If you thought Asus’ original gamer-centric ROG Phone was a one-and-done deal, think again. Today, the company officially took the wraps off of the ROG Phone 2, which gives a new definition to the word “overkill.”
The ROG Phone 2 is the first Android phone to feature a 120Hz AMOLED panel, which stretches to 6.59 inches on the diagonal. The higher refresh rate allows for incredibly smooth animations in theory, but it can be a battery hog. That’s where the gigantic 6,000mAh battery comes in, with support for 30-watt quick charging for fast top-ups.
The ROG Phone 2 also features a 24MP selfie camera and dual rear camera system. The dual cameras are a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor and a secondary 13MP sensor for ultra wide-angle shots. You won’t find the Zenfone 6’s crazy flip camera system, but the ROG Phone 2’s cameras, on paper, still appear promising.
However, it’s the internals that take this phone to overkill territory. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus makes its debut on the ROG Phone 2, with 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage thrown in for good measure. The 3D vapor chamber cooling system helps filter out the heat generated by the processor, although an external active cooler is also included with the phone.
Rounding out the ROG Phone 2 are an in-display fingerprint sensor, a laundry list of accessories, front-facing stereo speakers, a headphone jack, the glowing ROG rear logo, and the same clean ZenUI 6 (based on Android 9 Pie) that debuted on the Zenfone 6. You can still use the edgier ROG launcher during setup, if you prefer that look.
Asus will launch the ROG Phone 2 tomorrow (July 23) in Beijing and September 4 around the world. We don’t have pricing yet, though the original ROG Phone started at $899.