Asus is one of those brands which are quite popular for their Gaming laptops and other gaming accessories. Well, the company does not disappoint the gamers with their premium gaming products. In fact, Asus is the first brand to launch a Gaming Centric Device for the user. Yes, we are talking about the Asus Rog Phone 1. Well, the company has recently released its second version of the Asus Rog Phone, the Rog Phone 2. And it is creating a lot of hype in the mobile industry. Some even titled it as the best gaming Smartphone in the world.
Well, how true is that? That’s exactly what this post is going to be all about. Today, in this post, we would be reviewing the Asus Rog Phone 2 and will find out if it is really the Best gaming Smartphone ever. Now if that sounds interesting, let us hop into our review.
Asus Rog Phone 2 Price and Specs
|Model||Asus Rog Phone 2|
|Display||6.59-inch Full HD+ AMOLED, 120 Hertz|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus|
|Storage||256 GB/512 GB/ 1 TB, MicroSD card support|
|Software||Android 9.0 Pie-based on Zen UI|
|Rear camera||48MP f/1.8 + 13MP f/2.4|
|Battery||6000 mAh, Quick Charge 4.0|
|Price||From ₹ 39,990.00|
Design and Build
The Asus Rog Phone 2 has a pretty unique design. As soon as you take a look at the device, you’ll notice why everyone is calling this a Gaming Oriented device. You can see a design pattern similar to the Gaming Laptop from Asus Rog series.
We even have an illuminated ROG logo at the rear of the device which looks pretty sick. And yes, like Rog Laptops, this logo colours can also be adjusted via the in-built app. If you a tech gadget embracer, then you’ll absolutely fall in love with the design of this device.
Besides being cool, the design is also quite functional. For instance, we get heat ventilation at the rear which makes sure that the device does not get heated up when you are gaming or doing any heavy task on your device. Also, we get a USB Type C connector to even the side so that you can charge your device while playing games without any worries.
We should definitely say that the Asus has really nailed it with the design and has also focused on some tiny details which make this an absolutely gorgeous and functional device. The only small issue is the weight, it weighs around 240 grams which does feel slightly heavy.
Display and Unlock
The Asus Rog Phone 2 comes with a 6.59-inch Full HD+ display. This is an AMOLED panel which looks absolutely gorgeous. You can see the real colours, by this we mean that if you are a gamer, then you will see the colours as they were intended to look like in the game.
This is the first-ever Full HD+ panel on an Android Device with 120Hz refresh rate. Yes, 120 hertz and you can feel that while you use the device. The device responses as soon as you touch on any icon (say) which is so soothing and blazing fast. This display has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixel with a pixel density of 391ppi.
These days, we are seeing a lot of notches and punch-holes. Well, this is not the case with the Asus Rog Phone 2 since it has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It is surely not the thinnest but is definitely the cleanest display we ever saw on a device. Having said that, let us now take a look at the Performance and Software aspect of this gaming device.
Performance and Software
Under the hood, the Asus Rog Phone 2 comes with a brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus along with Adreno 640 (700MHz) GPU and 8 or 12GB of RAM. As you might know, the Plus in the name of the processor states that this is actually a gaming-oriented processor which pushes far more power to the GPU.
This makes the Asus Rog Phone 2, the perfect device for Mobile Gamers. During our testing, we enjoyed playing games a lot on this device. We didn’t notice any frame drops, not even the slightest ones, whatsoever.
There are three variants available which come in different storage options – 256GB/512GB/1TB. On the software side, the Asus Rog phone 2 runs on the Android Pie with the Asus own skin of Android, the Zen UI 6. Now, we don’t have any particular complaints about the Zen UI, but it might not be the best skin of Android out there.
Camera and Battery
Now, almost all the gaming-centric devices from the past did not come with the best set of cameras. This is not the case with the Asus Rog Phone 2. The device comes with a dual-camera setup at the rear which comprises of a 48MP f/1.8 and a 13MP f/2.4 sensors. You can take some good wide and even Ultra Wide shots with this camera.
The colours look natural, the sharpness is on point as well. You can expect some great looking portrait shots with amazing bokeh effect. If you are a Videographer, then this camera can record UHD4K at 60fps, FullHD at 240fps, and HD at 480fps.
To the front, we have a 24MP f/2.2 camera which gets the job done pretty well. Honestly, we didn’t expect the front camera of this device to perform this good. The details are fine, the image processing great and you get a good end result. You get a 6,000mAh capacity battery under the hood which can easily last you 2 days on normal usage. The device also supports Quick Charge 4.0 (30W) which is a cherry on the top.
To conclude, we can say that the Asus Rog Phone 2 is a complete all-rounder device. If you are a gamer, then this is hands down the best Gaming Android Device right now in the market. The device does deliver the performance for the price, so we can comment that this is a value for money device as well. If you are a tech or gaming enthusiast looking for a device around Rs. 40,000. Then, you should definitely consider buying an Asus Rog Phone 2.
So that’s it guys, this was our take on Asus Rog Phone 2 Review. Let us know what do you guys think about it in the comments section down below.