Just now, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 was officially announced. With it, comes a slew of specs that are unprecedented on a smartphone. Of course, there are a lot of special accessories for the ROG Phone 2 as well, just like its predecessor.
For those who are excited for the next generation of smartphone gaming, then the ROG Phone 2’s announcement is somewhat… familiar.
Firstly, let’s take a look at the specs. From here, we can say one thing – it’s overkill. Straight up overkill.
- 6.59-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10 support
- 1080p resolution
- 1ms response time
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus (overclocked SD855)
- Up to 12GB LPDDR4x RAM
- Up to 512GB UFS 3.0 storage (no microSD)
- Dual rear-facing cameras
- Main: 48MP Sony IMX586 f/1.79
- Ultrawide angle: 13MP
- 24MP selfie camera
- 6,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging
With its specs out of the way, I only have one question – why doesn’t the ROG Phone 2 support WiFi 6? ASUS ROG themselves are selling WiFi 6 routers and we have already tested it with the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
Then comes the accessories of the ROG Phone 2. To call it “inspired” by the Nintendo Switch is an understatement. The ROG Phone 2 has this accessory called the “ROG Kunai Gamepad” and it works exactly like the Nintendo Switch with its Joy-Cons.
It can snap onto the sides of the phone and play in “handheld” mode or plop the phone on the table and play with the Kunai gamepads wirelessly. Maybe slide the gamepads into the grip to make it feel like a proper controller too.
ASUS also released a brand-new TwinView Dock II without much details about it. Visually, it looks like there’s an RGB lightbar at the front and that’s it.
Then comes the biggest question I want to ask – how many titles will utilize the controls of the ROG Phone 2? When I reviewed the original ROG Phone last year, not all games were supported. Looking at this year, the Kunai gamepads do help in other games like Mobile Legends and whatnot – but the genre of games are quite constrained.
Moreover, the gameplay of titles available on mobile devices is pretty… basic. And most of them are optimised for touch screen gameplay. Can you get Mario Odyssey on your phone? Nope. Breath of The Wild? Not a chance. But at least the ROG Phone 2 has proper controllers for developers to support.