The second generation of the Asus ROG Phone retains the tank-like design of its predecessor, but runs on a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset and lasts longer even as the display produces 120Hz refresh rate. The icing on the cake is the phone’s ₹37,999 price tag—40% lower than its predecessor’s launch price.
The phone’s burly and large form factor feels overwhelming, even for those used to large phones. At 240g, it is heavier than the competition.
The back of the ROG Phone 2 has the snappy-looking backlit ROG logo with customizable colour options. The phone’s two front-facing speakers are loud but sound shrill at high volumes.
Despite its cool features, the ROG Phone 2 with its thick bezels feels dated, compared to the more modern looking OnePlus 7T Pro. Gamers looking for that extra bit of speed boost while playing PUBG Mobile or Asphalt 9 will appreciate the new chipset. The 6,000mAh battery is a bonus and even on modest to heavy use, it will see you through a whole day comfortably.
The massive 6.6-inch AMOLED screen with HDR support and 120Hz refresh rate offers lifts the whole gaming experience. The 120Hz screen feels smooth, but there aren’t many games that support this refresh rate. Perhaps future games will need such high frame rates.
The dual camera setup is below par—it lacks detail and colours.
Overall, the ROG Phone 2 is a steal at its price point. If you want better camera, however, you should probably go for a mainstream device, like the OnePlus 7T Pro.
■ Special features for gamers are useful
■Battery life is quite dependable
■Supports special gaming accessories
■Sub-par camera quality, given the price
■Design can feel dated to some users
■Form factor is a tad too large
Lenovo Legion Y740: Ahead of the competition and up-to-date
The Lenovo’s new Legion Y740 belongs to a generation of gaming notebooks that are shedding the traditional bulky designs. Its slim and flat metallic design feels premium and sturdy. At 2.2kg, it’s quite light for a gaming notebook.
It runs on Intel’s 9th gen six core i7-9750H processor, which is faster than the 8th gen Core i7 chipsets used in the predecessor. It is also Lenovo’s first gaming notebook to use Nvidia’s RTX series graphics. The model we reviewed ran on the mid-level RTX 2060, which is 15% faster than GTX 1070 GPUs. It also has dedicated ray tracing cores, which allows real-time ray tracing of objects and environments by tracing the path of individual light rays in a 3D scene. This produces more accurate shadows and reflections in the virtual worlds.
The 15.6-inch full HD screen in the Y740 isn’t the biggest, but is certainly one of the best in terms of colour reproduction and brightness. It supports Dolby Vision HDR too.
The 144Hz refresh rate with G-Sync support also adds to the whole gaming experience by keeping screen tearing or frame lags under check. The four thermal vents maintain better airflow and ensure the notebook’s body doesn’t overheat while gaming. Its cooling fans are quiet. which is good.
The laptop handled most new games like FIFA 20 and Borderlands 3 without any stutters. The keyboard looks expansive and offers big and backlit keys with ample breathing room between them. The touchpad, though, is very small, which makes it difficult to use for regular work.
The Legion Y740 starts at ₹1,29,674, which is a bit on the higher side. But , it is still a very good deal as most laptops within this price point offer slightly inferior graphics.
■ Lives up to most gaming expectations
■ Premium build, compact design
■ HDR display makes colours pop
■ Touchpad is too small for regular work
■ Doesn’t have fingerprint sensor
■ Webcam placement is odd