During a live-streamed event today, Asus launched what it likes to call a “gamechanger” – the ROG Phone 3. Asus launched the first ROG phone in 2018 and has since set the standards for gaming smartphones.
The new ROG Phone 3 still holds some of the previous models’ specs, but also comes with some exciting improvements. The new Holy Grail of gaming phones keeps the 6.6-inch display and the huge 6,000 mAh battery but packs a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G compatible chipset and an impressive 144Hz AMOLED screen. This will surely make the gaming experience sharper than it’s ever been.
Asus says what makes this device the best smartphone for gaming is the perfect balance between size, performance, and battery life. The new ROG Phone 3 can be configured to pack 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 ROM storage, making it a pretty quick piece of tech.
Accessories also play a key role in an immersive gaming experience. Some existing ROG Phone II accessories are compatible, like the TwinView Dock II, Professional Dock, Mobile Desktop Dock, and the ROG Kunai Gamepad via Bluetooth. Asus also redesigned some accessories to better fit the needs of users, like the bundled Aero case and the GameCool 3 cooling system.
The new cooler uses a heatsink that’s six times larger than the one found in the previous ROG Phone. This larger heatsink cools both the Snapdragon processor and the 5G modem lowering the chances of losing connectivity or for the device to crash.
Asus also introduced other accessories in order to make the ROG Phone 3 the ultimate portable gaming device. The ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad has been redesigned to provide the best versatility. There is also the ROG Gaming Clip that holds your phone in landscape mode and clips onto an Xbox, PlayStation, or Stadia controller.
Asus’ second side-mounted USB-C port allows you to charge your phone or connect other devices without interfering with your hand placement.
The ROG Phone 3 comes with new and improved AirTriggers. What used to be simple shoulder buttons are now ultrasonic sensors that register presses to emulate the functionality of a typical controller. These buttons are tied to specific touchpoints on the screen that are activated when pressed.
What makes the ROG Phone 3 truly stand out from the previous models is the cameras it packs. The device is equipped with a flagship Sony IMX686 64MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultrawide camera with a 125° field of view, and a 5MP macro camera. This allows fans to shoot videos in resolutions up to 8K at 30FPS and 4K at up to 60 FPS.
Asus hasn’t revealed the price of the new ROG Phone 3. The ROG 2 was $899 when it came out, so the new and improved device is likely to cost around $1.000. Check out the full launch event here: