The Asus ROG Phone 2 is so popular, first batch sold out almost immediately

The Asus ROG Phone 2 is so popular, first batch sold out almost immediately
Last year, Asus decided to enter the mobile gaming scene by harnessing the power of its Republic of Gamers brand into the ROG Phone, a powerful device with a distinct gamer aesthetic. The smartphone was well received but due to its relatively narrow target demographic, it didn’t make a huge splash on the market. This year things might be a bit different, it seems.

The Asus ROG Phone 2 was officially announced about two weeks ago and boasted not only a top-of-the-line chip but also the first-ever 120Hz AMOLED display on a smartphone and a monstrous 6,000mAh battery. The phone presents a compelling package not only for gamers but for regular smartphone power users as a well.

The device was available for purchase for the first time yesterday. And, it turns out, that availability lasted mere minutes. According to a post from the company on the Chinese social media site Weibo and reported by AndroidAuthority, the first batch of more than 10,000 ROG 2 Phones was gone in just 73 seconds. While that’s not an enormous number for the smartphone world, the ROG 2 isn’t exactly cheap at 5,999 yuan (around $873), which makes the achievement somewhat impressive.

According to Asus, there are 2.5 million reservations for its new phone and production is running at full capacity, which apparently isn’t quite enough. The company promised to increase the production volume so that more people can get their hands on the phone during the next sales, which are set to be on August 4, 7 and 12.

The ROG 2 Phone is expected to be released in western markets (Europe and US) on September 4, so just over a month from now. If it will be snatched like hotcakes by gamers from these regions as well will mostly depend on the price Asus puts on it, likely around $999.

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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

2. umaru-chan

Posts: 354; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Great specs with vanilla Android equals very good phone. Asus is turning consumers heads this year with innovative phones.

3. JunN_Vai

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

and I.... republic of unaffordable

4. boriqua2000

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I wonder if they're going to have a trade in deal for the ROG 1. I would trade mine in if they gave me a good price.

5. Jusdred

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 01, 2019

How did you like your rog phone 1. Did it live up to the hype over time. Can't count how many times I almost purchased it while at the Microsoft store.

6. Jack11

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 02, 2019

I wouldn't get too excited about this as a ROG 1 user I'm disappointed! Volte doesn't work, next android 10 update will probably get in 2021, amoled display is so weak as several burn in problems have been reported on their forums and google aswell. They are braging numbers but who knows for sure? I would stay with popular brands...

7. Jack11

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 02, 2019

Because, excuse me for double posting, advertising this phone as a "gaming" phone without volte and with game titles who need internet is a BIG DOWNSIDE! Everytime you get a call your game goes down because phone switches to 3g for calls. So having a high end phone without volte is stupid.

8. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Deservedly so, I will get one if honest user reviews are good (specifically about screen durability, the first one had lots of easily breaking display/glass)....

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