ASUS and Republic of Gamers, its gamer-focused division, promise to deliver the best gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 2. It’s this little beauty here with its aggressive design, high-end hardware, and diverse accessories. Is this the best smartphone gamer on the market? This is what you will check out in this complete review by tudocelular.com. Gamers-oriented phones are becoming increasingly common and this was expected, as the gaming community is growing, We’re talking about people that use their cell phones to pass the time. Currently 37% of players around the world game on the small screen. ASUS is aware of this demand and is increasingly investing in its ROG series. The second generation its your phone brings an even more exotic and eye-catching design. It is a metal body with a glass rear and RGB LED on the logo at the back. The new version enhances all the stuff we already knew, and fixes several flaws from the first project, but it’s also bigger and heavier; even though its screen is smaller than the one found on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Because it has wider edges, it will take up more space in your pocket. ASUS claims that having wide edges ensures greater comfort for gameplay sessions and prevents you from accidentally touching the screen It makes sense, and having two big speakers, the edges, Wider than the ones found on the recent high-end models, are not annoying. The biometric reader was moved from the back to under the screen – it works well, but it’s not the fastest. The cooling grill is smaller, and the thermal dissipation system has been improved, While the logo with lighting is the same as before. A big differentiator for the ROG Phone 2 compared to other smartphone gamers is its ultrasonic triggers on the right side, that can be mapped in games. The edges are pressure-sensitive, just like the ones from the Pixel series, and you can choose an action by pressing the sides. We still have the proprietary port on the left, which provides connection to the accessories and also a secondary USB-C. Speaking of accessories, you get the dock to connect the ROG Phone to your tv and play from your couch, there’s also the WiGig display, which streams your phone to your screen via low latency Wi-Fi, For out-of-home gaming, you can get the ROG Kunai GamePad, which makes the phone look like the Nintendo Switch, While Twin View Dock lets you connect mirror the ROG Phones screen bringing another display for the user experience, something in the style of the Nintendo DS. This model we tested came only with the cooler that Plugs on the USB-C port and helps keep the device cool while playing for a long time. Because we are talking about a gamer phone, the presence of a screen with a high refresh rate is mandatory. something that was missed in Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2. Alright, this is not the first mobile phone with 120 Hz display, we tested the Razer Phone last year, However, we can say that this is the best screen with this refresh rate. One point where the rival from Razer left something do be desired was in the brightness – it was so low that it was impossible to use the phone outside the home. especially in the sun. ASUS’s device doesn’t suffer from this problem. Its screen has high brightness, high contrast and reproduces colors with great fidelity. OLED screens typically have 16 ms latency, while the ROG Phone 2 screen drops this value to just 1 ms, just like the best monitors available. This means that you will not see traces on the screen or delay command response times. And to help, even more, the touchscreen sensor works at 240 Hz, twice as many iPhones – what does that mean in practice? That whenever you touch the ROG Phone screen it will respond faster than any other phone found in the domestic market – and that makes a difference, especially in competitive online games. It’s no use having a high-end screen and disappointing sound, right? Here is another point that ASUS’ mobile phone sets off the competition. Its speakers have a dedicated amplifier, which helps deliver the most powerful volume. among all handsets that went through TudoCelular.com. Not only that, but the quality is also remarkable. the speakers resonate, causing vibration throughout the body of the unit when playing bass. You have clear, well-distributed audio coming your way. If you need even more power, there’s the external module that reduces bass and mids and forces treble to overcome the noise around you. The earphone that comes with it has good sound quality, but it’s worth investing in a professional one to use with the ROG Phone 2. It reproduces a clean and powerful sound, which is perfect for tapping the full potential of high impedance headphones. Ok, ok, that’s enough talking about picture and sound – let’s get down to business: performance. Equipping this beauty we have the Snapdragon 855 Plus, which is an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855. the one that equips the ROG Phone 2 comes with the GPU operating frequency unlocked, which allows you to overclock to extract even more gaming performance. The ironic part is that despite all this potential in practice, the powerful ASUS mobile phone ends up being slower than other phones with the standard Snapdragon 855 when opening popular apps. It was below Chinese models that cost half the price on our speed test. It is clear that software optimisation remains the weakness of ASUS. In benchmarks, on the other hand, it really shows its power and came close to breaking the 500,000 points barrier in AnTuTu with the overclocking enabled – this is more than the powerful Apple A13 Bionic from the iPhone 11 performed in this test. But you want to know about games, right? Fine, it’s probably the reason why you are watching this review. Here’s the best news: the ROG Phone 2 really runs games at 120 fps. Not all, but there is already a long list of optimised titles that you can check out in the full article. at TudoCelular’s website, by clicking the link in the description. We tested a lot of games and he managed to hold 120 fps all the time, but it gets hot (and not just a little). The one we tested came with the cooler to cool down and prevent the processor from slowing down, to avoid overheating. The cheaper version does not come with this accessory, so be warned. The ultrasonic triggers make a difference when playing They recognize taps and swipe gestures for different actions. Even if you don’t buy the GamePad, playing directly on the ROG Phone 2 will be a more pleasurable experience than we have on other phones. One of the reasons why the ROG Phone 2 is a very heavy device is its giant 6000 mAh battery. As it is an aggressive hardware phone that allows overclocking, it has an RGB LED logo and you need to power a cooler to keep your phone cool, it all ends up devouring a lot of energy. The good news is that this battery does the job, and with plenty of spare juice. The ROG Phone 2 delivers the best autonomy of all the advanced models we have tested. You only have to recharge it every couple of days, and if you game on it, your battery can still hold up all day long. By default the screen it comes locked in a 60 Hz mode; you can change it to 90 or 120 Hz, The higher the rate, the higher the power consumption – but even at the highest one, Its autonomy is still great. This model we came with a 30-watt charger that takes just over an hour and a half to fully recharge the battery The cheaper model comes with a weaker charger of only 18 watts, which will take much longer to make the battery reach 100%. The ROG Phone 2 comes with Android Pie and ROG UI interfaces, which is different from the Zen UI we see on other ASUS smartphones. When you turn on the device for the first time you will feel the difference of owning a gamer product, with a more futuristic interface that loves to blend dark tones with vibrant color details. There is a theme that makes the interface the same as other ZenFones, don’t get used to this different look of the ROG device. In the status bar, you will see an icon that shows what refresh rate is used for the screen at that time There is a shortcut in the notification drawer to quickly switch between the three modes. There is also a shortcut to X Mode, which forces the hardware to its fullest, to have higher points in benchmarks. As with every gamer phone, there is a tool to optimize your games and ASUS’ named it Game Genie: it is possible to monitor in real-time the use of the GPU, battery, processor hardware temperature, FPS rate and even get an estimate time of remaining battery while playing. It’s in Game Genie where you set up the ultrasonic triggers mentioned earlier, but the icing on the cake is the ASUS Armory Create suite – it’s something like what we have on Xiaomi’s Shark Space and turns the ROG Phone 2 into a pocket console. The system is locked in landscape mode and the game library takes over the screen. You can create different profiles for each game and choose the performance mode. You can also choose the processor speed and even the temperature limit. And if a game only runs at 60 fps you can lock the screen at 60 Hz just to avoid unnecessary battery drain. E se um jogo só roda a 60 fps você pode travar a tela em 60 Hz só para aquele jogo e evitar gastos desnecessários de bateria. And finally, the RGB LED controls; you can choose from millions of color options, the kind of lighting effect and its speed. We come to the camera part: as this is never the focus of this type of product, let’s be brief. The ROG Phone 2 maintains the same dual set as before, but now with 48 and 13 MP cameras. The secondary one is still a wide-angle lens. Its cameras are the same as the ones found inside the Zenfone 6 and can shoot good pictures in bright places. The wider lens has a lower quality but it’s still able to take good pictures. There is a shortcut for zooming in the app that makes a crop to zoom in on the object. It is also the portrait mode that uses the wide-angle to blur the background. The result are not as good as the ones from other phones with a depth sensor. At night don’t wait for good pictures with the ROG Phone – at least there’s a night mode, which helps a little and also works with the wide-angle lens. Unlike the ZenFone 6, where the camera in the rear and swivels to the front when taking a selfie, here you will have a dedicated camera for this – and the quality is inferior. Still, it is possible to have good quality selfies and balanced colors. The camcorder is capable of shooting 4k video at up to 60 fps and the best part is that electronic stabilization works on all options, unlike some phones that limit the EIS only when recording at Full HD. The video quality is good, but the front module has some frame rate drops. Shooting at night results in grainy videos, especially when using the wide-angle camera. A nice detail to mention is that the front camera is in a position that allows streaming games With no big risk of having the lens covered by your hands, so you can broadcast the game and your face at the same time. Is the ROG Phone 2 the best smartphone gamer or do we have other better options? On the models we tested, no doubt it’s the most complete one – it has the best 120hz screen, the most powerful sound, It runs many games at 120 FPS and its battery lasts a long time. Compared to the Black Shark 2, it outperforms the Xiaomi model in everything, but we have to take into consideration that it also costs twice as much. If it’s worth paying double, it’s up to you to decide. What it disappoints is its overall performance when opening apps It is slower than OnePlus 7 Pro with its 90 Hz display and is also behind the Mi 9 with 60 Hz display. And so are the cameras, which do only the basics and are more limited than those of Chinese models. The 120 fps gameplays are not that important? Other alternatives would be the Galaxy Note 10 and the iPhone 11 which can be found for the same price. They are faster and have better cameras. The ROG Phone 2 is one of the best phones we have reviewed this year. It does offer a complete package – it just needed to have a better camera and be as fast as other 2019 flagships in general use, and not just in games and benchmarks. One point that may bother you is the high heat when playing, especially in the cheaper version. because it doesn’t come with the cooler, an extra accessory. And it’s good to remember that the device is also big and heavy, which can also be a nuisance for some. Overall, the ROG Phone 2 is a phone with more pros than cons and is a strong choice for those looking for a pocket console. But if gaming is not that important to you, there are more interesting models in the same price range or even cheaper and of course the best deals you already know where to find just click on the links in the description to find the best prices for both the ROG Phone 2 and other phones Mentioned in this review. Take a moment to comment below what do you think about the new gamer phone from ASUS – Is it worth the investment? Which accessory did you like the most? I’ll stick around, a big hug and until next time.