Asus ROG 3 Review

Asus launched a premium Gaming Flagship smartphone Named ROG 3. This ROG 2 SmartPhone on July 23 2020.

Asus Released ROG 3 Phone in 8 / 12 GB Ram Models and 128 / 256 GB Internal Storage Model. when I’m using ROG 3 Phone, I got a premium feeling when holding in the hand with a Triple Camera on the rear and single-camera setup and Beautiful Display on the front makes this Smartphone a true Gaming beast. Coming to Display Department ROG 2 Phone uses Samsung’s Full HD AMOLED screen with 144Hz Refresh Rate which is good to see. It shares some features of Latest Flagships.

ROG 3 Features the Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm named SD 865 which is available on Blackshark 3, Find X2 Pro too. This chip is made of 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 3 parts; the first part features 3 x A77 High power cores which are clocked at 2.42GHz, The second part features 4 x A55 high powered cores that are clocked at 1.8GHz and Third Part consists of an A77 Single core which is clocked at 2.84GHz. It has Adreno 650 GPU which increases its work by 20% compared to SD 855 the last Flagship processor from Qualcomm. It has a 5G Modem which 5G Ready for Future Use. Coming to the AI Department it does not have Ai built in the processor, it has AI Optimizations which helps in AI Capabilities.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of ROG 3 SmartPhone and Jump into the review.

Asus ROG 3 Specs

  • 6.59″ FHD+AMOLED Display with 144Hz Refresh Rate & 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate
  •  Snapdragon 865+ Soc
  • Adreno 650 GPU
  • 8 / 12GB LPDDR5 Ram
  • 128 / 256GB Internal Storage
  • Triple Rear Camera, 64MP f/1.8, PDAF (main) + 13MP f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide) + 5MP  f/2.5 ( Macro )
  • 24MP f/2.0 MP front camera
  • 6000mAH battery with 30W fast charging support
  • ROG UI Based On Android 10.
  • In Display-fingerprint scanner / Volte / Dual GPS / 5G + 5G / 4G
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 5.0 / USB – C 3.1 / Dual front Stereo Speakers

Review

6.59″ Full HD+ AMOLED screen :

here in Display Department  ROG 3 SmartPhone, Features an Excellent FULL HD+ AMOLED panel screen with 403 pixels per inch, the colours are vibrant and excellent, viewing angles are perfect and this display has 144Hz Refresh Rate and 240Hz touch sensing Rate which is good. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight. This Display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Stereo Speakers and 3.5mm Jack:

 In ROG 3 SmartPhone, Blackshark Used their Stereo Speaker System with Dolby DTS, but it does the job very well in indoor conditions. it is Sound’s equally when compared to Mi 10 Pro 5G, Oneplus 8 Pro Smartphone. these speakers are supported Smart Amp Which is an amplifier to Amplify the sound which helps to get clear sound output from the mobile speaker.

Also read: Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G Will Launch On September 30

Coming to USB-C, the 3.5mm was equipped with UHQ 24-Bit encoder which provides a punchy and clear sound. there are no headphones in the Box.

Build Quality : 

ROG 3 SmartPhone is Build with a 6000 Aluminium frame on the side and Gorilla Glass 6 on front and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the back of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 like OnePlus 8 Pro. It provide a good look and feels Because it is made with 6000 Series Aluminium and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with build quality. It is well built with an 19:9 Aspect ratio and the bezels are shrunk down to place an Almost 6.59″ AMOLED screen.

In-Display Fingerprint Scanner: 

ROG 3 SmartPhone Features an In-Display fingerprint sensor. By looks, it is so small to see but very fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user. This placement of this sensor is on the Front bottom Side of the phone.

Face unlocking:

ROG 3 SmartPhone Uses the face unlock with its 24MP RGB Camera. the face unlocking is Quite fast and Secure. it works in the pitch dark conditions with medium amounts of light from the AMOLED Panel.

Weight balance: 

ROG 3 SmartPhone weighs 240 Grams, it feels Heavy with 6.59″ Screen and 6000 mAh battery equipped. This ROG 3 SmartPhone can be used by one hand. The weight balance is done very well on the device.

Battery life:

 My ROG 3 SmartPhone lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 25% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 6000 mAh Battery. The ideal drain of ROG 3 SmartPhone is very low as other Latest Gaming Flagships like Blackshark and Red magic Smartphones. the 30W fast charging makes a difference and charges the phone in 100 min which is good.

ROG Ui Based On Android 10 :

ROG UI which is based on Android 10 present on the ROG 3 SmartPhone is very fast & so fluid, No lags were noticed. It has no bloatware like Pixel Devices. There are some extra features like Inbuilt Face Unlock System, Direct video calling feature, Always on Display, Perfect Gaming Mode makes this Android 10 OS special for ROG 2 SmartPhone. 

Performance: 

My ROG 3 SmartPhone managed to do day to day tasks very well like the latest Flagships. there are no issues and problems with the Operating system and there are no heating issues with ROG 3 SmartPhone.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is done very well on this ROG 3 SmartPhone. It features 8 / 12 GB LPDDR5 Ram and I did not notice any lags with the 8GB Ram device and there are no reloading of apps on this ROG 3 SmartPhone. Multitasking experience is nice.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at the highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game.  The Snapdragon 865 Processor is very suitable for heavy gaming.

the Game Mode helps a bit in gaming without any Distractions of Notifications from different Apps

Call Quality :

the Call quality on ROG 3 SmartPhone is very good and there are no issues with cellular call quality on Volte. We have taken long calls in a day and the other party doesn’t complain. The earpiece is included on the front side & it’s very loud. The Voice Calls From the Speaker are also Good and Clear. 

Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department, ROG 3 SmartPhone features a Triple Camera setup on the back of the device and a single camera on the front of the device. This Camera system works perfectly in the ROG 3 SmartPhone. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

64MP Main Camera: 

the 64MP main Camera With PDAF is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.9. The daylight pictures are excellent and contain good details Which are near to natural photos. Exposure is in control with an good Dynamic range to take good pictures in Daylight or Good lighting conditions. In low light conditions, the images are average. With Night Mode it just Improves a Bit.

Also read: Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G Will Launch On September 30

13MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera:

the 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens on ROG 3 does an Awesome job in good lighting conditions and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.4. it captures a much wider picture in a 108˚ field of view with Good details Which is Slightly Lower than the Main Camera. exposure also control with a good dynamic range. In low lighting conditions, the pictures from the 13MP camera have a bit of noise in pictures.

5MP Macro camera:

ROG 3 has A 5MP macro Camera of F/2.4 Which Allows You to Capture Macro Shots From a Distance of 4 Cm. The Quality Of the Image is Pretty Good.

though it is a Gaming phone we cannot expect More Camera Performance

Video recording can be done up to 8k@60fps .the video footage has excellent Colours with good sharpness and with a bit of decent dynamic range. Taking a Look on Stabilization, Stabilization is Very good at 8k @60fps recording.

You can record 4k@ 30 / 60fps .the video footage has Good Colors with good sharpness and with a bit of decent dynamic range. In terms of Stabilization, Zenfone 7 Pro Video Footage Has remained UnShakey good at 4k @60fps.

in 1080P@ 30 / 60fps, the video has Good Colors with good sharpness and with a bit of decent dynamic range. Coming To the Stabilization, it is good at 4k @60fps And 1080p FHD recording Due to Electronic Image Stabilization.

Selfie camera :

 ROG 3 features a 24MP selfie camera with large 1.22 μm pixel size and 80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.2. Picture quality is good. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range. In low light conditions the Photo Quality is Poor because of the f/2.2 Aperture which does not allows more light on the sensor. 

Front Selfie camera can record video at 1080p @ 30fps which is good and a bit wide with EIS On which is good.

This single-camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artificial Intelligence.

Coloured ROG LOGO and LED Strips:

We can see the coloured Rog Logo on back and LED Strips on right and left the side on this gaming smartphone which looks cool and interesting. this used to define the true Hardcore gamer.

Direct Touch Liquid Cooling 3.0 System:

Asus has implemented a powerful cooling system from inside. Here the internal Cooling system Works Perfectly which gives power to the processor By reducing heat through the Vapour chamber. In Box Asus Is Providing Aero Cooler Which attached to the Smartphone through the Side USB-C Port To Reduce the Heat.

Wide range of Accessories:

Asus Released Wide range of accessories for ROG 2 SmartPhone for Perfect gaming and Other tasks to carry on. 

Pros

  • Unique Solid Design with solid Build Quality
  • ROG Ui without Bloatware
  • Retail Box including 30W charger and AeroActive 3 cooler is Good Option.
  • 6.59” AMOLED Display with 144Hz Refresh Rate 
  • AirTigger 3 Sensors Provide Ultimate Gaming Experience
  • Wide Range Of Accessories
  • Faster Loading Performance With LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.
  • Performance Goes to Next Level with Snapdragon 865
  • Powerful Stereo Speakers with DTS Support
  • Awesome daylight & Low Light photos
  • Extraordinary video quality with EIS

Cons

  • Very Heavy to Hold
  • No IP Rating For Water & Dust
  • No Micro SD Slot
  • No 3.5mm Jack
  • No Wireless Charging
  • In Camera HDR Feature Needs to Improve

VERDICT

Who can Get ROG 3 SmartPhone view: 

If you want a True Gaming Phone with Whopping 6.59” AMOLED Full HD+ screen, with SD 865 processor with good stereo speakers, Triple Camera System and Air Triggers then you can go with ROG 3 SmartPhone.

The Other Options For Smartphone are

Gaming

  • Lenovo Legion
  • Red Magic 5G
  • BlackShark 3

Flagships

  • Find X2 Pro
  • OnePlus 8 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

If you are using ROG 3 SmartPhone then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this.

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