Our Opinion

The Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 256GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Asus ROG Phone 3 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 256GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 256GB)  Asus ROG Phone 3 (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Asus ROG Phone 3 Asus ROG Phone 3
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Excellence Score
87.2
84.3
Value for Money Score
64.2
66.9
Price ₹ 57,999 onwards ₹ 49,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Aug, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.59 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 144 HzSuper High 144 HzSuper High
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 108%, HDR10, 270Hz Touch-sensing, Bluelight Filter, Always-on Display, Glove touch Support 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 108%, HDR10, 270Hz Touch-sensing, Bluelight Filter, Always-on Display, Glove touch Support
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 3.1 GHz 3.1 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 PlusRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 PlusRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 650 Adreno 650
RAM 12 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 13MP + 5MP 64MP + 13MP + 5MP
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 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
Secondary Camera 24MP 24MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length, 0.9um Pixel Size f/2.0 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length, 0.9um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.9 mmThick 9.9 mmThick
Weight 240 gmHeavy 240 gmHeavy
Width 78.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 78.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 6000 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, 30W HyperCharge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W 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-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
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 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
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
  • 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
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. Striking a balance between gaming power and flagship features
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The ultimate gaming smartphone in the market
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. A gaming smartphone more powerful than your computer
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. 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 »
  8. Overkill? Sure, But Its A Mobile Gamers' Dream
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A gaming workhorse that will win all races
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  17. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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  21. financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. tech.hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. For gamers, there is probably no better smartphone currently available than the Asus ROG Phone 3
    techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  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 »
  11. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  19. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. tech.hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. businessworld.in in-depth Read Review »
  26. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
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