Let’s get it out there right now, by the time you read this review the ASUS ROG Phone II has officially launched and the pre-order price has already been announced. We’re coinciding this launch with the Philippine formal launch but by this time we’ve already had a month with the ROG Phone 2. At Php49,995, it is by far a premium smartphone but gauging the price against the current top-end flagships spec-for-spec, this phone is actually quite competitive but it stacks all its features in pure internals and gaming features. That said, all top-end smartphones are always subject to scrutiny: they will be judged according to each and every individual’s taste henceforth impossible to put a realistic view of what value in general a smartphone may have. In the case of the ROG Phone II, it was and still is heavily marketed as a gaming smartphone and ASUS isn’t competing in the best camera or best synthetic benchmark results category, they are explicitly after the gaming experience and as I’ve mentioned in our original ROG Phone review, its a foundation of an ecosystem to enjoy mobile gaming.
In modern times, all smartphones can do phone calls and send SMS, that’s as basic as basic can get. But this also falls at the mercy at what the phone is designed for. For photography-inclined smartphones this may be a smaller issue, but for gaming smartphones there’s more to consider than saying it is “good for gaming”. We’ll talk more about this as we go on in this review as well as how ASUS’ has progressed their gaming experience offering with the new ROG Phone II.