Gaming phones are amazingly powerful pieces of tech. Armed with high caliber specs; these
gaming phones have one task in mind – to run video games. They can run games while on the go – an appealing
selling point for those not wanting to let go of their playtime. These are
highly specialized phones and they cater to a very popular market. It is no
surprise that almost every mobile company has a horse in this race.
The Race to the Top
The US-based Razer for instance specializes on
gaming products. Their very own mobile phone is a no-brainer. Xiaomi, a Chinese company, also has the Black Shark series. Asus, the massive tech manufacturer
based on Taiwan, has been a massive supporter for the mobile gaming movement. Their
first pure gaming mobile phone, the ROG
Phone 1 (Republic of Gamers) was released last year to much anticipation.
Priced at a staggering $1100+, Asus
had very high demands for their crown jewel creation.
A year later, Asus unveils
the sequel to their gaming phone: the ROG
Phone 2. In addition, it seems they have learned from their mistakes from
the original ROG.
Republic of Gamers Phone II
The most distinctive
difference with the ROG Phone 2 comes with the price tag. No longer priced at a very thousand-dollar margin, the
ROG Phone 2 can be yours for $899.
While it is still on the higher-end of the price spectrum, it is a considerable
decrease from the ROG 1’s price.
Compared to the original, the
ROG 2 offers a bunch of enhancements. There is a vast improvement in the ROG
2’s gaming capabilities, while still
offering a ton of upgrades on everything else.
Higher battery of 6000
mAh (from ROG 1’s 4000 mAh)
Higher battery means a longer lifespan between charges
Capable of 7-10
hours straight of gaming use
Fast charging (less than an hour for a full charge)
Bigger screen at 6.59
inches (from 6 inches)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Processor
The ROG Phone 2’s non-gaming
aspects are also very impressive.
Massive upgrade on the camera at 48 MP + 13 MP / Front 24 MP (from ROG 1’s 12 MP + 8 MP / Front 8MP)
On-screen fingerprint scanner
Android v9.0 (pie)
Corning Gorilla Glass 6 gives it a decent toughness
against scratches and other damage
Between the two ROG’s, there
are some noticeable similarities. The RAM for instance stays at 8 GB – no
improvement on that end. There is a slight increase in screen size (0.59
inches). However, it is not very noticeable for those wanting to play at a
larger screen. It is, however, still enough for you to enjoy your game.
Overall, the cheaper sequel
to the Republic of Gamers Phone is a must-have for those wanting to play games
on the road. The longer battery life ensures that your phone can last a while even while under heavy use.
Performance-wise, it is an excellent rig for most games, and can keep you
playing all day long.