That smartphones have taken the place left by portable consoles is a fact. Only Nintendo has managed to maintain the position with its Switch but for this it has had to abandon full portability to create a hybrid between desktop and laptop console, a bet that in its day felt risky but that after a few years since its launch, No one doubts your success.
Smartphones are today the portable consoles of years ago. If before we can only throw quick games to the Angry Birds while we wait for the bus or for the doctor to attend us, Today we have some of the best sagas of video games ever created. Mario, Call of Duty or Final Fantasy are just some examples of the great titles available for smartphones.
Video games for smartphones are more alive than ever to the point that in the second quarter of 2019 – from mhttps: //andro4all.com/wp-admin/post.php? Post = 391216 & action = edit # edit_timestampes from April to June- these They have achieved a total of 11.2 billion downloads. And all this could only lead to a logical consequence: the emergence of smartphones intended exclusively for video games.
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is presented not only as a high-end smartphone with scandal hardware, but as that mobile phone that all players dream of having. With a considerable size to enjoy our favorite video games, a breathtaking sound and various functions so that nobody bothers us while we play, The ASUS device becomes the best choice for those who spend many hours a day playing mobile applications. Now, we can not forget that it is a smartphone so, is it up to the rest of the high ranges of the market?
ASUS ROG Phone 2, features and specifications
|Dimensions||171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm|
|screen||AMOLED screen of 6.59 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels|
|Pixel density||391 ppi ppi|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, Adreno 640|
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Cameras||Dual rear 48 and 13 megapixels with wide angle and front 24 megapixels|
|Battery||6,000 mAh, fast charge 30W|
|Others||Dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm jack, fingerprint reader, FM radio|
The best of ASUS ROG Phone 2
Specifications and performance
As it could not be otherwise, the first positive point of the ASUS ROG Phone 2 is the performance. Not in vain we are talking about a device oriented to the gaming world and that only means power. Because you have to leave a clear thing, this ASUS is a premium phone with really amazing specifications. Announced as the world's first smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, the ROG Phone 2 simply flies.
Because here ASUS has not wanted to stay halfway. Thanks to Qualcomm's star processor and its 12 GB of RAM, there is no task or application that resists it. In our tests we have installed many of the most popular video games of the moment, such as Call of Duty: Mobile or Fortnite among others and the experience of using it has been outstanding. To a greater extent, this smartphone mounts a layer of Android 9 practically stock, so if any of you were afraid of encountering a layer of heavy customization, let it be forgotten.
And if you have ever experienced a drop in performance on your smartphone when you played, this does not happen with the ROG Phone 2. Regardless of the title we are playing and its graphic load, this smartphone can with anything that is thrown on it. Yes, it is true that in long game sessions, the device can get a little warm but luckily ASUS incorporates a small external fan in the box which connected to a USB port of the device, helps us keep the phone at an ideal temperature.
Of course, if the ASUS ROG Phone 2 moves any videogame without a problem, it does the same with the rest of the more conventional applications. Because yes, this device is for gaming but it is also a mobile phone and that means that in addition to vitiating the Mario Kart, we will also make use of the browser, WhatsApp, Facebook or email. And calm down, because the ROG Phone 2 also serves all these tasks of the day.
Especially thanks to its 6,000 mAh battery that makes it possible for us to arrive with normal use (use social networks, a couple of hours playing) after two days without needing to charge it. However, as we will see in a few paragraphs below, changing the refresh rate of the screen will cause the autonomy to drop, especially in long game sessions.
Luckily, we have a fast load of 30W that makes the phone with only a few minutes of charge hold a few hours of autonomy; without forgetting that in just an hour and a half the terminal will be fully charged.
Although none of the above will be useful for anything if this ASUS did not have a screen according to its internal specifications. With a size of 6.59 inches and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, it is a perfect panel to enjoy any multimedia content. Video games, surf the internet and even watch series or movies.
Although beyond looking good, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 and its screen also have a pleasant surprise. In the terminal settings we can configure if we want a refresh rate of 60, 90 or 120 Hz which makes the experience of using this device even better if possible, especially when playing (yes, with the extra cost of battery that this entails). I know that it is true that many games may still lack some time to adapt to these types of screens, but the reality is that there are many more applications than we think are compatible with these refresh rates.
In addition and in case of doubt, the terminal itself indicates if that game we want to test is compatible or not with 120 Hz. A success.
And to close the circle and complete the (quasi) perfection, we must highlight the fabulous sound section of the ASUS ROG Phone 2. Thanks to its double stereo front speaker, playing any type of multimedia content on this smartphone is a very difficult experience to explain in a few lines. Personally, It's been a while since we heard a sound so sharp and powerful on a smartphone.
And to everyone's amazement, the ASUS smartphone has two add-ons that we thought we would not see again in a high-end / premium phone. This is the headphone jack and FM radio, two features that many users keep asking for and that virtually all brands have sent to the memory drawer. Do you see how it is possible to make a premium phone with headphone jack and FM radio? Other signatures, learn from ASUS.
The least good of ASUS ROG Phone 2
Android 9 Pie
Having mentioned some of the strongest points of the terminal (not the only ones), now we have to talk about what we "least liked". I put this in quotes because I know that it is true that we are facing an almost round terminal in all its aspects, there are some fringes that could have been improved and hopefully correct for a future ROG Phone 3.
One of them is the Android version. As we mentioned before, The ASUS ROG Phone 2 has an almost stock Android version with the exception of the occasional application of ASUS that really does not bother but on the contrary, since some are even to improve the gaming experience.
Now, as of the date of this analysis, the smartphone continues with Android 9 Pie, something really daunting when we analyze a high-end device at a price like this. At the moment there is no news or exact date of the update to Android 10, so we will have to wait until next year to know more.
Obviously Android 9 does not harm the performance of this terminal, but when you spend so much money for a smartphone, expect your device is always updated to the last, more so if Google is the one that urges users to use Android 10 and all its privacy and security features.
Now, not everything is bad in the software section. The ASUS ROG Phone 2 has the so-called Game Mode that allows us in a very simple way, disable notifications and phone calls, control the temperature of the device or the SPF, as well as record the screen of our terminal or stream directly through the Twitch platform.
Likewise and so that the experience of playing is even more perfect, The device has two fully configurable touch “triggers” on the side that make button L1 / L2 or RB / RT in the event that in some video game we need extra commands. Now and again, pity Android 9 Pie.
It's not that the photographic section of the ASUS ROG Phone 2 is bad, just not up to the rest of the set. We have a Sony IMX586 48-megapixel main module with a f / 1.79, 79 FOV aperture and an equivalent focal length of 26 mm at the rear, all accompanied by a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens. With good lighting and outdoor spaces, the ROG Phone 2 takes fairly decent photographs and of considerable quality although that is, below phones with similar prices.
Of course, as soon as the exterior light disappears or you have to make use of photographs in dimly lit interior spaces it is when you really verify that The ROG Phone 2 is a smartphone oriented to power and video games and not to photography. As for the selfie section, correct without more, it is not that the model we have used to make the photographic test is the best.
All this leads us to manifest that The photographic section of the ASUS is a few steps below many other high-end and / or premium terminals. And it is a shame, because if it was not so, we will be facing the most perfect mobile of the moment.
ASUS ROG Phone 2: opinion and final thoughts of Andro4all
We will not find a better smartphone in terms of power and performance. The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is not only the best mobile device to enjoy video games, but it is also a smartphone that borders on perfection in general terms. The fact of having a Snapdragon 855 Plus, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage as well as an outstanding screen and sound, makes the ROG Phone 2 with the permission of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, one of the phones of the year.
Analyzing this smartphone has not only been really fun, but also a fabulous experience. ASUS has managed to position itself as a brand to take into account and this terminal is a real beast in performance. Both its power as well as the experience of use are so good, to use almost any other terminal is to step back. Video games, series, movies, social networks … no matter what use you want to give it, we are facing an excellent terminal that will delight anyone who wants to try it.
But beware, that not everything is beautiful in this almost perfect smartphone. Because a phone of this price must have Android 10 or at least an announced date. On the other hand, the photographic section, which, without being to lay hands on the head, not only does not correspond to that of a premium phone, but it simply does not live up to the rest of the terminal specifications. Not up close.
The photographic section is not up to the rest of the terminal's specifications. Not up close.
On the other hand, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 has other aspects that they can also be considered negative, although this unlike the other two mentioned in the article, they are already a personal holder, that is to say subjective.
On the one hand the size. If it is true that it is a very premium smartphone, high quality and made of aluminum, glass and metal, but the device feels quite large and very heavy. It is true that when it comes to playing, you can enjoy much more with a device of these dimensions, but when we want to wear it in the pants or use it in a conventional way, it is when a smaller size is desired.
On the other hand, the design. Like any good gaming product, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 has very aggressive lines and colors everywhere – well, only in the back – what It makes it a product that is not discreet and attracts a lot of attention.. Attract the eye of everyone in public transport and also if we want to work in an office, it is better not to take it out at the meeting tables. But that said, this is something personal and that does not have to be bad for other users.
In short, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 is a phone that although it is oriented to video games, it is perfectly usable as the main device. Few smartphones we will find in the market that offer a better user experience than this terminal offers And of course we will not find another better device to enjoy our favorite games.
Price and where to buy the ASUS ROG Phone 2
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 has an official price of 899 euros, placing it fully in the high range. Its premium appearance, top-of-the-range specifications and outstanding performance, it costs this price well. A pity about the photographic section.
|Conclusions||It is not only the best smartphone on the market to play but also one of the rounded products on the market|
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