Worried that gamers are swarming for the highly-affordable ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition, ASUS is urgently touting the advantages of the ROG Phone 2 Global Edition, that they intend to bring in… much later.
Let’s compare the specifications of the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition against the upcoming ROG Phone 2 Global Edition model!
ROG Phone 2 – Super Fast Phone, Super Slow Rollout
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 Snapdragon 855, and they are already selling the Black Shark 2 PRO that is powered by the same Snapdragon 855+ that the ROG Phone 2 uses.
Of course, it boasts a 120 Hz display, with a 1 ms response time that totally crushes the likes of Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 PRO, 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.
Of course, Black Shark has publicly pooh-poohed the usefulness of a 120 Hz display in this recent Q&A session :
Instead of a higher refresh rate, they opted to use DC dimming to reduce eyestrain, and an integrated DSP with MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) capabilities to eliminate unwanted judder and blur.
Recommended : The ASUS ROG Phone 2 vs Black Shark 2 PRO Comparison!
ASUS ROG Phone 2 Global vs Tencent Edition
However, ASUS does NOT want you to think about the Tencent Edition because it is MUCH CHEAPER, and is a darn better deal than the Global Edition that they will much later in Q4 2019.
They have been urging their media friends to talk up the ROG Phone 2 Global Edition. 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||ASUS ROG Phone 2
|ASUS ROG Phone 2
|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% increase in peak GPU performance.
Recommended : The Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!
ROG Phone 2 Global vs Tencent : Price + Availability
Based on the US and Chinese launch prices of $899, €899 and RMB 5,999, we expect the 12 GB + 512 GB ROG Phone 2 Elite model to cost RM 3,699 / ~£799 / ~A$1,344.
- United States : $899.99
That makes it a whopping 23% more expensive than the Black Shark 2 PRO – an extra RM 700 / ~US$240 / ~£136 / ~A$249!
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!
That is 80% off the cost of the Global Edition, and 31% cheaper than the Black Shark 2 PRO!
Unfortunately, it is only available officially in China and India… although you can get them on the grey market :
* Please note that if you purchase a grey market Tencent unit, you will not be entitled to warranty outside of China.
If you are looking for the Ultimate Edition, which basically just comes with 1 TB of storage, that will retail for an insane €1,199 sometime in December 2019!
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