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ASUS Rog Phone II review

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ASUS certainly succeeds in producing a gaming powerhouse phone with the ASUS ROG Phone II. However, its size and distinctly average camera are large drawbacks if this is going to be your everyday phone.

The good

  • 120Hz display is gorgeous for gaming
  • It certainly commands attention
  • Great battery life

The bad

  • Cameras are ordinary
  • Easier and cheaper to pair a game controller with a regular phone
  • No wireless charging

6.59 inches

Display size

1080 x 2340px

128GB, 512GB, 1TB

Internal storage

48MP + 13MP

Rear camera

6,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.59 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2340px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
391.1 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.79
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
24MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
170.99mm x 77.6mm x 9.48mm
Weight
240g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
RAM
12GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
128GB, 512GB, 1TB
Battery capacity
6,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$1,699
Launch date2019-12

ASUS ROG Phone II
Finder score: 3.5 How we score our reviews

The smartphone market needs ambition and experimentation. Without that, we'd all still be tapping away at T9 keyboards on our candy bar feature phones, or even worse, working out how to play Candy Crush on a rotary dial.

The ASUS ROG Phone II is certainly ambitious. As befits that ROG (Republic Of Gamers) sub-branding, this is a smartphone pitched squarely at the gaming market, with a serious focus on improving your Android gaming experience in a very large frame.

Ambition is fine, but as we've seen with so many other ambitious phones, you've also got to deliver a workable everyday phone experience. That's where the ASUS ROG Phone II falters.

Design

  • 6.59-inch AMOLED display is gorgeous
  • It's also MASSIVE
  • Range of accessories makes it even bigger
  • Supplied case is more of a phone bikini
  • Lacks IP-rated water resistance
ASUS ROG Phone II

Camera

  • Dual rear cameras feel underwhelming for a flagship phone
  • Acceptable, but never exciting
ASUS ROG Phone II

Performance

  • Snapdragon 855 Plus delivers great gaming results
  • Gaming experience is good, but you've got to work to make it happen
ASUS ROG Phone II

Battery life

  • 6,000mAh battery performs slightly under expectations
  • Lacks wireless charging
ASUS ROG Phone II

Should you buy the ASUS ROG Phone II?

  • Lots of power for Android gaming fans
  • Limited camera and large size are an issue for everyday use
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Pricing and availability


Alternatives

In the Android gaming space there are a few competitors to keep in mind, although nothing that's super-current in phone terms.

While it's essentially abandoned its phone business, you may be able to score a Razer Phone 2 relatively cheaply. You could pay even less for a Motorola Moto Z2 Play and the Moto Mod Gamepad if that kind of Nintendo Switch style gameplay appeals to you.

Still, for the ASUS ROG Phone II's price, you could also take pretty much your pick of the best phones of 2019, most of which are better everyday handsets.


ASUS Rog Phone II Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.59 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2340px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
391.1 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.79
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
24MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
170.99mm x 77.6mm x 9.48mm
Weight
240g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
RAM
12GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
128GB, 512GB, 1TB
Battery capacity
6,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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