ASUS are worried that we may be put off by the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition‘s lower specifications, so they shared details of the higher-spec model they intend to bring in… much later.
Let’s compare the specifications of the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition against the model that they will introduce globally!
ROG Phone 2 – A Slow Evolution
ASUS launched the ROG Phone last year, calling it the world’s first smartphone designed for mobile gaming. Unfortunately, they squandered that advantage with an ultra-slow rollout in a fast-moving industry.
More nimble, new competitors like Black Shark not only introduced their own gaming smartphones, they literally surged past them.
The Black Shark 2, for example, launched way back in April 2019 with the same Snapdragon 855 that ASUS is now putting into the new ROG Phone 2. And they launched and started selling Black Shark 2 PRO this month!
Of course, it boasts a 120 Hz display, with a 1 ms response time. Its high-speed display totally crushes the likes of Black Shark 2, and should guarantee silky-smooth gameplay, albeit at the expense of battery life.
That’s why ASUS gave it a massive 6,000 mAh battery – so it will last for quite a few rounds. The downside? It weighs almost a quarter of a kilo and is almost a full cm thick.
Recommended : The Black Shark 2 PRO vs ASUS ROG Phone 2 Comparison!
ROG Phone 2 : Tencent Edition vs. Global / Malaysia Edition
Last month, ASUS and Tencent revealed the ROG Phone 2 in China, powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus platform.
However, its lower specifications have possibly worried ASUS Malaysia, especially when they only expect to introduce the gaming smartphone much later in Q4 2019.
Hence, they shared with us the specifications of the global model that will actually ship globally.
But in our honest opinion, the Tencent version is a better deal for gamers. Here’s why!
For your convenience, we compare the specifications of both models in this table :
|Specifications||ROG Phone 2
(Global / Malaysia)
|ROG Phone 2 Tencent
|Display||6.59-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
– 108% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio
– up to 120 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time
|Chassis||Glass Back Cover||Glass + Metal Back Cover|
|System Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus|
|Processor||1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz)|
|RAM||12 GB LPDDR4X||8 GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||512 GB / 1 TB UFS 3.0||128 GB UFS 3.0|
|Front Camera||24 MP front camera|
|Rear Cameras||48 MP main camera, with Sony IMX586 sensor, and f/1.79 lens
13 MP ultra-wide camera, with 125-degree field of view
|Connectivity||4G : LTE Cat18 – 211 Mbps UL, 1.2 Gbps DL
WiFi : 802.11ad, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
|4G : LTE Cat16 – 150 Mbps UL, 1.0 Gbps DL
WiFi : 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
|Sensors||Accelerometer, E-Compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, gyro, ultrasonic AirTrigger shoulder buttons|
|Audio||Dual front-facing speakers with DTS:X Ultra|
|Battery||6,000 mAh battery|
|Charger||30 watt, with USB-C to USB-C cable||18 watt, with USB-A to USB-C cable|
|Bundled Case||Aero Case||Bumper Case|
|Box Type||Six Prism Box||Square Box|
|Dimensions||77.6 mm wide x 170.99 mm tall x 9.78 mm thick|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
In case you are wondering, the Snapdragon 855 Plus is just a speed-binned version of the regular Snapdragon 855. They are virtually identical.
The only differences are the clock speeds of two parts in the Snapdragon 855 Plus :
- its single high-performance Kryo 485 Gold core is clocked at 2.96 GHz, instead of 2.84 GHz.
- its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz.
In other words, its advantage in mobile gaming is a 4% increase in the short boost performance of the CPU, and a 14.9% boost in GPU performance.
Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!
ROG Phone 2 Price + Availability
ASUS says that it will be available in Malaysia in “early Q4 this year“. We will update this article when we know more.
Based on the European and Chinese launch prices of €899 and RMB 5,999, we expect the 12 GB + 512 GB ROG Phone 2 model to cost RM 3,999 / ~US$999 / ~£799 / ~A$1,449.
That makes it a whopping 33% more expensive than the Black Shark 2 PRO – an extra RM 1,000 / ~US$240 / ~£193 / ~A$349!
The ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition is much cheaper, of course. Its RMB 3,499 retail price in China translates into approximately RM 2,059 / ~US$499 / ~£399 / ~A$724 – roughly half the cost of the Global Edition, cheaper than the Black Shark 2 PRO!
Unfortunately, it is only available officially in China… although you can get them on the grey market :
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