The ROG Phone 2 was the best gaming phone we tested and ASUS announced its successor today with the promise of delivering the ultimate mobile gaming experience. For this, the company bets on five important points that will leave any gamer excited Curious about the novelty? it already had the taste of shooting a hands-on for the ROG Phone 3 and now you’ll see the most powerful gaming phone ever created and our first impressions. The ROG Phone 3 is still very large. 
Asus ROG Phone 3

Its measures were virtually kept as well as its weight. ASUS went for a slightly more polished appearance to look like a 2020 cell phone but you will have the same footprint as before. It runs away from traditional models with a punch hole and it has wider bezels This does not mean that its design is out of date, but having a little more bezel improves the grip and prevents you from accidentally touching the screen while gaming. Can you imagine losing a match just because the cell phone recognized an accidental touch? This can be frustrating. Its design kept the same gamer appeal as before. 

ASUS changed little things on the back to give the device a more modern look which now boasts three cameras. The RGB illuminated logo is still here for gamers obsessed with LEDs. The vent is more discreet but just as efficient as before to lower the temperatures on the phone. The screen kept the same 6.6" as before, with AMOLED technology. The novelty is the refresh rate of 144 Hz, which ensures greater fluidity in games. Of course, not every game supports 144 FPS. You can reduce the panel rate to 120 Hz, 90 Hz or even 60 Hz, to save battery. 

There is also an automatic mode that can do that for you. Of course, that's not just what defines a good gamer smartphone ASUS has also improved touch sensitivity and screen response times the ROG Phone 3 features a 270 Hz touch sensor and command latency of just 25 MS being the lowest we've ever seen. This means that when you pull the trigger in a game, your gun will fire faster than it would on any other phone - and you can be sure it will make a difference in PUBG or Call of Duty, for example. 

The ROG Phone 2 surprised us by having an excellent AMOLED screen and the new one was no different ASUS also paid attention to image quality. The screen on the ROG Phone 3 is capable of displaying over 1 billion colors with great accuracy and HDR10+ support, in addition to bringing a high brightness level. The biometric reader under the screen has also been improved, and now uses artificial intelligence to improve Its performance over time. We will see if this happens in our complete review. The sound part has also been improved. The speakers are bigger and can reproduce a wider sound, rich in details, and with less distortion. 

The software has been enhanced to make good use of the new speakers. ASUS has implemented Dirac HD technology that works with pulse and frequency response correction to improve bass and cancel tuning problems with the amplification of the sound stage. This means that you will have greater immersion in games. The ROG Phone 3 debuts the Snapdragon 865 Plus, which delivers a 10% more powerful CPU and GPU than the Snapdragon 865. ASUS also added 16 GB of high-speed LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 internal memory to make sure you don't have any bottlenecks on the Qualcomm chipset.

 The 6,000 mAh battery was kept and the ROG Phone 2 is still the best flagship in autonomy that we have tested, then, you can expect the new one to also last all day. ASUS has improved the software that takes care of battery health, and now you can define the amount of charge received, the recharging speeds and even schedule when if it'll be done while you're sleeping. But let's get to the best part, the games. Ultrasonic triggers are still positioned on the edges of the device, but now they support a new way of interaction with your games. 

In addition to allowing you to map screen buttons, you can now use the gestures to slide and even split each button in two, allowing five shortcuts on each side. It's basically like you have the L1, L2 buttons. R1 and R2 at the top and perform different commands for when you just touch, when you touch and hold, make a swipe gesture from the edge to the center or make a back and forth motion and even when you shake the cell phone while touching one of these buttons to execute another command. This all improves gaming, going far beyond what is offered in other phones as only virtual buttons on the screen. And even the dissipation system has been reformulated and now manages to make the heat produced by the screen spread through the entire body. 

And with the help of the new steam chamber, you won't feel the ROG Phone 3 heat up even if you play for hours. The ROG Phone 3 comes with almost stock Android, support for the ROG UI and Zen UI interfaces. Do you prefer a gamer style UI? Just choose the dark theme. Like something closer to the Zenfone interface? There is a clear theme for you. With the ROG UI, you will have the OptiPlex technology, which analyzes your usage pattern to try to guess which apps you’ll use next. 

Over time, it error margin will decrease, so you will always have the most used applications preloaded in the RAM, which speeds up performance. We have seen this kind of promise before and of course, we will test it. In addition to the game library, which brings all games together on a single screen, with the ROG Phone 3 you can also create profiles for each title. It is possible to customize the screen response, hardware usage, sound calibration, and even settings to reduce latency and help the battery perform more. 

But what about the cameras? That was the weak spot of the ROG Phone 2, now in ASUS' new gamer phone we have a more advanced Sony sensor with 64 MP maximum resolution That promises to capture more details day and night. Of course, we’ll test it in-depth to see how much the camera has evolved. The secondary module is still a wide-angle lens and kept the same 13 MP as before the novelty stands for the addition of another one that comes with a 5 MP macro lens. 

ASUS has implemented a tutorial that is displayed the first time you use each of these cameras giving tips on how to get the best results using each lens. Now there is a manual mode for the camcorder and the possibility to record videos in 8K at 30fps or 4k up to 120 fps. We will also see if the camcorder has evolved and we will compare it with other advanced phones to see if ASUS paid more attention to the ROG cameras. But everything we've seen is really promising. 

There is no way to talk about gamer phones and not comment on the Gamepad. The new one is called Kunai 3 and can be used in three different ways attached to the sides of the ROG Phone, mounted as a conventional joystick and also as a reduced version to take anywhere. There are also other accessories like the ROG Game Clip to attach the ROG Phone 3 To joysticks like the ones from the Xbox and PlayStation 4. And for the LED lovers, there's the ROG Lightning Armor Case 3 with custom lighting. 

Is there anything more gamer than that? So, what did you think of ROG Phone 3? It promises to be the best gaming phone ever released and of course, we will test the novelty when it is available in India. Over there you can also check out our ROG Phone 2 review and the best offers for it while we wait for its successor to reach the Brazilian market. I will wrap up here, a big hug, and see you next time.

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