ASUS Rog Phone II review: Ambitious gaming phone misses the mark
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.
- 120Hz display is gorgeous for gaming
- It certainly commands attention
- Great battery life
- Cameras are ordinary
- Easier and cheaper to pair a game controller with a regular phone
- No wireless charging
1080 x 2340px
128GB, 512GB, 1TB
48MP + 13MP
Finder rated as Good vs similar phones
Power, storage and battery
|Launch price (RRP)||$1,699|
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.
- 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
- Dual rear cameras feel underwhelming for a flagship phone
- Acceptable, but never exciting
- Snapdragon 855 Plus delivers great gaming results
- Gaming experience is good, but you've got to work to make it happen
- 6,000mAh battery performs slightly under expectations
- Lacks wireless charging
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
Pricing and availability
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.