The Asus ROG phone 2 features a new and larger 6.59-inch screen with a display resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels and the added ability to render 10-bit HDR color. The new display helps fill out some of the older phone’s thick bezels and gives it a slightly taller 19:9 aspect ratio, but the handset’s overall dimensions have increased slightly to 170.99 x 77.6 x 9.48mm—as opposed to the 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.3mm Asus ROG Phone. Instead of being limited to a 90Hz refresh rate, the new AMOLED screen hits 120Hz, which puts it on par with the Razer Phone 2.
Asus has also increased the touchscreen sampling rate to 240Hz, which will supposedly decrease touch latency to just 49ms. This comes alongside plenty of other smaller upgrades including louder dual front-firing speakers, 68% reduced vibration latency on the Air Triggers, and a new 3D vapor chamber that now vents heat through a real back vent.
The last big improvement Asus has made to its gaming-focused Android phone is giving it an absolutely massive 6,000mAh battery. Users will also be able to choose between Asus’ ROG UI or standard Android 9 Pie for their interface.
Due to its larger size, Asus ROG Phone 2 launches alongside a whole new line of accessories including new versions of the attachable AeroActive Cooler II fan, Mobile Desktop Dock for connecting the handset to a gaming monitor or Gaming TV, and the TwinView Dock II that gives the gaming phone a second screen. The ROG Kunai GamePad is new controller accessory, which you can either attach directly to the phone or slide into a controller grip like a set Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons.
The Asus ROG Phone 2 will release first to China starting July 23rd and in the US by September 1st. Unfortunately, Asus has yet to announce pricing for its new gaming smartphone, but we will update this story as soon as it becomes available.
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