Too Big To Handle, Or Just Enough? ASUS ROG Phone II

PC.com|November - December 2019

Too Big To Handle, Or Just Enough? ASUS ROG Phone II
SPECS PRICE: RM3,499 DISPLAY: 6.59 inches 1080x2340 pixels AMOLED SCREEN REFRESH RATE: 120Hz PROCESSOR: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ (7 nm) RAM: 8/12GB STORAGE: 128/256/512GB and 1TB Storage BATTERY: 6000mAh REAR CAMERAS: 48 MP wide & 13 MP ultrawide dual cameras FRONT CAMERA: 24MP

The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is literally one of the most specced out devices on the planet right now, with a top-notch gaming processor, a huge battery, and a crisp 120Hz refresh rate to boot. This thing will literally handle anything you can, and will throw at it. But is it more than just a gaming phone? Can it work as a day to day smartphone? Well that’s what we’re here to find out, and with that, let’s get straight into the review, of the ASUS ROG Phone 2!

Design and Aesthetics; For The Uber Gamer

The phone screams gamer aesthetics, with a flashy back design, accompanied by the RGB lit logo. Besides that, the phone features a 6.59″ AMOLED display, which has a 80.3% screen-to-body ratio which I’m sure doesn’t sound great to you. But trust me, the screen will do its job, and more. This can be attributed to ROG wanting to put in dual front facing speakers on the phone, so I think it was worth sacrificing some screen real estate. The display also has a 19:5:9 ratio, which is pretty on par with many devices out there at the moment, but the kicker about the display is that it has a 120Hz refresh rate, so everything you do on the phone looks silky smooth.

I’m not even joking, once I got used to the 120Hz refresh rate, it was hard to go back to any other device. It just looked that good. Not just gaming, but even scrolling through screens, the app drawer, or browsing. It was smooth.

A major downside to the device and the huge screen, is its dimensions. It comes at 171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm, and weighs 240g. If you can’t tell, that’s a pretty big phone. And because of the extra screen size, and thicker bezels for the dual speakers, it makes it a bit longer than I’m used to. Which made for an uncomfortable/tiring experience gaming after about 10-15 minutes. But maybe that’s just me.

Performance; Super Performer

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