Taiwanese electronics major Asus globally unveiled the sequel to the ROG Phone today. Namely the Asus ROG Phone II, the smartphone is aimed at delivering a no-compromise gaming experience with cutting edge features including a 120Hz 10-bit AMOLED HDR display.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It comes with (even more) gaming accessories, much like its predecessor. These include the ROG Kunai Gamepad (offers a similar experience to the Nintendo Switch), AeroActive Cooler II (a fan-cooled system) and TwinView Dock II (has an additional screen along with a control pad).
The rear facing camera is borrowed from the Zenfone 6 (Asus 6z)— a 48MP+13MP configuration. However, unlike the Zenfone 6, the ROG Phone II doesn’t have a flip-up mechanism. A 24MP front facing camera takes care of selfie duties.
Coming back to the display, Asus claims the 6.59″ AMOLED screen can run at up to 120Hz refresh rate with 1ms latency. Asus says the user can toggle between 120Hz, 60Hz and 90Hz modes. The touch sensor has a sampling rate of 240Hz.
Users can also switch between a near-stock UI (also borrowed from the Zenfone 6) and the ROG UI, which offers gaming-focused animations and transitions.
Asus has included a game launcher called the Armoury Crate that allows users to customize the settings for each game. And like its predecessor, the ROG Phone II also comes with Game Genie that lets you decide if you want notifications and incoming calls to bug you during your gaming session.
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The display is surrounded by front-facing stereo speakers with DTS:X Ultra support that can simulate multi-channel audio. Asus says these come with larger chambers making them more than twice as loud as the first-gen ROG Phone.
The new and improved AirTriggers now let you rest your fingers on them as you would on actual triggers also let you know when you press them down. They can also recognize a new swiping gesture.
The smartphone’s vibration motors can also offer directional haptic feedback.
And like a true gaming device, the ROG Phone II also has RGB backlight at the rear which can be tweaked around in the control centre.
The price of the smartphone hasn’t been unveiled yet, but we expect Asus to announce it in the coming days.