Asus ROG Phone 2 now available for pre-order in the US

Asus ROG Phone 2 now available for pre-order in the US
Officially unveiled two months ago, the powerful Asus ROG Phone 2 is finally coming to the United States. Unfortunately, the phone isn't really meant for the US market, so it's missing a lot of LTE bands.

For example, the smartphone is lacking T-Mobile's Band 12 and 71 are missing, while Sprint and Verizon support is not available at all. The only LTE band you'll be getting in the US is AT&T's, so buy it only if you're using it with this carrier.

If you've decided to go for Asus' flagship, then prepare to pay a decent amount: $900. AndroidPolice reports there are only two US retailers that are now taking pre-orders for the Asus ROG Phone 2 – B&H Video and Mobile Advance.

Once again, even though the listing at B&H says that this is the North American version of the Asus ROG Phone 2, the phone will not work with Sprint and Verizon at all, but you should not have any issues with AT&T.

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ROG Phone II
  • Display 6.6" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, Octa-core, 2960 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 6000 mAh

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8 Comments

1. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Why no Verizon? Verizon: CDMA 800, 1900 PCS 2, 4, 5, 13*, 66 ROG Phone II: LTE (FDD): Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 66 2, 4, 5, 13, and 66 are there. Is there something else I'm missing?

4. Deadeye37

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I don't think this phone is only GSM and doesn't support CDMA, which is what Verizon & Sprint use.

5. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I feel like you don't understand that GSM and CDMA are 3G standards. (BTW, the ROG Phone II supports one of the two Verizon CDMA frequencies, the 1900MHz but not the 800MHz.) The bands are for 4G and all 5 of Verizon's bands are supported by the ROG Phone II. There isn't any reason why this phone shouldn't work on Verizon's network.

8. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Well being that Verizon is soon to be an LTE only network, the phone will need to support VoLTE which ASUS doesn't really have a record of implementing in their phones.

2. Alcyone

Posts: 487; Member since: May 10, 2018

I may be wrong. But, I remember LTE being derived from GSM. It's why most, if not all phones have a sim slot now. CDMA is an old tech, needing to be phased out. TDMA was phased from AT&T years ago, and moved to GSM. Check phonescoop.com for more info of the bands used globally. Doesn't look very compatible here in US.

3. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

So basically, asus is screwing their own U.S. comeback by not preparing their product. What the hell asus, if you want to sell, get your s**t together. The asus zenfone and rog phone series are promising and you're blowing it away.

6. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

In India, 8GB + 128GB version of ROG-II is selling for about 535$, but with somewhat SLOW 18W charger + case.

7. michaelny2001

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

nah, oneplus is still king!

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