We already had an inkling that Asus was going to have another crack at a gaming phone, and now that’s been confirmed. The company has revealed that the Asus ROG Phone 2 will be coming in July.
The news came via the company’s Weibo account. Posting via the Chinese social network means that you’re getting a slightly ropey translation here, but the meaning should still be pretty clear. “When the ROG game mobile phone 2 (Tencent game customisation) screams, another wave of drama about the e-sports mobile game will be kicked off,” the post reads. “In July of this summer, let us witness the passionate moments of reunion in Jingdong!”
Okay, July could mean a big reveal rather than the release itself, but either way we’ll be getting a sequel to the Asus ROG Phone this year.
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And, for the avoidance of doubt, that’s a very good thing. The original Asus ROG Phone was an excellent handset with a lot going for it, including a 90Hz screen, an overclocked Snapdragon 845 processor and its own clip-on fan to cool it. It also had a bunch of optional extras you could add on, including a desktop dock, a Gamevice Control and the TwinView Dock – which adds a second screen to things, making it look like a distant relative of the Nintendo DS.
There’s no word on what the new Asus ROG Phone will contain, but you’d imagine upgrading to a Snapdragon 855 would be a banker. It also has a bit more competition than when we first reviewed it. While the Razer Phone 2 was around at the time, the Black Shark 2 was yet to be unveiled, and it got the best review of the lot. Chiefly thanks to its price tag, which at £479 simply blew the £749 Razer Phone 2 and £799 ROG Phone out of the water.
Hopefully Asus’ next offering will be more competitive, but either way we don’t have long to wait to find out.
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