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ASUS ROG Phone 3 Gaming Smartphone w/ AeroActive Cooler 3

NEX score 80%

Product Overview

ASUS ROG Phone 3 features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform, the uprated GameCool 3 cooling system, and a 10-bit 144 Hz / 1 ms AMOLED 6.59-inch display.
The distinctive ROG Phone 3 design retains key features of its predecessors, including the unique side-mounted charging port, but adds a transparent back cover for displaying the heat sink.
The Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform enables not only 5G connectivity but also Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming, intuitive AI experiences, and ultra-realistic graphics. The beautiful AMOLED display supports HDR10+ high-dynamic range content for ultimate visual realism. The 6000 mAh battery in ROG Phone 3 has stamina that can be relied on for even the longest gaming sessions.

Accessories

The ROG Phone 3 is unveiled together with a number of accessories, including ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, ROG Clip, ROG TwinView 3 Dock, and ROG Lighting Armor Case:
  • Kunai 3 Gamepad adds console-like gamepad controls to ROG Phone 3
  • ROG Clip connects the phone to PlayStation 4, Google Stadia, or Xbox controllers for an enhanced on-the-go gaming experience
  • TwinView Dock 3 expands the phone’s display area to provide true 144 Hz dual-screen gameplay

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Great gaming performance
  • Great value for money
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent performance across the board
  • Good camera
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Decent performance
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Slow SoC
  • Very expensive
  • No optical stabilization
  • No wireless charging
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC

Construction

Battery | Capacity
6000 mAh
Camera | Front
24MP 27mm equivalent
Microphone
Quad microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology
Speakers
Dual front-facing speakers with Dirac HD Sound

Dimensions

Size | Depth
171 mm
Size | Height
9.85 mm
Size | Width
78 mm
Weight
240 g

Display

Aspect Ratio
19.5:9
Brightness
650 nits (1000 nits peak)
Contrast Ratio
1,000,000:1
Display Diagonal
6.59"
Display Type
OLED (AMOLED) 10-bit, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Gamut
113.3% DCI-P3, 108.8% NTSC, 153.7% sRGB
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Resolution
2340 x 1080
Response Time
1 ms

Function

Graphics
Qualcomm Adreno 650
HDR
HDR10 and HDR10+ certified
Operating System
Android 10 with ROG UI
Processor
3.1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform with 7nm, 64-bit Octa-core Processor
Sensor
In-display fingerprint sensor, face recognition, accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient-light sensor, ultrasonic sensors for AirTrigger 3 and grip press
SIM
5G+4G or 4G dual-standby
Video Recording
8K 30p / 4K 60p 3-axis electronic image stabilization

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 16 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR5
Storage
Up to 512 GB UFS 3.1 ROM

Production

Accessory
Cooler: AeroActive Cooler 3 (included) | Controller Adapter: ROG Clip, 90AI0030-B00020, $40 | Gamepad: ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, 90AC0440-BCL004, $150 | Case: ROG Lighting Armor Case, 90AC0410-BCS001, $60 | Dock: ROG TwinView Dock 3, 90AI0030-P00040, $330 |...
Availability
2020-10-06
Debut
2020-07-22

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ROG Phone 3 is one of the best multimedia phones available. Video is superb due to the phone's excellent screen and speakers. However, you won't have a use for the many game-centric features, and may miss a better camera. If you want a phone that's an all-rounder, the $900 OnePlus 8 Pro has good gaming credentials and masses of power.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent gaming performance
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No waterproofing

gsmarena[2]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The ROG Phone 3 is generally more accommodating and flexible when it comes to enabling high refresh rates on demand, regardless of what game or app you are using. Still, it has certain idiosyncrasies of its own that might require further work. For one, it outright refused to run the GFXBench and AnTuTu apps in anything other than its maximum 144Hz refresh rate mode.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High refresh rate
  • Very good battery life
  • Excellent performance across the board
  • Excellent cooling solution
Cons
  • X Mode throttling is an inevitability
  • No GFXBench or AnTuTu apps in 60Hz mode

nextpit[3]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
The ROG Phone 3 offers once again one of the largest capacity batteries on the market with a 6,000 mAh rating. There is no telephoto lens included, where the Sony IMX686 main sensor handles up to 2x zoom and up to 10x in digital zoom. The ultra-wide-angle is consistent with the main sensor in terms of colorimetry.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • Dual-screen display
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons
  • No telephoto lens
  • No optical stabilization
  • No microSD card slot

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Phone 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 865+ and has 12 GB of LPDDR5 working memory in our test version. The Plus model has the stronger Prime core with up to 3.1 GHz (SD865: max. 2.84 GHz) This is particularly noticeable in the benchmarks due to a higher single-core performance, which is around 9% higher.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast SoC
  • Long battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • High price
  • Slow SoC

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Phone 3 offers a great web-browsing experience. It performs so well in browser benchmarks that it often takes the top spot in our comparison chart. The use of the fast UFS 3.1 memory pays off in spades, because the Asus smartphone outperforms the competition in the storage benchmarks. The key selling point is its gaming performance. Users can enjoy high refresh rates in over 200 titles (as of August 2020), and the number of supported games is constantly rising.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright 120 Hz display
  • Fast UFS 3.1 memory
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The ROG Phone 3 is made for gaming, so we subjected it to hours of testing with Asphalt 8: Airborne and PUBG: Mobile. The screen is so bright and clear that you feel like you could fall through it and into the game world. At $1,000, it's not cheap, but it's the rarefied world of gaming phones.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super-smooth, ultra-low-latency display
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Phone 3 runs demanding Android games beautifully. X Mode is a way to sort of supercharge the system specs at the cost of heat output and battery power. The phone supports 5G from most GSM-based networks in the United States, including AT&T and T-Mobile.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good camera
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Very expensive

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Phone 3 review: At the top of its game. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/asus-rog-phone-3-review/. 2020-07-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Asus ROG Phone 3 review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/asus_rog_phone_3-review-2137p8.php. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
3. ^ Asus ROG Phone 3 review: the most powerful gaming smartphone. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/asus-rog-phone-3-review. 2020-07-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ROG Phone 3 Review - The smartphone with the extra performance. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Phone-3-Review-The-smartphone-with-the-extra-performance.509534.0.html. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition Review - A true gaming smartphone. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Phone-3-Strix-Edition-Review-A-true-gaming-smartphone.491589.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus ROG Phone 3 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-phone-3. 2020-12-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Asus ROG Phone 3 review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/asus-rog-phone-3. 2020-08-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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