ASUS ROG Phone 3 Launched In India: Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Gaming Juggernaut
ASUS today finally took the wraps off the ROG Phone 3 – the successor to last year’s competitively-priced ROG Phone 2 and the latest iteration of its gaming smartphone. As we’d imagined, the announcement from ASUS came through just hours after Lenovo decided to launch it very own gaming phone for the first time – the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel.
ASUS ROG Phone 3: Price in India, Variants and Sale Date
The Asus ROG Phone has been launched in India in two variants – the 8GB/128GB costs INR 49,999 while the 12GB/256GB version is priced at INR 57,999. Both the variants will go on sale on Flipkart starting 8th August.
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— ASUS India (@ASUSIndia) July 22, 2020
ASUS ROG Phone 3: Specifications and Key Features
There a lot in common between the two phones and that’s not a massive surprise. The ASUS ROG Phone 3, like the Legion Phone Duel, sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset with clock speeds up to 3.1GHz, paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The new chipset means the phone now supports 5G, but only on sub-6GHz networks.
Powering all that is a massive 6,000mAh, which is still one of the biggest you can find in a smartphone, which you’ll probably need thanks to the new 144Hz display. There’s also 30W fast-charging, so top-ups should be quick. Not the quickest ever, as there are now 120W systems on the horizon, but given the 6,000mAh capacity, you should be able to get up close to 4,000mAh worth juice in about 40 minutes of charging.
The screen is the same size as last year’s model, at 6.6 inches diagonally, with a 21:9 aspect ratio, but as highlighted by ASUS, the refresh rate has gone up from 120Hz to 144Hz. ASUS claims that the panel used here has an immaculate response time of 1ms and to keep up with it, the touch latency has also been upped to 25ms. A lot of number crunching, but to sum it up, you get a super-responsive AMOLED panel with HDR10+ support that’s perfectly suited to hardcore gamers. What’s also nice here is that ASUS allows you configuration options so you can set the display to 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz depending on your needs.
Audio has been upgraded, too, with a dual-speaker stereo setup that got a 75 score from DXOMark’s Audio test – not something yu should typically go by blindly, but that’s the second-highest score for a phone trailing the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro by one point.
To address the extra heat generated by having 5G and a higher refresh rate, ASUS says it designed a new cooling system, with a heatsink six times larger than the previous generation to help dissipate heat. The whole cooling system uses multiple layers of cooling elements, and as usual, there’s a vent on the back to help release hot air.
Another notable upgrade is in the AirTriggers on the side of the phone, which are meant to be used in landscape mode. They now support features such as gestures or motion controls, so you can swipe across the touch area or shake the phone for additional controls. Plus, each of the touch areas can be divided into two, so you can effectively get two shoulders triggers on each side of the phone.
This time around, we’ve given the AirTriggers a major upgrade. The two ultrasonic sensors on the #ROGPhone3 now feature Dual-partition AirTrigger functionality, along with 5 other unique gestures that offer an unimaginable level of control. #WorshippedByGamers #LovedByTechGurus pic.twitter.com/aKRiflRAvb
— ASUS India (@ASUSIndia) July 22, 2020
There’s also ASUS’ Armoury Crate software which now allows you to set a wider variety of performance parameters, from CPU/GPU performance to touch sensitivity settings and display refresh rate. The most notable addition here is the ability to share button macros and layouts with fellow ROG Phone users – definitely something that will appeal to the mobile gaming e-sports community.
Gamer-centric additions aside, the ROG Phone 3 runs a stock-like skin built on top of Android 10 that ASUS likes to call ROG UI.
The camera setup has also been tweaked. It now features three cameras, the main one being a 64MP sensor, along with a 13MP ultra-wide camera and a 5MP macro lens. Video recording is also better with support for 8K, and even slow-motion video at 4K and 120fps.
ASUS ROG Phone 3: Ports and Accessories
You continue to get side-mounted Type-C ports like before so you can plug in the charging cable without having to adjust your hand while gaming. ASUS claims that these ports work with USB-C to HDMI cables, USB-C headphones or the AeroActive Cooler 3. It is worth noting though that the company has removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the phone and added it to the AeroActive Cooler attachment instead.
The overall design of the phone is very similar to last year’s, including the side-mounted USB Type-C port, so many accessories like the TwinView Dock and the ROG Kunai controller are still supported. Other accessories, such as cases, have been redesigned for the new phone.
There’s also the ROG Clip, which is designed to clip the phone above an Xbox or Stadia controller so you can play that way. The TwinView Dock 3, meanwhile, brings a second screen experience (also 144Hz) if a double panel would enhance your gaming setup.
ASUS also announced a new ROG Strix X16 portable monitor, which can be used with the ROG Phone 3. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, too, so you get a similar experience in terms of smoothness, but it’s an IPS panel. You also have the choice of using it with a laptop when you’re on the go, for example, and it can conenct via USB Type-C or micro-HDMI. The USB Type-C port can also charge the monitor, which will last about three hours on a charge otherwise.