Asus launched their second generation of ROG Smartphone i.e. Asus ROG Phone 2, a few months back in India and we are here with the review of the same. This review is based on our usage of the phone for more than a week as a full-time primary device. This is a review unit (returnable) provided by Asus i.e. the 8GB RAM variant with 128GB internal storage which is priced at Rs. 37,999 in India. Just keep in mind that this is a Gaming Phone and every feature/hardware that the phone uses, is chosen based on Gaming aspect priority.
ASUS ROG Phone 2 Specs
- Display 6.6-inch AMOLED Full HD+ (2340×1080 pixels), 120Hz refresh rate, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 108% DCI-P3, 10000:1 contrast, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, HDR, Optical In-display fingerprint scanner
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
- GPU: Adreno 640
- Memory: 8GB/12GB LPDDR4X RAM
- Storage: 128GB/512GB UFS 3.0
- Battery: 6,000mAh
- Ports: USB Type-C side-port, USB-C main port
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad 5GHz, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 GPS/GLONASS/BDS/Galileo/QZSS
- Dimensions: 170.99 x 77.6 x 9.48 mm
- Weight: 240g
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Digital compass, Gyroscope, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor
- Misc: 3.5mm headphone jack, Dual front-facing stereo speakers, Google ARCore support, Aura RGB lighting, 3D vapour chamber, 2 x AirTrigger sensors (ultrasonic)
Asus ROG Phone 2 Design and Build Quality
In terms of design, it truly looks different from a normal flagship device with the exposed air vent at the back with that ROG logo on the back that also lights up. Thanks to a monster battery of 6,000mAh and 6.6-inch display it feels large & heavy in hand. In terms of specifics, it weighs 240gms and is 9.48mm thick, which makes it the heaviest phone around. The rear panel is also slippery making it harder to handle during normal usage. Obviously while playing games, you usually handle it in portrait orientation and you feel good holding it.
It includes an additional USB Type-C port, along with a custom port on the left side for using it with accessories. This supports USB 3.1 (Gen2) along with video output up to 4K and Quick Charge 4.0. The phone still has the 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom. The 6.59-inch AMOLED Full-HD+ display comes with a 120Hz refresh rate which can also run on90Hz and 60Hz and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection. But once you have used the 120Hz, it’s very difficult to go back to 60Hz or even 90Hz. Obviously, the 120Hz option consumes more battery but it is worth the experience.
The phone does come with bezels yet you won’t dislike it. There is a dual Nano-SIM tray on left but you cant use a MicroSD card for expansion. Some Gaming specific features include 2nd Gen of Asus’s AirTrigger system that lets you rest your fingers on the buttons without pressing them. It also includes a dual vibration system that vibrates as per your Gameplay on the phone and gives you some incredible feel of gaming. Other features include dual front-facing stereo speakers, Google ARCore support, Aura RGB lighting, 3D vapour chamber etc.
Asus ROG Phone 2 performance, Software and battery life
The phone runs on ROG UI / Stock Android 9 Pie that users can select while booting the device for the first time. To be honest, there is no Stock Android UI, but it’s just a theme based implementation which gives the look of Stock Android. But behind the scenes, it is the same ROG UI or Zen UI. There are no issues with software performance, yet we at AndroidPure are always biased towards Stock Android. It includes additional features such as Motion & touch Gestures, Twin Apps support, One hand mode etc.
If you look at the Antutu Scores of Asus ROG 2 Phone, it reaches around 5,00,000 which is like numero uno for a smartphone and it reflects in the performance. Some additional features for gaming on phone included the X Mode and Game Genie.
Battery performance is impressive and it easily lasted for two days even after heavy usage (including 15-20 minutes of gaming / day). Our only issue with the battery of Asus ROG Phone 2 is, too long charging time even after considering the fact that this is a 6,000mAh battery. Every time it took more than four hours to fully charge from 0 to 100% in spite of using the 18W fast charger. We hope that Asus can make it much faster. Asus should have given the 30W fast charger with the box itself instead of the 18W charger. The 30W charger claims to charge from 0 to 100% in approximately 90 minutes.