Our Opinion

The Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Nubia Red Magic 3S (12GB RAM, 256GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 128GB)!

Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 128GB)  Nubia Red Magic 3S (12GB RAM, 256GB) 
Asus ROG Phone 3 Nubia Red Magic 3S
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Excellence Score
83.9
65.1
Value for Money Score
66.4
52.5
Price ₹ 49,999 onwards ₹ 47,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2020 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 390 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 144 HzSuper High 90 HzHigh
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 108%, HDR10, 270Hz Touch-sensing, Bluelight Filter, Always-on Display, Glove touch Support 90Hz Refresh Rate
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 3.1 GHz 2.96 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 PlusRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 650 Adreno 640
RAM 12 GB 12 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 13MP + 5MP 48MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (8K) Yes (8K)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 125-degree Ultra-wide, 5MP: f/2.0 Aperture; Macro Lens, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60/120fps; [email protected]/60/240fps; [email protected], EIS 1/2.0" Sensor Size, Sony IMX586 Sensor, 0.8um Pixel Size, F/1.75 Aperture
Secondary Camera 24MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length, 0.9um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 128 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.9 mmThick 9.65 mmThick
Weight 240 gmHeavy 215 gmHeavy
Width 78.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 78.5 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 30W HyperCharge Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Air Triggers; Side-mounted USB Type-C Connector; Reverse charging 10W; UFS 3.1 Storage; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DTS Headphone X In-built Cooling Fan; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Sharp gaming look - Asus has opted for an extremely transparent cooling chamber with fewer sharp lines and it's clearly a design targeting the gamers
  • Well-thought-out control layout, plenty of I/O including some unique input offers like the Air Triggers - it's also a very functional gaming-focussed design, including wider areas (bezels) around the display for bigger speakers and easier gripping
  • There are two USB-C ports, one on the bottom and another on the left side - the latter is to allow gamers to charge the phone while playing games in landscape orientation (Asus has thought of everything here)
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is seamless and fast
  • The “Air Triggers” on the ROG Phone 2 are touch sensitive panels located on the right side of the device’s body that double as shoulder/trigger buttons when the phone is held sideways - this allows gamers to play certain games the way console players do, with a combination of thumb and index fingers, and it improves the experience of playing first-person shooters significantly
  • Sharp, crisp 6.59-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display - with excellent viewing angles, it is HDR10+ certified, and capable of reproducing over 1 billion colours as compared to the 16 million on regular displays
  • Asus has gone a step beyond and added 144 Hz refresh rate to the ROG Phone 3, which makes the whole experience extremely fluid, they have also upped the touch sampling rate to 270 Hz, so it feels incredibly fast
  • Surprisingly clean Android ROM, with most additions working behind the scenes to improve gaming
  • Well laid-out Armoury Crate gaming interface, which includes a lot of automated optimization options as well as unparalleled access to system-level values and thresholds for advanced tuning
  • Monstrous performance from the Snapdragon 865 Plus - the ROG Phone 3 is all about sustained peak performance for gamers - and thanks to Asus design decisions it doesn't heat a lot - the combination of high refresh rate, powerful hardware and light software make the ROG Phone 3 feels swift
  • Good triple cameras for a gaming phone - the Asus ROG Phone 3 has a 64MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide and a 5MP macro camera
  • Images from the main sensor has great color and good dynamic range, they show a decent amount of shadow detail without looking washed out - most images retain a great amount of highlight details
  • The ultra-wide sensor has a similar color profile to the main sensor, which is nice to see - it also maintains a fair amount of both highlight and shadow detail (though, the quality is a bit lower than the main sensor)
  • Images from the 5MP macro camera look pretty decent - colour and contrast are good and the pictures are plenty sharp
  • Portrait shots come out looking clean with nice subject detection and separation - background blur also looks neat and convincing
  • It does well it low-light, photos have decent amount of details and the noise is well controlled - the night mode is auto, so the phone auto detects when it has to switch on the night mode and sometimes it works surprisingly well
  • The 24MP camera for selfies offer good results - colour and sharpness are especially good, even in dimmer situations - you can do Portrait mode shots on the selfie camera, as well
  • Video recording is decent and you can record up to 8K videos
  • For a gaming phone, the cameras are surprisingly good, and hold up on their own against the competition
  • The stereo speakers are really impressive - they're quite loud and don't feel distorted even at higher volumes
  • Very good battery life from the monstrous 6000 mAh battery - it can easily do about a day and a half in normal use, and sometimes two full days (though, it could be inconsistent sometimes)
  • The 30W charger can juice up the phone fairly quickly considering how large the battery is - it takes about 1 and a half hour to charge the phone completely
  • If you’re a heavy gamer looking for the best performance, great cameras, a big battery, and a decent UI, the ROG Phone 3 will serve you fantastically
  • Sharp, futuristic, stand-out gamer aesthetic - identical to the Nubia Magic 3 - this is a device that looks as though it just fell out of a space marine’s pocket
  • You get an angled, metal back with an LED strip down the middle and red highlights in the corners - there’s a hexagonal lozenge for the fingerprint sensor, and the camera lens above it is pentagonal - the highlights aren’t just about the look either, most of them serve as vents for the internal fan and help to keep the temperature down
  • The metal construction gives it a solid, durable feel - it's also quite slim
  • Due to the matte finish at the smartphone back, you will thankfully see no fingerprints/smudges - something that's very common with modern day glossy phones
  • There is a dedicated gaming switch on the side - a red, textured button that turns the dedicated gaming mode on or off, and there’s a also a row of pogo pins for accessories
  • The right edge, which is also the top edge when you hold the Red Magic 3 in landscape to play games, has programmable touch sensitive shoulder buttons - which are actually pretty useful
  • The face unlock is remarkably fast, rivalling OnePlus phones for pure speed
  • A gorgeous big display - the Red Magic 3 has a whopping 6.65-inch AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate - which means silky smooth graphics, much like the OnePlus 7 Pro, and some other gaming-centric phones
  • For all the bombast and excess present in the hardware, the Red Magic 3’s software is a surprisingly restrained, very-close-to-stock Android affair – which is a good thing
  • The most useful addition is the Gaming mode - which is your control panel for all gaming - you can see a simplified menu containing all your games, current CPU/GPU usage, give a 'performance boost', play with a '4D shock mode' that adds vibration feedback to certain games like PUBG, and map the capacitive touch shoulder buttons
  • Lightning fast performance with the top-end Snapdragon 855+, coupled with the 90Hz screen
  • It's virtually impossible to make the phone sweat even with the most complex games at the highest graphics settings - the Nubia Magic 3 goes on and on
  • Chart topping benchmarks on AnTuTu
  • The unique internal fan also helps in keeping you gaming longer, without the phone heating up much
  • Pretty decent camera, even with a single 48MP lens (it’s the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 that you’ll find in the Honor View 20, which itself is a very good camera phone)
  • While the camera hardware remains the same as the Nubia Magic 3, but what's notably improved is the software optimization - the camera now supports a wider dynamic range and that shows in daylight photos with rich colours and contrasts - landscape photos too look colourful and livelier than before
  • The camera captures plenty of detail and vibrant colors
  • The shutter speed is fast, so there is no blur, even with moving subjects
  • The 16-megapixel front-facing camera is good too
  • Video recording is supported up to a whopping 8K resolution - although the use case for that is limited
  • Video recording quality is decent, though nothing special (the lack of any image stabilisation means handheld videos from the 3S tend to be a bit shaky)
  • Loud dual speakers with DTS:X support - carved out of the thin bezels left and right of the enormous screen - they are impressively rich for a smartphone
  • Long battery life with a giant 5000mAh battery - with standard use, you will get a comfortable 2 days, and even with a lot of gaming, it will last you the day
  • Comes with 18W Fast Charging adapter which charges the smartphone from 0% to a respectable 35% in just 30 minutes
  • The Red Magic 3S is a minor upgrade (Snapdragon 855+ from Snapdragon 855) over it's very successful predecessor, the Red Magic 3, and is still one of the best bang-for-the-buck, full-fledged gaming phones you can get your hands on - having said that, this time it has some serious competition in the form of the ROG Phone 2, that's some crazy bang-for-the-buck itself
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Heavy at 240 grams, the weight in your wrists and even the voice calls can get fatiguing after some time
  • As there's a vent at the back, there's no water protection
  • Incredibly slippery body - a case is a must
  • The ROG Phone 3 is targeted at the gamers, so if you're a mainstream user who casually games, it is an overkill
  • The Red Magic 3s is big, make no mistake - it’s tall, it’s wide, and it’s heavy at 215 grams
  • Because it’s so big it can be tricky to handle - it really requires two hands (but you will find it most comfortable to use when gaming, which seems fitting)
  • The rounded edges of the display at the top actually cut off a tiny bit of the UI, which looks a bit awkward
  • There is no support for gesture navigation
  • There is the occasional lack of polish in the UI here and there, with some typos and mistranslations from Chinese - these aren’t deal-breaking issues by any stretch, but they take the sheen off ever-so-slightly and may irk those with tendencies towards OCD
  • While the simple UI is a good thing, it's also a little bland compared to other gaming phones
  • Low light performance is still average
  • Of course, while the single lens by itself is very good, what you lose out on is the versatility of an ultra-wide, or telephoto lens, which are there on some other phones in this price bracket
Expert Reviews
  1. The absolute best at its target niche - gaming
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Gaming Beast
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. For gamers, there is probably no better smartphone currently available than the Asus ROG Phone 3
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Striking a balance between gaming power and flagship features
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The ultimate gaming smartphone in the market
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. 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
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A gaming smartphone more powerful than your computer
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is built for mobile gamers who crave performance, silky-smooth frame rates, and thunderous audio.
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A gaming workhorse that will win all races
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Overkill? Sure, But Its A Mobile Gamers' Dream
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. If mobile gaming is your thing, the nubia Red Magic 3s is one of the sensible options on the market
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Affordable, with powerful internals....but ROG Phone 2 is a better pick
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Good gaming phone....but we'd recommend that you spend a little extra and get the ROG Phone 2 instead
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Very well priced and extremely competitive...definite thumbs up
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A great gaming phone...amazing value for the money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good successor to the Red Magic 3, but competition has gotten tougher
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A comfortable-to-hold device that won't exhaust you even after 2-3 hrs of gaming
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you're looking for a phone that has the best hardware at this price point, look no further
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. It may not have that 120Hz display and a 6000 mAh battery as ROG Phone 2, but it really does not need one keeping in mind its gaming-focussed audience... and on that front, boy does it deliver!
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  10. Has everything that mobile gaming enthusiasts want today....However, at its price, it falls under the shadow of the mighty Asus ROG Phone 2 and OnePlus 7T
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Builds on the success of its predecessor to provide an almost complete mobile gaming experience
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. Power meets ease of gaming
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
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