ASUS ROG Phone 2 to launch on September 23
Taiwanese tech giant ASUS is all set to launch the gaming-centric ROG Phone 2 in India on September 23, according to an official announcement. To recall, the flagship gaming handset was officially unveiled in China in July. Meanwhile, there is also a dedicated teaser page on Flipkart, hinting that the smartphone will be sold in the country via Walmart-owned e-commerce giant. Here's our roundup.
First, the official announcement
The ROG Phone II is all set to revolutionise smartphone gaming forever and knockout other flagships. 23rdSeptember is the day when the ROG Phone II will quench the thirst for the ultimate weapon. #ROGPhoneII #WorshippedByGamers #LovedByTechGurus pic.twitter.com/3grhYg4ubg— ASUS India (@ASUSIndia) September 17, 2019
ASUS ROG Phone 2: At a glance
The ROG Phone 2 sports a conventional rectangular design with thin bezels on top and bottom. On the rear, it houses dual cameras and customizable LED logo. The handset features a 6.59-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD (1080x2340 pixels) resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch-sensing rate, and Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Further, it offers an under-display fingerprint scanner for secure unlocking.
For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 comes with dual rear cameras including 48MP (f/1.8) primary sensor and a 13MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide-angle sensor. Up front, it sports a 24MP (f/2.2) snapper for selfies, video calling, and face unlocking. Moreover, the rear camera supports 4K video recording at upto 60fps, while the selfie camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps.
Under the hood
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 draws power from top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 Plus octa-core processor. The company has paired this chipset with upto 12GB RAM and 256GB/512GB of UFS 3.0 storage. It packs a mammoth 6,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 (30W) fast charging support. Interestingly, you will also have an option to switch your OS from Android Pie-based ZEN UI to gaming-centric ROG UI.
Connectivity options and media details
The ROG Phone 2 offers all latest connectivity options including dual-SIMs (Nano), VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also packs all standard sensors including accelerometer, proximity, gyroscope, and e-compass.
Finally, what about pricing?
In China, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 costs CNY 3,499 (approximately Rs. 35,000) for the entry-level 8GB/128GB variant and CNY 6,199 (approximately Rs. 62,000) for the 12GB/512GB model. Hence, we expect the handset to arrive at a similar price in India. Once launched, it will lock horns with rivals such as Black Shark 2, Nubia Red Magic 3, and OnePlus 7 Pro.