Bottom line: Asus likes to go all out with its ROG sequence of gamer-focused Android smartphones. The firm’s third iteration isn’t any totally different and arrives with bleeding edge specs and an aggressive design to make sure it stays on high of the cellular gaming throne. It may additionally trigger customers to spend extra time gaming on their thrones, given its mixture of a giant, excessive refresh fee AMOLED show, Qualcomm’s quickest chip, oodles of RAM and storage, all of that are powered by a beefy 6,000mAh battery.
Like its predecessor, the brand new ROG Phone 3 is fairly clear about its target market. After all, the cellphone bears an unmistakable gamer aesthetic with an RGB emblem and accents on the rear that may solely be outdone by the bundled AeroActive cooler.
Its beefy internals make for the quickest Android cellphone out there proper now, one that might additionally give the upcoming Note 20 Ultra a run for its cash in terms of gaming. The ROG 3’s show is a 6.59-inch 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED panel with a 144Hz refresh fee that may attain as much as 1,000 nits of peak brightness. It’s additionally among the many first smartphones to make use of Qualcomm’s top-end, barely overclocked ‘+’ variant of the Snapdragon 865 and helps 5G (Sub-6 GHz).
Memory configurations begin with a 12GB RAM/128GB combo (region-dependent) and go as much as 16GB RAM and 512GB of UFS 2.1 storage. Unlike final 12 months’s mannequin, there is no 1TB model this time round, however the ROG Three nonetheless packs the identical 6,000mAH battery of its predecessor for these long-running gaming classes and options 30W Fast charging in addition to gradual charging modes for preserving long-term battery life.
The cellphone’s digicam(s) system additionally seems to be fairly succesful, consisting of a 64MP major shooter with ‘Quad Bayer expertise,’ a 13MP ultrawide, and a 5MP macro lens with LED flash. A single 24MP unit sits on the entrance, which can be residence to a pair of front-firing stereo audio system and an optical fingerprint sensor.
Alongside the standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC help, there are two USB Type-C ports, an off-center 2.0-speed connector on the underside, and a 3.1-spec on the aspect. These can be utilized to energy Asus equipment just like the upcoming TwinView Dock 3, the ROG Strix XG16 1080p 144Hz transportable monitor, or an Xbox/DualShock controller with the ROG Gaming Clip mount.
Additionally, Asus has introduced an improved model of AirTriggers to the ROG 3. These ultrasonic pressure-sensitive sensors situated on the sides of the cellphone are actually in a position to replicate Xbox/DualShock triggers by way of dual-partition button emulation, letting gamers map in-game instructions and execute them by way of numerous gestures. It’s all shaping as much as be a cellular gamer’s moist dream, which satirically might be an issue for the ROG Three as the shortage of waterproofing is amongst this cellphone’s (only a few) omissions.
Given what’s on provide, count on to pay a hefty sum for the privilege of proudly owning one. Asus has not revealed a price ticket for US clients, the place it is going to start transport in September. It is, nonetheless, presently up for pre-order in Europe with deliveries anticipated later this month. It reportedly begins at €999 ($1,150+) for the 12GB/512GB model, whereas the flagship 16GB/512GB variant will price an eye-watering €1,099 ($1,260+).