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ASUS ROG Phone II Review

Asus has launched it’s next-generation ROG phone as a successor of its first version. ASUS ROG Phone II launched last year first in China and after few months, it was launched in India via Flipkart at a very competitive starting price of Rs 37,999 for its 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant.

ASUS ROG Phone II Design:

ROG Phone II comes with a huge display with a screen size of 6.59 inch. It is an AMOLED capacitive touch display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio with 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels and 391 PPI density. It also supports 120Hz refresh rates. The screen comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

On the top right, we have the 24 MP selfie camera. Towards the back, we have the 48 MP + 13 MP dual-camera setup. The phone is a little heavy which is 240 grams in weight. The ROG Phone 2 has two USB Type-C ports, one at the bottom and one at the side, for in-game landscape charging and accessories. The power and volume buttons are placed low on the right side of the phone. We have the additional USB Type-C port, along with a custom port beside it for accessories. This port supports USB 3.1 (Gen2) standard, along with video output up to 4K resolution and Quick Charge 4.0, and it can be used for charging when you’re gaming in landscape mode. The Type-C port at the bottom supports USB 3.0 speed and also supports fast charging. We have the 3.5 mm audio jack on the extreme right at the bottom.

Performance:

The display is very reflective. The screen content is not legible in direct sunlight. However, in all other situations, the screen content is easy to read because of high display brightness. The viewing angles are very stable. The 120Hz refresh rate makes scrolling through apps and gameplay (in supported games) incredibly fun and fluid.

The phone is equipped with the powerful Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus processor which is the updated version of the 855 processor available in Black Shark 2 and in the Red Magic 3 gaming smartphones. The Snapdragon 855+ also features the fastest graphics chip in the Android world. Only Apple’s A13 GPU is capable of beating the Adreno 640.

While coming to the camera, the phones feature 24 MP selfie camera in the front and 48 MP + 13 MP dual-camera setup in the back. In the rear, we have the 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor and 13-megapixel ultrawide sensor with a 125-degree field-of-view. The overall image quality is pretty decent in good light and it needs to be improved in low lights. You can shoot videos up to 4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps and 720p at 480 fps. The camera has various modes like Auto, Portrait, Pro, Night, Motion Tracking and more. The ROG Phone 2 comes with the same optics as the ZenFone 6. The front 24 MP works better for live streaming and selfie. You can shoot videos up to 1080p at 30 fps.

Out of the box the phone runs on Android 9 with Asus ROG UI. The company has added and optimized a few elements in the Ui, to make comfortable with games. The UI is clean and not any unwanted bloatware included.

On light to regular usage, the phone battery lasts for 48 hours, thanks to the ASUS team to build the phone with huge 6000 mAh battery. You can also make use of a lot of battery saving options available on the phone. The phone comes with 30W quick charge 4.0 charger. From 0 to 100% it takes around 110 minutes. In my experience with regular usages like games, phone calls, GPS, browsing, media-consuming, wifi on always and normal usage, I got around 52 hours of battery life.

Pros:

Support up to 120Hz display
Huge Long Lasting Battery
RGB lighting
Clean Operating System
Multiple USB-C ports

Cons:

Huge Size
Not included any accessories with it
No Wireless charging

Final Verdict:

Asus ROG Phone II is one of the best gaming smartphones of the year 2019 and it does well for the value of the money. Also, this gaming smartphone has owned many awards various YouTubers, organizations, etc., If you are really a gamer looking for the best smartphone at reasonable price, then go ahead and try the ASUS ROG Phone II smartphone.

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