Asus ROG Phone 2 review

by birtanpublished on September 27, 2020

Hey what's up guys will here for GSM marina we've done quite a few videos on gaming phones recently but the one you guys have asked us the most about is this phone the asus rog phone – this thing is an absolute gaming monster so let me tell you all about it in our four

Of you the asus rog phone 2 is made like many smartphones these days there's a glass back and an aluminum frame however it is a bit different from your average flagship as a gaming phone the rog 2 brings a gaming look though it is more

Subdued than some competitors you still get a few aggressive accents but the colours are tame and the body is rounded not angular this phone is a beast is taller thicker and heavier than last year's model you get a larger screen and

A huge 6000 million power battery and now the cooling system doesn't protrude as much of course there wouldn't be a true gaming device without colourful RGB LEDs there are a bunch of options for the patterns and colors or you can

Switch it off entirely the screen is a six point six inch AMOLED with a 1080p resolution and it's Hall aspect ratio the selfie cam sits within the thick top bezel and the bottom one is large as well

Asus says this gives you space to rest your thumbs while gaming this screen has a refresh rate of a hundred and twenty Hertz twice that of a typical smartphone panel when you're scrolling or playing high frame rate content moving images

Look more crisp without blurring or smearing at the edges higher frame rates for gaming are the real deal and although many games don't support anything higher than 60fps there's a growing number that do we'll leave a

Link to an extensive list in the description below anyway back to the display it really looks great the high refresh rate doesn't compromise the black levels and you also get punchy colors you can still up for more

Accurate colors and settings and there's HDR support too if you want to watch HDR content on your phone maximum brightness is impressive for a high refresh rate panel blowing competitors like the red magic three out of the water

We got 418 its maximum with a manual slider and a boost up to 620 nits and auto mode in bright conditions the panel is also quite responsive a sue says that it's industry-leading takes to 240 Hertz input polling and out

To my software this a low touch latency could give you that extra edge in your games as an AMOLED screen there isn't always on display so you can check your phone at a glance but in case you need it

Asus has also included a notification LED up at the top to catch your attention along with good visuals you need a good audio and the ROG phone too has one of the best smartphone speakers we've ever tested it's a stereo speaker

Set up with a five magnet design and each speaker has its own amplifier loudness is really impressive and you get great depth and clarity there is a 3.5 millimeter jack for

Headphones a 24-bit DAC for high res audio and FM radio support one thing to keep in mind is that on this phone storage isn't expandable through micro sd but you do get a ton of storage onboard with the larger option reaching

One terabyte under the displace it's an optical fingerprint reader for you to wake up and unlock the phone it works pretty well not the fastest around though face unlock is an option too but a less secure one one unique aspect of

The ROG phone – is that it has two USB sea ports one at the bottom and one on the side the side one offers a more advanced USB 3.1 connection and you can use it to charge or to connect to accessories like the arrow active

Cooling fan the fan does come in the retail box and it even works with the included arrow case it does a great job at keeping the phone in your hands nice and cool and it's more quiet than last year's fan the kunai gamepad is an

Important accessory but sadly you'll have to buy it separately it's surely worth the money though depending on the game you can make the whole experience much more comfortable the controller was developed by a soos

And there's a left and a right side these pieces can slide into a special holder to form a wireless console controller another option is to attach the pieces to the shell case which converts your phone into something

Resembling a Nintendo switch you'll have to link the buttons to the screen controls of your games but the process is pretty straightforward and Asus says as soon this won't even be necessary players will be able to share their key

Maps for you to download another accessory that can work together with a controller is the twin view dock – it attaches to the phone and gives it a second screen identical to the first one the twin view can be combined with the

Controller and the second screen is useful for multitasking or having videos or music in the background the setup looks similar to a Nintendo DS but sadly very few if any game has support two screens for now

You also have options to buy other docks the mobile desktop dock nuts the phone to a monitor mouse and keyboard and Android gaming with them actually works great you also get a bunch of different ports for connectivity another dock we

Checked out was the wide gig display dock which uses 60 gigahertz Wi-Fi to connect the phone wirelessly to a TV or monitor with low latency when it works it works great but the range is quite limited if you want the best results

Okay okay enough about the accessories let's move on to the ROG 2 is performance and how it actually holds up during some heavy gaming it has the top chipset currently available the Snapdragon 855 plus basically an

Overclocked version of the Snapdragon 85 with it boosted Adreno 640 GPU along with that you also get 12 gigs of RAM in CPU benchmarks the ROG phone 2 has scores similar to other top flagships it does score much better with onscreen

Rendering tests because with high refresh rate screen its frame rate isn't limited to 60fps in GPU tests the ROG 2 scores significantly better than phones with the regular Adreno 640 it's not a huge difference but it's there when we

Ran our thermal throttling tests the results were quite good after 25 minutes of heavy use with the performance mode on the rog 2 throttled down to 85 percent of max cpu performance but was able to maintain that for the rest of

The hour-long session when we attach to use the included fan things got a lot more comfortable and thermal throttling disappeared while peak performance didn't change the phone was able to maintain close to 100% sustained CPU

Performance for the whole hour overall the gaming experience is excellent here I haven't run into any hiccups yet and supported games of quest smooth at a higher framerate and of course with the controller it feels like a legit console

Setup but even without the controller it's still really enjoyable the ultrasonic air triggers on the corners of the phone are quite handy especially for shooter games they recognise taps and swipes and give haptic feedback it's

All customizable – to be an effective mobile console you need to have good battery life and isus has you covered here with its hefty six thousand milliamp hour battery the ROG phone – scored an excellent

Endurance rating of a hundred and fourteen hours an hour dietary tests while his screen was set at 120 Hertz when we switched to the less demanding 60 Hurst mode the rating was a whopping 132 hours

Unlike most flagships these days the rog 2 doesn't have super fast charging a su says that it wants to preserve the lifetime with the battery is 30 watt charger with hyper charge technology got the battery from 0 up to 66% in just

Under an hour the ROG phone 2zy sits on top of zen uy6 based on android 9 pi if you switch on the performance mode the wallpaper will start glowing as if the whole phone is going into overdrive you do have the

Option to switch to the more traditional zenfone homescreen if you want to there are extensive power and battery saving options as well as a system-wide audio equalizer called the audio wizard one handy menu available in game is the game

Genie it slides out from the left side of the display and gives you a host of gaming options if you want you can enable a floating toolbar that gives you real-time info on your CPU GPU temperature battery level and fps you

Can map your air triggers from here and impressively record macros as well to map complex touchscreen input there's also an onboard screen recorder to capture your gaming feeds and is customizable as well going even beyond

These options you have an entire gaming portal called the armory crate a dedicated hub for all of your games and customisation options I like the design but I wish you could customize the look of games on the carousel seems to be

Assigned randomly each game has its own individual profile where you can tweak extensive options performance graphics and temperature controls are all here among many others finally let's move on to the cameras which are by no means the

Focus of this type of phone they're still nice actually the same setup as the Asus zenfone 6 you get a 48 megapixel main camera the quad Bayer filter which doesn't have OIS and a 13 megapixel ultra webcam in good light 12

Megapixel photos from the main camlock very nice Auto HDR is on by default and these images have a lot of detail and almost no noise color reproduction is nice and then mimicked range is quite wide

The ultra wide cam has fixed focus and takes all right shots they're not comparable quality wise to the main camera but they're still decent and the distortion correction does a good job in portrait mode the results are okay too

The edge detection is sometimes off but with some patience you can get a decent bokeh shot in low-light quality from the main camera as in grains there is good detail but images are overall soft and there's a fair amount of noise turning

On the dedicated night mode does improve things by evening out the exposure saving some blown highlights and reducing the noise ultra wide shots at night are generally not very good though you do get some improvement when night

Mode is switched on in daylight selfies from the 24 megapixel front-facing camera actually pretty solid detail is good as well as the colors and sharpness videos can be taken from the main cam at up to 4k at 60fps with eis in all modes

Video quality is excellent across the board there's a lot of detail and the laid-back processing means that colors look natural and you don't have aggressive sharpening the ultra wide cam can shoot in up to 4k at 30fps

Colors are punchy ER but the videos have slightly more noise in the main camp but regardless they look solid so there you have it guys the asus rog phone – this brings pretty much all the features you'd be looking for in a gaming phone

There's a solid build with leds an all star AMOLED screen that brings a high refresh rate and high brightness awesome stereo speakers excellent performance tons of battery life and a score of cool and useful accessories available to

Flush out your gaming experience but is it perfect no though the screen is amazing it's still only 1080p I guess the higher resolution is something to look forward to in the future and there is no IP rating here

Against water and dust so you should be extra careful with the phone but honestly these are just nitpicks if you're looking for a gaming phone and you want the best of the best here it is the new king in town it's not cheap and

Most people wouldn't dream of buying this phone but for that dedicated group of hardcore mobile gamers the ROG phone – definitely deserves our recommendation thanks for watching guys and see you on the next one

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