ASUS ROG Phone 3: Pros And Cons

By Amit Chowdhry ● July 28, 2020


ASUS unveiled the ROG Phone 3 at the IFA event last year and new details about the device have emerged recently. The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is known for being a “gamer phone,” meaning it is packed with features to facilitate a solid video game experience.

Are you thinking of buying an ASUS ROG Phone 3? Here are some of the ASUS ROG Phone 3 pros and cons for you to consider before buying one.

Pro: Large Gorgeous Display

The ROG Phone 3 has a 6.59-inch AMOLED display and it has a 144 Hz image refresh rate. Plus it has Flicker Reduced certifications from TUV Rheinland, Low Blue Light (Hardware Solution), and HDR10+ color.

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 also has a 270 Hz touch polling rate and a 25 ms touch response delay. That can be considered record-breaking for a smartphone.

The display does not have any notches or cutouts. It is a straight-up full rectangle with a solid 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Pro: Fine-Tuned Features For Gaming

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 has a motion sensor and programmable ultrasonic touch sensors for better gameplay. This is part of the AirTrigger 3 control mechanisms.

There is also a game mode that allows stereo imaging while in landscape mode.

The back panel of the device features a transparent window of the cooling system. The cooling system features a heat sink that is about six times larger than the predecessor. And there is a ventilation grill above that area to help with heat dissipation.

Pro: Powerful Camera

The ROG Phone 3 has a powerful camera as it ships with a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 which bins pixels together to take 16-megapixel photos. And the second camera has a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-lens for landscapes. Plus there is a 5-megapixel macro camera for closeups,

On the front is a 24-megapixel shooter. That is one of the best I have heard of for a front-facing camera.

Pro: 5G Support

The ROG Phone 3 supports zippy 5G speeds. This will be essential for downloading and streaming games. The ASUS ROG Phone 3 supports Google Stadia at launch.

Pro: Large Battery

Built into the ASUS Rog Phone 3 is a 6,000 mAh battery. And it has a GameCool 3 cooling system to prevent the device from overheating.

The main camera of the ROG Phone 3 is able to take 8K videos at 30 fps. This makes it better than the Galaxy S20 Ultra camera (records 8K at 24 fps).

Con: Looks Just Like The Predecessor

The ROG Phone 3 looks almost identical to its predecessor. It basically has the same shape and dimensions as the ROG Phone 2. Fortunately, the ROG 2 accessories will also work with the ROG Phone 3.

Con: No 3.5mm Headphone Jack

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. So you will have to plug in a dongle (comes with the phone) or use the headphone jack with the AeroCooler 3.

Con: Lack Of Water Resistance

Due to the design on the back panel (discussed earlier), the ASUS ROG Phone 3 is not water-resistant. This is a bummer since water resistance is standard for all modern smartphones.

Con: Priced At The Higher End

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 pricing was announced for Europe and Asia. It will be launching in the U.S. in September.

ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition: Snapdragon 865 / 8 GB / 256 GB storage — €799
ROG Phone 3: Snapdragon 865+ / 12 GB RAM / 512 GB storage — €999
ROG Phone 3: Snapdragon 865+ / 16 GB RAM / 512 GB storage — €1,099

These prices put the device at the higher end of smartphone prices.

Pulse 2.0 Score

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is receiving a Pulse 2.0 score of 4.5 out of 5. While the device is priced high, it certainly comes with a number of specifications to justify the higher price. If you are into gaming while on-the-go, this is definitely a phone for you to strongly consider.