Gaming phones, for the most part, are gimmicky. Expect for the fancy RGB light on the back and custom gaming skin on the OS; they are just another Android smartphone with top of the line specs. That’s how things have been for the past couple of years. Well, that’s not the case with the Asus ROG Phone II. It’s the first gaming phone that is worth recommending to people whose world doesn’t revolve just around gaming.
What Makes The ROG Gaming Phone II So Special?
There are a lot of things that Asus got right with the ROG Phone II. Let’s start with the display. The phone features the fastest AMOLED display ever put out on a phone. At 120Hz, the display refreshes faster than that of the OnePlus 7 Pro. Simply put, there’s no better display on the market than what’s found on this Asus phone (at least for gaming).
The ROG Phone II is also the first phone to feature the recently updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC. The 855 plus is the overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855 and has 15% faster GPU and 13% faster CPU performance. If this wasn’t enough, the company has also packed 12GB of RAM inside the phone- the highest on any phone to date.
Long story short, the Phone II has the fastest SoC on the market with the largest capacity RAM available and has the fastest AMOLED screen in the market.
Gigantic 6000mAh battery!
And if you thought this is all the phone has to offer, you would be wrong. Let’s talk about the battery. Some companies brag about having 3700mAh battery on their phones, some highlight having 4000mAh and others advertise having a 4200mAh battery that should last for two days on a single charge.
With the ROG Phone II, Asus definitely wanted to put all the other phones to shame. The phone packs a whopping 6000mAh battery. Forget about 2-day battery! With normal usage, I am sure you will be able to see Day 3 on this phone without having to recharge even once with moderate usage. The battery charges fast too, you get a 30W fast charger in the box (Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 compatible) and it should get your phone to 80% in under 2 hours.
Stock Android And Flagship-grade Camera
The company has learned a thing or two from its first gaming phone. Instead of using some weird gaming-inspired theme on the ROG Phone II, the company has stuck with a skin that’s close to stock Android. The phone now only looks cleaner, we are hopeful that it will receive Android updates faster too.
The phone features a dual rear camera on the back. They are the same modules found on the company’s flagship Zenphone 6. One is a 48MP unit and the other is a 13MP ultra-wide angle unit.
On the front, there’s a 25MP camera for taking selfies. Also upfront is a stereo speaker- one on the top, and one on the bottom. Unlike the pseudo-stereo speakers on most other flagships, this one has true stereo speakers with the same output coming from each speaker.
Gaming Dedicated Features On The ROG Phone II
Since it’s a gaming phone, it has a few dedicated gaming features worth mentioning. One cool feature is something called ‘Air Trigger’. There are two capacitive sensors on the side of the phone which act as triggers. You can use these air triggers to perform an action in compatible games. It is basically L1 and R1 button found on the PlayStation DualShock controller. This feature comes in handy in games like Asphalt 9 where you can use the buttons to accelerate and brake respectively. It works great on games like PUBG where you can configure the buttons to fire and reload respectively.
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Another feature worth mentioning is the RGB LED light which is configurable with the on-board gaming software. You can check the CPU temperature, resource utilization, and more using this app. You can change the color of your logo on the back and even completely shut it off if you are not a big fan of this feature.
The ROG Phone II, without a doubt, is the best gaming smartphone we have seen in 2019. Do gaming phones make sense to you?