Asus ROG Phone II (12GB RAM, 512GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 59,999 onwards

launchSep, 2019

91.8

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Design

  • 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
  • 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)

Air Triggers

  • 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

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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 - on top of that, if you add the additional active cooling with the AeroActive Cooler II (included in-box), it makes for truly throttle-free sustained maximum performance
  • Combine the 855+ with the most amazing thermal management on any phone, and you get the pinnacle of Android performance so far into 2019

Accessories

  • 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 (included in retail package), 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

Camera

  • 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

Audio

  • 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

Battery

  • 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 (a 30W fast charger comes included)

Verdict

  • 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 excellent 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
  • 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

Expert Reviews

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  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
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  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. 120Hz screen and 6,000 mAh battery makes it the top gaming phone
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A top contender for this year's best smartphone
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  6. The best gaming phone is also a superb Android device
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Gaming beast
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A great value phone....not just a good gaming smartphone, but it can also be a good choice for non-gamers
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  9. 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 »
  10. The alpha Android phone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Delivers the best performance and features to be hailed as the best gaming smartphone in the market
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Gamers - Go get it right now. Non-gamers - Go get it right now.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Buy for gaming, leave with one of 2019's best smartphones
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A ridiculously well-made smartphone and a steal at the current price
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Best gaming phone
    pandaily.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. 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
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Asus ROG Phone II (12GB RAM, 512GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.59 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • DCI-P3 108%
  • HDR10
  • 120Hz Display
  • 240Hz Touch-sensing
  • Bluelight Filter
  • Always-on Display
  • Glove touch Support
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.96 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 640
RAM12 GB
Memory
Internal Memory512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity6000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 25W HyperCharge, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight240 gm
Thickness9.48 mm
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 13MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera24MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.2 Aperture
  • 77.9° Field-of-view
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • Portrait mode
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO + QZSS
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor
  • Air Triggers
  • Side-mounted USB Type-C Connector
  • Reverse charging 10W
  • UFS 3.0 Storage
  • Bundled 30W Fast Charger and AeroActive Cooler II
  • DTS Headphone X
  • MIMO

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