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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Asus ROG Phone 3 Review



Hey guys we'll be doing the full review for this Asus ROG Phone 3 and i have been actually using this as my primary smartphone for the last few days now and i'll share my experience between pros and cons and before we go ahead here are the quick specs.


Asus ROG Phone 3 Specs
  • 6.59 inch Full HD + Amoled Screen with 144hz display
  • Snapdragon 865+ SOC Octa Core 3.1 Ghz
  • 8 / 12 GB RAM (LPDDR5 RAM)
  • 128 / 256 Storage (HFS 3.1)
  • Dual Nano Sim
  • Triple rear Camera 64MP (Sony IMX 686) + 13MP (Ultra Wide) + Macro Camera
  • Front Camera 24 MP
  • 6000 mAH battery (30W Fast Charging, Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0)
  • Air Triggers 3, Stereo Speakers, Android 10
Asus ROG Phone 3 (Black, 128 GB)  (8 GB RAM)

So i have to say this is one is the most powerful android smartphone that's officially available as of now in India and  it comes in two variants one is with 8 GB of ram, 128 GB of storage and that is the one on which i did my review, there is also one more variant that comes with 12 GB of ram and it has 256 GB of storage, international varian that comes with 16 GB of ram and that has 512 GB of storage but that won't be sold in india and the one is actually sold in India is via flipkart

Alright  let's break it down between the pros and cons, what i feel about this device
and let's start with the pros

Pros


Now that Asus went with 6.59 inch Amoled screen and it's a good amoled screen that they are using and the thing is that if you keep this on auto brightness and you're outdoors this panel is pretty bright it can go about 650 bits it actually boosts up the brightness to about 900 to 1000 nets temporarily so it's easily visible outdoors also and the quality of the panel is actually really good and this is one of the first phones in the world to comes with 144 hz display we have seen earlier in 90 and 120hz and this has 144hz, refresh rate can go all the way to 144 if you want and normally i would say just keep it on auto, i did a lot of my testing with this 144 hertz and i would say everything is way smoother when it's 144 hz and the battery life hit was not that much, i thought the battery hit would be huge i would say it reduces the battery life about 30 40 minutes not more than that so again it's a good thing but again not a lot of games actually support that high refresh rate there are some bunch of games that support 120hz but i'll talk about the gaming later on let's move to the next thing.

It also has gorilla glass on front and back and uh moving to the processor here we are having the fastest processor that you can get for android phones right now that's the snapdragon 865+ but asus has sort of overclocked it to 3.Ghz so that makes it the fastest and in benchmarks if you compare it with other android phone this comes at the top and also the ram is ddr5 ram hence everything is actually very responsive that's what you expect with this phone.
So everything is very fluid and when it comes to UI it's almost stock android that you're getting, not many bloatware hardly any and that was a big surprise because these days many brands are adding bloatware in their phones, that was not the case, the only extra app that i would say that you get with this phone would be this armoury crate and this is because it's a gaming centric phone so you can add your games over here, apart from that you don't get any bloatware and it also has this X mode which changes the icons and all this thing optimizes for gaming theme you can put the regular theme and it feels like a stock android smartphone

Now another thing that i really liked on this phone and this was even for the ROG phone 2 and that is the speakers, this one has that dedicated speakers at the top and bottom and the front firing speakers and i have to say one of the loudest in terms of speakers and because it's front firing you do get that huge stereo separation also, for comparison with samsung  galaxy s20 plus smartphone which also has stereo speakers but this Asus ROG 3 is at top notch, because of loud speakers and that stereo separation i had a great time watching a lot of multimedia content also for example i watched a couple of shows and even movies on netflix via this and the experience was very good so for general consumption i would say it is very good and it feels like you don't need an external bluetooth speaker when you're actually using this phone it's that good also i did take some calls on the speaker phone and while even using the speakerphone it is very loud as well.

So let's now talk about the call quality and network reception, i have tested this one with Airtel and Jio as dual SIM, but regarding wi-fi calling i noticed as of now wi-fi calling is only enabled on JIO whereas it's not coming on Airtel  and i checked with the asus team they said that they'll be rolling out one more update that'll even bring wi-fi calling with Airtel later on, but in terms of network reception here i would say was actually really good on this smartphone and even with airtel at my location i have not that great signal but i did not have a problem i could take calls, reception was very good and also the earpiece that we have on this one is very good so in terms of call quality and reception i do not have any issues also i feel in terms of for noise cancellation it does a very good job it actually has four different mics all over the phone so when i was taking calls also the calls were very good i feel it does a good job in terms of noise cancellation.

Now moving to one more thing is regarding battery and here i would say it has a massive battery a six thousand milliamp hour battery and as expected the battery life is amazing on this smartphone, if you do just light gaming every day half an hour or just about hour or so you can expect easily about one and a half to almost two days of battery life and if you don't do gaming if you're going to use it like a normal smartphone then expect easily about over two days of battery life in terms of screen on time, i would say even when i was gaming i was trying to drain its battery, did gaming with call of duty quite a bit for continuously for two hours and did my regular stuff then also i got a battery life for what nine and a half hours.so with some of the battery stats the battery life is excellent also the idle drain is very low on this one, apart from that we also have a physical led notification light for example if you get sms etc this actually glows.


Now moving to another thing that is gaming this is a gaming centric smartphone no doubt about it and we also have Air triggers and you can actually map it like a console now with Air triggers too you can not only map left and right but here with the left and right you can map two tasks for example like gaming consoles you actually can map four buttons and this is great for gaming and also there is one more new thing that they have added is motion, if you just flick the phone while gaming, you can also map it to that also, so i did play quite a bit of call of duty on this one and because of this A triggers i had an undue advantage at the left
Air trigger i just kept it for zoom and the right was the for firing and just because of that i could get the kills very easily so definitely i would say if you're doing gaming it works very well i also mapped this gesture for reloading but yeah you can map it to anything but i did this one for reloading i have to get used to that but yeah as you see you get some undue advantage i feel, when you are gaming with this one and as it's one of the most powerful android phone you can keep the graphics settings to the high and then also you won't have any problems, you can do continuous gaming on this one for extended periods of times but nevertheless, in terms of gaming i had one of the best experience and if you're sort of a hardcore gamer then yes this is a smartphone for use and the big advantage is that because of those Air triggers.

Coming to  camera,  so if you move towards the back we have a triple camera setup the main camera is a 64 megapixel sony imx 686 then we have a 13 megapixel that's ultra wide and we have a new camera and this is a 5 megapixel for macro and the front facing is 24 megapixel and  some of the samples that i took with this one and definitely if i compare it with rog phone 2 the camera has improved and also in indoor lighting conditions it has improved quite a bit, this does not have optical image stabilization especially in low lighting areas i feel it does struggle a little bit though it has that night mode but i felt it could have been better, so camera definitely has improved quite a bit the rear facing cameras particularly,  indoor conditions improved quite a bit and even the front facing camera has improved. 

Cons


First con that i have is that i don't know why asus actually removed 3.5 mm headphone jack from this smartphone so that is something that i missed yes they give a dongle in the box so you can use that but i miss the fact the physical 3.5 mm headphone jack is now missing on this one.

Next thing is the weight, this smartphone actually weighs 239grams so it's definitely heavy phone because of those powerful speakers and that 6000mah battery, if you don't like heavy phones then you might not like it to give you an idea i would say if you are okay with the iphone 11 the max series that big one then you might be okay with this Asus ROG 3 as well.

Another thing is that this smartphone does not have any ip protection that is water resistance or anything that are generally found in most other flagships, so that is also something you have to note and lastly again we don't even have wireless charging on these smartphones so these were the broad cons that i've noticed with this smartphone apart from that i would say it's a good smartphone and certainly one of the fastest android smartphones out there.

So guys that was my review of this Asus ROG 3 phone what do you guys think about the same do let me know in the comment.

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