Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 128GB)  +2 variations

price₹ 52,999 onwards

launchOct, 2020

85.2

excellence score

65.6

value for money score

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Design

  • 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
  • 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

Air Triggers

  • 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

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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

Audio

  • The stereo speakers are really impressive - they're quite loud and don't feel distorted even at higher volumes

Battery

  • 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

Verdit

  • 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
  • The ROG Phone 3 is targeted at the gamers, so if you're a mainstream user who casually games, it is an overkill

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  1. The absolute best at its target niche - gaming
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  2. Gaming Beast
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  3. For gamers, there is probably no better smartphone currently available than the Asus ROG Phone 3
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  4. Striking a balance between gaming power and flagship features
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  5. The ultimate gaming smartphone in the market
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  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
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  7. A gaming smartphone more powerful than your computer
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  8. The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is built for mobile gamers who crave performance, silky-smooth frame rates, and thunderous audio.
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  9. A gaming workhorse that will win all races
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  10. Overkill? Sure, But Its A Mobile Gamers' Dream
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Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 128GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.59 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignClassic (No Notches)
Screen Refresh Rate144 HzSuper High
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • DCI-P3 108%
  • HDR10
  • 270Hz Touch-sensing
  • Bluelight Filter
  • Always-on Display
  • Glove touch Support
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor3.1 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 PlusRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 650
RAM12 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity6000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 30W HyperCharge, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight240 gmHeavy
Thickness9.9 mmThick
Width78.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera64MP + 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (8K)
Other Camera Features
Secondary Camera24MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.0 Aperture
  • 27mm Focal Length
  • 0.9um Pixel Size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
5GYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO + QZSS + GNSS
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor
  • Air Triggers
  • Side-mounted USB Type-C Connector
  • Reverse charging 10W
  • UFS 3.1 Storage
  • DTS Headphone X

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