Asus finally fulfilled the promise to introduce the second generation of gaming smartphones, ROG Phone. The product launch targeting the high-end segment was conducted on Monday (9/23). Unfortunately not in Indonesia, but in India. This gamer’s dream smartphone is priced from Rs37,999 (~ Rp.7.6 million) to 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variants and Rs59,999 (~ Rp12 million) for 12GB RAM and 512GB storage models. ROG Phone II is equipped with a large 6,000mAh battery that supports the Quick Charge 4.0 standard fast charging.

“We are very pleased to bring the best gaming phone, ROG Phone II to India. Inspired by recognition from international media, influencers and consumers from all over the world, we strive to push innovation further beyond its limits, “Jonney Shih, Chairman of ASUS, said in a statement.

ROG Phone II is equipped with a 6.59-inch AMOLED screen that has a resolution of 1080x2340p with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 and 10-bit HDR support. This device is powered by a new Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset with a Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU. In the camera sector, the ROG Phone II has a 48MP main camera, accompanied by a 13MP wide angle camera with a 125 degree field of view. There is also a 24MP front camera for selfies.

In Indonesia alone, Asus is targeting ROG Phone II to be enjoyed by consumers in the country by the end of this year. Previously the first generation ROG Phone failed to be imported, due to constraints on TKDN rules. Though the Taiwanese company has announced it can sell ROG Phone I at the end of 2018. According to Asus PR Manager Muhammad Firman, there are obstacles that are difficult to overcome by companies in bringing the first generation ROG Phone. At that time Asus chose the TKDN software. But apparently fulfillment felt far more difficult than manufacturing.

“That is why, so as not to beat around the bush, we change the production of ROG Phone II into a manufacturing line,” said Firman.

At present the production process is still being carried out through Asus (Electronic Manufacturing Services) partner in Batam, namely PT Satnusa Persada. Hopefully, if there are no obstacles, ROG Phone II can be enjoyed by the people of Indonesia in November, added Firman.

Spesification of ASUS ROG 2 :

The big picture

The Asus ROG Phone 2 is probably the fastest phone on the planet. With a super-smooth display, a great camera, unbeatable battery life, and awesome build, I don’t think you can beat the high-end value that this phone offers. Nothing else on the market manages to pack into a phone what Asus has done here.

Design

This device carries an unapologetically gaming aesthetic. Sharp angles, colored accents, RGB lighting, and the sheer weight of the thing all come together to make up a busy design. I, surprisingly, really dig the heft of the phone, and a lot of gamers will too. It feels like a bit of a brick, and built solidly. The right-side-mounted buttons feel tactile and crisp, with zero play, the bottom-mounted USB-C and 3.5mm ports are well placed, and the rear camera at the top is unique in its shape. Asus includes “Air Triggers” on the right-hand side, so when you hold your phone in landscape, you can use capacitive shoulder buttons in games. These work fantastically well, because they blend into the design, and you completely forget about them until you need to use them.

The left-hand side-mounted dual USB-C ports are used for docking the phone to several ROG accessories, including the included fan attachment. The issue with this is the rubber dust-cap can be easily lost, as I found out early on in the review period. Also, the lack of official Ingress Protection is a pain for those living in parts of the world with less than perfect weather. That said, there is attention to detail in more subtle areas. The in-display fingerprint scanner is accurate, if not the fastest ever, the dual-SIM tray has the acronym “GLHF” printed on the inside, and this is one of the few phones left with a discreet notification LED.

Display

Asus really nailed it with the display this time around, striking a great balance between quality, speed, and optimization. The large AMOLED panel has been developed for gaming from the get-go. Not only is the speed and fluidity spot-on, thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate, but there are deep blacks and a high contrast ratio thanks to the OLED tech.

It’s not all perfect, though, and there are some notable issues with the AMOLED found in the ROG Phone 2. My first complaint is that it doesn’t get dim enough, making for an almost blinding experience when checking for notifications in the middle of the night. Secondly, at this screen size, there is a distinct drop in sharpness when compared with a similarly-sized QHD panel.

Performance

With the best spec sheet around, the ROG Phone 2 has a lot to live up to in its user experience, and I’m happy to say that this phone doesn’t disappoint. The Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC pushes far more power to the GPU, making it the best phone for pure gaming performance in our testing, even if the CPU faired around the same as a standard Snapdragon 855.

In all of the games I tested, the ROG Phone 2 was happily hitting the frame rate cap. When playing 120Hz-supporting games, such as Minecraft and Riptide Renegade, the smoothness was almost surreal. This is helped by the use of a Full HD+ display, where the GPU can easily push more frames, since it doesn’t have to deliver such a high resolution. It’s not just gaming at which the ROG Phone 2 excels, either. Thanks to a generous serving of RAM and a super-fast display, every bit about the phone feels fast. From switching applications, to processing photo and video, this device takes everything in its stride.

Battery

This phone skips the 5,000mAh battery and features a behemoth 6,000mAh cell — enabling a multiple-day battery life that many of us crave when away from an outlet for more than 24 hours. Not only did the ROG Phone 2 deliver a full day of battery life, but I was often getting two days in a row, and I wouldn’t be surprised if lighter users managed three days on a single charge.

The ROG Phone 2 is an incredible mix of value-for-money, performance, and all-round power. I had a blast reviewing this device, and props to Asus for building the best phone that the gaming niche has ever seen, all for under what the competition are charging for lesser-specced phones.

All jus it what I can tell for you,. Thanks

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