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ASUS Announces ROG Phone II – IFA2019

Today, ASUS waded into the IFA mix by announcing the ROG Phone II, the successor to their original gaming-focused smartphone. With a Snapdragon 855+ chip, along with the world’s first 120Hz/1ms refresh rate AMOLED 10-bit HDR display at 6.59-inches, the ROG Phone II looks set to be a gaming beast.

ROG Phone II

Whilst the ROG Phone II is ore about evolution than revolution, there is definitely some points of note here. The inclusion of the Snapdragon 855+ chipset, which is essentially an overclocked Snapdragon 855 in all but name, as well as the 120Hz/1ms refresh AMOLED display is not to be sniffed at and offers an extremely good consumption package on paper. In addition to this, the 6.59-inch display will deliver further immersion. The included GameCool II 3D vapour-chamber cooling system sustains full-speed performance for even longer by stopping thermal throttling in long gaming sessions.

In order to ensure that your gaming session isn’t halted by anything, ASUS includes a huge 6000mAh battery, as well as a side-charging design, combined with a 30W ROG HyperCharge power adapter for safe, ultrafast direct charging.

ROG Phone II is designed from the ground up for fully immersive gaming, with its unique landscape-oriented design incorporating upgraded AirTrigger II ultrasonic sensors, Dual Surrounding Vibration technology, and powerful front-facing stereo speakers. Brand-new accessories include the TwinView Dock II for immersive dual-screen gaming, and the multi-configuration ROG Kunai Gamepad for the ultimate console-like gaming experience.

Introducing the ROG Phone II Ultimate Edition

The new ROG Phone II Ultimate Edition features an exclusive new colour theme and upgraded specifications. The understated Matte Black colourway gives the phone a unique personality, with the distinctive patterning emblazoned on the back cover adding emphasis. The hardware specification of the Ultimate Edition has been upgraded to a massive 1TB UFS 3.0 ROM, and users can also enjoy faster Cat 20 4G LTE download speeds of up to 2Gbps. This upgraded version with its exclusive design and powerful storage performance offers owners the finest integration of design and technology.

Dominating Performance

ROG Phone II delivers dominating performance in every arena, with no compromises. It’s the world’s first gaming smartphone to be powered by the new Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform, with the Qualcomm® Kryo™ 485 CPU clocked at up to 2.96GHz and teamed with up to 12GB RAM for effortless gaming power. The special Adreno 640 GPU — 15% faster than the current Snapdragon 855 — offers faster display throughput and greater power efficiency, making ROG Phone II a graphics powerhouse that’s unfazed by today’s demanding visuals. The Snapdragon 855 Plus comes fully integrated with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Elite Gaming, which provides gamers with a full arsenal of competitive features that are optimised for gaming.

To ensure maximum sustained performance, the second-generation GameCool II cooling system in ROG Phone II has a newly designed 3D vapour chamber that’s even more effective at removing heat from the phone. There’s also a new AeroActive Cooler II featuring redesigned fan blades that deliver even more airflow into the ROG Aerodynamic System, and which can fit over the bundled ROG Phone Aero Case. The AeroActive Cooler II is now whisper-quiet, with a 24dBA noise level — 4X quieter than the original design.

And it doesn’t end there: the high-capacity 512GB UFS 3.0 ROM provides ultrafast data storage, and connectivity is supercharged with 4G LTE Cat 18 download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps, the fully integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® subsystem delivers blazing-fast pre-Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) capabilities, and WiGig™ using 60 GHz Wi-Fi delivers wireless speeds up to 4.6Gbps. Gamers craving mind-blowing performance need look no further than ROG Phone II.

Supercharged Visuals

ROG Phone II takes gaming visuals to the next level with the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR display, a truly magnificent 6.59-inch display that delivers unbelievably fluid, blur-free gaming and entertainment. Its world-beating colour accuracy — with a Delta-E of less than 1 — ensures games look just like the developer intended, and the world-first 49ms touch latency delivers instant responsiveness for a competitive edge. To protect this state-of-the-art display, it’s covered with super-tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6.

Fully Immersive Gaming

ROG Phone II is engineered for victory from the ground up, with its pioneering landscape-oriented ergonomic design. Uprated AirTrigger II technology provides extra-precise ultrasonic touch controls with a vibration latency of just 20ms. They now also support both tap and slide motions — with fine-tuned feedback for a console-like button feel, and the Dual Surrounding Vibration technology creates a powerful 3D force-feedback experience. The unique side-mounted USB-C™ charging port and 3.5mm audio jack let users keep their phone topped up and their headphones plugged in without cramping their style during marathon sessions. And it doesn’t end there: the dual front-facing speakers are positioned at top and bottom of the phone for perfect stereo imaging in landscape mode, while the groundbreaking multi-antenna Wi-Fi is designed to deliver maximum landscape-mode performance.

The all-new TwinView Dock II offers a genuine dual-screen gaming experience, with a 6.59-inch AMOLED FHD+ (2340 x 1080) auxiliary screen that’s great for split-screen live-streaming, extended game display or group communication. This accessory is now lighter and better balanced, featuring a new turbo-fan cooling system and a high-capacity 5000mAh extended battery pack. The ROG Kunai Gamepad can also be used to add full physical controls and create a complete self-contained dual-screen gaming system.

For the ultimate gaming experience, ROG Phone II can be expanded with a unique range of accessories. The existing ROG WiGig® Display Dock Plus and Mobile Desktop Dock are both supported, and there’s a new modular ROG Kunai Gamepad that provides physical console-like gamepad controls. The ROG Kunai Gamepad consists of three components — the ROG Kunai Bumper, ROG Kunai Controllers and ROG Kunai Holder. The two-part Kunai Controllers can be attached to the Kunai Holder to create a standalone gamepad or combined with the Kunai Bumper to add physical gamepad controls to ROG Phone II itself. ROG Phone II also supports Qualcomm® aptX™, aptX HD and aptX Adaptive for low-latency high-quality audio over Bluetooth connections.

Pricing & Availability

ROG Phone II pre-order will start from September 4th on ASUS e-shop and be shipped from the end of September on selected retailers, whilst the ROG Phone II Ultimate Edition will be available in Q4 2019.

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