Update, September 6 2019 (5:50AM ET): Asus has come back to us with European pricing for the ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition. You can expect to pay 1,199 euros for this edition of the gaming-focused phone.
This is 300 euros more than the regular version of the ROG Phone 2, so what are you getting for the extra cash? Well, you’re basically getting double the UFS 3.0 storage (1TB versus 512GB) and Cat 20 LTE connectivity (2Gbps).
The company hasn’t confirmed U.S. pricing for either model though, but hopefully the firm announces these details soon.
Original article, September 4 2019 (8:03AM ET): The Asus ROG Phone 2 was announced roughly a month ago, but fans in Europe have had to wait a while to hear about availability. Fortunately, the company has finally announced European release date details, pricing, and an Ultimate Edition of the gaming smartphone.
European users can grab the standard model via the Asus eShop from today (September 4), with orders shipping from the “end of September.” The standard variant will set you back €899 (~$990), which is a little pricier than the original ROG Phone which retailed for around €799, but still less than you might expect for a phone that’s this powerful.
As for the Asus ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition, this newly revealed model differs from the standard variant by offering 1TB of UFS 3.0 storage (double the usual allotment), and Category 20 download speeds of up to 2Gbps. You’re also getting a Matte Black color scheme by opting for the Ultimate Edition.
Other than these changes, you’re getting the same Asus ROG Phone 2 experience as the standard model. That means a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, up to 12GB of RAM, and a huge, 6,000mAh battery with 30W charging.
It wouldn’t be a gaming phone without the relevant features, and the ROG Phone 2 retains the predecessor’s Air Trigger ultrasonic shoulder triggers for use in games. The phone also packs a 6.59-inch notched OLED screen (FHD+) with a 120Hz refresh rate. In fact, Asus has also listed dozens of games that support 120Hz refresh rates, ranging from Alto’s Odyssey and Dead Trigger 2, to Hitman Go and Minecraft.
Asus hasn’t revealed launch details regarding the Ultimate Edition, save for saying it’ll come out in Q4 2019. We’ll update the article with Ultimate Edition availability details and hopefully details on a U.S. release as soon as we hear from the company.
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