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Asus ROG Phone II has been launched with a Snapdragon 855+ SoC.
The phone sports a 6.59-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate.
It features a 6000mAH battery with Quick Charge 4 support.
After weeks of speculation, Asus has finally launched the ROG Phone II. As promised by the company, the phone ships with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855+ processor, which is basically an overclocked version of the flagship Snapdragon 855. The phone also brings upgrades to the display with a 120Hz 10-bit HDR screen, and gives users an option to choose from a near-stock UI and a game-focused ROG UI. Asus hasn’t announced the price of the phone, and we expect it to reveal it in the coming weeks.
Basically seen as a phone with a spec bump from its previous generation version, the Asus ROG Phone II offers an amalgam of metal and glass design with an RGB-lit ROG logo at the back. The phone has been launched with a collection of gaming accessories and partnership with game developers. The handset sports a 6.59-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution, an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and 10-bit HDR support.
The company has given an option to have a refresh rate of ‘up to 120Hz’ and 1ms latency. This essentially means that the phone can also be used with the display having 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rates. The Armoury Crate is Asus’ game launcher allows a user to customise the settings for each game, that is, whether to run the screen in 120Hz mode and whether the high-performance X-mode should be enabled. The Game Genie takes care of notifications, incoming calls, among others.
As mentioned, the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, which is claimed to deliver a 15-percent boost in graphics rendering and a CPU that can go as high as 2.96GHz. It is assisted by up to 12GB RAM and up to 512GB onboard storage. As expected of a gaming phone, the Asus ROG Phone II comes with a cooling system to keep the temperature of the phone under check. Asus has put vents that dissipates the heat away from the vapor chamber to the external vents.
The company is also offering the second-generation AeroActive Cooler II, which is claimed to be four times quieter than its predecessor and keep the exterior of the phone cooler (dropping the temperature by 5°C lower, up from 4°C). To improve the audio while gaming, Asus has included front-facing stereo speakers with DTS:X Ultra support to simulate multi-channel audio. Reportedly, the speakers come with larger chambers for a 2.5x louder audio than the speakers on the previous phone.
Asus says that the phone also has improved AirTriggers. There are two vibration motors, one on each side of the screen. As far as the UI is concerned, the Taiwanese giant has offered two options to choose from. Gamers can either choose a near-stock UI, which is borrowed from the Zenfone 6 or choose a game-focused ROG UI. The phone comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, and there are four microphones on the device.
On the camera front, the phone has a 24MP front-facing shooter. On the back are the same camera sensor as they are found in the Asus 6z. There is a 48MP Quad Bayer sensor for the main camera and a 13MP sensor with 125 degree ultra wide-angle lens. Speaking of battery, the handset houses a massive 6000mAh capacity with a 30W ROG HyperCharge technology and Quick Charge 4.0 support.
The company has launched the ROG Kunai Gamepad that offers gaming modes similar to the ones offered by the Nintendo Switch. Users can either attach the two halves to the sides of the phone or attach them together and use them as a wireless gamepad.
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