ROG Phone 3 Review 2020

What’s up guys, Saf here on SuperSaf TV. And we’ve got here the latestof what has been my favorite gaming smartphone overthe past couple of years. This is of course, the ROG Phone 3. We’re going to get thisunboxed, but we’ll also do a bit of a comparison versus the ROG Phone 2, to see what’s different. Let’s get straight to it. Now, looking at this box, it’s kind of in this prism shape, and look at that. You know it’s a gaming device, right? It’s not the easiest box to open. I’ll tell you that. Okay. There we go. Now, this just kind of slides out, and we’ve got the phone in here. Now inside the box as well as the phone, we’ve got some ROG stickers. We’ve got this plastic case. We’ve got some rubbercoverings for the ports. There’s a braided USBType-C to USB Type-C cable, as well as a fast charger. This is a 30-watt fast charger. I think that’s about the sameas what we had last year. We’ve got the Aero Active 3 Cooler, which is the accessory that we can put on to the ROG Phone 3. And we’ve also got a USB Type-Cto 3.5 millimeter converter. And that is because the ROG Phone 3 does not have a 3.5millimeter jack this year. There is however, a 3.5 millimeter jack on the Aero Active 3 Cooler, which we’ll get to in a second. And of course you get that converter too. So we’ll get this out of the plastic. Here it is. So, you can see here that it’s got that iconic ROG phone design, and looks very similar to the ROG Phone 2, which I have here. And you can see that as wellas the design being similar, the size is almost exactly the same. The ROG Phone 3 is just slightly thicker. And that is partly because it’s got more of a camera bump becauseof the new cameras. But I do quite like the cleanerlook of the ROG Phone 3. There aren’t as many lines aswe’ve got on the ROG Phone 2. And the aerodynamic coolingsection has also been updated with this more minimal design. There’s of course the RGB ROGlogo, which you can customize.

And it looks really, really cool. Now, taking a look at the front. We once again, have a very similar design to what we had last year. And this is around abouta 6.6 inch AMOLED display. However, there are lots of improvements. Firstly, it is a 144hertz display compared to the 120 hertz of the ROG Phone 2. You’ve also got an improvedtouch sampling rates. So, we’ve got 270 hertz versus240 hertz on the ROG Phone 2. And Asus have also saidthat we’ve got as little as 18 milliseconds of touch latency. Which is the lowest on any smartphone in the world right now. Both have a Full HD+ resolution, but the ROG Phone 3 doeshave support for HDR 10+. Whereas the ROG Phone 2has support for HDR 10. And we’ve also got a slightly brighter display on the ROG Phone 3, up to 650 nits outdoors, versus 600 nits on the ROG Phone 2. Now, I’ve absolutely loved thedisplay on the ROG Phone 2. So smooth, one of thefirst with 120 hertz. Now, the ROG Phone 3 is oneof the first with 144 hertz. How much of a difference does it make from 120 hertz to 144 hertz? Definitely a difference,but not as noticeable as when you go from say 60 to 90 hertz, or from 90 to 100 hertz. The higher the refresh rate, the less noticeable itis it, in my opinion. But nevertheless, withthat high refresh rate, the higher touch sampling rates, as well as that minimal latency, does make this one of the, if not the best gamingsmartphone display out there.

And we do have the top and bottom bezels. Which give you the frontfiring stereo speakers. Now, these speakers areslightly larger compared to what we had last year. And on the ROG Phone 3,we have seven magnets for more power and less distortion, as well as game effects in partnership with Swedish company, Dirac. Now let’s take a look around the device. So upfront there is thatfront-facing camera. This is 24 megapixels. It’s got a slightlywider aperture compared to what we had last year. On the right-hand side, the buttons are on the same place. So we’ve got the volume rockeras well as the power button. And then we’ve got the air triggers. These are version threeof the air triggers. And this year, we’ve got twice as many gestures compared to last year. Now supporting both sliding and swiping. And you can also divide each button into two partitions for tapping. So air triggers are actuallyreally useful because you can map these two differentareas on different games. And you know, they’re going to give you an additional advantage. At the bottom, is wherewe’ve got that surprise. And there is no 3.5millimeter headphone jack. So you’ve just got the USB Type-C input, but on the left-hand side, as well as the SIM card tray, you do have two USB Type-Cports in the middle. And this is something that I absolutely love about ROG phones. Just the consideration of havingthese on the left-hand side means that, not only can youattach different accessories, but you can also plug in the smartphone, use it in landscape mode, and the wire is not going to be coming in your way like it woulddo on other smartphones. Really, really cool. It does come with a cover, which I usually take off and lose. Now, here you can attachthe Aero Active 3 Cooler, which we have here. Now this is not onlygoing to cool your device. You have another RGBlogo because the current logo is going to be covered. And then you’ve got a USBType-C port here at the bottom. So you can still have this plugged in, as well as of course,a 3.5 millimeter jack. So yes, we don’t havea 3.5 millimeter jack on the device itself, but it is nice that we do have it onthe Aero Active Cooler. And the new thing aboutthe Aero Active Cooler this time is that we’vealso got a kickstand. So, if you’re watching somecontent and you just want somewhere to kind of placethis for your gaming, and you don’t want tobe carrying the device, then this is definitely quite cool. Now, let’s talk about performance.

ROG phone’s known for having the latest and best specs out there. And this is also thecase on the ROG Phone 3. I believe it is the first smartphone to have the Qualcommsnapdragon 865+ chipset. The ROG Phone 2 has the 865+. It was also one of thefirst to have that chipset. Now there is also the ROGPhone 3 Strix Edition. This is going to bepriced a little bit lower, and that will have thesnapdragon 865 standard. And you can get up to 512 gigabytes of UFS3.1 storage up from 3.0 last year, as well as up to 16gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM compared to up to 12 gigabytes of LPDDR4X RAM that we had last year. We’ve also of course got support for 5G this year, and we’ve got the GameCool 3 heat dissipating system. This has a six times largerheat sink compared to last year with a redesigned 3D vaporchamber and in larger graphite. Now I still use the ROG Phone, and it has no problemsin terms of performance, really does keep up with allof the newer games as well. The ROG Phone 3 just takes that further, and it’s going to lastyou that much longer. It also has newer software. So we’ve got Android 10 with the ROG UI. My ROG Phone 2 still has Android 9. I’ve not got the Android updates as yet. We’ve got X mode with armory crate. So, this gives you a widervariety of performance parameters from CPU and GPU performanceto touch sensitivity settings and display refresh rate. Now let’s talk about the cameras.

So the cameras have beenimproved compared to last year, and there’s some reallyinteresting things here. The primary camera is nowa 64 megapixel sensor. It is the Sony IMX686 compared to the IMX 586 with 48megapixels last year. We’ve got a 13 megapixelultra-wide camera. And this year, we’ve also got an additional five megapixel macro camera, which is going to let you focusin closer to your subjects. It’s five megapixels. So, it’s not the bestmacro camera out there, but it’s nice to have. What’s very exciting for me however, is the fact that couples with the Qualcomm snapdragon 865+ chipset. That means you can get 8K at30 frames per second here. That is something that you really can’t do on many other devices,as far as I’m aware. This is probably one of theonly that has that capability. The Samsung Galaxy S20Series does have 8K, but that is at a maximumof 24 frames a second. But in addition to that, you’ve got 4K at up to120 frames per second. And I believe that makes thisone of the only smartphones that can film at that framerate at that resolution. Which is very, very impressive. Now for the battery. We once again have 6,000,000,000 bowers, which is one of the largest batteries on any smartphone right now. And my experience with the ROGPhone 2 was very, very good. One of the best in terms ofbattery life on any smartphone last year and with theROG Phone 3 as well, that battery life, amazing. Obviously the more you game, and the more heavy you gamewith he high refresh rates, that’s going to take up more battery. However, Asus have put in a few features in here to get you the mostout of your battery life. There’s some battery care features. So you’ve got a custom charging limit, and that will allow you to say, lower your limit to around 90% or 80%. There’s also a slow charging option, which will limit chargingto around 10 watts, which will be better for the battery wear, we’ll keep the temperaturedown by around 34%. And, there’s also scheduled charging with added sleep wall options such as end time by alarm. Now, finally, let’s talk about the price. So, the pricing informationI have right now is that for this flagship version, which has 512 gigabytes of storage, 16 gigabytes of RAM with the 865+, you’re going to be lookingat around 1,100 euros. If you do want to go forthe 12 gigabyte version, then that’s going toat around 1,000 euros. And if you do want togo for the Strix Edition with the 865 8 gigabytes of RAM with 256 gigabytes of storage, then that’s going to be around 800 euros. Now, once I’ve got morepricing information available for UK, US, et cetera, I’ll be sure to drop thatdown in the description below. What do you guys think of the ROG Phone 3? Is this the gaming phone of the year? For me, it is leaning towards that way.

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