Asus launched its third generation of gaming beast today at a virtual launch event globally including India. ROG Phone 3 builds on the legacy of its popular predecessor and claimed to be the World’s first Snapdragon 865+ smartphone(Lenovo Legion Duel with SD865+ announced earlier today). ROG phones come with 144 Hz display, 30W charging, 6000mAh battery, 64MP Triple rear camera as well with starting price of Rs.49999 in India and €999 globally.
The ROG Phone 3 carries a similar design language of its predecessor with a slightly cleaner look. The iridescent lines, the heat vent(got smaller), the angular camera modules give a bold, futuristic gaming phone look. The device retains the illuminated ROG logo under the glass back and the phone weighs a whopping 240 grams. The back glass is protected by corning gorilla glass 3 and fingerprint scanner is located under the display.
ROG Phone 3 carries a 6.59 inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Display is a 10-bit HDR10+ Panel which covers 113% DCI-P3 colour gamut and up to 1000 nits of peak brightness level. The display refresh at 144hz with a touch sampling rate of 270Hz and 25ms touch latency. It also has Delta-E<1 and Gorilla Glass 6 for protection.
Asus ROG Phone 3 runs on the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, is an octa-core CPU built on 7nm process with Adreno 650GPU for graphics processing. It comes with either 8GB or 12 GB latest LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB/256 GB latest UFS 3.1 Storage with no external memory card expansion support. SD865+ is a slightly overclocked SD865 and the first processor to breach 3GHz barrier(3.1GHz to be precise).
Since ROG Phone 3 is a gaming-oriented smartphone, it offers a lot of gaming-focused features and equipped with hardware for improving the gaming experience. The device equipped with a 3rd Generation GameCool system with 6 times larger redesigned Copper 3D vapour chamber and a large graphite film for better heat dissipation. It also features touch-sensitive controls with AirTrigger 3 to increase functionality and provide better haptic feedback. Asus also added new motion tracking, swiping function, and tap and slide gestures to existing ultrasonic shoulder buttons to improve the gaming experience.
Also, ROG Phone 3 include an extra USB Type-C port and 48 pin customised connector on the side to connect accessories and the charging cable when gaming in landscape mode.
The ROG Phone 3 comes with Bluetooth 5.1 with support for SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+ and LDAC. The phone supports Hi-Res audio output through the Type-C port and according to Asus it offers 4 times better audio quality than CD quality. It also features ROG GameFX, new AudioWizard tuned by Dirac, dual NXP smart amplifier, etc to improve the audio experience through earphones.
ROG Phone 3 features large Dual front-firing speakers in the top and bottom chin with GameFx and Dirac HD sound will make a great audio experience
ROG Phone 3 is running on Android 10 based on gaming-focused ROG UI and its packs lot of gaming oriented features .
ROG Phone 3 comes with triple rear cameras. Which includes Sony IMX686 64MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 13MP f/2.4 Ultra wide-angle camera with 125-degree field of view and a third 5MP macro camera. It supports up to 8K video, 4K slow-motion video recording, and comes with a Pro mode. On the front, it comes with a 24MP f/2.0 sensor for taking selfies. The camera performance has never been a selling point of ROG phone. So I still expect a mediocre camera performance
Battery and Charging
ROG Phone 3 comes with a massive 6000mAh battery, with support up to 30W PD 3.0/QC 4.0+ fast charging. The ROG Phone 3 predecessors known for its exceptional battery life, so we expect the same legacy will continue with ROG Phone 3.
Other things to Note:
ROG Phone 3 also ditches 3.5mm audio jack now. Asus launched a bunch of accessories for ROG Phone 3, The accessories and pricing are below
- ROG Clip – Rs 1,999
- ROG AeroActive Cooler 3 – Rs 2,999
- ROG Cetra Headset – Rs 7,699
- ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad – Rs 9,999
- Mobile Desktop Dock – Rs 12,999
- TwinView Dock 3 – Rs 19,999
Pricing and Availability
ROG Phone 3 comes in two configurations in India. The 8+128Gb variant is priced at Rs.49,999 and 12+256GB variant is priced at Rs.57,999 and exclusively available on Flipkart from August 6. The phone is available only in black colour in India
In International Market, ROG Phones is priced at €999 for 12GB + 512GB variant and €1099 for 16GB + 512GB variant. There is a ROG Phone 3 Strix edition with SD865 which priced at €799 for 8GB + 256GB configuration
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