We are going to review one of my favorite gaming smartphones over the past couple of years.This is of course, the ROG Phone 3. First of all let’s do a bit of a comparison versus the ROG Phone 2.Let’s get straight to it.
Firstly, it is a 144hertz display compared to the 120 hertz of the ROG Phone 2.You’ve also got an improved touch sampling rates.So, we’ve got 270 hertz vs 240 hertz on the ROG Phone 2.And Asus have also said that we’ve got as little as 18 milliseconds of touch latency.Which is the lowest on any smartphone in the world right now.Both have a Full HD+ resolution,but the ROG Phone 3 does have support for HDR 10+. Whereas the ROG Phone 2has support for HDR 10.And we’ve also got a slightly brighter display on the ROG Phone 3,up to 650 nits outdoors,versus 600 nits on the ROG Phone 2.Now, I’ve absolutely loved the display on the ROG Phone 2.So smooth, one of the first with 120 hertz.Now, the ROG Phone 3 is one of the first with 144 hertz. And we do have the top and bottom bezels.Which give you the front firing stereo speakers.Now, these speakers are slightly larger compared to what we had last year.On the ROG Phone 3,we have seven magnets for more power and less distortion,as well as game effects in partnership with Swedish company, Dirac.
Now let’s take a look around the device.So upfront there is that front-facing camera.This is 24 megapixels.It’s got a slightly wider aperture compared to what we had last year.On the right-hand side,the buttons are on the same place.So we’ve got the volume rocker as well as the power button.And then we’ve got the air triggers.These are version three of the air triggers.And this year, we’ve got twice as many gestures compared to last year.Now supporting both sliding and swiping.And you can also divide each button into two partitions for tapping.So air triggers are actually really useful because you can map these two different areas on different games.And you know, they’re going to give you an additional advantage.At the bottom, is where we’ve got that surprise. There is no 3.5millimeter headphone jack.So you’ve just got the USB Type-C input,but on the left-hand side,as well as the SIM card tray,you do have two USB Type-C Ports in the middle is something that I Absolutely love about ROG phones.
Just the consideration of having these on the left-hand side means that, not only you can attach different accessories,but you can also plug in the smartphone,use it in landscape mode. So the wire is not going to be coming in your way like it would do on other smartphones.Really, really cool.It come with a cover,which I usually take off and lose.Now, here you can attach the Aero Active 3 Cooler,which we have here.Now this is not only going to cool your device.You have another RGB logo because the current logo is going to be covered.And then you’ve got a USB Type-C port here at the bottom.So you can still have this plugged in,as well as of course,a 3.5 millimeter jack.So yes, we don’t have a 3.5 millimeter jack on the device itself, but it is nice that we do have it on the Aero Active Cooler.And the new thing about the Aero Active Cooler This time is that we’ve also got a kick stand.So, if you’re watching some content and you just want somewhere to kind of place this for your gaming,and you don’t want to be carrying the device,then this is definitely quite cool.
Now, let’s talk about performance.ROG phone’s known for having the latest and best specs out there.And this is also the case on the ROG Phone 3.I believe it is the first smartphone to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset.The ROG Phone 2 has the 865+.It was also one of the first to have that chipset.Now there is also the ROGPhone 3 Strix Edition.This is going to be priced a little bit lower,and that will have the snapdragon 865 standard.And you can get up to 512 gigabytes of UFS3.1 storage up from 3.0 last year,as well as up to 16gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM compared to up to 12 gigabytes of LPDDR4X RAM that we had last year.We’ve also of course got support for 5G this year, and we’ve got the GameCool 3 heat dissipating system.This has a six times larger heat sink compared to last year with a redesigned 3D vapor chamber and in larger graphite.Now I still use the ROG Phone,and it has no problem in terms of performance,really does keep up with all of the newer games as well.The ROG Phone 3 just takes that further,and it’s going to last you that much longer.It also has newer software.So we’ve got Android 10 with the ROG UI.My ROG Phone 2 still has Android 9.I’ve not got the Android updates as yet.We’ve got X mode with armory crate.So, this gives you a wide variety of performance parameters from CPU and GPU performance to touch sensitivity settings and display refresh rate.
Now let’s talk about the cameras.So the cameras have been improved compared to last year,and there’s some really interesting things here.The primary camera is now a 64 megapixel sensor.It is the Sony IMX686 compared to the IMX 586 with 48megapixels last year.We’ve got a 13 megapixel ultra-wide camera.And this year, we’ve also got an additional five megapixel macro camera,which is going to let you focus in closer to your subjects.It’s five megapixels.So, it’s not the best macro camera out there,but it’s nice to have.What’s very exciting for me however,is the fact that couples with the Qualcomm snapdragon 865+ chipset.That means you can get 8K at30 frames per second here.That is something that you really can’t do on many other devices,as far as I’m aware.This is probably one of the only that has that capability.The Samsung Galaxy S20Series does have 8K,but that is at a maximum of 24 frames a second.But in addition to that,you’ve got 4K at up to120 frames per second.And I believe that makes this one of the only smartphones that can film at that frame rate at that resolution.Which is very, very impressive.
Now for the battery.We once again have 6,000,000,000 bowers,which is one of the largest batteries on any smartphone right now.And my experience with the ROG Phone 2 was very, very good.One of the best in terms of battery life on any smartphone last year and with the ROG Phone 3 as well,that battery life, amazing.Obviously the more you game,and the more heavy you game with he high refresh rates,that’s going to take up more battery.However, Asus have put in a few features in here to get you the most out of your battery life.There’s some battery care features.So you’ve got a custom charging limit,and that will allow you to say,lower your limit to around 90% or 80%. There’s also a slow charging option,which will limit charging to around 10 watts,which will be better for the battery wear,we’ll keep the temperature down by around 34%. And, there’s also scheduled charging with added sleep wall options such as end time by alarm.
Now, finally, let’s talk about the price.So, the pricing information I have right now is that for this flagship version,which has 512 gigabytes of storage,16 gigabytes of RAM with the 865+,you’re going to be looking at around 1,100 euros.If you do want to go for the 12 gigabyte version,then that’s going to eat around 1,000 euros.If you do want to go for the Strix Edition with the 865 8 gigabytes of RAM with 256 gigabytes of storage,then that’s going to be around 800 euros.Now, once I’ve got more pricing information available for UK, US, et cetera,I’ll be sure to drop that down in the below.
What do you guys think of the ROG Phone 3?Is this the gaming phone of the year?For me, it is leaning towards that way.Definitely let me know in the comments below,I hope you enjoyed this review and found it useful.