The ROG Phone 2 aims to make gaming smartphones popular

Gaming smartphones. Yes, there are now several smartphones dedicated to gaming. How, you ask? They focus on performance, cooling, gaming friendly UI and hardware and just looking cool. The ROG Phone 2 wants to take the Asus brand where its predecessor couldn’t – mainstream.

The first ROG Phone was Asus’ first stab at the smartphone market and it definitely made a splash. The dedication from fans made the device successful so now there is the resource at Asus to take this concept to the whole market. The ROG Phone 2, at least on paper, looks like a great gaming phone but more importantly, like a great phone. Period.

First of all, it has all the specs you would expect from a modern flagship. It has a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, which is Qualcomm’s new gaming-focused SoC that provides 15 percent faster GPU performance and higher peak clock speeds on the CPU. It also launches with 12GB of RAM (not a typo – 12GB).

Even more impressive, it has a 6000mAh battery in a chassis not much bigger than other flagships. Like we’ve said multiple times before – give us a slightly thicker device with a much larger battery! Kudos to ROG. According to the company, this will equate to 7 hours of PUBG Mobile gaming, which is an intensive task for a smartphone.

The screen is a 6.59-inch 1080p OLED panel with an integrated fingerprint sensor, support for 10-bit HDR and a refresh rate of 120Hz. According to Asus, the touch sampling rate is twice that, at 240Hz and its touch latency of 49ms is the lowest of any phone.

Unfortunately, Asus isn’t announcing a price for the ROG Phone 2 yet, but it will be in line with other flagships. Honestly, if it releases at the rumoured $899 it would be both surprising and impressive.

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