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Asus ROG Phone 2 may launch in July, ROG unit ties up with Tencent Games

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Taiwanese electronics company Asus’ ROG sub-brand is now partnering with China’s Tencent Games to develop some new gaming experiences for smartphones users. The company has made an announcement about its latest partnership on social networking website Weibo. The tie-up clearly suggests that the company has started working on its Asus ROG Phone 2, which will succeed Asus ROG Phone that was launched by the company last year.

Asus ROG Phone 2 is expected to arrive in July and it will compete directly with the likes of Black Shark 2 and Nubia Red Magic 3. We should also point out that Tencent Games is a part of Tencent Holdings that owns a number of game companies like Epic Games and Riot Games. The company also owns the studio that created PUBG Mobile.

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According to the post on Weibo, the partnership does not detail any major future plans, however, it does hint at the launch of Asus ROG Phone 2. As we mentioned earlier, the new gaming smartphone is expected to be launched in July this year.

Asus ROG and Tencent Games are said to be working to create content and gaming experiences for smartphone users. In addition to this, the company is also likely to leverage Tencent’s extensive reach in the world of e-sports tournaments. Asus can make use of this to create awareness of its ROG brand among other traditional gamers. The ROG brand by Asus has a line of gaming notebooks and a smartphone that is aimed at gamers.

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Tencent Games has been established as one among the key subsidiaries of Tencent Holdings in 2003. Initially, it was only popular for the online games that it created, however, with PUBG Mobile, the company has become a household name. The popularity of the company particularly escalated once the mobile version of PUBG was launched as it crossed more than 200 million downloads and 30 million daily active users.

Asus ROG Phone specifications

Last year’s Asus ROG Phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo skinned with ROG Gaming UI and features a 6-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display that has a refresh rate of 90Hz. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, the smartphone comes with Adreno 630 GPU and 8GB of RAM.

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For imaging duties, the handset comes with 12MP+8MP dual rear cameras. The smartphone has an 8MP selfie camera.

Asus ROG Phone has an internal storage of 128GB and houses a 4000mAh battery. According to the company, the battery of the smartphone can provide 7 hours of Wi-Fi gameplay and can charge from 0 to 60% in 33 minutes.

A key feature of Asus ROG Phone is the GameCool vapour-chamber cooling system that has a detachable AeroActive Cooler. The handset also comes with side-mounted ports and has two programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers. It also has an optional TwinView Dock and a Mobile Desktop Dock. A Gamevice controller with WiGig Dock that uses 60GHz Wi-Fi for gaming on big screens is also present.

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