Power and precision mobile gaming

Aziz Idris

It becomes increasingly clear that smartphone are trying to win gamers’ hearts.

The Asus brand has made waves in this part with great emphasis on PC gaming through its subdivision Republic of Gamers (ROG). It has now delivered the ultimate smartphone gaming experience with the launch of the ROG Phone II.

CF King, the first and only authorised ASUS Premium partner in Brunei, launched the ROG Phone II recently.

It received overwhelming response from consumers, especially for those banking on the latest esports buzz.

Just like its predecessor, the latest ROG Phone II has been designed with smooth and snappy performance which makes it an ideal professional gaming tool, in line with the growing professional mobile esports crowd.

ABOVE & BELOW: The all-new ROG TwinView Dock II gives users a dual-screened clamshell gaming experience that is perfect for extended game display or group communications; and the funky ROG Aero case or bumper protector which enables the use of Aero Active Cooler II while the case is on. PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRIS & RICHARD LAI/ENGADGET

The ROG Phone II is a functional smartphone with a dual-lens shooter for the ROG Phone II comprising a 48MP main lens and a 13MP 125-degree wide angle lens

At 240 grammes, the ROG Phone II is one of the heaviest handsets in the market.

But the weight may not matter to gamers as the device comes equipped with high-end specs.

There’s absolutely no slowdown while using apps and games, and switching between them is nearly instantaneous. The spec include: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor that was created to be faster and more efficient during gaming; the speedy UFS 3.0 in 518GB storage (available) or 1TB (upon per-order); and its 12GB of RAM. It also has fast-charging support via USB-C and includes a 30W fast-charging brick in the box.

Another notable spec is the massive 6000mAh battery – it will keep everything powered for all-day gaming, while the 120Hz display delivers crisp, silky smooth visuals on a large 6.59″ Full HD+ AMOLED display.

ASUS has made some improvements to the cooling technology with a new Game Cool II system that includes a 3D vapour chamber design with heatsink and additional vents for better heat dissipation.

The phone comes bundled with an AeroActive Cooler II fan attachment. It can be strapped to the back of the phone to cool it down. In the Brunei market, users will also find the funky ROG Aero case or bumper protector in the box. It is designed in a way that users can attach the Aero Active Cooler II while the case is still on.

The dual front-facing stereo speakers have been upgraded with DTS:X Ultra where gamers can actually pinpoint the footsteps and gunshots in Call of Duty Mobile.

One of the best features on the first ROG phone was the AirTrigger. It makes sense to see that it has made a comeback for this version as well.

The AirTrigger II offers both tapping and sliding motions. It is more sensitive with a vibration latency to just 20ms. Users can just rest their fingertips on top and do a light push to activate. There’s also an arsenal of accessories available for the ROG Phone II and a bunch of gaming accessories upon pre-order basis at CF King. This includes ROG’s first ever earphones – Centra earbuds.

Using the USB-C, it can support multiple platforms, including mobile phones, PC, Mac and other handheld game consoles.

It features active noise cancellation technology, a large 10mm ASUS Essence driver to deliver incredibly strong bass and optimised gaming audio. It’s ergonomic design with three sizes of ear gels and fins ensured a secure and comfortable fit.

Also available is the all-new ROG Twin View Dock II. It gives users a dual-screened clamshell gaming experience that is perfect for extended game display or group communications. Now lighter and better balanced, this addition includes an enhanced cooling system and a high-capacity 5000mAh battery pack.

The device is still a functional smartphone with a dual-lens shooter comprising 48MP main lens and a 13MP 125-degree wide angle lens. The lens combinations= works like a treat for daily use. For videos, users can shoot in 4K resolution at up to 60 frames per second, for sublimely natural-looking results andthe solid Image stabilisation is also fitted for Ultra HD recordings.