Taking into consideration everything users have loved about the previous ROG Phone generations, the ROG Phone 3 has five core considerations:
- Performance without compromises
- Overclock and increase the throttle limit of the SoC for sustained high frame rate, or underclock for longer battery life and more comfortable skin temperature; made possible by the GameCool 3 cooling system
- Supercharged visuals
- The fastest and most accurate display available yet
- Non-stop stamina
- 6000mAh battery with a multitude of battery customization with profiles and limiters where needed up to possibly doubling battery lifespan without increasing the size of the phone
- Landscape use
- To suit most AAA games with an ergonomic side-charging design, AirTrigger 3 technology, dual front-facing speakers, multi-antenna WiFi and quad-mic noise cancelling array
- Immersive game experience
- Visuals, performance, audio, haptics are not neglected, further enhanced with optional accessories such as the ROG Kunai 3 gamepad and TwinView Dock 3
The design has not changed much from its predecessors. Some may have wondered why it keeps the bezels, which is explained with:
- Room for front firing and bigger speakers
- Cleaner look. No need for a camera notch or punch hole design
- More room for a bigger battery
- Minimizes the risk of unintentional touches during intensive gaming
It doesn’t detract from how good it looks, but the glass can make the overall grip a little slippery if you opt not to use a protective shell. Why wouldn’t you slip on the bundled Aero case anyway? It adds that futuristic pizazz to the phone, while still compatible with the AeroActive Cooler 3. You’ll still have the ROG logo stand out, complementing the whole design package.
It’d be pretty natural to expect all the good stuff to be the processors and display to make this the truly premium gaming phone, but the camera this time is keeping up too, performing in both night and distance shots. It’s capable of supporting 4K 60FPS video recording, as well as having stabilizing technologies. If you were disappointed in the previous generation’s cameras, your worries can be put to rest with the ROG Phone 3. Check out some of our photo samples:
THE GAMING PACKAGE
The gaming experience is as good as you expect from this line, while still having the drawback of being on the heavier side. The ROG Phone 3 is powered by the special speed-binned, 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus Platform with a 3.1 GHz frequency (10% higher than non-plus). It has an unlocked Adreno 650 GPU with up to 10% better performance.
To minimize any possible bottleneck ROG Phone 3 has also been equipped with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM which has 50% higher data rate than LPDDR4x while also offering up to 20% lower power consumption). The new UFS3.1 SSD storage – ensuring smooth and fluid performance that can keep up with anything! It makes the heft worthwhile for a worry-free gaming experience.
This is complemented by the 144Hz refresh rate, which can also be accordingly scaled down to 120Hz, 90Hz, 60Hz or Auto refresh rate, where ‘Auto’ aims to provide a balance between smoothness and battery life. The incredibly fast 270Hz touch-sampling rate (number of times per second the screen reports a touch points position) and end-to-end improvements in optimizing the phone’s hardware allows the ROG Phone 3 to have a touch latency of only 25ms and a slide latency of 18ms; currently the world’s lowest latency of any phone. The screen is also a HDR 10+ certified display with genuine 10-bits which mean it can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, calibrated to an average Delta-E <1 accuracy with a wide 113% DCI-P3 gamut coverage which ensures that all content looks just like its creator intended.
Let’s not forget the audio with GameFX, consisting of its big dual front- facing speakers, advanced sound tuning and game mode enhancement. The speakers, upgraded from 5 to 7 magnets, are powered by their own individual Smart NXP Amplifier for better and louder volumes without distortion. Utilizing Dirac HD Sound Technology software, it works with a whole host of sound requirements:
- impulse and frequency response correction
- bass enhancement
- volume enhancement
- crosstalk cancellation with sound stage widening
- and even game mode, so that players can hear what they need to win
There is, of course, the ASUS Armory Crate, with the UI optimized according to feedback. The Games Library is automatically updated with recognized games, while you can also add normal apps as required. With Scenario Profiles 3.0, you can customize the touch, display, performance, audio and network settings for each of your games to have them perform at their peak, or to consume as little battery as possible.
Tune it even further with Gaming Tuning or Hardcore Tuning, with controls that everyone can understand. Or, if you know the ins and outs of the hardware, the low-level CPU/GPU/IO parameters are available for you to tweak, without the need to root. Downloading performance settings from ASUS or another user is also possible. More game specific settings worth mentioning include:
- Touch – Adjust three different parameters to achieve better accuracy when There is also blocked touch edges to prevent unintentional touches from your palms.
- Display – Activate anti-aliasing for better graphics or change the refresh rate to match the games fps cap or even lower to minimize battery drain and
- Network – Prevention of network switching and background system data Two issues that can create lag or even disconnect you
- Airtriggers – View your Airtrigger layout
- Keymapping – View your Key Mapping layout for Mobile Desktop Dock or Gamepad
- Macro – View your macros
You want more options? You get more options!
- X Mode – Use the predefined performance mode or create a custom one to increase performance or lower it in order to save bat- tery life.
- Game Genie – Here you manage which games/apps that should start Game Genie, the order of functions in the Game Genie panel and which apps that are allowed to use data while gaming”
- AirTriggers – General preferences and touch settings. Ultrasonic button sensitivity and features.
- Fan Speed – On/off switch for the fan with 4 different speeds settings plus automatic speed
- System lighting – Let you control when the RGB logo and Aura RGB LED (only active with Lighting Armour Case) should light up and in which color(s). It is also possible to create a lighting syn- chronization with other ASUS Aura products.
The Game Genie has a plethora of functions that you can function simply by swiping to the left of the screen. If it doesn’t pop up automatically, then the game or app needs to be added to the Armory Crate first.
Whether you’re using the phone’s screen or the external TV, the ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad now has four modular components to fit all possible gaming scenarios:
- With one or both controllers attached directly to the phone
- On the go with a small lightweight gamepad
- At home with a bigger more comfortable gamepad
The controllers themselves have had their button layout changed, now including the buttons that were on the Kunai holder for wider compatibility. The joystick can be toggled to be used as a mouse cursor.
The ROG Gaming Clip has three different mounts to attach your phone onto a PS4, Xbox or Stadia controller as you see fit. The ASUS ROG Keymapping available on the ROG Phone 3 will also be supporting these controllers in a future update for yet more staggering flexibility of use.
The new ROG Phone 3 Lighting Armor Case not only protects your ROG Phone 3 from scratches and bumps, but it also supports Aura lighting for a nice visual experience. The phone detects when the case is used via NFC, giving you the option to apply a matched theme with wallpaper, icons and sounds to give your ROG Phone 3 a uniformed look.
The ROG TwinView Dock returns with a third version, essentially the same as the previous version but with an even faster 144hz built in 6,6- inch AMOLED display. It has an integrated fan that cools the phone, a 3.5mm jack, RGB LEDs and a 5000mAh battery to keep everything running. It can even charge the phone if necessary and the power adapter is powerful enough to charge both phone and the TwinView while playing. Owners of the older TwinView Dock 2 can still use it with the new ROG Phone 3 but they will be limited to a 120hz refresh rate.
Utilizing the Professional Dock, the ROG Phone 3 can be connected to a HDMI display and two USB devices with an extra USB Type-C port for charging. It’s a more portable Mobile Desktop Dock that has less connections. Speaking of the Mobile Desktop Dock, it turns the ROG Phone 3 into a desktop gaming rig, allowing connections to a 4K UHD 60Hz display via a HDMI or DisplayPort, USB-mouse, keyboard, RJ-45 LAN, 3.5mm audio jack, and S/PDIF audio out, with instant switching between your phone and PC for uninterrupted gaming.
Below are the specs for the ROG Phone 3, and its Strix Edition. While local retail prices are not announced yet, you can expect it to be roughly slightly higher than generation 2.
|ROG Phone 3||ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition|
|Processor||3.1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform with 7nm, 64-bit Octa- core Processor||2.84GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 5G Mobile Platform with 7nm, 64-bit Octa-core Processor|
|GPU||Qualcomm® Adreno™ 650|
|UI||Android™ 10 with ROG UI|
|Display||6.59” 19.5:9 2340×1080 (391ppi) 144Hz/1ms AMOLED HDR10+ certified;
270Hz touch sampling rate, 25ms touch latency;
650nits HBM brightness & 1000 nits peak brightness, 113% DCI-P3 Delta E average <1%;
1.07 billion colors; 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio; Front 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® 6 Glass;
TÜV Low Blue Light (Hardware Solution) and Flicker Reduced certifications for eye comfort; Capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch (supports Glove touch)
|LPDDR5/UFS3.1 CN: 12GB/128GB 8GB/128GB
|SD storage||no SD-card reader; NTFS support for external HDD|
|Sensor||Accelerator, E-Compass, Proximity, Hall sensor*2, Ambient light sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, Gyro, Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 3 and grip press|
|Main Rear Camera||64MP SONY IMX686 sensor, 0.8 µm pixel size – Quad Bayer technology with 16MP, 1.6 µm large effective pixel size, F1.8, 1/1.7” sensor, 2×1 OCL PDAF, LED flash|
|Second Rear Camera||13MP, 125˚ ultra-wide, F2.4, Real-time distortion correction, 11mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera|
|Third Rear Camera||5MP Macro, F2.0|
|Front Cam- era||24MP, 0.9µm, Quad Bayer Technology, F2.0, 27mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera|
|Video Re- cording||8K (7680 by 4320) @ 30 fps (main rear camera)
4K (3840 by 2160) @ 30/60 fps (main rear camera), @ 30 fps (second rear camera) 1080p @ 30/60 fps; 720p @ 30 fps
3-axis electronic image stabilization for rear cameras Time Lapse (4K)
Slow Motion video (4K @ 120 fps; 1080p @ 240/120 fps; 720p @ 480 fps) Take still photo while recording video
|Speaker||Dual front-facing speakers with GameFX & Dirac HD Sound
7-magnet stereo speaker with dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifier for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect
|Audio Out- put||Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit standard (USB-C™ output) that is 4 times better than CD quality GameFX audio system for improved in-game audio experience
New AudioWizard with multiple listening profiles tuned by Dirac
|Microphone||Quad microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology|
|Wireless Technology||WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4 & 5GHz and Wi-Fi 6 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.1
Wi-Fi Direct support
|Navigation||GNSS support GPS(L1/L5), Glonass(L1), Galileo(E1/E5a), BeiDou(B1/B2a), QZSS(L1/L5) and NavIC(L5)|
|SIM Cards||Dual SIM dual standby
Slot 1: 5G/4G/3G/2G Nano SIM card Slot 2: 5G/4G/3G/2G Nano SIM card
5G+4G or 4G dual SIM dual standby support; 5G services are only supported in 5G network- enabled locations in 5G-ready countries.
|Data rate* A version||Support EN-DC(6DL+FR1, 4DL+2FR1)
FR1: DL up to 4.4Gbps / UL 542Mbps
LTE 6CA DL Cat20 up to 2.0Gbps / UL Cat13 up to 150Mbps
DC-HSPA+: DL 42Mbps / UL 5.76Mbps
4×4 MIMO and CA with 4×4 MIMO support
|Data rate* B version & Strix||Support EN-DC(5DL+FR1)
FR1: DL up to 4.0Gbps / UL 542Mbps
LTE 6CA DL Cat18 up to 1.2Gbps / UL Cat13 up to 150Mbps DC-HSPA+: DL 42Mbps / UL 5.76Mbps
2×2 MIMO and CA with 4×4 MIMO support
|Bands* A version||5G (Bands N1, N2, N3, N5, N28, N41, N66, N71, N77, N78, N79)
FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17,
18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48)
WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19)
EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
CDMA (Bands BC0) (CN and HK only)
TD-SCDMA (Bands 34, 38) (CN and HK only)
|Bands* B version & Strix||5G (Bands N41, N77, N78, N79) FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28)
TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
WCDMA (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8)
EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
CDMA (Bands BC0) (CN and HK only)
TD-SCDMA (Bands 34, 38) (CN and HK only)
|Interface||Side-port: 48 pin Customized/Type C connector USB3.1 gen2/DP 1.4(4K)/Fast Charging (QC3.0+QC4.0/PD3.0) / Direct Charge
Bottom-port: Type C connector USB2.0/Fast Charging (QC3.0/PD3.0)/Direct Charge
|NFC||Support (Card mode support in power off)|
|Charger||Output: 10V 3A, supports up to 30W QC4.0 / PD3.0 / Direct Charge adapter|
|Dimensions||171mm (6.73 inches), 78mm (3.07 inches), 9.85mm (0.39 inches)|
|Weight||240 grams (8.47 ounces)|