[test] Asus Rog Phone Ii, for Mobile Gamers

The Asus ROG Phone II is finally available in Europe. It is intended for the more gamer among us and we used it for several weeks. Here’s our test.

It was in the middle of July, in the middle of a quiet summer, that Asus officially launched its new smartphone dedicated to mobile gamers. Because it is a smartphone for gamers, it is by default powerful and therefore premium. In fact, it is one of the first, if not the first, smartphone to carry the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC. With this smartphone, Asus is targeting a special audience: the one who knows exactly what they want, the best possible smartphone for gaming. The Asus ROG Phone II is not for those who hesitate between a Samsung or a Huawei.

The fact that the phone was first launched in China is no coincidence, since China is the number one market for gaming. According to figures from the NewZoo institute in 2018, consoles represent 28% of the global market for video games the PC 25% and mobility (smartphones and tablets) 47%. Mobile Gaming grew by 29.1% a year, compared with 8.3% for PCs and 4.6% for consoles. But that’s not all, since the eSport market is developing just as much, and more particularly the Mobile Gaming market in China.

With the IFA starting this Thursday, the ROG Phone II is now available in Europe and we were able to test it for a few weeks in its final version. Here’s the test.

Specifications and Packaging

As a reminder of the features, the Asus ROG Phone II offers :

  Asus ROG Phone II
Screen OLED display of 6.59
– Full HD+ definition (1080×2340)
refresh rate 120Hz
– Touch feedback rate 240Hz
– Response time 1ms
– Touch latency 49ms
– Density 391ppp
– Gorilla Glass 6
– HDR10 certification
– Format 19.5:9
– 108% DCI-P3
– HDR 10-bit
– Occupancy of 80.3%.
SoC and GPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
– 7nm
– Adreno 640
Memory – 12GB RAM LPDDR4X
– 512GB / 1TB storage
– UFS 3.0
Colours – Glossy Black (12 coats)
– Matte Black (20 coats)
Camera – Double camera on the back:
– Main apparatus : 48 Megapixels, 26mm (79°) F1.79
– Ultra wide angle camera : 13 Megapixels, 11mm (125°)
– LAF Autofocus
– Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
– Night Mode
– Movie Recording in Full HD 1080p and Ultra HD 2160p at 30fps or 60fps
– Slow Motion Mode in 1080p at 240fps or 720p at 480fps

– 24 Megapixel front camera optimized for use in landscape mode

Audio – DTS:X Ultra
Stereo Speakers – DTS Headphone X
– 3.5mm Jack
– 4 microphones optimised for use in landscape mode and with noise reduction
Gaming – Aura RGB Lighting
– Game Genie

– GameCool II System
– 3D Vapor Chamber
– AeroActive Cooler II (External Module)

– Air Trigger II with 20ms latency time

Battery – 6000 mAh battery
– Quick Charge 4.0 18W
– ROG HyperCharge 30W
– Reverse Charging 10W
– 4000 mAh charged in 58 minutes
Connectivity – Optical fingerprint reader under the screen
– Bluetooth 5.0
– WiFi 5
– WiGiG
– 4G LTE Cat.18 (Elite Version)
– 4G LTE Cat.20 (Ultimate Version)
– Dual nano-SIM
– A-GPS+GLONASS, DNLA, Miracast (WiFi Direct), Google Cast
– USB 2.0 Type-C on the bottom
– USB 3.1 Type-C on the side
– Barometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
– Proximity and brightness sensor
Software – Android 9.0 Pie
Size and Weight – 171 x 77.6 x 9.48 mm
– 240g
Introductory price – 899 € for the Lite version with 512GB of internal memory
– 1199 € for the Ultimate version with 1TB of internal memory
Availability Date – September 04, 2019 on the Asus
site – Global availability on May 25, 2019

At the time of writing we haven’t had the smartphone’s packaging in hand. But it should be quite classic as it was with the ROG Phone. While the box will probably remind you of a mini PC tower, inside is a USB Type C to USB Type-A cable, probably the ROG 30W proprietary charger, wired hands-free headset earphones and small booklets for first-time use.  Also included is the Aero Cooler II, the small accessory to cool the ROG Phone II even more when used very intensively, and an Aero Case, compatible with the Aero Cooler II. They have not yet been received for this test but will be tested with all ROG Phone II accessories when the time comes.

The Asus ROG Phone II has all the makings of a premium smartphone and its price of 899 euros is there to remind you of that! Before going any further, the ROG Phone II is primarily aimed at Gamers, those who know very well what they want and de facto, the ROG Phone II will clearly meet the expectations of its users. If you’re in the category of those who hesitate between a OnePlus 7 Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note10+ or an Asus ROG Phone II, for example, you’re clearly not part of the Asus target group. The ROG Phone II addresses issues that only the most gamers can understand. It’s not for nothing that there are two USB-C ports, one at the bottom of the smartphone for a fairly classic use like other smartphones, and a second one for use in landscape mode, which prevents the right hand from being bothered by a possible charging cable. Asus should have reproduced it as well with the jack plug, now, in Asus’ defence, it is actually present on the AeroCooler II but it remains an additional accessory.

Note that while the ASUS ROG Phone II is dual nano-SIM, it does not have an integrated MicroSD memory port. With 512GB or 1TB of internal memory, you don’t really need it per se, but it’s mostly for performance. By ensuring that all content is in internal memory, Asus does not risk performance drops due to a poor quality memory card And last but not least, the ROG Hypercharge at 30W is a proprietary technology, similar to OnePlus, so it will only work with the right USB charger.

The ASUS ROG Phone II will be available in two versions, the Elite version at 899 euros with a Glossy Black finish and 512GB of internal memory, and the Ultimate version at 1199 euros with a Matte Black finish, 1TB of internal memory and the 4G Cat.20 (4G Cat.18 on the Elite version). Both models offer 12GB of RAM.




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