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Asus ROG Phone II review

8.6/10 AVG.
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8.6/10
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The Asus ROG Phone II currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 46 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Big beautiful screen
  • Powerful performance
  • Multiple USB-C ports
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • No water resistance rating

The Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) Phone II claims an unmatched portable gaming experience. If gaming on the go is your focus, it may be the phone to beat. But does it work as something you’d use every day?

Design

One of the most unique looking phones on the market right now, there’s no mistaking it for another phone. It has a rounded back plate which makes for easier handling and it’s all metal and glass with a design that looks like armor. Like most gaming devices, it features some visual flair, including a backlit logo on the back with alternating color schemes and an air vent with a copper accent. The prismatic circuit lines on the back complete that sci-fi feel.

Display

Measuring 6.59-inches, reviewers praised the phone’s display for its vibrance and clarity. The most noticeable feature is the 120Hz refresh rate which means lightning fast and smooth motion. Gorilla Glass 6 covers the AMOLED screen for extra durability.

Performance

This phone ranks near the top of mobile performance charts for Android. Reviewers note that the lightning-fast refresh rate makes it feel even faster. It’s designed to run full tilt without so much as a stutter and reviewers said it does not disappoint.

Software & Storage

This phone comes up to 1TB of storage to ensure there is room for all your favorite games. The ROG Phone II shipped with Android 9 Pie with an upgrade to Android 10 expected by reviewers.

Cameras

While this phone is not specifically geared toward photography, it’s no slouch either. The cameras will not rival something specifically designed to take good photos -- like the ever-popular Apple and Samsung models -- but it’s more than capable of taking sharable photos. The camera on the back is 48MP, and there’s a 13MP wide-angle lens.

TechRadar says, “The Asus ROG Phone 2 lets you shoot virtually any scene in good light and you’ll almost always get a decent photo out of it despite the phone’s lack of optical image stabilization (OIS). HDR+ processing also kicks in to avoid blown-out highlights and too many dark-looking areas.”

Battery Life

The battery life of the phone keeps pace with the power it has. Packing a 6,000mAh battery, reviewers reported almost 14 hours of use before needing to find a charger. But there is no fast charge option and it doesn’t support wireless charging. Instead it has two separate USB-C ports so you can charge the phone in either portrait or landscape mode while you keep playing.

Audio

Audio for the phone received good feedback as well. Reviewers stated that it was plenty loud, and they were particularly pleased that the speakers flanked the screen in landscape mode.

Android Authority writes, “Otherwise, the front-facing stereo speakers are well placed, get nice and loud, and sound great considering they’re on a phone.”

Specs at a Glance

  • Metal and glass chassis
  • 6.59-inch, 120Hz AMOLED display
  • 2.96 GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 855 Plus processor
  • 12GB of RAM
  • Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10)
  • 256GB to 1TB of storage
  • 48MP camera with 13MP wide-angle lens
  • 6,000mAh battery

Bottom Line

There was very little bad to say about the Asus ROG Phone II. Most complaints centered around the phone’s weight. But if you don’t mind carrying it around, reviewers found it performs exactly as promised. While the phone is far from budget-friendly, reviews indicate you get what you paid for.

TechRadar states, “The Asus ROG Phone 2 is the ultimate gaming phone, with fierce looks, a suite of over-the-top accessories, truckloads of power and a unique screen that’s as smooth as they come.”

Android Authority says, “Considering we’ve seen phones with less power and features than this start at significantly higher prices, it seems like Asus is making a statement: You don’t need to spend over a grand to get the fastest phone in the world.”

The Verge writes, “Asus’ ambitious gaming phone offers a lot of power for [the price], and thanks to its accessories, it’s capable of more than almost any other phone out there. There’s an audience for this kind of package, but for most people, it probably comes with too many compromises.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.96 GHz
Screen Size
6.59"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pickr

It’s not perfect, and the camera and unwieldy size make it a little harder for everyone to grapple with, but with one of the best spec sets around, not to mention the inclusion of gaming accessories, we can see the draw, and gamers might just, too. It’s like a Switch, but for phones. If that’s what...

- Leigh :) Stark, Pickr
Mobile Syrup

It works quickly, it feels smooth, and its battery is a powerhouse. Further, even though it gets warm occasionally while gaming, I didn't mind because of the attachable fan. However, it does make the phone a tad bulkier so I can see why owners wouldn’t want to carry it around. The biggest issue with...

- Dean Daley, Mobile Syrup
KitGuru

If your main focus is gaming and you can deal with the sheer size and weight of this phone, and have enough cash burning a hole in your pocket to get the top spec models, then we don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the ROG Phone II. As mentioned before this phone is not for everyone but we do th...

- Andrew Munro, KitGuru
Gadget Guy

This is the ultimate gaming phone. But as you probably do not use an F1 car as your daily drive, this is not a daily drive either. Sure, you can use it as one but then you would soon tire of the compromises. To be fair to ASUS, some things have spoiled me – the 120Hz screen is so smooth and lag-free...

- Ray Shaw, Gadget Guy
DxOMark

The Asus ROG Phone II is targeting gamers, not photographers or videographers; even so, its imaging capabilities are not particularly bad, but just a bit disappointing when compared to its older (and less expensive) Zenfone 6 sibling. The Asus ROG Phone II’s biggest drawback is its inconsistency: th...

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark


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Screen Size
6.59"

The Asus ROG Phone II's screen size is 6.59 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.96 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 Plus (7 nm) Octa-core 2.96 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10) operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
256/512/1000 GB

Internal memory is 256/512/ 1000 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
6000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery.

ROG Phone II Specs

Overview
Release date August 31, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10)

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 Plus (7 nm) Octa-core 2.96 GHz
Internal Storage 256/512/ 1000 GB
RAM 12 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.1 x 7.76 x 0.95 cm (6.7 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 240 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 391 pixels
Size 6.59 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 120 Hz Refresh rate, HDR video support, In-screen fingerprint
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (13 MP, F2.4, Ultrawide), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Panorama, Aperture F2.2, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, ASF, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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