The ROG Phone 2 is packed with the latest internal hardware. You get a 120Hz screen, Qualcomm’s latest silicon, UFS 3.0 internal memory, a massive 6000mAh battery, and a clever heat dissipation system. Below is a detailed review of this hot piece of Tech.
The design and display
The ROG Phone 2 is huge, but in a very different way to other huge phones like the Huawei Mate 20 X and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus. It’s imposing in both stature and design, with Decepticon-esque glyphs, an intimidating RGB lighting ROG logo and a heavy-weight body.
Starting with weight, the ROG Phone 2 comes in at a hefty 240g – compare that to the 226g iPhone 11 Pro Max and the 196g Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Just like those handsets, the ROG Phone 2 is a glass/metal sandwich, though it features a matte, beveled aluminum frame as opposed to a smooth, curved stainless steel frame, and feels less slick as a result.
With curved glass around the back, while it’s big, the Asus ROG Phone 2 still feels comfortable in hand, and the metal frame stops it from being too slippery.
Display tech doesn’t get much better than AMOLED, as used here, and when you consider the ROG Phone 2’s incredibly fast 120Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, everything comes together very well.
With a resolution of 1080 x 2340, the ROG Phone 2 has a pixel density of 391 pixels-per-inch, making it sharper than the iPhone 11, but less sharp than most Android flagships.
Hardware, Software and Performance
The heart of the ROG Phone II comes from Qualcomm and is called Snapdragon 855+, a tuned SoC where the high-performance core is clocked at 2.96 GHz instead of 2.84 GHz. In addition to the CPU, the GPU also gets a higher clock rate. By default the Adreno 640 runs in the normal.
Snapdragon 855 with up to 585 MHz. With the 855+ and thus in the ROG Phone II, the graphics unit clocks up to 700 MHz. According to Asus, all of this should contribute to a 40 percent increase in graphics performance. This Smartphone runs on the latest Android 9.0 software.
With 6,000mAh of battery inside, even the massive power demands of a huge 120Hz screen don’t stop the ROG Phone 2 from impressing. It lasts a full day without breaking a sweat on auto-brightness, and if you’re careful it can get you through two – just make sure the gaming-centric X Mode and the phone’s RGB lighting are turned off.
The rear sensors on the ROG Phone 2 are the same as those on the Asus 6Z (Review). This phone is missing the laser autofocus sensor, but everything else seems to be identical. The Asus ROG Phone 2 also gets a 24-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture, since it lacks the motorised rear camera of the 6Z. The main 48-megapixel camera uses the Sony IMX586 sensor, with an f/1.79 aperture and PDAF, but no optical stabilisation. The second camera uses a wide-angle lens with a 13-megapixel sensor.
Sublime 120Hz display
Outstanding battery life
Aggressive design with RGB lighting
Latest internal hardware
Clean software with no bloat
Design isn’t for everyone
No wireless charging
No water resistance
This hot Smartphone is available at Banggood.com for $669.