ASUS ROG Phone 3 /Review/Pros/Price/Variants/Specifications/Software/Gaming/Performance/Battery/Camera/

ASUS ROG Phone 3

Asus ROG Phone 3 Review

       Do you really need to spend Rs. 50,000 on a device like the new Asus ROG Phone 3 just for playing games? no, not at all. Almost all the phones we tested this year are priced at around Rs.15,000 or less. Modern games are capable of playing smoothly, and the whole reason why games like PUBG Mobile has become so popular in the first place in India is that they can run on devices that are quite affordable for a lot of people. The real question is whether you just want to play games, or push them to their limits and want a really good one.

If you find yourself in the latter category, then read on. The Asus ROG Phone 3 is designed primarily around gaming, even when it comes at the expense of traditional features and features such as slimness and versatility. It's the third generation in Asus's ROG phone line, and it almost achieves the best of both worlds - it's still for hardcore gamers, but it won't make you feel like you've abandoned one and everything that Is a flagship phone. Supplier.

These days very few phones are designed for such a specific purpose - in general, they all follow the same template with better features and more power as you go up the price ladder. In the case of ROG Phone 3 and other such models, every feature is chosen with the intention of making this device better for playing games, and everything else is secondary.

What make the ROG Phone 3 From Others?

First of all, it is a big, heavy phone. Generally slimming is valuable for a high-end device, but the ROG Phone 3 needs to make room for its 6000mAh battery and a robust cooling system that allows the processor to run at full speed for extended periods. The ROG phone is 39.85 mm thick and weighs 240 grams which are above average for smartphones today. The hardware is undoubtedly all brand new and top-of-the-line. This is the first phone we are reviewing with Qualcomm's newly refreshed Snapdragon 865+ SoC, and the screen has an unprecedented 144Hz maximum refresh rate as well as a noch or hole. Front-firing stereo speakers should make gaming more immersive, and Asus also says that various antennas have been deployed keeping landscape usage in mind.

You will see an additional port on the left side of the phone, which is covered by a removable rubber insert. It is a combination USB Type-C port with an additional accessory connector on the side. It lets you charge a phone or plug-in to a headset while holding it horizontally to play games, and also works with a large number of accessories, which we'll get to in a moment.

On the right, but not at all noticeable, are two "air triggers", or ultrasonic buttons, which you can map to different tasks in different games. With this generation, you can not only tap and hover but slide, swipe, and split each into two zones. This gives you forefinger control similar to the gamepad's trigger button. It also has a better shake gesture and a squeeze that triggers Asus' own X mode for better performance.

Last but not least, it would not be a gaming phone without its beauty. There is mandatory RGB lighting on the rear as a mandatory Asus ROG logo. The design is somewhat down compared to the previous two ROG phone models, and we don't have many sharp lines and angles. On the right side, you will see a transparent window that shows what the hotness looks like with a little copper gust. If you buy an optional clip-on aeroactive fan cooler, there is also a small air vent on one side.

Price, Variants and accessories

Asus ROG Phone 3 has two variants - you have 128GB storage with 8GB RAM for Rs. 49,999 for Rs, and 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage.for Rs. 57,999. Other countries will have models with different specifications, including a version with the older Snapdragon 865 SoC instead of the 865+. The top-end configuration with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage has also not been launched in India, most likely because it will be too expensive.

These prices are higher than the previous generation, and Asus does not include aeroactive coolers in the box here. International currency exchange rates and high taxes can be blamed for the difference, and other major level phones are also subject to similar market forces.

The Aeroactive 3 cooler, which now has an integrated kickstand, The priced will be at Rs.. 2,999 in India. Asus with updated versions of its console-style Kunai gamepad and twin view dock with a matching 144Hz screen at Rs. 9,999 and Rs. 19,999 respectively. An accessory called ROG Clip will let you connect the ROG Phone 3 to your existing PlayStation, Xbox or Stadia controller. There is also a new ROG Cetra-in-USB USB-C gaming headset with active noise cancellation.


So what do you get for your money? For starters, the Snapdragon 865+ SoC is a first. The chip runs faster than the standard Snapdragon 865, with a "prime" Kryo 585 Gold core that runs up to 3.1GHz (compared to 2.84GHz), three more Kryo 585 cores at 2.42GHz, and four Kryo 585 Silver Running to the core. Running at 1.8GHz for efficiency. There is integrated Adreno 650 graphics and logic dedicated to AI, image processing, video encoding and security. This chip is paired with Qualcomm's discrete X55 5G modem.

The next big thing is the screen. Asus has gone with a 6.59-inch 1080x2340-pixel AMOLED panel with no notch. It is an HDR10 + certified display, capable of reproducing over 1 billion colors, with Delta-E averaging as a measure of 1000nit peak brightness and 113 percent DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and color accuracy 1 percent. It even has an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The refresh rate can go up to 144 Hz, with manual increments at 60 Hz, 90 Hz and 120 Hz plus auto mode (and obviously a covert, unsupported 160 Hz mode). Asus has also highlighted its 270Hz touch sampling rate and 25ms touch latency, which is said to be advantageous for the reaction time in games.

You get high-speed UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM. However, there is no microSD slot for expansion. It has several positioning systems including dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), NavIC and NFC. Asus lists Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX HD, adaptive and TWS + protocols plus AAC and LDAC. All common sensors are also available.

The USB Type-C port on the bottom supports data transfer and USB 2.0 speed (480Mbps) and quick charging using Qualcomm QC 3.0 standard. On the one hand, however, USB 3.1 Gen2 can work at speed (10Gbps) and supports USB-PD 3.0 compliant chargers in addition to QCP, plus it is capable of bringing DisplayPort 1.4 video output to 4K. The charger you get in the box is QC 4.0 and USB-PD 3.0 compliant, and can deliver 30W of power. The lack of wireless charging is a bit disappointing.

Asus says that sound has been a big focus with this phone, and you get dual stereo front-firing speakers with dual amplifiers and Dirac HD enhancements and custom profiles for specific ROG headsets. High-res 192kHz playback is supported over USB. There is no 3.5mm jack, but a dongle is bundled, and can be used with the phone's two Type-C ports. There are also four mixes for noise reduction.

software and game enhancements

The ROG Phone 3 has several software customizations, and again most of them are designed primarily around gaming, but the utility takes into account other situations. For starters, we have Android 10 with the July 2020 patch and a heavily customized theme. Everything is dark by default, including menus and stock applications, but you can switch to a white system color scheme. I didn't much care for the icon style and found the rings around each icon unnecessary. Customization options always include on-screen, gesture navigation and shortcuts, app cloning, and a built-in screen recorder.

There is a setting called Optiflex that claims to speed up app launch and save standby power, essentially by ensuring that some applications are always resident in RAM. Another tweak called Hyperfusion claims to collect your cellular and Wi-Fi connections for better speed and lower latency based on the threshold you set.

You'll see a large icon on the home screen for Asus's Armory Crate app, which can be found in the main gaming-focused settings and tweaks. The game is a Genie Overlay that you can drag during the game to manage alert suppression, a brightness lock, refresh rate, and cellular data toggles. You can also trigger screen recording, game streaming, A and on-screen cross hairs, as well as configure air triggers and even macro functions.

Armory Crate also gives you control over RGB lighting effects, and some ROG stuff, and you can monitor system temperature, CPU speed, RAM, and storage. The X mode is essentially a hardware profile that allows SoC to override its normal heat and power restrictions. You can customize it, but the most extreme settings require you to purchase and use an aero active cooler accessory.

The X mode can be activated from within Armory Crate, by squeezing the edges of the phone (you can set the sensitivity of this gesture) or by tapping the icon in the notification shade. The default gray wallpaper reflects and shows a bright red engine at its heart, and icon rings also light up in red. The X mode also activates the game Genie, and needless to say, the RGB light on the back of the phone.

The battery management features of the ROG Phone 3 are well noticeable. Very fast charging is known to degrade overall battery health, so Asus lets you manually disable it and set an overnight schedule so that you don't overcharge. You can also set a cap at 80 or 90 percent of total capacity - and with 6000mAh, it's not unreasonable to "underclock" your battery some or all of the time. With this, you have several power saving modes, including two custom slots, so you can decide what and when you want to disable. These are features that we would love to see not only on all gaming but on all phones.

Gaming Performance

Before getting into specific sports, let's talk about Air Triggers. These are touch-sensitive ultrasonic sensors, and the non-marketing term for these is Software Defined Surface (SDS). With this generation, areas are sensitive enough to detect taps, continuous presses and swipes. Each one can be divided into two different buttons depending on the position of your finger.

Essentially, you can map various functions of air triggers for on-screen control in your game. This allows you to keep your fingers completely off the screen, such as Asphalt 9: Racing. In shooters like PUBG Mobile, you can shoot, reload and switch weapons with your ancestors, while your thumbs remain on the virtual joystick.

I found that the Air Triggers setup UI was a bit difficult to detect - it may take some time to map all the actions, and not all of them are useful in all games. It also took some time to get used to using Air Triggers, as you would have to adjust your grip and then remember how you set each action. The sensitivity can be adjusted from within the Armory Crate app.

The ROG Phone 3 is not the easiest phone to hold on to thanks to its weight. The horizontal camera module on the rear gets a little sideways. We played games with X mode enabled and found that the metal frame along with the rear also heated up. It was a little uncomfortable after about half an hour of gaming.

That said, the performance is excellent and the gaming is really fun. PUBG defaults to the Mobile HD graphics settings and High Framerate, but I picked them up on HDR and Extreme respectively. I did not see any drop in performance or accountability, although the phone was overheated during the match. Everything went smoothly, and I noticed that after one round the battery sank to 8 percent which lasted for about 20 minutes.

Asphalt 9: Legends loaded lightning fast and there was no slightest hiccup in the menu or screen transition. The races were completely fluid and the air triggers worked very well, with only two controls to remember. It was easy to play track after track without any worries.

Some of the other games I tried were Metal Metal, Dead Trigger 2, Iron Blade, Arc: Survival Evolved, and The Elder Scrolls: Blade. Of course, we used the highest possible graphics quality settings in each game, and X mode was enabled. They all went perfectly smoothly, but the rear and frame can be quite tasty as already mentioned.

Performance and Battery life

Apart from gaming, how can the ROG Phone 3 fit into your life? I don't think this phone will have much appeal to those who are not primarily interested in gaming or at least audio and video performance. This is mainly due to its bulk - you will feel the weight in your wrist, and even voice conversations can become fatigued after some time. The front and rear are made up of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and Gorilla Glass 3 respectively. The rear is very shiny and slightly slippery. It also picks up smoothies very easily. Asus bundles a very simple plastic case with large cutouts for airflow, which doesn't do much in terms of safety, but helps with grip. On the downside, there is no IP rating for water and dust resistance.

I can definitely tell the difference between 60 Hz and 144 Hz and many apps in the Android UI when manually changing settings. In auto mode, the ROG Phone 3 was definitely not at 144 Hz, but seemed to be somewhere in between, but it still made the use feel extremely scary. Asus has published a list of over 250 Android games that say it works up to 144Hz, which is good to know.

Of course I was eager to check out the performance of the Snapdragon 865+ in the standard standard. I should note that ROG Phone 3 was keen to detect benchmarks (and games) and activate X mode automatically, but it displayed a very clear notification and allowed me to override with a tap. AnTuTu gave me a score of 623,904 in X mode, which Asus claims is slightly less than 650,000+. With the increase in performance, the score dropped to only 623,632.

Geekbench managed single-core and multi-core scores of 980 and 3,299 respectively. For the graphics test, I saw 9,865 marks in 3DMark's Sling Shot Unlimited Test. The ROG Phone 3 took full advantage of the high refresh rate screen to deliver a faster 140fps at GFXBench's T-Rex scenes, 69 fps in Manhattan 3.1, and 43 fps in Car Chase.

The relatively thick borders above and below the screen mean that there is room for the front camera and a notification LED in addition to the stereo speakers. Needless to say, HD videos look great. The screen is sharp and crisp with excellent viewing angles. The speakers were a bit disappointing despite Asus' hype - the sound was generally tinny and lacking in the low end, although it got much louder.

Battery life is good, but I was expecting too much from the 6000mAh battery. With simple usage in a high setting and about two hours of gameplay, I got only one day and half under use from a full charge. Our HD video loop test lasted 19 hours, 51 minutes. Charging is very quick, given how much filling capacity.

Camera and Image Quality

Previous ROG phone models did not place much emphasis on cameras, but Asus wants the ROG Phone 3 to be a well-rounded flagship class device. For the primary camera, you get a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor, with f / 1.8 aperture, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide f / 2.4 camera and a 5-megapixel macro camera. The front has a 24-megapixel f / 2.0 camera for the selfie.

The camera app seems to be running a lot. It is difficult to switch between modes as they are all placed in a carousel with no spillover menu, so you may need multiple swipes to find what you need. For some reason AI visual recognition is disabled by default. Some modes have their own settings panel, for example if you are shooting a time lapse video, you can set the recording speed and clip length, and in standard video mode you can reduce wind noise And Mike can focus.

The primary camera takes 16-megapixel shots by default, using four pixels to maximize light. The pictures taken during the day were very sharp and detailed. Even at a reasonable distance the objects were crisp, with minute details looking good at 100 percent magnification. On the other hand, the ROG Phone 3 sometimes did not get the exposure right when shooting an exposure, especially with bright subjects with darker backgrounds. The texture looked great on objects within the focus area.

The wide-angle camera took good shots, but the detail was definitely very poor when comparing shots. The color tone was fine, and this camera could actually be useful for group shots of nearby subjects, if not for the detail list landscape. I had some trouble locking focus with the macro camera, but the shots worked with a great look, with the background naturally looking blurred, not pixelated. Apart from shooting against Light, the selfie was quite good. Beautification is not enabled by default.

For night shots, I noticed that even without switching to night mode, the ROG Phone 3 set up shots with longer exposures - there's also an indicator on the screen that tells how long you have to stand before taking a shot. If the phone is on a tripod or stand, you will have a longer contact than if you held it in your hand. The ROG Phone 3 acted as if it was in night mode without me, forcing me to risk it for a long time, to actually switch to it. Photos taken in Standard and Night modes were inseparable. I later found that this is the default behavior of the app (making different night modes essentially meaningless), but this can be disabled.

The primary camera once again did a fantastic job. The scenes shot at night were usually bright and details were crisp even with minimal subjects falling on them. Noise was well under control and in some cases, even short text was readable when shots were examined at full magnification. Wide-angle cameras did not do this, but still produced usable shots.

Video recording goes up to 8K 30fps or 4K HDR 60fps. You can record slow-mo 120fps video at 4K or up to 480fps at 720p. One thing that is missing is optical stabilization for any camera. The 1080p video looked very crisp and smooth in the daytime. The quality was decent when shooting at night, but there was severe shimmer when moving. The wide-angle camera captures very dull and grainy footage but you can switch between the two when shooting at 1080p.

Conclusion/ Should you Upgrade to it or not?

The ROG Phone 3 is clearly not for everyone. There are many options that cost less and are more sleek and easy to live with. Your choices include OnePlus 8 series, Mi 10 5G, Realme X50 Pro 5G, and many previous-generics such as the Samsung Galaxy S10. All these phones offer top-notch construction quality, display, battery life and camera. They will also run the game well to please 99 percent of the people.

But there is a percentage that wants more. The ROG Phone 3, with its Snapdragon 865+ SoC, 144Hz screen, Air Triggers, and accessory ecosystem, is for this niche. These are people who want to be the best in the game in competitive settings, who want to show off with a "gamer" beauty and lifestyle. The good news is that the ROG Phone 3 is also a very premium all-rounder - minus some touches such as IP rating and wireless charging.

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