settings menu let you adjust certain aspects of the gaming experience, such as notifications, frame rates, brightness, and the floating window that acts as a dashboard for all your key performance metrics (battery temp, CPU temp, CPU frequency, and so on)
  • The Shark Key on the right side grants entry to the phone’s gaming zone, called Shark Space that squashes notifications and will essentially help you focus 100 percent on gaming - it also dumps out the RAM to help boost speeds
  • Shark Space is also a central location for all your games - any titles you download from the Play Store are automatically loaded into the Shark Space launcher
  • You’ll also find controls for the optional gaming pads - if you purchase the pads you can customize the actions for each button here, as well as perform some baseline calibrations.
  • If you don’t have the controllers, you can map on-screen buttons to perform specific tasks
  • The display is also capable of 240Hz touch sensitivity with latency as low as 43.5ms - together, these translate to faster finger recognition and quicker response to your input
  • The performance as you would expect from a gaming device, is drool-worthy - the flagship Snapdragon 855, with oodles of RAM, and other modifications like liquid cooling, and a multi-layered heat dissipation system, means that this is simply one of the most powerful Androids you can get your hands on
  • From day-to-day use to complex games, the Black Shark 2 will chomp through everything, without batting an eyelid
  • Pretty good cameras for this price bracket
  • The dual-camera setup on the rear lets you shoot normal and telephoto images, as well as use the two lenses together for portrait/bokeh
  • The majority of photos show sharp focus, and even low light shots are better than average
  • The selfie camera does a decent job too
  • You can shoot video up to 4K - they generally come out clean, well exposed, and mostly free of noise
  • Overall, especially for a gaming-centered phone, the Black Shark 2 packs some pretty capable cameras
  • Good bunch of front-facing stereo speakers - can deliver 1W of audio output, which means the Black Shark 2 can get really loud
  • There is also a dedicated gaming mic on one side of the phone to ensure it isn’t covered by your hand while you play
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAH battery, and some good optimization - with regular use, it can breeze through 48 hours and power to spare - and even with a lot of gaming time, you will comfortable get through a day
  • Fast charging support (Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0) with some very good charging speeds - 30 min plugged into the included charger will provide a 60 percent boost in battery life
  • If you are into hardcore gaming, and spend a lot of your day engrossed in PUBG or Fortnite, this is the best value-for-money dedicated gaming phone you can get, period - it's big on both personality and performance - and the bang for buck it delivers is off the charts
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Quite heavy at 240 grams, which takes some getting used to (though to Asus' credit - it's still reasonably easy to hold due to the curvature of the back and even weight distribution)
  • Incredibly slippery body - a case is a must (and thankfully one is included in the retail package)
  • If you are more into casual gaming, then of course the ROG Phone 2 is massive overkill - you will be well served by more all-round flagship phones like the OnePlus 7, Zenfone 6Z, or the Redmi K20 Pro, which will be cheaper, easier to handle, and have slightly better cameras
  • While the front of the phone is all glass, the rest of the chassis is some seriously heavy metal - this is a big and heavy device, no 2 ways about it
  • No IP-rated waterproofing
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor only has average accuracy (you will be better off using the face unlock mostly)
  • The Black Shark 2, like all gaming device tend to be, is a sharp, aggressive-looking piece of hardware, and it may be too much for regular, non-hardcore-gaming folk
  • Unlike some other gaming phones (such as the Asus ROG phone), the screen refresh rate is limited to a standard 60Hz
  • Brightness levels peak at 430-nits - it could have been a bit higher for better outdoor visibility
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack - audio output is via USB-C, and there are no USB-C earphones included either - so you will need to get your own USB-C or wireless headphones
  • The Black Shark 2 is primarily for gamers thanks to its lights, aggressive design and gaming optimizations - having said all that though, it’s a good smartphone generally speaking, and anyone looking for a standout handset, who doesn’t mind a bit of ‘grrr’, can also check it out
Expert Reviews
  1. Meant to shock, amaze and overshadow others in the mobile gaming niche...The mobile gaming experience on the ROG Phone 2 is truly the best money can buy
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Sweet overkill...A ridiculously good phone, that would also be a good pick for non-gamers - as long as you don't mind the heft of course
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Undoubtedly a great gaming device...but if you’re looking to use it as your daily driver, you’ll be hard-pressed to compromise on certain factors like its large profile and weight
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you're looking for a beast of a phone, then the Asus ROG Phone 2 is one of the best out there...If you're not a fan of the weight of the ROG Phone 2, the OnePlus 7T would be a good alternative
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. 120Hz screen and 6,000 mAh battery makes it the top gaming phone
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A top contender for this year's best smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. The best gaming phone is also a superb Android device
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Gaming beast
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. ROG Phone 2 isn’t just a gaming beast but an impressive flagship phone overall.
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A great value phone....not just a good gaming smartphone, but it can also be a good choice for non-gamers
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. The ROG Phone II is clearly the best phone on the market right now if you care about gaming
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. More than just a great gaming phone...With a stunning 120Hz panel, the latest specs, and 6000mAh battery, the ROG Phone 2 is also great for everyday use
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A power-packed, unwieldy device and if you’re a gamer, you’ll love it.... In case you don’t like gaming on mobile, but don’t mind a big-size phone, the ROG 2 is still a good bet
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. If you're serious about your mobile gaming and want a leg up over your online opponents, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 is the ultimate gaming handset of 2019
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  15. One Phone for all your needs!
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Lots of power for Android gaming fans
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  17. A game-changing gaming phone
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Top-notch hardware at a jaw-dropping price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Those looking for a gaming smartphone with a premium-built should definitely go for the ROG Phone II
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. The alpha Android phone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  21. Combining the ZenFone’s strong camera with over-the-top specs and a wealth of gaming add-ons means this is one of the few gaming phones that doesn’t ask you to compromise on other elements
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  22. A ridiculously well-made smartphone and a steal at the current price
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Best gaming phone
    pandaily.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. The best gaming phone in India
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. Gamers - Go get it right now. Non-gamers - Go get it right now.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. For someone planning to get the most specced out phone right now, with the added oomph of the battery, and the crazy looks to go with it, and is someone who plays games almost daily - we recommend the ROG Phone 2
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. Delivers the best performance and features to be hailed as the best gaming smartphone in the market
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. Buy for gaming, leave with one of 2019's best smartphones
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  30. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  33. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  34. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  35. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  36. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  37. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. A great phone, that we thoroughly liked..but one that we find surprisingly hard to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Black Shark 2’s pressure-sensitive screen makes mobile gaming better
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A big, powerful bite at an affordable price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Delivers on its key promise — excellent gaming performance..but feels slightly overpriced compared to a rival such as the Nubia Red Magic 3
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Ideal gaming smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Solid value for the money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The new king of mobile gaming
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you are a person that loves to game on the go, this is the smartphone for you
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Quintessentially one of the best gaming smartphones out there
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. One of the best gaming phones you can buy
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A dependable option for gamers
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. This gaming phone is a real killer
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  13. Well worth the money
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A mighty phone with supreme gaming capabilities
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Consider this one if you need an all-round smartphone that also doubles up as a gaming device
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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