Asus ROG Phone II review

The ultimate phone for gamers has got even more powerful... and Asus ROG Phone II looks great for photographers too

Asus ROG Phone II review (Asus ROG Phone 2)
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Asus ROG Phone II is an angry-looking gaming phone with a virtually identical rear camera setup to that found on the Zenfone 6. Being a gaming phone, however, it also delivers mountains of power, plenty of storage options, a sensationally smooth 120Hz screen, not to mention a massive 6000mAh battery. All that translates to class-leading specs in all areas but one - imaging. While its dual camera is competent, therefore, the lack of a telephoto lens and OIS will be felt.


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    Great specs for price

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    Plenty of shooting modes

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    Huge long-lasting battery


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    Design won’t be for all

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    No telephoto camera

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    No OIS

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    Not widely available

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If you want a spec sheet to KO the competition, the Asus ROG Phone II delivers; it’s got a liquid-smooth 120Hz AMOLED screen, an overclocked CPU, masses of storage and no less than 12GB RAM in its highest-end configuration. It doesn’t look set to be the best camera phone around, given the fact there are just two around the back, a 48MP wide-angle module, and an ultrawide option; that’s exactly like the dual-camera of the Asus Zenfone 6, on paper at least.

Since it was announced, a few options have dropped: the Strix Edition, which includes 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for $629.99 / £599, the Elite Edition, with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage, which is the version we reviewed, costing $899 / £829.99, and the Ultimate Edition, which bumps storage up to 1TB and costs $1,199 / £899.99.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.