Just like with the ZenFone 6
, Asus is sure taking its sweet time expanding the availability of the ridiculously powerful ROG Phone 2
. Unveiled back in July
and commercially released in China
shortly after its official announcement, the gaming-centric beast finally reached the US earlier this week
... on pre-order... at a couple of third-party retailers.
Since then, one variant of the Asus ROG Phone
2 also went up for sale through the company's own US website, but if you don't have $900 to spend on a whopping 12 gigs of memory and 512 gigs of internal storage space, it might be a good idea to visit eBay, where a different configuration of the 6.6-inch handset currently fetches an almost incredibly affordable $569.99.
Obviously, these are brand-new, unused, unopened, and undamaged units you can get in their original packaging from an experienced seller with a 99.3 percent positive feedback score average that's not going to charge you for shipping these bad boys in the US. You also have 30 days to ask for your money back or a replacement device if you're not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, but unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), the heavily discounted phones do not include any sort of valid US warranty.
They're also not compatible with CDMA networks like Verizon or Sprint, although they should work just fine on AT&T and T-Mobile with unlocked GSM support. Naturally, the ROG Phone 2
version on sale here is nowhere near as impressive as the $900 configuration available officially at Asus and authorized retailers, but we can probably all agree an 8GB RAM count and 128GB local digital hoarding room are plentiful for a $570 price point. Especially when they're paired with a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 855 Plus processor and a built-in air cooling system reducing the risk of overheating during those long and intense gaming sessions.
The Asus ROG Phone 2 also packs a gargantuan 6,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support while sporting a stunning AMOLED display with an unrivaled 120 Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. Just keep in mind you probably need to hurry to get all that in exchange for less than 600 bucks, as only a "limited quantity" is available on eBay at the time of this writing.