Asus was one of the first companies to launch a smartphone dedicated to gaming and here we are two years in, with the third iteration of the ROG Phone. Aptly named the ROG Phone 3, the phone is a powerhouse that not only boasts the latest and greatest of state-of-the-art hardware but interesting accessories and features that elevate the whole gaming experience.
Design-wise, there’s not a drastic change over the last two generations but the overall design is more refined. The phone is still on the heavier side, which weighs the same as the ROG Phone II at 240g with the same flashing ROG logo at the back, USB-C ports on the sides, huge screen on the front and improved AirTriggers on the side. The overall finish of the phone feels premium.
The 6.59-inch full HD+ AMOLED display takes over the front and is a considerable jump over the previous ROG Phone. The screen has a maximum brightness of 650 nits with wide colour gamut and is HDR10 and HDR10+ certified. However, the cherry on top is the 144Hz refresh rate. Now given the brief period, we haven’t got a chance to try out many games, but we’ll certainly have our say when we do a full-fledged review in the coming weeks. However, it’s a welcome addition and the best part is the phone dynamically changes the refresh rate to suit the app and process for better power efficiency.
Another major change is the processor and is now powered by Snapdragon 865 Plus processor supported by 8GB or 12GB of RAM in India and up to 256GB of internal storage. The phone also features GameCool 3 that uses an advanced 3D vapour chamber and a larger heat sink to keep the thermal temperature down and helping achieve better performance are the software optimisations like the X Mode and Asus’ Armoury Crate software, which is a regular on its laptops and desktops as well.
On the camera front, the ROG Phone 3 has gone with a triple camera setup with the 64MP IMX686 sensor at the helm followed by a 13MP ultra-wide and a 5MP macro. The main camera supports 8K video recording with support for 4K, even in slow-mo. The front has a 24MP sensor.
The AirTriggers 3 have also got an upgrade and the ultrasonic sensors are now accelerometer-powered and support dual partition to emulate L1/L2 and R1/R2 keys like in an actual gaming controller.
The final piece of the ROG Phone 3 puzzle is the huge battery. The 6000mAh battery ensures longer gaming sessions and comes with a set of battery customisations to improve the life of the battery with intelligent charges and discharges. The phone also comes with a 30W HyperCharge adapter for faster charging.
ROG Phone 3 is incomplete without its array of accessories and it seems Asus will make them widely available this time around. While the Aero Case is bundled in the box, there are other interesting accessories like the AeroActive Cooler 3 that throws air from the built-in fan to cool the phone. The Mobile Desktop Dock is the same from last year there’s a new Kunai 3 gamepad and TwinView Dock 3 that brings 144Hz of goodness on two displays. ROG Clip is useful to dock and play with a PS4, Xbox One or Stadia controller whereas the in-ear audio need is taken care by Cetra and Cetra Core.
The ROG Phone 3 launches on Flipkart on August 6 carrying a price tag of Rs. 49,999 for the 8/128GB version and Rs. 57,999 for 12/256GB.
Following are the prices of the accessories
ROG Phone 3 Glass Screen Protector: Rs. 699
ROG Clip: Rs. 1999
ROG Phone 3 Neon Aero Case: Rs. 1999
ROG Phone 3 Lighting Armor case: Rs. 2999
AeroActive Cooler 3: Rs. 2999
ROG Cetra Core: Rs. 3999
ROG Cetra Headset: Rs. 7699
ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad: Rs. 9999
Mobile Desktop Dock: Rs. 12999
TwinView Dock 3: Rs. 19999