Asus ROG Phone 3

The Asus ROG Phone 3. The Game Changer.

As they have mentioned in their site the “ROG Phone 3 is the most powerful gaming phone to use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform with advanced 5G mobile communications capabilities”. There are a lot of phones that launched with the Snapdragon 865 plus so I personally think this is a bit overkill for a gaming phone. Considering the spec of this phone you can be sure that you are paying a serious amount of cash for this.

Hey, I’m still saving up for the ROG Phone 2, and this new phone drops. As a PC Gamer, I don’t get the idea of an overpowered gaming phone. When there is not enough games that can seriously utilize this much of a power that the ROG Phone 3 packs. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Asus ROG line from their desktops to laptops and peripherals, I would consider this phone as more of a “I’m a Gamer” status symbol rather than a functional phone. Rather it’s a gaming device with a smartphone functionality.

DisplayAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1B colors
6.59 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~391 ppi )
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
144Hz refresh rate
650 nits max. brightness
OSAndroid 10, ROG UI
ChipsetQualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+
CPUOcta-core (1x3.1 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
GPUAdreno 650
Ram8GB / 12GB /16GB
Storage128GB / 256GB / 512GB
CameraMain Rear Camera
Sony flagship IMX686 64 MP image sensor - 1/1.7” large sensor size, 0.8 µm pixel size
Quad Bayer technology - 16 MP, 1.6 µm large effective pixel size
F1.8 aperture
26.6mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
6p lens
2x1 On-chip-lens phase detection autofocus
LED flash

Rear camera modes:

Second Rear Camera
13 MP, 125° ultrawide-angle camera
200% wider view to fit more friends and scenery in the frame
Real-time distortion correction
11mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera

Third Rear Camera
Macro Mode
5 MP

Front Camera
24 MP
27mm equivalent focal length in 35mm film camera
Front camera modes:
Network & ConnectivityIntegrated WiFi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2x2 MIMO)
Dual-band 2.4GHz/ 5GHz WiFi
Bluetooth® 5.1 (BR/EDR+LE), supports Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive
Wi-Fi Direct

BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery
Fast ChargingYes, Fast battery charging 30W (Quick Charge 4.0, 3.0)
Power Delivery 3.0
Reverse charging 10W
FeaturesFingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Sound :
Loudspeaker Yes, with DTS:X stereo speakers (2 dedicated amplifiers)
24-bit/192kHz audio

The ROG Phone 3 has a 64MP camera and 8K video recording! I would say that the triple camera setup which is becoming a standard on smartphones nowadays looks awesome on paper though I have yet to test it. I’m planning on getting one to test. Then again I can’t see any other big difference from the ROG Phone 2 aside from the CPU and GPU from Snapdragon 855 to 865 and from Adreno 640 to Adreno 650 and with WIFI 6 support I would say this really a superb piece of equipment but no 3.5mm jack you need the AeroActive Cooler 3 for that.

I would consider buying this phone but I won’t upgrade till after 5 years or more.

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