Asustek to launch next-generation ROG gaming phone in 3Q19

Alfred Osborne
April 10, 2019

Now, according to a new report, Asus is gearing up to launch the successor to its gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone.

The new ASUS ROG phone will be the first devices after the company's reworked strategy to focus on gaming and premium segment phones.

Meanwhile, ASUS unveiled the ROG Phone back in June a year ago, and the handset sported premium hardware internals, which included the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 512GB of flash storage.

With its ROG Phone in 2018, Asus entered the race to create a phone that's dedicated to gamers and gaming. To counter the increasing competition, Asus planning to launch a sequel later this year.

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The report, from industry publication DigiTimes, which has a checkered history with leak accuracy, says the ROG Phone 2 will launch sometime between July and September. Asus has fitted an AMOLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and support for HDR gaming. But we'll have to wait till Q3 2019 for more details.

It does seem a bit soon to be talking about an ROG Phone 2 though. Judging from the previous gaming phone from the company we can expect the latest and greatest components as well as a hefty price tag.

The report also adds that the company is now focusing on profit from the growing Chinese gaming smartphone market and has chose to take Tencent on board as the official advertising partner.

The gaming phone market is becoming the next battleground for Chinese manufacturers thanks to the growing popularity of mobile eSports titles such as PUBG and Mobile Legends. However, Asus is not the only gaming company with its sights on Tencent.

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