Live images of the Asus ROG Phone II surface

Could the Asus ROG Phone II be the breakthrough for gaming smartphones?

Asus has made no secret of its upcoming ROG Phone II. It has confirmed the phone’s 120Hz display and a partnership with Tencent Games in China. This will optimise gaming content, which in turn will provide users with a better experience.

Live image leak

We have had two photos surface of what the ROG Phone II will look like. Both show the front side of the phone, which looks similar to the original ROG phone. There are stereo speakers flanking the display as well as a selfie camera on the top right of an unknown resolution.

The second photo shows the display’s ability to function at different refresh rates. It highlights options ranging from 120Hz all the way down to 60Hz. It seems like users will be able to choose the display’s refresh rate. But additionally, we think the phone will be able to automatically switch refresh rates to save battery life. For instance, it would lock onto 120Hz when gaming but revert back to either 90Hz or 60Hz when a high refresh rate is not necessary.

Special processor

Aside from confirming the display refresh rate, Asus has announced that the ROG Phone II will be the first to run Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. Although identical to its previous flagship, the 855 Plus features higher clocks with the CPU now running at 2.96GHz instead of 2.84GHz. With this change, users will experience a 4.2 per cent improvement in CPU performance.

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 855 Plus with 15% faster GPU
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset will power the Asus ROG Phone II (via Qualcomm)

Moreover, the Adreno 640 GPU in the Snapdragon 855 Plus is also clocked higher, promising a 15 per cent improvement versus the standard Snapdragon 855. If you remember the original ROG Phone, it too had a specially binned Snapdragon 845 processor with higher clock speeds. But it remained exclusive to Asus’ ROG phone. This year, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus will be available to all OEMs, with Asus being the first to adopt it.

Official release

The Asus ROG Phone II is definitely something to look forward to. With just under a week left, the ROG Phone II will go official next week on July 23.