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.
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.
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.
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.
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.