The mobile gaming scene in the Indian smartphone market is growing pace and Asus has come up with its second gaming smartphone for the Indian market. It’s the ROG Phone 2 that was launched a few months ago globally and is now finally available in the Indian market. The phone starts from Rs 37,999 for the variant with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage along with the 18W charger as well as the AeroCase. It goes up to Rs 59,999 for 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, 30W ROG charger, AeroActive Cooler and AeroCase. The phone will be exclusively available on Flipkart during the Big Billion Days sale from September 30 with the no-cost EMI options.
The ROG Phone 2, unlike other gaming phones, aims to offer a flagship gaming experience. Under the hood, Asus is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that helps the phone to achieve superior benchmark scores when compared to other flagship smartphones. Asus has also upgraded the storage to UFS 3.0 format which should make for faster read/write speeds which should result in faster ap load times. Asus is offering up to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage with this phone.
To keep the peak performance, the ROG Phone 2 comes with a 3D vapour cooling chamber that Asus claims will ensure sustained peak performance. There’s also a vent at the back for venting out the heat from the cooling system.
Asus has worked on the display as well and for those love great displays, the ROG Phone 2 should be a joy. Asus is still offering a 6.59-inch display with thick bezels on top and bottom. However, the ROG Phone is using a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED screen with 1ms response rate and 49ms touch latency. The ROG Phone 2 is the first phone in the world to use a 10 bit HDR AMOLED panel. And if you were wondering, there’s an in-display fingerprint sensor.
For software, the ROG Phone 2 runs on Android 9 Pie and Asus is offering an option to choose between two user interfaces. Users can either choose the custom ROG UI with a gaming-oriented theme or opt for the stock Android-inspired design that we have previously seen on the Asus 6z. The ROG Phone 2 also get the ROG Armoury Crate that offers a custom interface for all games and various system controls.
The ROG Phone 2 impresses once again with the gigantic 6000mAh battery. Asus claims better battery life than the ROG Phone 1 and without gaming, the phone should last easily for the full day even with heavy usage. The phone comes with support for 30W fast charging although you get an 18W charger with the box.
Despite being a gaming smartphone, Asus is offering the flagship cameras that we saw on the Asus 6z. The ROG Phone 2 is coming with a 48-megapixel main camera along with the 13-megapixel wide-angle camera at the back. It also gets a dual-LED flashlight. For selfies, there’s a 24-megapixel camera at the front.
At the front, the ROG Phone 2 uses the bezels to house a dual speaker stereo setup. You also get the 3.5mm headphone jack and unlike any other flagship, it also comes with an FM Radio. For gaming, the phone sports Air Triggers 2 which are essentially ultrasonic sensors on the top of the phone. These buttons can be customized to an individual game. The sensors now get improved haptic feedback and a better response rate. The phone also comes with four microphones as well.
Asus is also bringing most of the accessories for the ROG Phone 2 to India. The ROG Twinview Display Dock aims to offer a console-like experience with dual screens. The ROG Kunai gamepad with 25 keys and can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. The gamepad also works with PC and tablets as well. The Mobile Desktop Dock will help users connect the phone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for a PC-like gaming experience. The Asus Professional Dock will also do the same with essential gaming ports. The ROG Aero Cooler 2 comes back with a silent fan, a headphone jack and a USB-C port. Asus will also be offering the ROG Aero Case with the phone. The Asus Lighting Armour Case flaunts the special ROG theme with an RGB light at the back.
As part of the special partnership, Gameloft will offer a special ROG edition of the Porsche 911 Carrera in Asphalt 9: Legends. The game will also be optimised for the ROG Phone 2 with enhanced feedback and a few other features.
The ROG 30W charger comes for Rs 1,999 whereas the AeroActive Cooler 2 will cost Rs 3,999. The Asus Professional Dock will cost Rs 5,499 whereas the Lighting Armour Case will cost Rs 2,999. The Twin View Dock 2 will cost Rs 19,999 and the Mobile Desktop Dock will cost Rs 12,999. The ROG Kunai Gamepad will cost Rs 9,999.