I don’t know if you remember, but the winningest phone of last year was the Asus Asus ROG Phone 2. The specs king, so that thing won the best big phone of the year. That had the best battery life of the year and won the most improved award. So how do they follow it up with this? This is the Asus ROG Phone 3. so I’ve been using and testing this phone alongside the OnePlus Nord for a couple of weeks now. Basically what you need to know is it follows very carefully in a lot of the same footsteps as Asus ROG Phone 2. similar design and specs and choices, but just bumped up a notch for 2020.
Two incredible things about this phone continue to stick out, and that is the battery and the specs. So this design as you can see it’s kind of funny when I first saw it I was like “oh no wait they’re toning it down even more”. Remember the first ROG Phone was wild. The second ROG Phone was a little toned down from that, and so I saw this third one, I got a little afraid. They might have started neutering the whole gaming aesthetic to make it more of an everyday phone, but as soon as you pick it up, you quickly realize “oh just kidding this is 100 still super unique design. that they’ve committed to for this phone it’s still got the RGB light logo at the back. That can glow for notifications even got the traced lines and the little exposed slot for the heat sink and the carbon chamber cooling system. Still has the custom mappable air triggers on the side, which improved actually. This year with better sensitivity and precision and more custom mapping options and it still has even the offer USB-C port on the bottom so you can charge while gaming and the cable don’t get in the way. Really above all, it’s still absolutely huge it’s just so massive. This is actually, i think too big a phone for me to want to carry it daily and I don’t say that much I guess.
This phone finally found that point for me somewhere between the biggest flagships of Samsung and OnePlus. We arrived at this, and I think it’s the gigantic footprint that makes it too big. Still, you all know what it did win the best big phone of the year for a reason. A lot of that was how well they use all these spaces, so they kept the stereo front-facing speakers on this phone and they are incredible the stereo image they produce. The volume they achieve thanks to having all this space is second to none some of the absolute best speakers I’ve heard on the phone. The only thing is the volume curve I found weird like they don’t start getting loud until you’re at like 80 volume, but that’s not a huge deal. They can honestly fix that quickly with a software update. Now again that predecessor the Asus ROG Phone 2was that do everything in one package phone and this is still an incredible spec sheet. We’ll get to that in a second, but it does have a few things notably missing this year, first of all, it doesn’t have a headphone jack built I non the Asus ROG Phone 3.
There’s also no official IP Dust or Water resistance rating, and there’s also no wireless charging probably because they wanted to keep that RBG glowing logo on the back. Now the headphone jack I was a little confused by because it’s a gaming phone and you would still think someone who wants zero lag will accept nothing less than wired audio, but it also does come in the box with this little accessory that gives you USB-C and a headphone jack on the side. So I guess it makes up for it, but I do miss wireless charging in a phone. That I use every day just because at this point, most phones I use and test have wireless charging. I have wireless chargers everywhere, so I do miss that.
All right have a look at this specs sheet, look at it I mean is there a single thing on this list that isn’t bleeding edge top of the line. It’s got the new snapdragon 865+. That’s just starting to show up in phones now. By the way, that chip is clocked at up to 3.1 GHz, Phone 16GB of ram. It’s a 1080p 144Hz OLED Display up to half a terabyte of UFS 3.1 storage and a 6 000 milliamp-hour battery. Every single one of those numbers is the biggest or the highest you can find or put in a phone. It’s all top-shelf parts, but something that I think a lot of people forget is you also have to consider the best way to transition from all those big numbers. Actual user experience is excellent software and Asus software it’s okay to me it’s getting better. Still, it’s not perfect. There’s a lot of subtle things like animations, unlocking transitions and just random places in the UI.
Now that’s just me, and a lot of people haven’t used a bunch of other high ends, high refresh rate phones they may never notice this stuff, but most of the time this phone is super smooth right up next to the other 144Hz phone. I’ve used as the smoothest phone, I’ve ever tasted, so that’s worth noting and overall performance as you would expect from that specs sheet has been great, and yes I did leave on 144Hz out all the time because there really isn’t much of a downside right you can this phone is going to let you go between 60, 90, 120 and 144 Hz. Leave it maxed out because you can’t hurt the battery much. It’s so huge, and it’s only a 1080p screen so the specs can handle it. So I paid for all the hurts might as well use them but let’s talk about that battery so this phone again has a 6 000 milliamp-hour battery which is still the most significant battery I’ve ever used in a telephone plus this year there are also 30 watts fast charging support, and you guys already know—get me through two days. You know some of them get to the end of the day with like 40 left some of them will get a whole day and a half, but none of them has gotten me a happy two days. It was about six hours of screen on time, so there was some gaming some navigation, but two light days in a row I made it to the end of the second day at 144Hz that is incredibly impressive again. I mean I expect nothing less from a just a massive battery like that, but two full days of light use easily over a day of heavy use at 144Hz if you put this down to like 60 or 90 Hz just because you have a long time where you’re not going to be able to plug.
This year okay you got triple cameras on the back. We all know we’re not buying a gaming phone for the cameras none of them in the past have had an excellent reputation for cameras, but didn’t stop me from testing it. So you get a 64 MP camera. It’s a significant number and then a 13 MP ultra-wide and a 5 MP macro camera. This macro camera in a gaming phone is the perfect example of adding the cheapest extra camera to be able to say you have triple cameras. Still, honestly, I don’t think people are looking to buy the phone with more cameras. Dear smartphone manufacturers, if you have the choice between adding a bad macro camera or one that people won’t very often use or just not adding it, you can not add it. Hence, shots from the primary camera are passable when you give it enough light, so daytime Shots are good. Talk about video recording its record 8k Video with his Back Camera. 4k HDR also records at 30fps or 60fps.