Asus ROG Phone 3 arrives with Snapdragon 865+ & 6,000mAh battery

It is raining smartphones this month & the latest one that makes it to the list is the Asus ROG Phone 3. This device succeeds the last year’s ROG Phone 2, which was a true spec beast. The ROG Phone 3 is not much different because it retains almost the same design & some specs as well.

It is 2020, so by this year’s standards, the ROG Phone 3 features the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset, a 64 Megapixel camera, a 144Hz display & more.


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With every ROG Phone, it looks like Asus is toning down the overall design. We saw how aggressive the first ROG Phone looked from the back with all the lines & the huge vent, but the ROG Phone 3 has a much cleaner back. The build materials remain the same, i.e., glass on the back & metal on the sides. The logo on the back has LEDs under it, so it lights up.

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Now, one thing that Asus removed from the ROG Phone 3, which was present on the last year’s ROG Phone 2, is the 3.5mm headphone jack. For gamers, this might be a disappointment, but still, Asus is providing AeroActive Cooler 3, which you can attach to the device & use the USB Type-C & the headphone jack.

For better cooling, the Asus ROG Phone 3 features an advanced 3D Vapor Chamber and a large heat sink. There is also an Air Vent on the rear.

Also, the device is pretty heavy at 240 grams, but that’s normal when there is a massive 6,000mAh battery inside. Yes, the Asus ROG Phone 3 retains the 6,000mAh battery from the ROG Phone 2 & supports Quick Charge 4.0.

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While the ROG Phone 2 had a 120Hz AMOLED panel, the Asus ROG Phone 3 bumps up the refresh rate to 144Hz & touch-sampling rate to 270Hz. It is a 6.59-inch 19.5:9 display with FHD+ resolution & 650 nits brightness (1000 nits peak brightness). The display panel is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Under the hood, there is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SOC with up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM & 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. Now, there is also a ROG Phone 3 “Strix Edition,” which has Snapdragon 865 & comes with 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM.

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While cameras are not the best thing about a gaming phone, the Asus ROG Phone 3 packs a triple camera setup on the back that includes a primary 64 Megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor, a secondary 13 Megapixel ultrawide lens, and a third 5 Megapixel macro camera. The 64 Megapixel camera is capable of 8K 30fps and 4K 60fps video recording.

On the front, there is a 24 Megapixel camera. Android 10 runs out of the box with RogUI on top.

Like last year, Asus also launched a few accessories along with the ROG Phone 3 that includes the Aero Active Cooler 3, Kunai 3 Gamepad, ROG Clip, TwinView Dock 3, etc. The TwinView Dock 3 comes with a 144Hz AMOLED display, a Fan, Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack & a 5,000mAh battery.


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Finally, talking about the pricing & availability, the ROG Phone 3 comes in a single Black Glare color option. Here is the pricing for the Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered variant –

  • 12GB + 512GB – €1,000
  • 16GB + 512GB – €1,100

The ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition with Snapdragon 865, 8GB RAM & 256GB storage will cost €800.

In the Indian market, the ROG Phone 3 comes with Snapdragon 865 Plus SOC & here it the pricing –

  • 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM – Rs 49,999
  • 12GB RAM + 256GB ROM – Rs 57,999

Here is the price of various accessories –

  • Kunai 3 Gamepad – Rs 9,999
  • TwinView Dock 3 – RS 19,999
  • Mobile Desktop Dock 2 – Rs 12,999
  • Aero Case – Rs 1,999
  • Armor Case – Rs 2,999
  • ROG Clip – Rs 1,999
  • AeroActive Cooler 3 – Rs 2,999

The 12GB variant in India will come bundled with the AeroActive Cooler 3. The sale starts on August 6th & it will be available in India on Flipkart.