ASUS ROG Phone 2 Review – Best Gaming Phone with Snapdragon 855+

The ROG Phone is an Android gaming smartphone series made by Chinese electronics giant ASUS. Its first generation ROG phone was released in June 2018 as the first ASUS smartphone to target gamers specifically. The company released in July this year ROG phone 2, the successor to its gaming handset with improvements made across all aspects of the phone. The powerhouse is a strong competitor against others in the gamer phone market including Razer Phone, Nubia Red Magic and Xiaomi Black Shark.

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ROG Gaming Phone 2 specs

Release date: July, 2019
Chipset: Snapdragon 855+
Display: 6.59-inch 1080p OLED display
Storage: 8 GB + 128 GB
Battery: 6,000 mAh, Quick Charge 4.0
Camera: rear48MP + 13MP, selfie 24MP
Weight: 240g
Operating System: Android 9
Price: starting at ~$500

ASUS Gaming Smartphone ROG 2 (Photo: ASUS)

ASUS ROG Phone 2 vs ROG Phone 1

Compared with ASUS’ first ROG phone, ROG Phone 2 is the very first smartphone to equip with the latest Snapdragon 855+ mobile platform for a robust performance. The phone also features a large 6.59-inch display, a mind-blowing 6,000mAh battery for a longer battery life and more immersive gaming experience. It runs on Android 9 offering a choice between stock Android or the company’s own custom ROG UI, unlike its first generation smartphone which had a thick ROG theme over the stock Android system. The basic and cheapest configuration of ROG Phone 2 begins at roughly $500, and the most advanced configuration along with a full set of ROG peripherals and accessories like a cooler and a gamepad is retailing at almost $1900.