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Get Up To Speed: Asus ROG Phone 3

Asus ROG Phone 3

It’s been a year since we saw a new ROG Phone, and now the ROG Phone 3 is finally upon us. Via its livestream on YouTube, the ROG Phone 3 is unveiled with all its gaming prowess for the world to see. Let’s dive right into the specs.

Asus ROG Phone 3 – Specifications

Asus ROG Phone 3
ProcessorROG Phone 3:3.1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform with 7 nm, 64-bit Octa-Core Processor

ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition: 2.84 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform with 7 nm, 64-bit Octa-core Processor
GPUQualcomm® Adreno 650
UIAndroid 10 with new ROG UI
Display6.59” 19.5:9 (2340 x 1080) 144 Hz / 1 ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR display
650 nits outdoor readable brightness
1,000 nits peak brightness
Delta-E < 1
DCI-P3 support and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
AMOLED display with Corning®  Gorilla®  Glass 6
Supports Always On
Capacitive touchscreen with 10-point multitouch (supports glove touch)
Dimensions171 x 78 x 9.85 mm 
Weight240 g
Battery6000 mAh typical capacity
MemoryROG Phone 3: Up to 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM
ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition: 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM
StorageROG Phone 3: Up to 512 GB UFS 3.1 ROM
ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition: 256 GB UFS 3.1 ROM
SensorsIn-display fingerprint sensor, Face recognition, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Ambient light sensor, Ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 3 and grip press
Wireless TechnologyIntegrated dual-band WiFi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2×2 MIMO)
Bluetooth®  5.1 (BR/EDR+LE), supports Qualcomm®  aptX Adaptive
WiFi Direct
NFC
GPSGNSS support GPS(L1/L5), Glonass(L1), Galileo(E1/E5a), BeiDou(B1/B2a), QZSS(L1/L5) and NavIC(L5)
I/O PortsSide: Custom USB-C®Supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 / DisplayPort 1.4 (4K UHD) / fast charging (PD 3.0) (30-watt) 30-watt ROG HyperCharge direct charging
Bottom: USB-C®Supports USB 2.0 / fast charging (PD 3.0) (30-watt) / direct charging
Front Camera24 MP
Rear Camera64 MP (Main camera Sony® IMX686) + 13 MP (125° ultrawide-angle lens) + 5 MP (Macro)
Voice WakeupYes
SpeakerDual front-facing speakers with Dirac HD Sound
Stereo speakers with dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifier 
NFCSupported
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition

This time, Asus is launching two variants of the ROG Phone 3 – Standard Edition and a Strix Edition. No more Tencent version to worry about anymore. The ROG Phone 3 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, while the Strix Edition gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. Other differences between the two variants include the RAM and memory configurations, where the ROG Phone 3 will sport up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, while the Strix Edition will feature up to only 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Apart from the aforementioned differences, both phones share the same specifications. They both have a 6.59-inch AMOLED 10-bit HDR display with a 1,000 nits peak brightness. The screen is also rated Delta-E <1 and supports DCI-P3 colour gamut. Having an AMOLED screen, it also supports the Always On feature.

Asus ROG Phone 3 display

In the camera department, the ROG Phone 3 series feature a triple camera system which consists of a main 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro lens, as well as a 24MP sensor on the front for selfies.

Fans will be happy to know that the ROG Phone 3 series is also big on sound as it retains the dual front-facing speakers with Dirac HD Sound and dual NXP smart amplifiers.

Connectivity wise, the ROG Phone 3 is packed all the latest bells and whistles. It has dual-band Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX support, NFC, and multiple USB Type-C ports on the side and bottom. The one on the side supports USB 3.1 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4 (4K UHD), and fast charging (PD 3.0) 30 watt. The port also connects accessories such as the AeroActive Cooler 3, which features a pass-through USB-C connector, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a new kickstand on the back to support ROG Phone 3 on a desk or table for a better viewing and gaming experience. As for the one on the bottom, it supports USB 2.0 with fast charging (PD3.0) 30 watt, and direct charging.

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Asus ROG Phone 3 aeroactive cooler

The upgraded AirTrigger 3 technology provides extra-precise ultrasonic touch controls along the edges of the phone. The gesture capabilities of the AirTrigger 3 side sensors have been further enhanced, including a newly added swipe gesture and dual-partition button emulation, giving gamers a console-level gaming experience. There’s also a brand-new motion sensor that adds another gesture to the armory, allowing gamers to control the action by shaking the device: it’s a whole new way to interact with the device. AirTrigger 3 gives gamers the very best controls available on a gaming smartphone, and sets the ultimate bar for the competition.

Running on Android 10 with the new ROG UI, the ROG Phone 3 series will have a 6,000mAh battery as expected.

ROG Phone 3 Accessories

The unrivaled range of modular accessories for ROG Phone 3 includes the new modular ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad which adds physical console-like gamepad controls to ROG Phone 3; the new ROG Lighting Armor Case for a stunning appearance; and ROG Clip to attach the phone to selected console controllers for the ultimate mobile gaming experience. ROG Phone 3 can also be expanded to provide true 144 Hz dual-screen gameplay with the new TwinView Dock 3, and the Mobile Desktop Dock allows gamers to connect a desktop keyboard and mouse for a desktop-like gaming experience on an external TV or monitor. 

Pricing and Availability

Both the Asus ROG Phone 3 and ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition will be available from September 2020 in Malaysia. Stay tuned for the upcoming official Malaysia ROG Phone 3 launch happening around Mid-September.

No mention yet on the pricing, but Asus has tipped that the price will be “very close” to previous ROG Phone 2 variants. We’ve listed their pricing below for your reference, as well as the ROG Phone 3 variants that will be coming to Malaysia.

ROG Phone 2 Variant Pricing:

  • ROG Phone 2 Strix – (855 / 8GB Ram / 128GB Storage) – RM 2499
  • ROG Phone 2 – (855+ / 12GB Ram / 512GB Storage) – RM 3499
  • ROG Phone 2 – (855+ / 12GB Ram / 1TB Storage) – RM 4499

ROG Phone 3 Variants In Malaysia:

  • ROG Phone 3 Strix – (865 / 8GB Ram / 256GB Storage / 5G)
    ROG Phone 3 – (865+ / 12GB Ram / 512GB Storage / 5G)
    ROG Phone 3 – (865+ / 16GB Ram / 512GB Storage / 5G)
  • Note: There will be NO 1TB Storage option for ROG Phone 3

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