Asus to announce ROG Phone 2 by Q3 2019

Ruben Fields
April 10, 2019

Credit: AsusDigiTimes reported Monday that Asus is looking to release a second-generation ROG Phone in the third quarter of this year, potentially with plans to partner up with Tencent to bolster the gaming smartphone's appeal in China. The Taiwanese company has even launched its first gaming smartphone called the ROG Phone, which was pretty expensive at launch. It also bore a hefty price tag-the model with 128GB of storage cost $899, and 512GB cost $1,099.

With its ROG Phone in 2018, Asus entered the race to create a phone that's dedicated to gamers and gaming.

However, at this time, there is no word on the specifications of this phone. The announcement date is still potentially up to six months in the future, and it's unsurprising to learn that there are no details about the device itself available yet.

If the reports from a Chinese publication is to be believed, then Asus is now working on its second-generation ROG gaming smartphone, which is expected to make its debut in the third quarter of the current year.

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Just like the ROG phone, we can expect its successor to be powered by top of the line hardware for gaming. The report also claims Asus has a big chance of revitalizing its smartphone division if the partnership with Tencent goes through, even though gaming smartphones remain niche products that don't generate significant profits.

Tencent's hold over the gaming market could be particularly useful for the ROG Phone 2.

The smartphone gaming market has seen good upward growth in the past one year, thanks to games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite.

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