Overclocking The Competition
We have started to reach a point in smartphone development where the average smartphone at almost every price range has more than enough specifications to match the day-to-day needs of most users. So what you end up paying for is actually the aesthetic of the phone as well as the peace of mind that your phone has the latest specs that will hopefully keep it ‘future-proof’ for some time. Some companies have tried to change this stalemate by repackaging their offerings as dedicated gaming devices, but apart from a few specific features, there wasn’t enough innovation to justify the purchase.
However, one phone seems to have finally cracked the code to making gaming flagships interesting, and the answer seems to be indulging in excess. We are, of course, talking about the ROG Phone 2 from Asus. The new version features a more refined and subtle look that feels more premium while also being distinctive. The screen has a 6.59-inch AMOLED display with a super smooth refresh rate of 120Hz. The body has been upgraded as well since now the fan in the rear actually works in sync with the internal 3D vapour chamber. The Air-Triggers on the right offer better performance, while the fingerprint sensor has been shifted under the display to make space for front-firing stereo speakers. However, what really sells the device are the insides, which are crammed with top-of-the-line specs, such as an overclocked Snapdragon 855+ chip that produces up to 2.96Ghz of power.
You get a max configuration of up to 12GB RAM and 512GB of high-speed UFS 3.0 storage, along with a massive 6000mah battery, which easily makes it one of the few smartphones that can even replace a laptop. Even the camera module isn’t a disappointment anymore, since the phone packs a high-quality 48MP primary camera, with a 13MP wide-angle lens on the rear. There are a thousand other small things that add to the unique experience of this phone, and with an expected price of around Rs. 35,000 for the base model, this is certainly more than enough for a smartphone to break the monotony and truly justify the tag of a gaming flagship.
SAME IN RANGE
Nubia Red Magic 3
With a similar starting price and specs, the Red Magic 3 is the closest competition to the ROG Phone 2. However, the phone makes enough compromises to not stand up as an equal competitor. The screen features a lower 90Hz panel, the wide-angle and telephoto camera are actually software gimmicks and the smaller 5000mah battery actually drains faster than traditional 4000mah setups. At the same time, even with these limitations, it is still a better offering than most in this segment.
One Plus 7 Pro
While this isn’t technically a gaming device, it still features a lot of specs that are currently in demand, such as a 90Hz display, an in-display fingerprint sensor, a pop-up camera along with the powerful and 5G ready Snapdragon 855 chip. The design and feel are a bit more mainstream and high-end, which makes it a desirable device. However, the higher price range and lower specs really put a damper on what should be a great offering.