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Heavy weight: Asus ROG Phone II is skirting the limit – of weight amongst other things

A smartphone with 12 GB of RAM warms the cockles of a gamer’s heart on its own. Add to that, 512 GB of internal memory, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855+ and a 120-Hz screen, and who would not want to get such a device? Anyone who thinks that 240 grams is too heavy for a smartphone.

We have “the” gaming smartphone in the lab and we are really excited about the ultrasonic sensor buttons, which improve the gaming experience when compared to the first ROG Phone, and the external cooler, which lowers the surface temperatures by 10 °C, and also reroutes the power cable if you want to have the ROG Phone II plugged in while gaming.

However, the ROG Phone II is very heavy. The predecessor was 30 grams lighter – where does all this additional weight come from? In part from the 6000-mAh battery, which will allow you to game for quite a while before you run out of juice. And the display has also become bigger: At 6.59 inches, the display of the ROG phone is now as big as that of the Nubia Red Magic 3. However, the Nubia Red Magic 3 is much slower, and Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 is more or less in the same league. 

What is especially notable is the software, which is, so to speak, “streaming-ready”, and above all the game launcher known as "Armoury Crate”, which lets users monitor the CPU, GPU and the battery status. 

Last but not least, there is also the RGB Logo. Razer also has something like that, and when someone puts such a device on the table, there is no passing it by without looking, so come and take a look at a few pictures of the Asus ROG Phone II in our review.

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Inge Schwabe, 2019-12- 8 (Update: 2019-12-11)