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Asus ROG Phone 3
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8.1/10
Informr score
The Asus ROG Phone 3 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Great performance
  • Fast refresh rate
  • Two USB-C ports
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Heavy
  • Gets hot quickly
  • No wireless charging

The ROG 3 is the next in Asus’ line of super gaming phones., While gaming is the main focus of the new phone, they claim its also a capable phone as well. Is this phone the best of gaming and communications combined?

Design

Asus has never been one to skimp on design and the ROG 3 is no exception. While not changing too much from the original design, the latest version is a lot sleeker. You can still find the RGB illuminated logo on the back. Instead of vents, they’ve opted for a transparent cooling chamber without the sharp lines. It’s encased in Gorilla Glass 6 with aluminum rails along the sides.

Display

You can't have an epic gaming phone without a good display and reviews indicate Asus has managed this quite well. The AMOLED screen supports frame rates up to 144Hz which is practically unheard of on a mobile phone but makes games feel silky smooth. The display is also very bright and can be easily read in daylight. The only complaint was the phone’s resolution (2,340-by-1080 pixels.) Reviewers just found it hard to adjust to.

Tom’s Guide says, “I never quite got used to the extremely wide 19:5:9 aspect ratio, but otherwise, it's a gorgeous display, with rich colors: 168% of the sRGB spectrum.”

Performance

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is lightning fast as a gaming phone should be. No stuttering or pausing between apps on this machine.

Android Authority states, “The ROG Phone 3 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, which overclocks the CPU prime core to 3.1GHz. This makes it one of the absolute fastest phones on the market, especially when paired with the super-fast UFS 3.1 storage and GDDR5 RAM.”

Software & Storage

The Asus ROG Phone 3 runs a cleaned-up version of Android 10 and has updates from both Asus and Google guaranteed for an unspecified time. It also uses Game Genie and X Mode software to help optimize the gaming experience. While it doesn’t have a MicroSD slot or expandable storage, 512GB of storage is more than enough for a solid game library.

Cameras

These cameras won't compete with top-tier camera phones, but they still produce really good pictures. Multiple modes for taking photos -- including night mode, macro, motion-tracking, and time-lapse -- make it better at taking phones than you might expect for a gaming-oriented phone. Reviewers stated the pictures were bright and clear, with very little to dissuade them from giving it a good score.

Battery Life

Being a gaming phone, the battery is much larger than your average smartphone. Unfortunately, reviewers had trouble estimating battery life. It all depends on what games you play and for how long. A larger, more graphics-intensive game is going to drain the battery quicker than your average puzzle game. Even with this in mind, more reviewers were quite happy with battery life for the Asus ROG Phone 3.

Audio

Reviews indicate that the phone’s two stereo speakers provide impeccable sound. Most experts couldn’t boast enough about the quality of sound that came from the phone compared to their usual smartphone experience.

Digital Trends remarks, “Asus has worked with an audio company called Dirac, passing over bigger brands like Dolby, and the result is often extraordinary. There’s a level of detail, clarity, and definition you don’t always find on phones, along with a wide soundstage and a genuinely full sound from the dual stereo speakers. The ROG Phone 3 sounds like no other smartphone.”

Specs at a Glance

  • Gorilla Glass 6 and aluminum chassis
  • 6.59-inch, 144Hz AMOLED display
  • Octa-core 3.1 GHz processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+
  • 12/16GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 512GB of storage
  • 64-MP primary shooter, a 13-MP ultrawide lens, and a 5-MP macro
  • 24MP front-facing camera
  • 6000mAh battery

Bottom Line

With a lot of people turning to gaming on their phones, it only makes sense for a company to make a phone meant for it. Asus provides a level of performance that is unsurpassed so far with the ROG Phone 3. Great sound, great picture, long battery life, and enough power to run even the most graphics-intensive mobile games out there make it a compelling package. Reviews indication that it’s going to be very hard for anyone to beat this beast of a gaming phone..

Android Authority says, “Asus has figured out how to make a gaming phone that also excels as a regular smartphone. The ROG Phone 3 is one of the fastest phones on the market right now, and its killer battery life and simple interface make it a great device for anyone.”

Tom’s Guide states, “The Asus ROG Phone 3 is a powerful and robust Android gaming phone, although it gets hot easily and can be cumbersome to use. It’s surprisingly well rounded for a gaming-focused handset, though buyers interested in other luxuries, like camera quality, may want to consider a more traditional flagship phone like the Galaxy S20 or OnePlus 8 Pro instead.”

Digital Trends remarks, “The ROG Phone 3 is unrivaled among gaming phones. This should tell you all you need to know about whether it’s for you. It’s a spec monster, providing all the power anyone will need for just about any task they’d want to do on a phone. If a game doesn’t run well on the ROG Phone 3, it doesn’t run well on a phone, period.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
3.1 GHz
Screen Size
6.59"
Camera
16+ MP, f/1.8


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is technically one of the strongest Android smartphones and the clear number 1 in terms of mobile gaming.

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Man of Many

At around AUD$1,699 for the top of the line release, it seems like a lot to fork out for a gaming-first phone, but nevertheless, this isn’t just another attempt at cracking into the mobile gaming market. ASUS has clearly put a lot of thought into the lifestyle requirements of the new phone and while...

- Nick Hall, Man of Many
Pickr

In our tests, the third version of this phone was great to use as a mobile gaming device, but lousy as a phone, missing out on much of what we want to use a phone for. When we were connected to WiFi, the ROG Phone 3 was great. When we went out and about and for a walk and such, the phone failed to d...

- Leigh :) Stark, Pickr
Hitech Century

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is a powerful gaming-optimised smartphone that sets the standard for what a gaming phone ought to be. If you’re serious about mobile gaming on Android, this is the definitive phone to get.

- Hitech Century
DxOMark

The Asus ROG Phone 3 puts in somewhat underwhelming performance overall, and although gamers will appreciate its touch accuracy and smoothness, they may be a tad disappointed at its frame drops, stutters, and handling of aliasing. However, for non-gaming use cases, it performs better than its Black...

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark


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Common Questions


Asus backs up the ROG Phone 3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your ROG Phone 3 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Asus support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Asus's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.59"

The Asus ROG Phone 3's screen size is 6.59 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
3.1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 (Update Available: 11) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ MP, f/1.8 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
6000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery.

ROG Phone 3 Specs

Overview
Release Date August 31, 2020
Regions Available USA, Canada
Operating System Android 10 (Update Available: 11)

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3.1 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256/512 GB
RAM 12/16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
16+ Megapixels, f/1.8
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (13 MP, F2.4, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (5 MP, F2.0, Macro), HDR, Slow motion recording (4K at 120 fps; 1080p at 240 / 120 fps; 720p at 480 fps)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
24+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density 391 pixels
Size 6.59 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, HDR10 and HDR10+ certified, 144Hz refresh rate, In-display fingerprint sensor
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Black Glare
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.1 x 7.8 x 0.985 cm (6.7 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 240 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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Additional Information Other Names (AKA): Asus ROG Phone III
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