Gaming phones are not a new thing, but the ROG Phone II takes it a step further. Announced in July and now renamed "Elite" due to the new 1TB version, the phone has Gorilla Glass 5, and comes with a 6.59" screen in a 19.5:9 format, which Asus claims makes it comfortable to use even with one hand. The display is 120 Hz 1ms OLED with 2340x1080 resolution, supporting HDR and reproducing 108% DCI-P3 color gamut.
The front looks like most other phones, while the back looks more like a gaming computer with holographic inlays, not to mention dual camera and dual-LED flash. There are air vents and naturally an RGB LED logo too.
A fingerprint reader is integrated into the display, along with two speakers and a 3.5mm jack cable. There is a USB-C port for charging the 6000mAh battery in both the bottom as well as the side to ensure unhindered gameplay while charging. The input touch sensor operates at 240Hz.
On the side, a separate proprietary connector connects to the docks of the phone or the external cooler, but still supports 4K output, Display 1.4, and Quick Charge 4.0, while still handling 10Gbps data transfer.
The brain of the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, with a core clock boosted from 2.84 to 2.96 GHz. The GPU is the Adreno 640, also from Qualcomm, and this too is overclocked to 672 MHz from 585 MHz. 12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM completes the 512 GB UFS 3.0 storage. Now there is an Ultimate version with 1TB of storage and a matte black finish as well, for those that find 512 GB to be inferior.
Inside the phone is a vapor chamber system capable of dissipating 7.5 watt of heat, which according to Asus is overkill for the CPU, but ensures cool running. For those living in particularly warm places, the AeroActive Cooler II provides additional cooling, coming with a plethora of accessories as well.
The camera uses the Sony Exmor IMX586 sensor and a f/1.79 lens, offering both 28MP and 12MP images, depending on lighting conditions. Ultra-wide is achieved using a separate 13MP camera, while the front camera is 24 MP.
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