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Following its announcement in July, the third iterations of ASUS’ gaming smartphone finally launch in the Philippines. ROG-Phone-3-8ROG Phone 3 boasts a 6.59-inch FHD+ 10-bit HDR AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time and is powered by a Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

ROG Phone 3 (2)For enhanced thermal performance, it’s equipped with the GameCool 3 system which uses a redesigned 3D vapor cooler, along with a large graphite film for maximizing heat transfer, and an enlarged heat sink.

ROG Phone 3 (7)ROG Phone 3 features the new AirTrigger 3 system which utilizes a motion sensor, allowing for new gestures that can be performed to control or trigger in-game actions.

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ROG Phone 3 (15)It still packs a charging port on the side and a cleverly positioned USB-C port at the bottom to keep the cable from interfering with your gameplay.

ROG Phone 3 (31)On the software side, the phone runs Android 10 with the new ROG UI on top. Enhanced X Mode performance optimization software allows in-depth customization for specific system parameters, along with meticulously calibrated defaults lets enthusiasts easily unlock the phone’s full potential.

ROG Phone 3 (25)ROG Phone 3 runs on a 6,000mAh battery with support for 30W fast-charging and multiple passive power-saving mechanisms to increase uptime and the battery’s lifespan.

ROG Phone 3/Strix Edition Specifications

ROG Phone 3 ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Processor 3.1GHz Snapdragon 865 Plus (5G) 2.84GHz Snapdragon 865 (5G)
GPU Adreno 650 Adreno 650
OS Android 10 with new ROG UI Android 10 with new ROG UI
Display 6.59″ 2340 x 1080, 144Hz / 1ms 6.59″ 2340 x 1080, 144Hz / 1ms
AMOLED 10-Bit HDR AMOLED 10-Bit HDR
1000 nits peak brightness 1000 nits peak brightness
Delta-E < 1 Delta-E < 1
DCI-P3 Support, Gorilla Glass 6 DCI-P3 Support, Gorilla Glass 6
Supports Always On Supports Always On
10-Point Multitouch 10-Point Multitouch
Dimensions 171 x 78 x 9.85mm 171 x 78 x 9.85mm
Weight 240g 240g
Battery 6,000mAh Typical Capacity 6,000mAh Typical Capacity
RAM Up to 16GB LPDDR5 Up to 8GB LPDDR5
Storage Up to 512GB UFS 3.1 Up to 256GB UFS 3.1
Sensors In-Display Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Face Recognition Face Recognition
Accelerator Accelerator
E-Compass E-Compass
Gyroscope Gyroscope
Proximity Sensor Proximity Sensor
Hall Sensor Hall Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor Ambient Light Sensor
Ultrasonic Sensors  (AirTrigger 3/Grip Press) Ultrasonic Sensors  (AirTrigger 3/Grip Press)
Wireless WiFi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2×2 MIMO) WiFi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2×2 MIMO)
Bluetooth 5.1 (BR/EDR+LE), Qualcomm aptX Adaptive Bluetooth 5.1 (BR/EDR+LE), Qualcomm aptX Adaptive
WiFi Direct WiFi Direct
NFC NFC
I/O Side: Custom USB-C Side: Custom USB-C
Supports USB 3.1 Gen2 / DisplayPort 1.4 (4K UHD) Supports USB 3.1 Gen2 / DisplayPort 1.4 (4K UHD)
Fast-Charging (PD 3.0, 30W) Fast-Charging (PD 3.0, 30W)
30W ROG HyperCharge Direct Charging 30W ROG HyperCharge Direct Charging
Bottom: USB-C Bottom: USB-C
USB 2.0/Fast-Charging (PD 3.0, 30W)/Direct Charging USB 2.0/Fast-Charging (PD 3.0, 30W)/Direct Charging
Front Camera 24MP 24MP
Rear Camera 64MP Sony IMX686 (Main) 64MP Sony IMX686 (Main)
13MP 125° (Ultra-wide) 13MP 125° (Ultra-wide)
5MP (Macro) 5MP (Macro)
Speaker Dual Front-Facing Speakers with Dirac HD Sound Dual Front-Facing Speakers with Dirac HD Sound
Stereo Speakers with Dual NXP TFA9874 Smart Amplifier Stereo Speakers with Dual NXP TFA9874 Smart Amplifier

 

Pricing, Availability

MODEL SPECIFICATIONS SRP HARD BUNDLE ITEMS
ROG Phone 3 Classic Edition S865+/16G RAM/512GB Storage PHP 54,995 Aero Case/AeroActive Cooler 3/ Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle
ROG Phone 3 Classic Edition S865+/12G RAM/512G Storage PHP 49,995 Aero Case/ AeroActive Cooler 3/ Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle
ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition S865/8G RAM/256G Storage PHP 39,995 Aero Case/ AeroActive Cooler 3/ Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle

 

All models pack a 144Hz AMOLED HDR display, AirTrigger 3, Stereo Speakers with GameFX, triple cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery. All will be 5G-compatible with local networks.

ROG Phone 3 Series will be available starting August 22. Early purchases from participating ASUS and ROG accredited stores will be bundled with an exclusive ROG Special Hoodie and a ROG Phone Bag (Early Bird promo details can be found here).

This special set will be on top of the already-bundled Aero Case, AeroActive Cooler 3, and Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack Dongle.

As for accessories, stay tuned to the ROG website and social media pages to stay updated on local availability.

For those looking for the ROG Phone 2 Champion’s Super Pack, the full set will be available via ROG Concept Stores in Gilmore, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and the ROG Official Shopee Store for PhP29,995. That’s almost 50% off from the original SRP of PhP59,965.

The ROG Phone 2 Champion’s Super Pack will still be complete with the following items:

  • Lightning Armor Case – PhP2,495
  • ROG Kunai Gamepad – PhP6,995
  • Twinview Dock II – PhP14,995
  • Mobile Desktop Dock Revised – PhP10,995
  • ROG Phone Bag – PhP2,495
  • ASUS WiGig Display Dock – PhP13,995
  • ROG Suitcase – PhP7,995

Check out the compatibility chart below:

ROG Phone 3 Accessory Compatibility Chart

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.