Asus ROG Phone 3: PLUS ULTRA!!!

This could easily be the most powerful smartphone of 2020 thus far. Asus has delivered all the goods when it comes to gaming phones since the first ROG gaming phone and it’s back for the 3rd consecutive year to retain it’s supremacy with it’s ROG 3 gaming phone. The gaming industry has definitely hit a new high in the “new normal”. Many who picked up gaming as a pastime activity during the lock down now play avidly and realized their dormant or hidden talent. Asus couldn’t have picked a better time to launch their new gaming smartphone, pushing it’s boundaries ever so high, Plus Ultra!!! Below you will find it’s specs and features.

Body: 171mm x 78mm x9.85mm, 240g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 3), metal frame; Colors: Black.

Display: 6.59″ AMOLED, 1080x2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 391ppi; HDR10+, 144Hz refresh rate, 270Hz touch sampling rate. TÜV Low Blue Light hardware.

OS/Software: Android 10, ROG UI.

Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+): Octa-core (1×3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650.

Memory: 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM; UFS 3.1 storage LPDDR5 RAM.

Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/1.7″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Ultra-wide angle: 13 MP, f/ 2.4, 11mm (ultrawide); Macro: 5 MP, f/2.0; LED flash, HDR, panorama.

Front camera: 24 MP, f/2.0, 27mm.

Video capture: Rear camera: 8K@30, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.

Battery: 6000mAh; Fast charging 30W, Direct Charge (Asus HYPERCHARGE), Power Delivery 3.0 + PPS, Quick Charge 4.0.

Speakers: Yes, with DTS:X stereo speakers (2 dedicated amplifiers)

Connectivity: 5G (Sub-6), optional Dual SIM support (5G + 4G or 4G + 4G dual standby), Dual-Band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS (GNSS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, NavIC), NFC; Side-port: 48 pin, based on Type-C

Misc: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, e-compass, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 3 and grip press; RGB logo on back; RGB illuminator LED next to flash; Dual 7-magnet front-facing speakers, dual NXP TFA9874 amplifiers; Hi-Res audio output.

Mobile gaming is unsurprisingly getting bigger by the day. Granted, most of its populafrity can be attributes to the casual gaming crowd. But this general growth has also translated pretty well into developing a group of devoted, and even professional mobile gamers. These users have a different set of needs and requirements for their preferred mobile device. Asus has been dead focused on delivering on those in the best possible way and this has put the ROG Phone in the unique market position it occupies now.

Design & Display


Measuring 171 x 78 x 9.58 mm, the ROG 3 is exactly as tall as its predecessor, 0.4mm wider and 0.4mm thicker and weighs 240g. It’s a chunky and heavy device. The front of the device is almost all screen, with small black bezels on the top and bottom. On the right, there’s a power button and a volume rocker. On the top and bottom of the display include two stereo speakers with loud and crisp audio output. Their front facing position produces a more immersive audio experience while playing games and video playback. On the back is a shiny reflective surface with an eye-catching ROG logo in the center. To the left, is a hard-to-remove plastic plug that reveals a proprietary port. This is where the fan plugs in. It has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display that has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio (~391 ppi density). The display has a refresh rate of up to 144Hz.

Cameras


Seeing as this is a device focused on consumers of the gaming phone genre, I doubt many will buy it due to it’s camera prowess. Nonetheless, it has a horizontal triple rear camera setup. The main shooter is a wide 64 MP Quad-Bayer Sony IMX686 sensor. It’s a 1/1.7″ unit, with 0.8 µm individual pixels and 2×1 OCL PDAF, sitting behind an f/1.8 lens. There is no OIS, Laser AF and has a single one-LED flash. Next in line is the 13MP ultrawide. It has a 125-degree field of view and a f/2.4 lens and the third and last is a 5MP macro, f/2.0 camera.

Internals


Boots with Google’s Android 10 and ROG UI from the box. The ROG Phone 3 is powered by the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 865+ chipset. This has a 10% bump in maximum clock speed on the chip’s Prime CPU core. It is still the same Kryo 585, as found in the vanilla Snapdragon 865, but it can now reach 3.1 GHz, compared to last year’s 2.96 GHz. The other CPU cores in the Snapdragon 865+, including the other three lower-clocked, but still “big” Kryo 585 ones, working at 2.42 GHz and the four “little” Kryo 585 units, clocked at 1.8 GHz are essentially unchanged from the regular Snapdragon 865. The Adreno 650 GPU also gets a slight boost. It is now working at 645MHz, instead of the original 587MHz. The Asus ROG Phone 3 uses extremely fast UFS 3.1 storage, maxed at 512GB with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which offers 50% better data throughput rate than LPDDR4X, while also using 20% less power in the process. Other storage options include 128GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/12GB RAM, 256GB/12GB RAM, 512GB/12GB RAM.

Battery

It has a massive 6000mAh which comes with support for 30W fast charging.

CONCLUSION


The Asus ROG phone 3 is by far the ultimate gaming phone of 2020, esthetic and performance-wise. For a third year in a row, Asus has oblitarated the competition and raised the bar even higher for its competition. It’s not the best smartphone on the market, nor is it an all-rounded device but it is the absolute best for its target niche-mobile gaming. Some flaws it has include: no water or dust resistant, no headphone jack and no expandable storage option.

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