Asus ROG Phone 3 with 144Hz AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 865+ and more launched
After building months of hype, Asus finally launched its third-generation of gaming smartphone globally, the ROG Phone 3. This comes as an upgrade to last year’s ROG Phone 2. However, most of the upgrades are on the inside rather than outside. Design-wise the smartphone seems to build on the same design that was carried by ROG Phone 2. However, it seems sleeker and polished this time. What makes this smartphone special is that it among the first to bring 144Hz refresh rate screen and sport Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 865+ processor. This technically makes it the ‘most powerful’ smartphone till date.
There are a bunch of accessories too that have been launched for the ROG Phone 3.
The handset's 16GB+512GB model costs EUR 1,099 while the 12GB+512GB model costs EUR 999. The 8GB+256GB variant is priced at EUR 799. In India, the firm will be launching two variants only - 8GB+128GB and 12GB+256GB. While the 8GB+128GB variant costs ₹49,999, the 12GB+256GB is priced at ₹57,999. Sales will begin August 6 via Flipkart.
Asus ROG Phone 3 specifications
The ROG Phone 3 boasts of a 6.59-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with 10-bit HDR10+ support and 144Hz refresh rate. It also claims to deliver 1ms of response time while the touch latency has been reduced to 25ms. As we mentioned above, powering this gaming smartphone is the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor with 3.1GHz clock speed, Adreno 650 GPU, up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and UFS3.1 inbuilt storage.
Being a gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 3 features speakers that now has 7 magnets for lesser distortion. The firm has partnered with Swedish firm Dirac as well for improving its speakers. Adding to that is the 3rd generation GameCool system, which now has 6X larger heatsink, redesigned Copper 3D vapor chamber and a larger graphite film to keep things cool.
Also, the touch sensitive ultrasonic Air Triggers 3 with haptic feedback now supports both sliding, swiping and the possibility to divide each button in two partitions for tapping. This means you get up to four Air Triggers in ROG Phone 3. Even while not gaming, you can use Air Triggers 3 for enabling different features.
Furthermore, you get side-mounted Type-C ports like before so you can plug in the charging cable without having to adjust your hand while gaming. Asus says it also works with USBC to HDMI, USB-C headphones or the AeroActive Cooler 3.
And finally, the X-Mode now allows you to set a wider variety of performance parameters, from CPU/GPU performance to touch sensitivity settings and display refresh rate. And those who like to customise the touch, display, network based settings and more, they always have the Armoury Crate for it.
On the camera front, ROG Phone 3 includes 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor Quad Bayer technology and f/1.8 aperture + 13-megapixel 125-degree ultra-wide camera + 5-megaixel macro camera with f/2.0 aperture. At the front, there is a 24-megapixel f/2.0 camera. The smartphone even has the ability to record 8K resolution videos at 30fps.
Running Android 10, Asus ROG Phone 3 weighs 240 grams and has 6000mAh battery with 30W fast charging tech onboard.
Asus ROG Phone 3 accessories
Like last time, Asus has launched a bunch of accessories for ROG Phone 2 as well. You get ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, TwinView Dock 3, Mobile Desktop Dock 2 for connecting desktop peripherals via multiple ports, The Professional Dock for connecting ROG Phone 3 to a HDMI display and two more USB devices, ROG Clip for attaching the phone to PS4, Xbox or Stadia controller, Lighting Armor Case and AeroActive Cooler 3.