It was inevitable that ASUS would bring a second-generation of its ROG Phone to market, but the company has been rather tight-lipped about what features the device will offer -- until now. In a Weibo post, the company confirmed a big specs upgrade for the upcoming ROG Phone 2 that concerns its display.
The ROG Phone 2 has now been confirmed to feature a 120Hz display. The original ROG Phone came with a 90Hz display (read the HotHardware review here), which placed it a step above the vast majority of smartphones which featured 60Hz displays upon its release. At this time, only the recently launched OnePlus 7 Pro matches the first-generation ROG Phone’s 90Hz spec. The only other smartphones that have managed to launch so far with a 120Hz display are the Razer Phone and the Razer Phone 2.
The Weibo post also confirms a partnership between ASUS ROG and China's Tencent Games. At least one fighting game, as pictured in the Weibo post (seen below), will be fully optimized for the new display and shows a side-by-side pane of visual fidelity at 60Hz compared to 120Hz.
At this point, no other specs have been confirmed for the ROG Phone 2, although a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC is almost certainly to be onboard this time around. The first-generation device debuted with 8GB of RAM, but we'd expect to see that bumped to 12GB for the ROG Phone 2.
The original ROG Phone comes with a 4000 mAh battery, a rear fingerprint sensor, haptic feedback "AirTriggers" for games, a secondary USB-C connector, RGB lighting, and an optional cooler that can be attached during extended gaming sessions. We expect for most of these features to carry over to the ROG Phone 2, although the battery capacity might be increased and we could expect to see an in-display fingerprint reader.
Word on the street is that the ROG Phone 2 will debut next month.