I am thirty years old and a father of an amazing two years old – aka – I have been banned from playing games (thanks PUBG) in my household or to even have them on my phone by my beloved better-(best)-half. So needless to say the one week I spent with the amazing ROG Phone II – was actually a Christmas present that came too early. (Thank you (Santa)US!)
Without giving too much away, this device from the ASUS-owned Republic Of Gamers brand is actually one that I think can bring out the gamer in the men and women of all ages. Even playing everyday games on this phone can be addictive to forget top-of-the-class ones like Asphalt, PUBG or COD. But this review is not just for the gamer, it for anyone who likes a powerhouse for a phone.
As soon as you switch on the phone the stunning 6.59 inch AMOLED FHD+ display with 120hz refresh rate takes over and you will surely love how the width has been trimmed by the parent company so that you can use the phone with a single hand. Gaming or watching movies is a great experience on this 19.5:9 aspect ratio display that also has HDR and is covered by Gorilla Glass 6. There is a chin on bottom and space above the top which houses speakers and also the 24MP front-facing camera.
Gorilla Glass 6 stretches back all the way over the back with a colour-changing ROG logo along with a dual-camera array (48 MP main +13MP Ultra Wide) with flash on the top left and some amazing laser-etched lines along with a vent for cooling. The in-screen fingerprint reader, there is no need to add anything to back. If the front didn’t appeal to you, the futuristic back will surely make you look up and notice.
The phone is housed in a metallic frame and has two front-firing stereo speakers – which sound awesome. The bottom has the USB-C charging port, two mics and a 3.5 mm headphone jack on either side. Going clockwise there is a sim card slot on the left side towards the bottom. Above this is a closed slot which houses in another USB-C port alongside a 48-pin side-mount connector that is for use with accessories like the dock or fan. This USB-C port supports Quick Charge 4.0. The top has a mic hidden along the antenna lines. Keep going and on the other side, there is the volume rocker, another mic and power button on the right side. There are also two air triggers – which are pressure-sensitive buttons – usable in games and also for triggering special functions.
The phone has four wifi antennae so that you are always connected and never experience any drops in the network while playing. You may have also noticed I mentioned a total of 4 mics and apparently this is done to make sure that you get perfect noise cancellation.
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