ROG Phone II Has Brand New Accessories
Be sure to check out my article on the phone itself, over here!
The ROG Phone II comes bundled with the clip-on cooling fan, the AeroActive Cooler II, and an Aero Case, which still allows you to see the back with that RGB LED logo.
The ROG Kunai Gamepad, however is brand new, and seems to have taken inspiration from the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons. You can clip the two controllers to the sides of the phone, or to the included holder, which connects via Bluetooth, or USB with a 2.4Hz RF connection.
You can further escalate your gaming experience by also attaching the Twin View Dock II, but that can get pretty weighty at 639g. This accessory now attaches to the bottom instead of the top, for better weight management. This extra touchscreen has the same 120Hz AMOLED as the phone, and though the battery is downgraded by 1,000mAh, it still means you get a combined 11,000mAh when docked. Speaking of, the dock sports RGB lights, a cooling fan, volume keys, USB port, and headphone jack.
Many of the accessories that worked with the previous model will work with this new one. Some places will be offering the full kit in a limited edition carry-on suitcase. The Mobile Desktop Dock, with which you can share your PC monitor, keyboard, mouse and LAN connection with the phone will be compatible. You can also still get the Pro Dock, which has all the essential PC sockets, and the WiGig Display Dock to cast your mobile screen to a TV with low latency and high quality.
ASUS has also announced 3 major games that will be exclusively for the ROG Phone II: Shadowgun War Games, Rockman X Dive, and Asphalt 9. These games will have optimizations including Kunai Gamepad and TwinView Dock II support (though not Rockman), finely-tuned haptic vibration, and a boosted frame rate. Hopefully ASUS will get more support as time goes on for their peripherals to make more sense.
ASUS claims that the ROG Phone II offers longer battery life when compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro’s Warp Charge technology, but has yet to be seen.
We don’t know a solid price on the ROG Phone II, but considering the first iteration was priced at $899, so expect a higher price point due to the improved specs. The Kunai Gamepad is priced in Taiwan at NT$3,990 or around $130, and the TwinView Dock II is NT$6,990 or around $230.