New ASUS ROG Phone 2 with next level mobile gaming experience

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New ASUS ROG Phone 2 with next level mobile gaming experience

Nowadays, the gaming smartphone market is very competitive. Not only the Chinese smartphone manufacturers, reputable brands like Razer and Asus are also trying to capitalize on the popularity of the mobile eSports titles such as PUBG Mobile. Asus is back with its 2nd generation of Republic of Gamers smartphone. The company launched its game-centric phone Asus Rog Phone 2 at an event in New Delhi, recently. The phone is within reach of the common man’s pocket, which is the best thing for this year’s model.

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 features

Display

The phone features the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR display with a 6.59-inch screen that takes gaming to the next level. The 10-bit HDR means it can display 1 billion colors so, everything will look rich and vivid.

ASUS ROG Phone 2 display

The display has a Delta-E of less than 1 means it displays the most accurate colors possible for the visual experience. Delta-E is the measure of the difference between two colors. An average human eye can’t differentiate colors that differ by a Delta-E of less than 3. 

The touchscreen of the Rog Phone 2 is designed with ultra-low touch latency of 49ms which is the world’s first and will give instant fingertip response. The phone has a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. To protect all these and the overall display it is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

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Performance

ROG phone 2 performance

The world’s fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ will power the Asus ROG 2 with a 2.96Hz clock speed and up to 12GB RAM. The phone has a high capacity of 512 UFS 3.0 ROM for the ultra-fast data storage. The latest Adreno 640 GPU in the phone is capable of bringing a faster display and smooth visuals with greater power efficiency. With the 4G LTE Cat 18 connectivity, you can download up to 1.2Gbps and Wi-Fi speeds up to 4.6Gbps with WiGig.

GameCool 2 in ROG phone 2

For the max performance of ROG phone 2, Asus used the second-gen GameCool 2, which includes a newly designed 3D vapor chamber capable of eliminating heat from the phone during extreme operation. For the max cooling performance company also added a new AeroActive Cooler with redesigned fan blades that can create more airflow into ROG Aerodynamic System. The new AeroActive Cooler 2 is 4X quieter and can lower up to 5-degree surface temperature.

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AeroActive cooler 2 in ROG phone 2

According to Asus,

It’s much quieter and cools ROG Phone II more effectively at high loads, which translates directly into better performance for no-compromise full-speed operations. ROG Phone II won’t let you down in the heat of battle, no matter how long victory takes.

Battery

ROG phone 2 - Battery

For the max performance and gaming experience, ROG Phone 2 has a 6000mAh battery and to charge this Asus used a 30W charger with HyperCharge direct-charging technology. This charging technology results in 58 minutes shorter time to charge 4000mAh of the battery with safer charge times. The phone supports PD charging means compatible with any USB-C charger or charge other devices with your phone.

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Audio

ROG Phone 2 is equipped with genuinely remarkable immersive audio abilities. It has ultra-powerful front-facing speakers at each end of the phone for determining stereo imaging in landscape mode, a 24-bit/192KHz audio engine with Hi-Res Audio assistance, a 3.5 mm earphone jack, and DTS: X Ultra 7.1-channel for theater-quality surround-sound. The phone is also equipped with a noise-canceling quad-mic array for reducing the background noise during team chat. The phone also supports aptX Adaptive.

With immersive audio abilities, the ROG phone 2 also comes with a powerful Dual Surrounding vibration system to provide a 3D force feedback sensation for the ultimate sensory experience.

Connectivity

A new multi-antenna design in Asus ROG Phone 2

For the better Wi-Fi connectivity, the company introduced a new multi-antenna design which optimizes the Wi-Fi connectivity with 4.5X throughput improvement when the phone is in landscape mode. Moreover, the ROG phone 2 includes Game Genie software which runs automatically at the time of game launch and prevents switching between Wi-Fi and 4G while gaming.

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Camera

Asus ROG phone 2 - Camera

The rear dual-camera of ROG Phone 2 is equipped with a Sony IMX586 camera sensor which includes 48MP primary camera -1/2.0” large sensor size and 0.8-micrometer pixel size based on 12MP Quad Bayer technology with F1.79 aperture and 1.6-micrometer pixel size and a 13MP ultrawide camera up to 125-degree and 200 percent wider view with real-time distortion correction. The rear dual-camera of the phone is capable of capturing brilliant day/night photos.

The real dual-camera of ROG phone 2 can vide record 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) at 30/60 fps, 1080p FHD video recording at 30/60 fps, 720p HD video recording at 30fps, 4K UHD Time-Lapse and up to 1080p slow-motion video recording at 240 fps. The company used 3-axis EIS for smooth video recording experience.

The phone includes a 24MP powerful front camera for selfies and the team shot with 8 various filters.

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Design

The ROG Phone 2 has an ergonomic design even though Asus packed so much into it with a 6.59-inch screen. The phone is designed in such a way that consumers can access all the functions easily, which are on display, and during gameplay, thumbs should not clash with each other. The device has a dimension of 170.99 x 77.6 x 9.48 mm and a weight of 240 grams.

The body of the phone also features ASUS Aura RGB lighting with a rear ROG logo which displays a whole rainbow of light. There are four lighting schemes static, strobing, breathing, and color cycling, which can be used on phone events such as notifications, incoming calls, etc., giving the phone a unique personality. 

air trigger 2

Asus also added air triggers to this phone like its predecessors. They uprated the technology to Air Triggers II, which uses an advanced architecture to decrease the vibration latency to 20ms giving extra-precise ultrasonic touch control. Along with tap, they also added the sliding touch gestures to the air triggers. Thus, it will provide a console-like gaming experience.

ROG air trigger
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System and Software

The ROG Phone 2 runs on custom ROG UI based on Android 9 Pie. Like all the flagship phones it also added the Dark Mode. Asus introduced to GUI to this phone one is default ROG GUI, and another is the regular clean flagship smartphone look GUI. Users can choose any of the two whichever they prefer.

Asus introduced Armoury Crate and ROG Game Genie apps to provide an immersive gaming experience. Armoury Crate is the control and command center of gaming in this device, which gives the user to take advantage of the additional hardware functionality and accessory ecosystem, which is available on this phone.

Armoury Crate allows users to do a lot of customizations for gaming functions like game profiles. In each profile, users will able to select how much RAM should be allocated, what should be the processor clock speed, display refresh rate, air trigger pressure, speed of the fan accessory, etc. Hence, users can play games as per their customized hardware and accessories settings. It also sorts the games according to the settings on which it can be played.

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Game Genie helps users to get an undisturbed gaming experience which automatically runs in the background when the user launches a game. With Game Genie users can control notifications, map air triggers, and other accessories, live stream, and many more.

ROG Phone 2 game genie

Price and availability

The Asus ROG Phone 2 is price at ₹37,999 (approx. $536) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant. The 12GB RAM with 512 GB storage variant will soon launch in India with a price tag of ₹59,999 (approx. $846). The phone will be available from September 30 on Flipkart (an online marketplace).

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Full specification

Display 6.59-inch 19.5:9 (2340 by 1080) 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR display
600nits outdoor readable brightness
Delta E < 1
111.8% DCI-P3, 107.4% NTSC, 151.7% sRGB color gamut display
500,000:1 contrast ratio AMOLED display with Corning® Gorilla® 6 Glass
Bluelight filter for eye care
Supports Always On
Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (supports glove touch)
Weight and Dimensions 170.99mm (6.73 inches) 77.6mm (3.06 inches)
9.48mm (0.37 inches)
Processor CPU:2.96GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Plus Mobile Platform with 7nm, 64-bit Octa-core Processor
GPU:Qualcomm® Adreno™ 640
Memory  Up to LPDDR4X 12GB RAM
Main Rear Camera Sony flagship IMX586 48MP image sensor – 1/2.0” large sensor size, 0.8 µm pixel size
Quad Bayer technology – 12MP, 1.6 µm large effective pixel size
F1.79 aperture
26mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
6p lens
79° field of view
2×1 On-chip-lens phase detection autofocus
LED flash

Rear camera modes:
Auto
Portrait
Panorama
Night
Pro (RAW file support / up to 32 seconds long exposure)
AI Scene Detection in 16 types: food, sky, green field, plant, ocean, sunset, snow, flower, stage, dog, cat, people, text, tripod, QR code, night view
8 various filters
Second Rear
Camera
13MP, 125° ultrawide camera
200% wider view for more friends and scenery in the frame
Real-time distortion correction
11mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
Front Camera 24MP
F2.0 aperture
27mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
77.9° field of view

Front camera modes:
Auto
Portrait
8 various filters
Video Recording 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video at 30 / 60 fps for main rear camera, at 30 fps for second rear camera
1080p FHD video recording at 30 / 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
3-axis electronic image stabilization for rear cameras
Time Lapse (4K UHD video)
Slow Motion video (1080p at 240 / 120 fps; 720p at 480 fps)
Take still photo while recording video
Audio Speaker
Dual front-facing speakers with DTS:X Ultra
Stereo speaker with dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifier for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect
Audio Output
Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit standard that is 4 times better than CD quality
DTS:X Ultra 7.1 virtual surround sound for headphone support
AudioWizard with listening profile
Microphone
Quad microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
FM Receiver
FM radio
Wireless Technology Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2 MIMO)
WLAN 802.11ad 60GHz
Bluetooth V 5.0 (BR/EDR+LE), supports Qualcomm® aptX Adaptive
Wi-Fi direct
NFC
Navigation GPS (L1+L5), GLO, BDS, GAL (E1+E5a), QZSS (L1+L5)
SIM Cards Dual slots: Dual 4G SIM standby
Slot 1: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
Slot 2: 2G/3G/4G Nano SIM Card
Network Standard GSM/GPRS/EDGE; WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+; FDD-LTE; TD-LTE

Data rate
 LTE Cat18 UL up to 211Mbps / Cat20 DL up to 2Gbps
DC-HSPA+: UL 5.76Mbps / DL 42Mbps
LTE 6CA UL up to 211Mbps / DL up to 2Gbps
4×4 MIMO and CA w/ 4×4 MIMO support

FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19)
EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
ASUS phone 4G/LTE band compatibility varies by region, please check compatibility with local carriers.
Sensor In-display fingerprint, Face recognition, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Ambient light sensor, Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger II and grip press, Dual vibrators.
External Buttons and Connectors 2x Built-in speakerBuilt
AirTrigger II
On/OffSleep/Wake
VolumeAirTrigger II
Side-mounted connector
3.5mm audio jack (1 Headphone/Mic-in)
USB-C™ connector
Battery 6000mAh high capacity battery, supports Quick Charge 4.0 and PD Charging
Power Adapter Output: +5-10V 3A, supports up to 30W QC4.0 / PD3.0 / Direct Charge adapter
Operating System Android Pie with new ROG UI
In the Box AeroActive Cooler II
ASUS ZenEar Pro Hi-Res earphone with microphone (optional)
Transparent case / Aero case
Type-C to C Cable (120cm)
Ejector pin (SIM tray needle)
USB power adapter (18W / 30W)
Documentation (user guide, warranty card)
Note Specifications and contents may vary by region.

(Via)

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