The ROG Phone 2 has been out for a while, and it is undoubtedly the best phone available for gaming. In our review, we dubbed it the best gaming smartphone because of its refinement over the first ROG Phone. However, as much as gamers liked the ROG phone, it commanded a high price rivaling those of flagship phones. Earlier this month, ASUS teased a cheaper variant of the crowd favorite ROG Phone 2.

MemoXpress and Villman already posted product availability of the ROG Phone II Strix Edition. Priced at Php 34,995, the ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition comes with a free Aero Case and AeroActive Cooler. A downgrade in the memory and storage department from 12GB/512GB to 8GB/128GB significantly lowers the price by Php 15,000. You’re essentially getting the same phone but with a much more affordable price tag thanks to the more practical configuration.

The ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition is very similar to the china-exclusive ROG Phone 2 Tencent Games version. The China-exclusive SKU uses a plastic body to achieve a lower price point. Ofcourse since it’s a China-exclusive variant, the LTE bands used by the phone are optimized for China. The Strix Edition, on the other hand, uses a broader LTE spectrum to maximize telecom compatibility.

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