Gadgetren – ASUS, which is famous for its gaming products, is attacking the Indonesian mobile market again with ROG Phone 3.
Promising the next level of evolution from last year's ROG Phone 2, what surprises does ROG Phone 3 bring?
At first glance, ROG Phone 3 carries a design that is not much different from ROG Phone 2. However, there are a few changes here and there that make it look different.
On the back there is still a part of the Aerodynamic cooling system which is now under the glass layer so that the entire rear surface is flat. The RGB eye logo that is characteristic of it still comes with RGB lights and the word Republic of Gamers on the side.
Uniquely, there is now a touch of rainbow colors around it which gives an additional flavor of its own. Meanwhile, the camera module is now embedded with three lenses lined up in an oval shaped house with one corner cut off, missing the parallelogram shape in the previous generation.
The rest, the design of the ROG Phone 3 is still fairly the same as USB-C at the bottom, one additional USB-C and an additional port for accessories on the left, AirTrigger 3 on the right, and Dual Speakers which no longer have an orange stripe pattern.
ASUS has positioned the accessories port and USB-C in such a way that it won't interfere with the hand position while gaming while charging or using accessories. Likewise, the position of the speaker that shoots directly forward will not be muffled due to being obstructed by hands.
The ROG Phone 3 screen is quite large with a span of up to 6.59 inches. The design is not as modern as most cellphones today which offer a full screen with the notch above. But I personally prefer this design whenever possible because the view is not distracted by the bangs that cut content, especially when playing games.
It's just that this causes the body to be quite large. Not to mention the weight which is also classified as heavier than most cellphones today. But that's all understandable considering the specifications it carries are classified as monsters.
Some of these minor changes make ROG Phone 3 appear more mainstream, but don't forget the gaming trail that is its trademark. On the one hand, this change feels good because ROG Phone 3 will be more usable by various groups, but on the other hand, the taste of gaming is slightly reduced.
But it all falls to the taste of every user because there are gamers who like RGB and there are gamers who prefer a calm design. To be sure, ROG Phone 3 will guarantee the best gaming experience you get.
This is because the kitchen has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset with a speed of up to 3.1 GHz. This chipset is also accompanied by 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage to meet the needs of all types of applications today.
Performance is one of the main factors of the ROG line, so it is not surprising that ASUS does not hold back at all and returns to presenting high-class specifications to provide maximum performance.
Surely you are curious about how many benchmark scores are obtained by ROG Phone 3 right? Now when tested using AnTuTu, this gaming mobile phone managed to score 632,157 points, beating 97% of other users and occupying the top position of all cellphones that the Gadgetren team had tested.
While on the CPU side, it got a score of 982 points for Single Core and 3,068 points for Multi Core when tested using Geekbench 5. In the Sling Shot test at 3DMark for GPU testing, the score achieved reached 9,758 points.
Of course, with such performance, the ability of ROG Phone 3 to run games is unquestionable. Whatever the type of game, from casual to heavy MMO, it can be easily bashed even at high graphic settings.
Free Fire, for example, can run very smoothly on Ultra, High FPS and high resolution graphics settings. Likewise in Mobile Legends which can be played smoothly with all active graphic settings.
Plus the resulting FPS is also fairly stable without any sudden drops. For those who have experienced how smooth the game runs on ROG Phone 3, it's guaranteed that other cellphones will feel less satisfying.
Apart from having very powerful performance, ROG Phone 3 is also equipped with a screen that will really spoil the eye. Using an AMOLED panel that has color accuracy with Delta E <1, the screen also supports a 144Hz refresh rate and a 270Hz touch sampling rate.
This combination not only makes ROG Phone 3 comfortable for watching videos because it has very charming colors, but is also able to provide a more experience when used to play games because it feels very responsive.
Of course this is a very important thing when playing a game like competitive Mortal Kombat in order to make the most of its screen capabilities and feel the most comfortable gaming experience possible.
The presence of AirTrigger 3, which has been upgraded as an additional input, also makes playing games more fun. This feature that has been a mainstay since the first generation ROG works well and is always responsive.
Even ASUS also presents some additional gestures such as swipe to slide to make it more flexible in giving commands. For those who like to play FPS, the AirTrigger 3 feature will change the way you play.
Not to forget there is also the Armory Crate application as a control center where information about ROG Phone 3 ranging from CPU and GPU speed, temperature, to available memory can be seen in one view. Of course there is also a collection of games that have been installed as well as recommendations that support ROG Phone 3 features.
To be able to run these specifications and features for the whole day, ASUS equipped the ROG Phone 3 with a 6,000mAh capacity battery that supports 30W HyperCharge fast charging.
When tested using PCMark for Android with 100% battery condition, 50% brightness level, and X Mode active, ROG Phone 3 managed to get a score of 9 hours 56 minutes. This is an extraordinary number considering the system always provides maximum performance continuously.
Meanwhile, when playing Free Fire for 1.5 hours, the battery only drains 15%, so in theory it can be used for more than 9 hours without stopping.
Meanwhile, when used on a daily basis with high gaming intensity, I still get ROG Phone 3 battery remaining around 33% in the following morning with screen-on-time reaching 5 hours 15 minutes.
For charging the battery itself, ROG Phone 3 only takes 2 hours 8 minutes to charge from 11% to full again. It is relatively fast for a cellphone with a battery of this capacity
By bringing excellent specifications both inside and out, then what about its photographic capabilities which now feel like it has become a mandatory feature for a cellphone?
ROG Phone 3 relies on three rear cameras consisting of a 64MP Sony IMX686 main lens, a 13MP Ultra Wide-angle lens and a 5MP macro lens. While on the front there is a camera with a 24MP resolution lens.
One thing that needs to be recognized about this ROG Phone 3 camera is its ability to capture object details very well and sharply. Even when you zoom it, details don't look too blurry.
It's just that sometimes photos have too high an exposure or a dynamic range that is not wide enough so that there are some details, especially in the white parts that blend with other parts. Hopefully ASUS fixes this in a future software update.
The colors themselves look natural, but lean slightly towards the warm spectrum, especially when taking photos up close. But the cool thing is, night photos through the Night Mode feature now look more perfect with sharper, brighter details and less noise.
For photos from an Ultra Wide-Angle lens, it has a quality that is almost equivalent to the main lens so that it can be used without worrying that the results will be different.
Having an additional macro lens, unfortunately this segment does not add to the satisfaction in photography. Even though the results from a macro lens are pretty good, it will be more useful if ASUS embeds telephoto or depth scratches in its price class.
Even though it only carries one lens, ROG Phone 3 manages to provide sharp selfies and capture every detail of the face quite well. The bokeh effect that is given is also fairly good.
Overall, ROG Phone 3 is able to take photos in clear detail and is very suitable for capturing important moments. The leap in quality given from the previous generation, especially in the detail section, deserves thumbs up.
Although ROG Phone 3 primarily targets the gaming segment, of course the presence of qualified photography capabilities should be welcomed. Hopefully, seeing improvements from each generation, photography on the next ROG Phone will be even more fun.
Talking about gaming again, ROG Phone 3 just like the previous generation also supports various additional accessories which include the ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, ROG TwinView Dock 3, and ROG AeroActive Cooling 3 which makes it the most unique gaming mobile.
With all the capabilities and features it brings, ROG Phone 3 is without a doubt a must-have for serious gamers who don't want to compromise in terms of performance, features or flexibility. Deserves to bear the name Republic of Gamers.
- A stunning 144Hz display
- Excellent performance for gaming
- Long lasting battery
- Support gaming features and accessories
- Photography is sufficient
- Big body and a little heavy
- Feels hot enough during long gaming
ASUS ROG Phone 3
- Screen – 10/10
- Performance – 10/10
- Camera – 9/10
- Battery – 10/10
- Software – 9/10
- Design – 9/10
9.5 / 10
Bringing excellent specifications for gaming, ROG Phone 3 manages to take the improvements from the previous generation to another level by providing enhancements on all sides.