Asus Rog Phone 2: Is It the World’s Fastest Phone?

This is the successor to the Asus rog phone. Which when it came out last year was labeled as ridiculous and crazy and yet here is it’s new installment as the device. Let take a look at this new snappy phone.

Unboxing

Of course, you get a phone. You get the company’s second-gen arrow active cooler. Which cools not just the phone but also your fingers while playing. And it gives you a second headphone jack. There’s also a 30-watt adapter with the USB c cable.

Design

The phone looks chunky. It seems like pretty much the entire strategy of this device could be embodied with the word “Extreme”. And that also applies to the dimensions we’re talking 9.78 millimeters thick with a mass of 240 grams.

The weight itself is not a complete deal-breaker for me. And I did find that the phone is still the grip of all. Thanks to a curved side trim but also that the center of gravity here is just a little high up. So you’ve always just got to make sure you hold it properly.

The design is just as nuts as last year. It pretty much looks like the company started with the original rog phone. And thought how can we make this more?

So this phone is not just much larger but adds a second led, a better ultra wide camera, and the rear finger in the scan has now been replaced for an in-display one on the front.

The rock phone looks spectacular when light hits the back. It forms streaks that run down the device and creates a rainbow effect when it hits any of these accents. But it does lose a lot of their magic when you’re not in favorable lighting.

Performance

This is pretty much the fastest phone in the world. We’ve got the brand new snapdragon 855+ chip which compared to the already powerful 855. Adds a pretty negligible 4% CPU overclock but more importantly a large 15 percent GPU overclock. It then pairs that with 12 gigs of ram and 512 gigs of superfast ufs3.0 storage

If a company is going to pitch a phone as a high-end gaming device and they’re gonna charge a premium for it. Then the top priority needs to be that performs better for gaming. So thankfully that is not an issue here.

I won’t show any benchmark scores yet as this thing’s on beta software. But you can probably imagine what they’d have also got an upgraded heat dissipation system. Which you kind of need when you’re using an overclocked chip like this.

Battery

The rog phone 2 packs a 6000 mah battery which is completely unheard of. And if you’re conservative with it. We’re talking about the kind of battery that can get you into your third day of usage. But also bear in mind that. This phone, in particular, can drain the battery quickly.

You’ve got a 120-hertz display, an overclocked chip all of which need to be powered. You also get pretty fast 25 watts charging. It’s a 30-watt charger in the box but five of those watts are reserved for charging the phone’s peripherals. Which are coming soon?

Display

It still got some noticeable bezel around it and it maxes out at 1080p. But these things are kind of subjective some people like larger bezels. It gives you something to grip on and can result in better front-firing speakers. Which by the way is something you can see happening here.

You’ve got a dual front-firing speaker system. And this is some of the best audio you can get on a smartphone no doubt. And then as for it being a 1080p panel, I’m all for it. It’s still crisp and compared to a quad HD panel. It’s still going to preserve battery when gaming and keep frame rates higher. But if you are intent on finding the sharpest display out there. Then this isn’t going to be it

You’re looking at the world’s first 120-hertz Amoled HD our smartphone display. It’s got a record-breaking one millisecond response time.

It’s not quite as bright and contrasts not as high as Samsung’s best but color accuracy is bang-on.

Software

Straight out of the box, you can feel the refinement. You get this super polished gaming portal that lets you see your phone’s status at a glance. You can launch your favorite games and fine-tune led behavior. It’s all really impressive stuff it even lets you block certain areas of your screen from responding to touches. And gives you fine control of your CPU speeds.

Gaming Feature

It’s not a secret that the rog phone 2 is a gaming phone. So it’s nice to see some useful gaming features. The phone has been designed with landscape use in mind with a second side-mounted USB c port for charging. While playing and there are completely capacitive air triggers that now support not just the tap functionality but also the ability to slide and perform a completely different action.

The phone also responds to just being squeezed. So you could configure a single squeeze to do one thing and then a long squeeze to open up x mode. And to add to all of this the haptics on the phone are amazing which of course add in gaming too.

Camera

You’ve got cameras and whilst I wouldn’t class them as a selling point exactly. This is a solid mid-range setup you pretty much getting the same cameras as you did on the super well-received a zenfone 6.

There’s a main wide-angle camera and there’s an ultra wide. And there’s also a software-based 2x zoom which works well enough.

In broad daylight, the hdr+ enhanced mode is an improvement but the dynamic range still doesn’t match up to the best phone cameras out there.

Specification

  • Dimensions: 171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm (6.73 x 3.06 x 0.37 in)
  • Weight: 240 g (8.47 oz)
  • Display Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Display Size: 6.59 inches
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), ROG UI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 Plus (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
  • Internal: 256/512 GB, 12 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF/Laser AF
    13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
  • Front Camera: 24MP, f/2.2
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; accessory connector
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery(quick Charge 4.0)

Conclusion

I love the idea of a 6000 mah battery of having the most powerful and fluid phone out there. But for me a big part of it is cameras. Rog phone 2 is an insane gaming smartphone with pretty good cameras. So because photography is such a priority for me. I couldn’t quite justify it but if you are a dedicated gamer and no need of a camera. This phone is the fastest and best out there.