Asus introduced the ROG Phone II as the first smartphone with Snapdragon 855+ on Monday. Yesterday it appeared on JD.com with pricing. The retailer started gathering registrations for the first flash sale, scheduled for July 31. At the time of writing this article, over 1.6 million people signed up for the smartphone.
One of the big reasons people are so interested in this new gaming device is the super competitive price – it is only CNY3,499, or about $510/€450. But there is a catch – Tencent helped Asus develop the new ROG Phone II. This conglomerate gets to install plenty of bloatware on this aggressively priced version for the local market.
If you want a non-Tencent unit with 12 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, you have to shell CNY6,000 (about $870/€780) and to quadruple the storage, the price tag jumps to CNY6,199 (approximately $900/€810). While Chinese users will get to see and touch the ROG Phone IIas early as next week, international customers have to wait until mid-August for pricing and market availability.
Source (in Chinese)