Our Opinion

The Asus ROG Phone II (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the realme X2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Asus ROG Phone II (8GB RAM, 128GB)

Asus ROG Phone II (8GB RAM, 128GB)  realme X2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
79.9
74.0
Value for Money Score
72.6
79.1
Price ₹ 37,999 onwards ₹ 30,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Nov, 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 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 90 HzHigh
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 108%, HDR10, 120Hz Display, 240Hz Touch-sensing, Bluelight Filter, Always-on Display, Glove touch Support Super AMOLED, 1000 Nits Max brightness, 90Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, DCI-P3 100%
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.96 GHz 2.96 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 13MP 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
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 64MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/1.7" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: F/2.5 Aperture; Telephoto; 1/3.4" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); 1/3.2" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@960fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 24MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 77.9° Field-of-view, Panorama, HDR, Portrait mode F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, EIS
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.48 mmThick 8.7 mmMedium
Weight 240 gmHeavy 199 gmHeavy
Width 77.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
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, 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 50.0W 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 UFS 3.0 Storage; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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
  • Premium, stylish glass-sandwich design - two glass sheets joined by an anodized aluminum frame
  • The back has a nice gradient effect - there's a subtle "X" pattern if you shine a light at it
  • Cold glass, colder metal, all curved and melded into one another, the Realme X2 Pro feels great in hand
  • Excellent, fast in-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock
  • Beautiful, large, bright, vibrant OLED display, with a cool 90Hz refresh rate - the best display panel you will get at this price point
  • The 90Hz refresh rate means everything feels super snappy on the phone - from UI animations, webpage scrolling, to games
  • The screen also delivers HDR10+ support and a bunch of colour modes too, as well as a dark mode to take advantage of the OLED’s inky blacks
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined (and less bloat-y) than before, and still packs a bunch of useful add-on features, like Game space
  • Top-end flagship performance with the Snapdragon 855+ beast at the core (the cheapest phone with the flagship 855+ at present) - the X2 Pro steamrolls through anything you throw at it, including high-end games
  • Gaming on the phone is especially a treat, also because of the 90Hz screen
  • Nice, versatile quad camera setup: 64MP primary + 13MP telephoto + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, the 64MP camera can grab some great shots - detail is great and dynamic range is fair
  • Very good portrait mode
  • The ultra-wide, and macro modes provide for some interesting framing options (though quality wise, they are not quite up there with the primary camera)
  • The telephoto lens is capable of 2X optical zoom, 5X hybrid zoom, and a total of 20X digital zoom - and, up to 5x zoom, the quality is pretty good, especially in good lighting conditions
  • Very good video capture with impressive electronic image stabilisation from the main camera - comparable to much more expensive phones
  • Good selfie camera too - its 16MP resolution captures detailed shots, and it shoots at up to FullHD video
  • Overall, the camera setup on the X2 Pro is very good for the price bracket, but it's not the best (Redmi K20 Pro, and Oneplus 7T do slightly better)
  • Excellent Dolby tuned stereo speakers - they are both loud and hard to cover up - listening to music on the phone is a joy
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - will give you up to 1.5 days of use with moderate usage
  • Includes crazy-fast 50W fast charging - the fastest in the industry till date - even beating top-end flagships like the Mate 30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (by a massive margin) - it goes flat to 100% in just 30 minutes!
  • The X2 Pro is a smashing entry by Realme in the flagship space - it's crazy good value for money, completely changes the affordable flagship landscape, and is a power user's dream - as long as you are ok with a not-the-best-at-this-price-range camera, it will be hard to do better than the X2 Pro
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
  • A bit beefy at 199g and 8.7mm thick
  • Like all glass backs, this one too is slippery and attracts fingerprints and smudges
  • It's still not as clean/simple as stock Android of course - very few custom skins are
  • Low light performance and the night mode aren't that great, with the lack of OIS
  • If you do want the best-camera-for-the-buck, or a notch-less screen however, consider the Xiaomi's Redmi K20 Pro - and if you are really keen on a clean, stock like Android experience, consider the OnePlus 7T (at a slightly higher price point)
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. Unrivaled in the affordable flagship category...at this price, it's an offer that's hard to pass on
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Excellent all-round choice
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Realme X2 Pro is a great offering at this price - you essentially get most of the features of the OnePlus 7T, barring the leaner software, at a much more affordable price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The newest offering from realme is built to impress, with some seriously out of paper specifications
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Well-rounded flagship with crazy fast charging...strongly recommended
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best value smartphone of 2019
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Good value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Checks all the boxes...ideal for those looking for flagship-level specs at a mid-range price
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. With 90Hz display and Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, it has already set new benchmarks for its price segment
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A winner when it comes to offering value for your money
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The hardware you're getting here is incredible, particularly considering how much it costs
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Realme X2 Pro clearly brings more to the table than the Xiaomi flagship in terms of hardware, display performance and camera output
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The definition of excellent value for money
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Realme X2 Pro performs like a beast and charges at an almost impossibly fast rate, while the 90Hz display looks fantastic
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A near-perfect smartphone
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The Realme X2 Pro has got everything that is hot in the flagship smartphone market right now. Fluid 90Hz AMOLED display, 50W charging, 855+ chip, sturdy build
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A great flagship...and a total steal against the Redmi K20 Pro
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. This is the flagship killer of 2019, and OnePlus should be worried
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. One of the best phones you can buy at this price...a good premium smartphone that falls in between the K20 Pro and OnePlus 7T
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. A deal that's impossible to beat right now....The best flagship killer of the year
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The king of flagship killers
    moneycontrol.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. More bang for the buck than Redmi K20 Pro, OnePlus 7T
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. The Realme X2 Pro is hands-down, the best value you'd get for your hard-earned money in the budget flagship segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  27. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  28. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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