8.3/10
Informr score
The Asus ROG Phone 3 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Great performance
  • Fast refresh rate
  • Two USB-C ports
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Heavy
  • Gets hot quickly
  • No wireless charging

The ROG 3 is the next in Asus’ line of super gaming phones., While gaming is the main focus of the new phone, they claim its also a capable phone as well. Is this phone the best of gaming and communications combined?

Design

Asus has never been one to skimp on design and the ROG 3 is no exception. While not changing too much from the original design, the latest version is a lot sleeker. You can still find the RGB illuminated logo on the back. Instead of vents, they’ve opted for a transparent cooling chamber without the sharp lines. It’s encased in Gorilla Glass 6 with aluminum rails along the sides.

Display

You can't have an epic gaming phone without a good display and reviews indicate Asus has managed this quite well. The AMOLED screen supports frame rates up to 144Hz which is practically unheard of on a mobile phone but makes games feel silky smooth. The display is also very bright and can be easily read in daylight. The only complaint was the phone’s resolution (2,340-by-1080 pixels.) Reviewers just found it hard to adjust to.

Tom’s Guide says, “I never quite got used to the extremely wide 19:5:9 aspect ratio, but otherwise, it's a gorgeous display, with rich colors: 168% of the sRGB spectrum.”

Performance

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is lightning fast as a gaming phone should be. No stuttering or pausing between apps on this machine.

Android Authority states, “The ROG Phone 3 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, which overclocks the CPU prime core to 3.1GHz. This makes it one of the absolute fastest phones on the market, especially when paired with the super-fast UFS 3.1 storage and GDDR5 RAM.”

Software & Storage

The Asus ROG Phone 3 runs a cleaned-up version of Android 10 and has updates from both Asus and Google guaranteed for an unspecified time. It also uses Game Genie and X Mode software to help optimize the gaming experience. While it doesn’t have a MicroSD slot or expandable storage, 512GB of storage is more than enough for a solid game library.

Cameras

These cameras won't compete with top-tier camera phones, but they still produce really good pictures. Multiple modes for taking photos -- including night mode, macro, motion-tracking, and time-lapse -- make it better at taking phones than you might expect for a gaming-oriented phone. Reviewers stated the pictures were bright and clear, with very little to dissuade them from giving it a good score.

Battery Life

Being a gaming phone, the battery is much larger than your average smartphone. Unfortunately, reviewers had trouble estimating battery life. It all depends on what games you play and for how long. A larger, more graphics-intensive game is going to drain the battery quicker than your average puzzle game. Even with this in mind, more reviewers were quite happy with battery life for the Asus ROG Phone 3.

Audio

Reviews indicate that the phone’s two stereo speakers provide impeccable sound. Most experts couldn’t boast enough about the quality of sound that came from the phone compared to their usual smartphone experience.

Digital Trends remarks, “Asus has worked with an audio company called Dirac, passing over bigger brands like Dolby, and the result is often extraordinary. There’s a level of detail, clarity, and definition you don’t always find on phones, along with a wide soundstage and a genuinely full sound from the dual stereo speakers. The ROG Phone 3 sounds like no other smartphone.”

Specs at a Glance

  • Gorilla Glass 6 and aluminum chassis
  • 6.59-inch, 144Hz AMOLED display
  • Octa-core 3.1 GHz processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+
  • 12/16GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 512GB of storage
  • 64-MP primary shooter, a 13-MP ultrawide lens, and a 5-MP macro
  • 24MP front-facing camera
  • 6000mAh battery

Bottom Line

With a lot of people turning to gaming on their phones, it only makes sense for a company to make a phone meant for it. Asus provides a level of performance that is unsurpassed so far with the ROG Phone 3. Great sound, great picture, long battery life, and enough power to run even the most graphics-intensive mobile games out there make it a compelling package. Reviews indication that it’s going to be very hard for anyone to beat this beast of a gaming phone..

Android Authority says, “Asus has figured out how to make a gaming phone that also excels as a regular smartphone. The ROG Phone 3 is one of the fastest phones on the market right now, and its killer battery life and simple interface make it a great device for anyone.”

Tom’s Guide states, “The Asus ROG Phone 3 is a powerful and robust Android gaming phone, although it gets hot easily and can be cumbersome to use. It’s surprisingly well rounded for a gaming-focused handset, though buyers interested in other luxuries, like camera quality, may want to consider a more traditional flagship phone like the Galaxy S20 or OnePlus 8 Pro instead.”

Digital Trends remarks, “The ROG Phone 3 is unrivaled among gaming phones. This should tell you all you need to know about whether it’s for you. It’s a spec monster, providing all the power anyone will need for just about any task they’d want to do on a phone. If a game doesn’t run well on the ROG Phone 3, it doesn’t run well on a phone, period.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
3.1 GHz
Screen Size
6.59"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Police

For someone who lives and breathes mobile gaming and to whom price is no object, someone who doesn't care about getting increasingly common quality-of-life features and is unbothered by the prospect of their device missing security patches (to say nothing of OS updates), the ROG Phone 3 might still...

- Taylor Kerns, Android Police
Techgoondu

To be fair, Asus has pitched the ROG Phone 3 as an entertainment gadget with all the bells and whistles that attract hardcore PC gamers. In that sense, it largely delivers. The S$1,598 smartphone from Asus is certainly not cheap, but it’s also not as expensive as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (S$1,698)....

- Wilson Wong, Techgoondu
Fone Arena

It is a perfect multimedia phone with exclusive gaming features. This phone is not only for gamers but those who spend most of their time scrolling through social apps and watching videos will love this phone. ROG Phone 3 comes with a silky smooth screen and is highly responsive among current compet...

- Siva Bharani, Fone Arena
TechNave

There's very little to complain about the ROG Phone 3. It's a phone with a simple but futuristic design, superb battery life, great mobile gaming performance, and useful AirTriggers. That said, perhaps the only downside is the price itself but it depends on which variant you're getting.

- Abel Wong, TechNave
Notebookcheck

The Asus ROG Phone 3 comes with very impressive hardware and is the best gaming smartphone on the market right now. The smartphone offers all that a gamer’s heart at this point in time can desire. This includes a fast SoC, a highly responsive and bright 144 Hz HDR display, very fast storage, good sp...

- Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn, Notebookcheck


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Screen Size
6.59"

The Asus ROG Phone 3's screen size is 6.59 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
3.1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
6000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6000 mAh battery.

ROG Phone 3 Specs

Overview
Release date August 31, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G:
600/700/850/1700 /1800/1900/2100/2500/3500/3700/4700 MHz
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1800/1900/2000/2100/2300/2600/3500/3600 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) Octa-core 3.1 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256/ 512 GB
RAM 12/16 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Black Glare
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.1 x 7.8 x 0.985 cm (6.7 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 240 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 391 pixels
Size 6.59 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, HDR10 and HDR10+ certified, 144Hz refresh rate, In-display fingerprint sensor
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (13 MP, F2.4, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (5 MP, F2.0, Macro), HDR, Slow motion recording (4K at 120 fps; 1080p at 240 / 120 fps; 720p at 480 fps)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus ROG Phone III

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