ASUS India, earlier today, launched its newest gaming-centric Android smartphone – the ASUS ROG Phone 2 in India. The much-awaited successor to the original ROG Phone, this updated version of the handset packs in a lot of feature additions and ticks almost all the boxes as far as the spec-sheet is concerned. Just like its predecessor, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 also comes with a bunch of additional accessories that ASUS claims will take your mobile gaming experience to the next level. The ROG Phone 2 will be offered in two versions in India starting with a base 8GB+128GB version and a top-end 12GB+512gB variant.
ASUS ROG Phone 2: Specifications and Features
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 comes powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC. This is an overclocked version of the standard SD 855 chipset with a 15 percent performance boost in the graphics department and a 4 percent improvement in the overall processing power. The ASUS ROG Phone 2 features up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and all the versions feature ultra-fast UFS 3.0 flash storage.
Dominating the front fascia of the ROG Phone 2 is the large 6.59-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This panel is 10-bit HDR certified. The major talking point of the display on the ROG Phone 2 is that it supports 120Hz refresh rate. You can choose to switch between 60hz, 90hz and 120 Hz modes depending on what you prefer. Staying with the display, the phone also boasts of 111.8% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and has a Delta C value of less than 1 making it a very color accurate panel. The display also gets Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for added durability.
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is a large phone – and the company justifies its hefty 240g weight thanks to a gargantuan 6,000mAh battery that it packs. Add some of the accessories that you can add to the phone and there is a good chance that you will be using a phone that weighs close to half a kilogram.
ASUS ROG Phone 2: Camera and Imaging
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 might not look like your average camera phone but it has impressive camera hardware anyway. The phone uses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor for its primary camera. The secondary camera at the rear uses a 13-megapixel sensor that is mated to an ultra-wide-angle lens. The phone supports 4K and 1080p video recording at 60fps and also has a slow-motion mode with the capability to capture 480 fps videos in 720p resolution. At the front, the phone gets by with a 24-megapixel sensor.
ASUS ROG Phone 2: Software, accessories and other features
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 runs a custom ROG UI atop and Android 9 Pie core. Users, however, get the option to choose between this ROG UI and a ‘normal’ looking ZenUI mode which is an option that the user is presented at the startup screen. Apart from this, the handset also comes with several software features that aim to enhance the overall gaming experience This is apart from the Air Trigger option that gives users the ability to trigger a specific area on the display by touching the sides of the phone where your fingers usually rest during gameplay.
The ROG Phone 2 – like its predecessor – features a comprehensive set of accessories. These include the improved AeroActive Cooler II, the ROG Kunai Gamepad, the TwinView Dock 2, the desktop dock, and the professional dock.
ASUS ROG Phone 2: Price in India, launch offers
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 will be offered in two versions in India starting with a base 8GB+128GB version priced at INR 37,999. This version will come with an 18W charger and the AeroCase in the box. The second variant of the phone which will be announced later gets 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage and also comes with a faster 30W charger, the AeroCooler, and the AeroCase has been priced at INR 59,999. The ASUS ROG Phone 2 will go on sale starting September 30 at 12 pm. Users can avail an instant 10% discount with Axis Bank Debit and Credit cards and ICICI credit cards. Flipkart also offers a No cost EMI scheme with the phone for up to 6 months.