The Asus ROG Phone II is kind of a beauty and, in addition to being pretty, it also comes jam-packed with the best gaming features a phone could have. The cherry on the cake is the fact that the smartphone is pretty affordable too: in China, the Tencent special version retails for CNY 3,499, which translates into roughly around $508, while the classic model costs CNY 5,999, which means around $871.
The phone was reserved in China via JD.com by about 2.5 million people. While these reservations are not pre-orders, JD’s system requires the to-be users to reserve their devices so they can purchase them during a flash sale at a later date.
That flash sale took place today and, in literally just a flash, if you’ll excuse my pun, all of the 10,000 units were gone. It only took 73 seconds for them to sell out. After the first purchase wave, the reservation was reopened and the bookings soon exceeded 110,000.
Asus did apologize on Weibo to everyone else who didn’t manage to grab one but promised that new devices are on their way and that the next sales, set for August 4, 7 and 12, will be stocked with more devices.
It’s obvious the device is extremely popular and rightfully so.
The device has a 6.59 inch 1080×2340 120Hz AMOLED touchscreen, Snapdragon 855+ under the hood, a 48MP + 13MP rear camera setup and a 24MP selfie camera, all held together by a 6,000mAh battery that supports QC4.0 fast charge as well as an external clip cooler.
The phone also has a Solar Core Tencent gaming core performance optimization, a 4-antenna Wi-Fi layout, Air Triggers shoulder keys, AURA Shenguang and a number of other features dedicated gamers can enjoy.