ASUS ROG 2 Review

Asus launched a premium Gaming Flagship smartphone Named ROG 2. This ROG 2 SmartPhone on 11 September 2019.

Asus Released ROG 2 Phone in 8 / 12 GB Ram Models and 128 / 256 GB Internal Storage Model. when I’m using ROG 2 Phone, I got a premium feeling when holding in the hand with a Dual Camera on the rear and single-camera setup and Beautiful Display on the front makes this Smartphone a true Gaming beast. Coming to Display Department ROG 2 Phone uses Samsung’s Full HD AMOLED screen with 120Hz Refresh Rate which is good to see. It shares some features of Latest Flagships.

ROG 2 SmartPhone features the Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm named SD 855+. this chip is made of 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 3 parts; the first part features 3 x A76 High power cores which are clocked at 2.42GHz, second part features 4 x A55 high powered cores which are clocked at 1.8GHz and Thind Part consists of an A76 Single core which is clocked at 2.96GHZ. it has Adreno 640 GPU which increases its work by 10% compared to SD 855 the last Flagship processor from Qualcomm. it has an X24 LTE Modem which has Download and Uploads speeds of 2GBPS & 316MBPS. Coming to the AI Department it does not have Ai built in the processor, it has Ai Optimizations which helps in AI Capabilities.

ROG 2 SmartPhone has a Dual Camera setup the on the rear and a single camera on the front which comprises a 48MP F/1.8 + 13MP F/2.4 sensors in that 1 sensor are main and 1 sensor is Ultrawide and a 24MP F/2.2 Front camera user takes normal, ultrawide angle and portrait images from front and back.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of ROG 2 SmartPhone and Jump into the review.

ROG 2 SmartPhone Specs

  • 6.59″ Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz Refresh Rate
  • Protected With Corning Gorilla Glass 6 And 240 Hz Touch Sensing Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ Octa-Core CPU
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 8 / 12 GB RAM
  • Nano Sim / Nano Hybrid
  • 128 / 256 GB Internal Storage
  • 48MP F/1.8 (primary) + 13MP F/2.4 (ultrawide)
  • 24MP F/2.2 Selfie camera
  • Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top
  • Dual 4G Volte
  • 6000 mAH battery with 30W fast charging support
  • In-display Fingerprint scanning
  • Liquid Cooling System 3.0
    Wifi / Bluetooth 5.0 LE / Dual GPS
    3.5mm Jack / USB Type-C / NFC

Review

6.59″ Full HD+ AMOLED screen :

here in Display Department  ROG 2 SmartPhone, Features an Excellent FULL HD+ AMOLED panel screen with 403 pixels per inch, the colours are vibrant and excellent, viewing angles are perfect and this display has 120Hz Refresh Rate and 240Hz touch sensing Rate which is good. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight. This Display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Stereo Speakers and 3.5mm Jack:

 In ROG 2 SmartPhone, Blackshark Used their Stereo Speaker System with Dolby DTS, but it does the job very well in indoor conditions. it is Sound’s equally when compared to Redmi K20 Pro, Oneplus 7T Pro Smartphone. these speakers are supported Smart Amp Which is an amplifier to Amplify the sound which helps to get clear sound output from the mobile speaker.

Coming to 3.5mm jack and earphones, the 3.5mm was equipped with UHQ 24-Bit encoder which provides a punchy and clear sound. there are no headphones in the Box.

Build Quality : 

ROG 2 SmartPhone is Build with a 6000 Aluminium frame on the side and Gorilla Glass 6 on front and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the back of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 like OnePlus 7 Pro. It provide a good look and feels Because it is made with 6000 Series Aluminium and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with build quality. It is well built with an 19:9 Aspect ratio and the bezels are shrunk down to place an Almost 6.59″ AMOLED screen.

In-Display Fingerprint Scanner: 

ROG 2 SmartPhone Features an In-Display fingerprint sensor. By looks, it is so small to see but very fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user. This placement of this sensor is on the Rear bottom Side of the phone.

Face unlocking:

ROG 2 SmartPhone Uses the face unlock with its 24MP RGB Camera. the face unlocking is Quite fast and Secure. it works in the pitch dark conditions with medium amounts of light from the AMOLED Panel.

Weight balance: 

ROG 2 SmartPhone weighs 240 Grams, it feels Heavy with 6.59″ Screen and 6000 mAh battery equipped. This ROG 2 SmartPhone can be used by one hand. The weight balance is done very well on the device.

Battery life:

 My ROG 2 SmartPhone lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 25% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 6000 mAH Battery. The ideal drain of ROG 2 SmartPhone is very low as other Latest Gaming Flagships like Blackshark and Red magic Smartphones. the 30W fast charging makes a difference and charges the phone in 100 min which is good.

ROG Ui Based On Android 9 Pie Operating System :

ROG UI which is based on Android 9 Pie present on the ROG 2 SmartPhone is very fast & so fluid, No lags were noticed. It has no bloatware like Pixel Devices. There are some extra features like Inbuilt Face Unlock System, Direct video calling feature, Always on Display, Perfect Gaming Mode makes this Android 9 Pie OS special for ROG 2 SmartPhone. 

Performance: 

My ROG 2 SmartPhone managed to do day to day tasks very well like the latest Flagships. there are no issues and problems with the Operating system and there are no heating issues with ROG 2 SmartPhone.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is done very well on this ROG 2 SmartPhone. It features 8 /12 GB LPDDR4X Ram and I did not notice any lags with the 8GB Ram device and there are no reloading of apps on this ROG 2 SmartPhone. Multitasking experience is nice.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at the highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game.  The Snapdragon 855+ Processor is very suitable for heavy gaming.

the Game Mode helps a bit in gaming without any Distractions of Notifications from different Apps

Call Quality :

the Call quality on ROG 2 SmartPhone is very good and there are no issues with cellular call quality on Volte. We have taken long calls in a day and the other party doesn’t complain. The earpiece is included on the front side & it’s very loud. The Voice Calls From the Speaker are also Good and Clear. 

Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department, ROG 2 SmartPhone features a Dual Camera setup on the back of the device and a single camera on the front of the device. This Camera system works perfectly in the ROG 2 SmartPhone. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

Dual Camera system: 

ROG 2 SmartPhone takes good quality photos in daylight and low light conditions. The images have good clarity and exposure levels are under control. When you take images in very low light conditions the images come good.  

Ultra Wide Angle Camera:

the 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens on ROG 2 does a good job. it captures a much wider picture in 123˚ field of view with good details. exposure is control with decent dynamic range.

though it is a Gaming phone we cannot expect More Camera Performance.

Video recording can be done up to 4k @ 60fps .the video footage has good Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Electronic Image Stabilization is good in 4k @ 60fps And Good, Doing the job in 1080p @ 30fps FHD recording.

Selfie camera :

 ROG 2 features a 24MP selfie camera with large 1.22 μm pixel size and 80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.2. Picture quality is good. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range. In low light conditions the Photo Quality is Poor because of the f/2.2 Aperture which does not allows more light on the sensor. 

Front Selfie camera can record video at 1080p @ 30fps which is good and a bit wide with EIS On which is good.

This single-camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artificial Intelligence.

Coloured ROG LOGO and LED Strips:

We can see the coloured Rog Logo on back and LED Strips on right and left the side on this gaming smartphone which looks cool and interesting. this used to define the true Hardcore gamer.

Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0 System:

Asus has implemented a powerful cooling system from inside. Here the internal Cooling system Works Perfectly which gives power to the processor By reducing heat through the Vapour chamber.

Wide range of Accessories:

Asus Released Wide range of accessories for ROG 2 SmartPhone for Perfect gaming and Other tasks to carry on. 

Pros

  • Unique Design with solid Build Quality
  • ROG Ui without Bloatware
  • 6.59” Display with 120Hz Refresh Rate 
  • Powerful Stereo Speakers with DTS tunes, Air Triggers to handle the gaming
  • Solid hardcore performance with SD855+

Cons

  • Very Heavy to Hold
  • The In-Display Fingerprint sensor is very slow
  • No IP Rating & Wireless Charging

VERDICT

Who can Get ROG 2 SmartPhone view: 

If you want a True Gaming Phone with Whopping 6.59” AMOLED Full HD+ screen, with SD 855+ processor with good stereo speakers and Air Triggers then you can go with ROG 2SmartPhone.

If you want a good gaming smartphone at a Low cost you go to Blackshark Phone or if you want a good AMOLED Screen with 855+ Processor, Dual Or Triple Camera setup then you can go with other new Flagships like S10 plus, LG Thinq Devices.

If you are using ROG 2 SmartPhone then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this.

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