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Asus ROG Phone II – Same Clothing, Different Beast Within

Asus unleashed what was perhaps the most ambitious gaming phone of last year in the form of the ROG Phone. They followed it up with another beast that not only takes the crown as the most powerful gaming phone out in existence right now, but also arguably the most powerful Android smartphone to date.

Just a week after Qualcomm unveiled their latest Snapdragon 855 Plus to the world, the ROG Phone II has now become the world’s first smartphone to be powered by the new gaming-focused chipset, which boasts 15% faster GPU performance as well as higher clock speeds on the CPU. The OLED display has also undergone a big upgrade from its predecessor – bumping up the screen refresh rate from 90Hz to 120Hz (and its significantly larger to at 6.59-inch). The only other phone to feature a 120Hz display is the Razer Phone 2, which uses a LCD display. The third huge upgrade is its battery capacity, which leaps from 4,000mAh to 6,000mAh.

Other major enhancements from the 2018 ROG Phone – the RAM has surged from 8GB to 12GB, base storage from 128GB to 256GB, dual rear cameras from 12MP main + 8MP ultrawide to 48MP main + 13MP ultra wide, and selfie camera from 8MP to 24MP.

The only disappointment you might have is if you are expecting Asus to put out another funky body design. The ROG Phone II doesn’t look all that different from its first iteration, including the customisable glowing logo. You may notice the absence of a fingerprint reader at the back as its most prominent design change – that is because the ROG Phone II has one under its display. It still has dual front speakers, two USB Type-C ports (bottom and side), (improved) AirTriggers and lastly a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sadly, the similarities also extend to the new phone having no water-resistance rating as well as wireless charging ability.

One of the ROG Phone’s best features is its compatibility with a wide range of special Asus gaming accessories and this is no different with the ROG Phone II. A new gaming accessory take the form of a Nintendo Switch-like controller apparatus. The ROG Kunai Gamepad can be attached to either sides of the phone with a special case or slid into a controller mount.

All in all, the ROG Phone II is more of an inside-upgrade rather than a complete makeover, but what a major upgrade it is. Official full pricing and availability details are not available yet but it will most likely be making its way to Malaysia in the next few months if the ROG Phone’s launch in this side of the world is any indication.


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