The second rendition in ASUS' lineup of gaming handsets, the ASUS ROG Phone II, was announced back in July. Rocking the Snapdragon 855 Plus with 12GB RAM, 512GB of storage, a 6,000mAh battery, and a 48-megapixel camera, the phone was welcomed well by the community after its launch a few months ago. Most recently, the renowned YouTuber Marques Brownlee gave it a handful of awards crowning the handset as the winner in categories like the 'Best Big Phone' and the 'Most Improved Phone' in his annual smartphone awards.
But for some customers, the bells and whistles of a phone's behemoth specifications are seldom enough to turn heads. These customers demand the flexibility, performance, and customizability offered by custom ROMS and modded kernels. And it seems ASUS is aiming to address this sector of the market with the ROG Phone II too.
Just like ASUS did with its ZenFone 6 earlier this year in June, the company is now sending units of the ROG Phone II to push the development of custom ROMS and kernels for the smartphone. Four developers were selected from a list of 10, namely luca020400, OrdenKrieger, Freak07, and micky387. From these, luca020400 and OrdenKriger have already received the handset while the others have confirmed that the handset is on its way to them.
All four developers expressed their interest in working on the ROG Phone II and were initially a part of the similar initiative with the ZenFone 6. It is unclear at this point whether more developers will receive the ROG Phone II under the program in the future.