The Incredible Hulk of gaming phones: the Asus ROG Phone 3 shows its power
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The Incredible Hulk of gaming phones: the Asus ROG Phone 3 shows its power

Andrea Jacob
Zurich, on 24.07.2020
Translation: Patrik Stainbrook
I'm amazed. This smartphone vaporizes nearly all its competition. Is it for everybody? No, but the performance can and will still knock your socks off. The ROG Phone 3 is available with up to 16 GB RAM, a 144 Hz display and a 6,000 mAh battery.

Unbox Therapy's Lewis George Hilsenteger can hardly put his enthusiasm into words. One amazement follows the next. And I totally get it! The specs are crazy. Whoever thought the ROG Phone 2 couldn't get any better should put on the reading glasses now and face reality, we've reached a new level.

The Asus ROG Phone 3: 16, 12 and 8 GB RAM

ROG Phone 3 (16GB) (512 GB, Black, 6.59 ", Dual SIM, 64 Mpx, 5G)
ASUS ROG Phone 3 (16GB) (512 GB, Black, 6.59 ", Dual SIM, 64 Mpx, 5G)

ROG Phone 3 (12GB) (512 GB, Black, 6.59 ", Dual SIM, 64 Mpx, 5G)
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ASUS ROG Phone 3 (12GB) (512 GB, Black, 6.59 ", Dual SIM, 64 Mpx, 5G)
ROG Phone 3 Strix (8GB) (256 GB, Black, 6.59 ", Dual SIM, 64 Mpx, 5G)
ASUS ROG Phone 3 Strix (8GB) (256 GB, Black, 6.59 ", Dual SIM, 64 Mpx, 5G)

Strong specs

  • 6.59" 144 Hz AMOLED display, 10-bit HDR.
  • 2340 × 1080 px screen resolution.
  • Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G, 7nm, 3.1 GHz (insane!!!).
  • Adreno 650 GPU.
  • 8/12/16 GB of RAM, 256/512 GB of internal memory.
  • A 6,000 mAh battery, Quick Charge 4.0 (30W).
  • Sony IMX686 64 MP main wide angle camera, 13 MP ultra wide angle, 5 MP macro camera.
  • Dual front speakers with Dirac HD sound.
  • Dual SIM, both slots are 5G-enabled.
  • Connections: USB-C, 3.5 mm Audio Jack.
Included in the package are the AeroActive Cooler 3, Aero Case, USB-C to USB-C cable with a length of 120 cm, USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack, Power USB Adapter with 30W, SIM needle, quick start guide and warranty card.

The performance

The ROG Phone 3 only accepts the highest of quality. Performance is the top priority, which is clearly why the world's fastest Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G chip was installed. But that's not enough. It also possesses the superb LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 ROM. The prerequisites for power and speed are thus already more than fulfilled.

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The Phone 3 is also equipped with a 144 Hz (1 ms) AMOLED display. The sampling rate, according to Asus, is industry-leading at 270 Hz. The contact latency could thereby be reduced to 25 ms. Next level! To precisely tune their machine and make everything look exactly the way the developers intended, the display has been carefully calibrated to get a Delta E value of less than 1. HDR10+ content is also supported, and the display is also certified as eye-friendly by TÜV Rheinland.

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Asus wants to give you as much freedom as possible when configuring your ROG phone. You can set many different system parameters yourself and customise them according to your needs. Asus calls this function X mode. The trick behind it: adjusting system parameters can produce a tailor-made gaming experience for you. However, Asus has installed a 6,000 mAh battery so that your sessions last as long as possible. This monstrous battery life can also be optimised by various passive power saving mechanisms (e.g. sleep function and various battery modes). And if you do want to charge during a game, use the laterally shifted connector. Don't let cables get in the way of gaming excellence.

The new GameFX audio system on the ROG Phone 3 was designed in cooperation with audio specialist Dirac and features two forward facing stereo speakers. In addition, there's a new game mode that allows you to determine other players' locations using an audio algorithm. Larger speakers, more magnets and improved driver excursion increase the volume. Hear every move in your game and gain an advantage.

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Gaming and navigating with a simple tilt of your phone? Now possible with the AirTrigger 3 system. The motion sensor allows you to navigate through your game easily and intuitively. The ultrasonic motion sensors, located on the sides of the ROG Phone 3, give you a gaming sensation akin to a console. Now these sensors support more gestures, including sliding and stroking movements and vertical shocks. Additionally, the ROG Phone 3 can distinguish between inner and outer buttons with AirTrigger 3.

Asus and the ROG team are proud to have entered into a partnership with Stadia and Unity. Through this cooperation, a truly integrated gaming ecosystem is possible. Gaming is getting increasingly «mobile», so Asus, Stadia and Unity want to create a more comprehensive mobile gaming experience for today's gamers. Their goal: allow you to share your favourite game content on the go.

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Andrea Jacob
Andrea Jacob

Senior Category Business Manager, Zurich

My head is crammed with ideas. And I add a new one every minute. I enjoy discussions and forming my own opinions. I love gadgets and anything that has a motor. I’m definitely in the right place.


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