Over the past few years a bunch of smartphone makers have released smartphones aimed at gamers. But the ASUS ROG Phone stands out from the crowd due to its design, features, support for optional add-ons, and its pedigree (Asus has been selling gaming laptops and desktops under the ROG/Republic of Gamers brand for years).

So what’s next? The Asus ROG Phone 2.

Asus started teasing the phone last month, and an official unveiling is set for July 23rd. But a series of announcements and leaks give us some ideas of what to expect.

TENAA/MySmartPrice

First up, we already know that thew new phone will be one of the first to ship with a Qualcomm Snpadragon 855+ processor, which Qualcomm says will offer up to 15 percent faster graphics performance than the original Snapdragon 855.

Thanks to leaked documents posted to Chinese regulatory site TENAA and the online database for Geekbench, and other sources, we also know that the phone will have:

  • 6.59 inch display
  • 12GB of RAM
  • Dual rear cameras
  • 5,800 mAh battery
  • 30W fast charging

Other specs are a little less clear. The original ROG Phone had a 90 Hz display, for instance. I’d be surprised if the company went with a slower refresh rate this time around, but we may not know for certain until the ROG Phone 2 is officially announced.

There’s also no word on the screen resolution, whether the 12GB of RAM is standard on all models or only on the highest-priced version of the phone, how much storage the ROG Phone 2 has, and what, if any, special gaming hardware attachments it supports.

via GizChina and MySmartPrice

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7 replies on “Asus ROG Phone 2 coming soon (Gaming phone with Snapdragon 855+ and a 5800 mAh battery)”

  1. “The original ROG Phone had a 120 Hz display…”
    Not true, that were 90Hz for sure.

  2. I guess theyre going after those Chinese PUBG-mobile gamers? Very limited appeal outside of that crowd.

    The only way something like this could appeal to me is if it had a resolution MUCH closer to 4:3. The only gaming I do on my phone is running emulators. GBA, Genesis, SNES. Lately Dreamcast and Gamecube have becoming much more possible with powerful enough phones. However, I have no desire to play a game displayed in 4:3 ratio on a 21:9 ratio smartphone screen.

    1. I think you’ll balk at the price though.

      The inertia of mass-production is huge and its course can be wiggled just a bit.
      It’s a bit of catch-22. No one is making 5.5″ screens anymore because no one makes phones like this anymore (the ones you can see on Ali proudly sport Android 7.0) partly because no one is making screens like that, partly because of the need to one-up the competition (while the hand sizes stay hard-capped).

      Of course, there is a reaction to this. In the last year some 3-3.5″ smartphone generics appeared (for people with small hands).
      But their specs are sub-par, they run the same Android 7.0 and their screen ratios are from ~16:9 (845×480) to ~21:9 (800×340).

      Even for DIY I haven’t seen 4:3 less than 8 inch and that’s a shame.

    2. Well, the extra-wasted space (ie Letterboxing) could be used for on-screen buttons. It’s not good for fast-paced games, but there’s plenty of slow-paced games where it would be acceptable: like Pokemon.

      I actually disagree on the Aspect Ratio. I know objectively speaking the best aspect ratio is Root2 which is roughly 13:9 (or IMAX format). However, since the industries of TV, Film, Photography, and Games have moved to the standard 16:9 that is the widest supported (hence, lowest wasteful).

      Regardless, I was amped up waiting for the ASUS RoG Phone2 for awhile now, but I think I’m going to skip it. You can sort of tell from the photo that they’ve moved from the 18:9 ratio towards a 20:9 aspect ratio, which is even more wasteful. At least going for a full-blown 21:9 ratio makes more sense like the Sony Xperia 1. For reference, it looks like the dimensions of the new one are 170.9 x 77.9 x 9.8 mm. That’s a big phone.

      1. What are your preferred phone dimensions?

        PS: My limits, based on standard jeans pockets, for a large phone are:
        (166 x 77 x 9.9mm dimensions)
        ~5.0 inch 13:9 or Root2 or IMAX
        ~5.8 inch 16:9
        ~6.3 inch 18:9
        ~6.8 inch 20:9
        ~7.1 inch 21:9

        Whilst for a compact phone, based on my fat thumbs, my limits are:
        (120 x 60 x 5.0mm dimensions)
        ~3.8 inch 13:9 or Root2 or IMAX
        ~4.4 inch 16:9
        ~4.8 inch 18:9
        ~5.3 inch 20:9
        ~5.5 inch 21:9

        So anywhere in-between is useable for me, but my preferred size is:
        (154 x 74 x 7.9mm dimensions)
        ~4.7 inch 13:9 or Root2 or IMAX
        ~5.5 inch 16:9
        ~6.0 inch 18:9
        ~6.5 inch 20:9
        ~6.8 inch 21:9
        ….this hits the sweet spot of big screen and body small enough to slip in and out of my palm/pocket.

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