2018 is the year when the trend of gaming phones began to explode. Beginning with the launch of the Razer Phone, users later saw the launch of a series of models like Xiaomi Black Shark or Nubia Red Magic.
However, the most prominent among them is the ROG Phone from Asus. Taiwanese electronics firm has shown an elaborate investment in its products when it not only offers a strong configuration, high-frequency screen scans or "terrible" batteries like other products, but also goods. Additional accessories to enhance the gaming experience.
A year has passed since the first time Asus presented ROG Phone in June 2018. And today (July 22), Asus has officially unveiled a new version of ROG Phone 2. Not a breakthrough like what the first generation ROG Phone did, but ROG Phone 2 still offers a lot of value enhancements that gamers will find interesting.
World's first smartphone with 120Hz OLED screen
High refresh rate screen is a very important factor when playing games, when smooth motion will help gamer give more accurate and quick response to the enemy. Last year, ROG Phone was equipped with OLED screen with 90Hz scanning frequency. Some rivals such as the Razer Phone have achieved a fast 120Hz level but are in IPS LCD technology, and IPS LCD has some limitations compared to OLED in terms of color, contrast and especially response time (response time).
Asus has successfully combined the strengths of OLED technology and 120Hz scanning frequency. ROG Phone 2 is the first smartphone in the world with 120Hz OLED screen, surpassing all competitors in the market today.
Just like what users expect, the screen experience of ROG Phone 2 is very good. 120Hz scanning frequency makes not only the game, but also the entire user interface of the machine becomes very smooth. Combined with the inherent advantages of OLED in color, contrast, angle of view … the ROG Phone 2 imaging experience is truly amazing.
However, the 120Hz scan frequency also brings a problem for ROG Phone 2, which significantly reduces battery life. Knowing this, Asus has an optional integration that allows users to convert the scan frequency to 90Hz or 60Hz to save battery.
Not only the 120Hz scan frequency, the screen of ROG Phone 2 is also highly optimized to suit gamers:
– Touch sampling rate of ROG Phone 2 is set at 240Hz, twice as high as many high-end smartphones (for example, iPhone XS Max is 120Hz) to minimize the delay of finger Use the operation on the screen.
– Response time 1ms.
– Delta E index is below 1.
– Support 10-bit HDR and convert SDR content to HDR.
In terms of basic parameters, the screen of ROG Phone 2 is 6.6 inches in size, 2340×1080 resolution. Asus said it did deliberately Leave a border above and below the screen, plus work do not use Curved screen is designed because the company recognizes that the edges are too thin and the screen is beautiful, but creates more problems for gamers during the game.
Terrible configuration with Snapdragon 855 Plus chip, 12GB RAM, internal memory 512GB UFS 3.0
Not only is the world's first smartphone with 240Hz OLED display, ROG Phone is also the first smartphone in the world to be integrated with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chip. Compared to Snapdragon 855, Snapdragon 855 Plus has the advantage of CPU clock (2.96Ghz compared to 2.84Ghz of SD855) and GPU Adreno 640 clock (675Mhz compared to 585Mhz).
Along with Snapdragon 855 Plus chip, ROG Phone is also equipped with 12GB RAM and 512GB internal memory. In particular, ROG Phone's internal memory is the fastest UFS 3.0 standard today, which, according to Asus, can reach 1.5GB / s at sequential read speeds.
In order to maintain long-term performance, ROG Phone 2 has a 3-layer cooling system consisting of (1) "3D vapor chamber", (2) heatsink and heatsink slot and (3) fan accessories cooling (mentioned later).
6000mAh battery supports fast charging, the body has two USB-C charging ports, still holds the headphone jack
In order to extend gaming time and "burden" 120Hz screen, ROG Phone 2 battery member with capacity up to 6000mAh. Along with this massive capacity is ROG HyperCharge fast charging technology with 30W capacity and high compatibility. In addition, the battery of ROG Phone 2 is also confirmed by Asus is more durable and lower bottle level over long periods of use.
Similar to the first generation ROG Phone, ROG Phone 2 has not only 1, but 2 USB-C ports; in which a gate is placed on the bottom edge and a port is placed on the left side. This design helps gamers to charge, play games without getting stuck. Best of all, the ROG Phone 2 still has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Rich gaming accessory ecosystem
Speaking of ROG Phone, we not only focus on the device but also the series of accessories included. The most popular accessory is the AeroActive Cooler 2 fan. After connecting it via the USB-C port on the side, the internal fan will start spinning to reduce the heat for the device. AeroActive Cooler 2 provides 4 times less noise than the first generation, while providing better heat dissipation efficiency.
The second upgraded accessory is the TwinView Dock 2 sub-screen. It is also equipped with a 120Hz 120-inch OLED display similar to the screen of ROG Phone 2, with a 5000mAh battery.
A completely new accessory released by Asus this time is ROG Kunai Gamepad. This is a detachable handle in two pieces, and users can choose how they want to use the handle in context.
For example, users can pair these handles as one, connect the ROG Phone to the big screen and play mobile games like a console.
Or, users can put ROG Phone 2 on the table (requires AeroActive Cooler 2 accessory) and then use gamepad to play games.
Or users can separate the pair of gamepad, install each side on one end of ROG Phone 2 and turn this device into a "Nintendo Switch" running Android.
And yet, users can combine Kunai Gamepad with TwinView Dock 2 sub-screen to provide a great mobile gaming experience.
When you don't want to play the game and just want the ROG Phone 2 to be a normal phone, Asus has also launched an accessory for ROG Phone 2 Lighting Armor Case. When installing this back cover, the ROG Republic of Gamers logo will glow, and the theme of the phone will also change to create a cardboard appearance.
Besides the new accessories, ROG Phone 2 is also compatible with previously available accessories such as Pro Dock, Mobile Desktop Dock or WiGig Display Dock Plus.
Other parameters and features
Besides the above major upgrades, ROG Phone 2 has a lot of smaller upgrades aimed at gamer objects such as:
– Dual speaker system on the front for higher volume, supports surround sound DTS: X Ultra.
– 4-way Wi-Fi antenna system to enhance the ability to catch waves and reduce latency.
– 4 mic system to support noise reduction.
– The unit vibrates more strongly and gives faster feedback.
– AirTrigger "virtual button" supports gestures, vibrations and allows users to place their hands to rest.
– Selfie camera is placed in the optimal position to livestream.
– ROG logo on the back has RGB light effect and can be customized.
– Dual camera system similar to Zenfone 6 with 48MP f / 1.8 main camera and 13MP secondary camera support super wide angle photography. Selfie camera of the camera has a resolution of 24MP.
– Fingerprint sensor in optical screen display.
Price & time of sale
At the time of writing, Asus has not yet announced the selling price and selling time of ROG Phone 2 in the world market as well as Vietnam. Even so, Asus representatives have shared the company is planning to launch this product on a global scale from September this year. Based on the price of the first generation ROG Phone, ROG Phone 2 is expected to be priced not cheap and is likely to be in the "thousand dollar" range as the top super products on the market today.