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Asus ROG Phone 3 Review – Everything You Need to Know

If there was a tech beast, it would definitely be the Asus ROG Phone 3. Are you a gamer who is looking forward to upgrading your smartphone in order to be able to play games while on-the-go?

If yes, you should get yourself the Asus ROG Phone 3 is this is the best gaming phone that you can presently get. It is loud, it is big and it is powerful. However, does that mean it is right for you?

Asus ROG Phone 3 Full Specs & Features

Asus ROG Phone 3

In order to know this, you should go through a buyer’s guide. This guide contains the best resources on ROG Phone 3 that lets you decide whether or not you should get this phone. Read on to make a worthy and informed decision.

Asus ROG Phone 3 – A quick glance at the phone

The launch price of this phone is 49,999 INR and the target audience of this phone is definitely the gamers. Asus not just packs the greatest and the most recent hardware but it also has gaming-centric features onboard.

It also has different accessories that are given for enhancing the experience of gamers. Such accessories include the Aero Active 3 cooling fan that can also be used as a kickstand.

Once you buy the Asus ROG Phone 3, you will get the best Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset and a RAM of 16GB. As this phone is especially designed for the gamers, the display is huge at 6.59 inches and it also sports a refreshing rate of 144Hz, thereby leading the industry.

The battery is also a massive one with a capacity of 6000mAh that makes sure that you’re able to play games for several hours at a stretch.

The phone also dons shoulder buttons, a great triple camera setup and 2 speakers that are front-facing which gives an immersive surround-sound experience. Asus also recently released a software update that enables Dirac’s headphone optimization technology.

Thanks to this that it boosts the quality of audio and all other ROG gaming headsets when you pair it with ROG Phone 3. The design of this smartphone is a bit degraded as against the previous phones but it can still be considered as flamboyant and hence might not be liked by all.

The Display of Asus ROG Phone 3

Before we move on to the display of this phone in detail, let’s take a quick glance at the features and specifications.

  • Size: 6.59 inch
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz.
  • Resolution: FHD+AMOLED.
  • Touch sampling rate: 270Hz.
  • Aspect Ratio: 19.5:9
  • Touch latency: 25ms
  • Brightness: 650 nits 10Bit.
  • DCI-P3 gamut coverage.
  • HDR10+ support.
  • Delta-E<1 accuracy of color.

As long as gaming phones are concerned, the display is probably the most vital ingredients. Unless a smartphone has top-notch display, it won’t be a favorite among gamers.

Asus has added every single piece of tech that can add on to the display of the phone. Moreover, there are few additions which aren’t so common in other smartphones like the refresh rate of 144Hz or 270Hz touch sampling rate, Delta- E color accuracy and diminished touch latency.

The huge 6.59-inch FHD+AMOLED display provide you with deep blacks and other contrast levels. The display is also color accurate that makes browsing the web, watching movies and gaming a soothing experience.

The only pitfall that is there with this phone is in terms of its highest level of brightness. At 650nits, the panel is not as bright as it should be.

Indoor usage won’t be much of an issue but the display will fail to impress you in direct sunlight or under bright daylight conditions.

On the other hand, the phone gets moderately dim, which makes it perfect for binge-watching movies during bedtime. The phone also gives you an option to choose the refresh rate manually. The auto mode automatically analyzes the requirement of phone and switches the frame rate of the phone.

Is it worth buying the ROG Phone 3?

In case you’re in the market for buying a gaming phone, the ROG Phone 3 should definitely be at the top of your list. This phone offers you everything that you may need including a large screen, a great performance, shoulder buttons, a large battery and several more features.

Nevertheless, all of this comes at a huge price. It is expensive enough and starts at $999 for the 12GB/512GB model and goes up to $1099 for the storage variants.

If you’re not a gamer, this phone is not perfect for you. Majority of the smartphone customers will instantly be turned off by the game-centric bold design with RGB lighting at the back of the phone.

People usually don’t use these things. There is also no wireless charging option or an IP rating that you get with majority of the phones within this price range. You also don’t get a microSD card slot or a headphone jack which is available in several other competitor devices like LG V60 ThinQ.

On the other hand, if you’re not a gamer but you tend to love the design, you shouldn’t worry about the lack of headphone jack or wireless charging or IP rating. The ROG Phone 3 may still be perfect for you.

Expert’s opinion on ROG Phone 3

David Imel reviewed the Asus ROG Phone 3 and preferred lots of things about the device. He mentioned that this is undoubtedly the fastest phone in the market at present. It has the most fantastic speakers and the greatest cameras.

He is also in love with the 144Hz display and the shoulder buttons that are way better than the ones on ROG Phone 2.

The software experience has also been appreciated by David as you can choose between a stock-like interface and a gaming interface. He also said that the battery life of the device is also great.

Asus ROG Phone 3 - Full Specification

However few drawbacks of the phone pointed out by David are the lack of IP rating and wireless charging. The phone even gets pretty hot and hence using Aero Active 3 cooling fan that comes with the phone is always a smart idea.

Specifications

Processor 3.1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform with 7nm, 64-bit Octa-core Processor.
GPU Qualcomm® Adreno™ 650.
UI Android™ 10 with ROG UI.
Display 16.73 cm (6.59) 19.5:9 2340×1080 (391ppi) 144Hz/1ms 10-bit HDR AMOLED.
Display

Memory/ Storage

270Hz touch sampling rate, 25ms touch latency, 18ms slide latency.
650nits HBM brightness & 1000nits peak brightness, 113% DCI-P3, Delta E <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
Storage 8GB/128GB |12GB/128GB | 12GB/256GB.
SD storage no SD-card reader, NTFS support for external USB 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 Camera 24MP, 0.9µm, Quad Bayer Technology, F2.0.
Front Camera

Video Recording

27mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera.
8K (7680 x 4320) @ 30 fps (main rear camera).
Video Recording

Speaker

4K HDR (3840 by 2160) @ 30/60 fps (main rear camera), 4K @ 30 fps (second rear camera), Full-HD @ 30/60 fps, HD @ 30 fps, Time Lapse (4K, FHD, HD).
Front camera – 1080p @ 30/60 fps; 720p @ 30 fps.
3-axis electronic image stabilization for rear cameras.
Slow Motion video (4K @ 120 fps; 1080p @ 240/120 fps; 720p @ 480 fps).
Take still photo while recording video.
Dual front-facing speakers with GameFX & Dirac HD Sound.
Speaker

Audio Output

7-magnet stereo speaker with dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifier for louder, deeper and less distorted sound effect.
Hi-Res audio 192kHz/24-bit standard (USB-C™ output) that is 4 times better than CD quality.
Audio Output

Microphone

ROG GameFX audio system for improved in-game audio experience.
New AudioWizard with multiple listening profiles tuned by Dirac.
Quad microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology.
Wireless

Technology

WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4 & 5GHz and Wi-Fi 6.
Wireless

Technology

Navigation

2×2 MIMO,

Bluetooth 5.1 (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, LDAC ).

Wi-Fi Direct support.
GNSS support GPS(L1/L5), Glonass(L1), Galileo(E1/E5a).
Navigation

SIM Cards

BeiDou(B1/B2a), QZSS(L1/L5) and NavIC(L5).
Dual SIM – Dual standby.
SIM Cards

2G support

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.
[GSM] 850/900/1800/1900.
3G support HSDPA 850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100.

TD-SCDMA Band34/39 (CN and HK only).

4G support LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700).

TD-LTE:34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500).

5G support n41/77/78/79.
Data rate Support EN-DC (6DL+FR1, 4DL+2FR1).
Data rate

Interface

FR1: DL up to 4.4Gbps / UL 542Mbps.
LTE 6CA DL Cat18 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.
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.
Interface

NFC

Bottom-port: Type-C connector USB2.0/Fast Charging (QC3.0/PD3.0)/Direct Charge.
Supported (Card mode support in power off).
OS Android™ 10.
Battery 6,000mAh (typ) Polymer.
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).

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