The ROG Phone 3 the ultimate gaming smartphone now if you've been following the smartphone market closely you're most likely aware of some of the changes that ROG has done from the first generation of the ROG phone series to the second generation rog phone just to give you a quick breakdown they've made the display faster from 90 hertz to 120 hertz.
The CPU was updated to the fastest available at the time the memory got a bump from 8 to 12 gigabytes the battery size it went from 4 000 milliamp hours to 6 000 milliamp hours ,the camera system got a bit of an upgrade as well from 12 megapixels to 48megapixels and pricing for the ROG Phone 2 was around 40000 inr which was actually pretty good considering what you were getting and now we're here in 2020 with the ROGPhone 3 and just after taking a quick glance at the specsand some of the features that asus has improved on this phone i got to be honest this is by far the coolest most unique looking smartphone that i've personally come across so let's check out what's new let's find out what's new about the ROG Phone 3 right after this what does it take to experience a compact high performance gaming notebook .
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So nothing has changed there so the first thing that stood out to me just after unboxing this phone is the design i mean it's obvious it's a gaming smartphone made by ROG if you look at their notebook lineup their peripherals their graphics cards they're a class of their own and this phone sort of follows that trend you get an rgb logo at the back that's customizable through software there's also an aura rgb led right around the camera that shines a brightlight when you install the lightning bumper case it gives you a matrix led layout that's pretty subtle but you can also customize the colors to software which is pretty cool you see this isn't your traditional flagship smartphone with a clean glass back and edge to edge display this is really designed to be practical for gamers and i'll talk about that a little bit later in the video as for size this is a big phone in fact it's bigger than my oneplus 8 pro which is already way too big for my hands personally so you might have to get used to this form factor even if you have larger hands now if you take a closer look at the ROGphone 3 and compared to the ROG Phone 2 not a lot has changed from a physical standpoint the display still expands around 6.6inches it's 1080p plus amoled hdr 10 plus certified justlike the rog phone 2. however they did bump up the refresh rate from 120 hertz to 144 hertz it's also got a 270 hertztouch sampling rate the brightness levels have been improved as well.
Asus having an in-display fingerprint sensor which works pretty well it's relatively as fast as the oneplus 8 pro so i have no complaints in that area now given the gaming brand attached to the smartphone there are some features that they've improved from the rog phone too so when you're holding the phone in landscape mode where the volume and power buttons are located there are two invisible ultrasonic buttons asus is calling this the air trigger 3 technology basically you can remap your touch inputs on the display within a gameplay to those individual buttons through game genie which is an overlay that pops up when you enter a game so that way you don't have to use your thumbs to interact with the game your two index fingers would do the job and those individual buttons come with haptic feedback as well which is really nice now with this generation of the ROG phone series asus has added support for sliding swiping and creating two partitions per button resulting in a four shoulder trigger configuration now i'm not a hardcore gamer like a lot of you out there but having played some racing titles and some other games i'm actually really enjoying using these air triggers because then i don't have to worry about using my thumbs i can focus a little bit more on my gameplay and these sort of features make a lot more sense for a gaming smartphone because they are very useful.
If you're a hardcore mobile gamer you'll definitely find these useful the side mounted ports are one of the signature features of the rog phone series because you can simply plugin the charging cable while gaming in landscape mode so that doesn't get in the way unlike your standard smartphone charging orientation this port also acts as a hub for a variety of gaming accessories that asus will be offering like a game pad a twin view dock and a mobile docking station that gives you access to a bunch of usb ports land jack display ports and an sd card slot i mean asus is pushing the limits of what a smartphone can achieve and actually a level beyond that so that to me is awesome oh and i should also mention that in the box you get this aeroactive cooler which again uses the side mounted ports to attach the phone it has an active fan that is designed to lower the surface temperatures on the device by four degrees while boosting clock speeds on the cpu as well it also has a usb type-c pass-through port and a 3.5 mm audio jack which i think is important because as you can probably hear these fans they do get loud so you don't want your teammates listening to that versus your actual vocals and the other thing i want to mention is that this does come with a kingstance so it'll be nice it's a nice little handy feature for watching movies speaking of which this phone has two front-facing speakers and they sound absolutely amazing it's by far the best sounding speakers that i've listened to from a smartphone and when you pair that with something like this you've got yourself like a really nice portable movie theater or home theater uh i think i'm definitely gonna take advantage of this setup because it really is pretty awesome.
Unfortunately they did remove the headphone jack on the smartphone and i'm sure a lot of gamers might be a little disappointed with that illumination because this is a gaming smartphone after all and a lot of you most likely end up using headsets
to use this phone without any accessories installed it just doesn't make any sense because the ROG Phone 2 had it why would they eliminate something like this i mean asus has designed this to be a gaming smartphone but they decided to eliminate one of the most crucial elements that people or gamers value keep in mind that this phone still doesn't have support for wireless charging and it also doesn't have an official ip rating so that all sort of makes sense because when you take a look at the internal components of the smartphone asus has packed it with layers of enhanced cooling to make sure that the soc's clock speeds stay stable during longer gaming sessions because this thing has like an actual air vent at the bottom or the top and you've got these two side ports as well
so i guess these are all some of the factors to consider which is totally understanda
ble now after running some synthetic benchmarks and comparing it to oneplus 8 pro the ROG Phone was faster and it made sense because you know they've packed so much inside the smartphone that you're ultimately looking for the best performance in terms of frame rates and things like that so that's something that you value then this is the way to go i mean they've really nailed it in that apartment this phone does support 30 watt fast charging but given how massive the battery is asus has implemented a few battery care options to extend its lifespan so in this menu you can enable slow charging limited to 10 watts and you can also set the charging limit forless battery wear over time you can also schedule charging which is a nifty little feature.
The 24 megapixel selfie camera is great it surprisingly captures my skin tones accurately along with yielding excellent dynamic range it does soften my skin a little bit but overall i'm really happy with the results so this is the front-facing camera test on the rog phone 3. now this phone can shoot up to 8k at 30 frames per second but you do lose hdr an
d image stabilization uh but you can also shoot at 4k up to 120 frames per second which is awesome that is actually something that i've never seen from a smartphone camera which is great uh but yeah it's loaded with video features and the sample the footage looks really really good i love the dynamic range coming out of the sensor also this is a great test for the microphone quality as well i i think i'm really happy with the white balance or i guess the color signs coming out of the sensor in general i think asus has really done a great job for i guess a gaming smartphone so let me know what you guys think about it in the comments so there you guys have it everything that
you need to know about the ROG Phone 3. let me know what you guys think about the ROG Phone 3 in the comments in fact if you are in the market for an android flagship smartphone would you consider getting a gaming smartphone or would you just completely eliminate that off your list i'm curious to know thank you so much for reading and i'll get back to you guys in the next blog.