TRUE GAMING BEAST
The smartphone market for mobile users in India is growing at a very fast pace and Asus has come up with its second gaming smartphone for the Indian market. Asus’s ROG Phone 2, the true gaming beast that was launched a few months ago globally and is now finally available in the Indian market. The phone starts from Rs 37,999 for the variant with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage. Asus 18W charger as well as the AeroCase will be a part of in-box accessories. Another variant of Asus ROG Phone 2 which features 12GB RAM, 512GB storage will be available for Rs 59,999 with in-box accessories which comprises of ROG charger, AeroActive Cooler and AeroCase. The phone will be exclusively available on Flipkart during the Big Billion Days sale from September 30 with the no-cost EMI options.
- 6.6-inch Full HD + OLED HDR display, 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR 10, Gorilla Glass 6
- 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- Snapdragon 855 Plus octa-core 2.96GHz
- Adreno 640 GPU
- RAm 12 GB LPDDR4X
- ROM 512GB UFS 3.0 (No miscrosd slot)
- Back Camera dual : 48 MP f/1.79, Sony IMX586 + 13 MP Wide Angle 125 PDAF, 4K@60fps Video
- Front Camera 24 MP
- Android 9 Pie with ROG UI
Asus just unleashed The ROG Phone 2 and it is really a true gaming beast. Unlike other gaming phones, aims to offer a first ever flagship gaming experience. ROG Phone 2 has been launched in India in 2 variants. The highest variant with 855+ snadragon, 12GB RAM, massive 8500 mAh battery a (for highest variant) 6.59 inch 120 Hz OLED display makes this device the most spec heavy gaming phone on the market.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset helps the phone to achieve superior benchmark scores when compared to other flagship smartphones. Asus has also upgraded the storage to UFS 3.0 format which should make for faster read/write speeds which should result in faster ap load times. Asus is offering up to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage with this phone.
Asus made sure that the phone gives a premium look. It has worked in abundance on its display as well, the ROG Phone 2 should be a joy. Asus is still offering a 6.59-inch display. Asus ROG Phone 2 features thick bezels on both top and bottom. However, the ROG Phone is using a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED screen with 1ms response rate and 49ms touch latency. The ROG Phone 2 is the first phone in the world to use a 10 bit HDR AMOLED panel. And, oh yes! there’s an in-display fingerprint sensor.
In the software department, the ROG Phone 2 runs on Android 9 Pie. Another good option for users is that Asus is offering an option to choose between two user interfaces. Users can either choose the custom ROG UI with a gaming-oriented theme or opt for the stock Android-inspired design that we have previously seen on the Asus 6z. The ROG Phone 2 also get the ROG Armoury Crate that offers a custom interface for all games and various system controls.
In the Battery department, the ROG Phone 2 has blown our minds with the gigantic 6000mAh battery once again for basic variant. The advanced variant will feature a whooping 8500 mAh battery alongside 12GB ram. Asus promised a better battery life with the ROG Phone 2 than the ROG Phone 1. The phone should last easily for the full day even without gaming even with heavy usage. We get the 18W charger with the box although ROG Phone 2 support for 30W fast charging.
Despite being a gaming centric smarthphone, Asus is offering the flagship cameras that we saw on the Asus 6z. The ROG Phone 2 features a 48-megapixel main camera f/1.79, Sony IMX586 along with the 13-megapixel wide-angle camera at the back 125 PDAF. It supports 4K videos at the rate of 60fps.
In the audio system, the ROG Phone 2 uses the bezels to house a dual speaker stereo setup at the front. It features dual front facing 5 magnet speaker and dual smart amplifier. Asus ROG Phone 2 also supports Hi-res audio, DTS Headphone: X 7.1 surround sound. For gaming, the phone sports Air Triggers 2 which are essentially ultrasonic sensors on the top of the phone. These buttons can be customized to an individual game. The sensors now get improved haptic feedback and a better response rate. The phone also comes with four microphones as well.
Asus has also introduced most of the accessories for the ROG Phone 2 in India. The ROG Twinview Display Dock aims to offer a console-like experience with dual screens. The ROG Kunai gamepad comes with 25 keys and can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. The gamepad also works with PC and tablets as well. The Mobile Desktop Dock will help users connect the phone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for a PC-like gaming experience. The Asus Professional Dock will also do the same with essential gaming ports. The ROG Aero Cooler 2 comes back with a silent fan, a headphone jack and a USB-C port. Asus will also be offering the ROG Aero Case with the phone. The Asus Lighting Armour Case flaunts the special ROG theme with an RGB light at the back.
As part of the special partnership, Gameloft will offer a special ROG edition of the Porsche 911 Carrera in Asphalt 9: Legends. The game will also be optimised for the ROG Phone 2 with enhanced feedback and a few other features.
The ROG 30W charger comes for Rs 1,999 whereas the AeroActive Cooler 2 will cost Rs 3,999. The Asus Professional Dock will cost Rs 5,499 whereas the Lighting Armour Case will cost Rs 2,999. The Twin View Dock 2 will cost Rs 19,999 and the Mobile Desktop Dock will cost Rs 12,999. The ROG Kunai Gamepad will cost Rs 9,999.
Asus ROG Phone 2 is a flipkart Big Billion Day special. It will be exclusively available on Flipkart during the Big Billion Days sale from September 30 with the no-cost EMI options. It also comes with cashback offers with various bank cards.