– What's up guys, Saf here on SuperSaf TV. And we've got here the latest
of what has been my favorite gaming smartphone over
the past couple of years. This is of course, the ROG Phone 3. We're going to get this
unboxed, but we'll also do a bit of a comparison versus the ROG Phone 2, to see what's different. Let's get straight to it. Now, looking at this box, it's kind of in this prism shape, and look at that. You know it's a gaming device, right? It's not the easiest box to open. I'll tell you that. Okay. There we go. Now, this just kind of slides out, and we've got the phone in here. Now inside the box as well as the phone, we've got some ROG stickers. We've got this plastic case. We've got some rubber
coverings for the ports.
There's a braided USB
Type-C to USB Type-C cable, as well as a fast charger. This is a 30-watt fast charger. I think that's about the same
as what we had last year. We've got the Aero Active 3 Cooler, which is the accessory that we can put on to the ROG Phone 3. And we've also got a USB Type-C
to 3.5 millimeter converter. And that is because the ROG Phone 3 does not have a 3.5
millimeter jack this year. There is however, a 3.5 millimeter jack on the Aero Active 3 Cooler, which we'll get to in a second. And of course you get that converter too. So we'll get this out of the plastic. Here it is. So, you can see here that it's got that iconic ROG phone design, and looks very similar to the ROG Phone 2, which I have here. And you can see that as well
as the design being similar, the size is almost exactly the same. The ROG Phone 3 is just slightly thicker. And that is partly because it's got more of a camera bump because
of the new cameras. But I do quite like the cleaner
look of the ROG Phone 3.
There aren't as many lines as
we've got on the ROG Phone 2. And the aerodynamic cooling
section has also been updated with this more minimal design. There's of course the RGB ROG
logo, which you can customize. And it looks really, really cool. Now, taking a look at the front. We once again, have a very similar design to what we had last year. And this is around about
a 6.6 inch AMOLED display. However, there are lots of improvements. Firstly, it is a 144
hertz display compared to the 120 hertz of the ROG Phone 2.
You've also got an improved
touch sampling rates. So, we've got 270 hertz versus
240 hertz on the ROG Phone 2. And Asus have also said
that we've got as little as 18 milliseconds of touch latency. Which is the lowest on any smartphone in the world right now. Both have a Full HD+ resolution, but the ROG Phone 3 does
have support for HDR 10+. Whereas the ROG Phone 2
has support for HDR 10. And we've also got a slightly brighter display on the ROG Phone 3, up to 650 nits outdoors, versus 600 nits on the ROG Phone 2. Now, I've absolutely loved the
display on the ROG Phone 2. So smooth, one of the
first with 120 hertz. Now, the ROG Phone 3 is one
of the first with 144 hertz. How much of a difference does it make from 120 hertz to 144 hertz? Definitely a difference,
but not as noticeable as when you go from say 60 to 90 hertz, or from 90 to 100 hertz. The higher the refresh rate, the less noticeable it
is it, in my opinion. But nevertheless, with
that high refresh rate, the higher touch sampling rates, as well as that minimal latency, does make this one of the, if not the best gaming
smartphone display out there.
And we do have the top and bottom bezels. Which give you the front
firing stereo speakers. Now, these speakers are
slightly larger compared to what we had last year. And on the ROG Phone 3,
we have seven magnets for more power and less distortion, as well as game effects in partnership with Swedish company, Dirac. Now let's take a look around the device. So upfront there is that
front-facing camera. This is 24 megapixels. It's got a slightly
wider aperture compared to what we had last year. On the right-hand side, the buttons are on the same place.
So we've got the volume rocker
as well as the power button. And then we've got the air triggers. These are version three
of the air triggers. And this year, we've got twice as many gestures compared to last year. Now supporting both sliding and swiping. And you can also divide each button into two partitions for tapping. So air triggers are actually
really useful because you can map these two different
areas on different games. And you know, they're going to give you an additional advantage. At the bottom, is where
we've got that surprise. And there is no 3.5
millimeter headphone jack. So you've just got the USB Type-C input, but on the left-hand side, as well as the SIM card tray, you do have two USB Type-C
ports in the middle.
And this is something that I absolutely love about ROG phones. Just the consideration of having
these on the left-hand side means that, not only can you
attach different accessories, but you can also plug in the smartphone, use it in landscape mode, and the wire is not going to be coming in your way like it would
do on other smartphones. Really, really cool. It does come with a cover, which I usually take off and lose. Now, here you can attach
the Aero Active 3 Cooler, which we have here. Now this is not only
going to cool your device. You have another RGB
logo because the current logo is going to be covered. And then you've got a USB
Type-C port here at the bottom. So you can still have this plugged in, as well as of course,
a 3.5 millimeter jack. So yes, we don't have
a 3.5 millimeter jack on the device itself, but it is nice that we do have it on
the Aero Active Cooler. And the new thing about
the Aero Active Cooler this time is that we've
also got a kickstand.
So, if you're watching some
content and you just want somewhere to kind of place
this for your gaming, and you don't want to
be carrying the device, then this is definitely quite cool. Now, let's talk about performance. ROG phone's known for having the latest and best specs out there. And this is also the
case on the ROG Phone 3. I believe it is the first smartphone to have the Qualcomm
snapdragon 865+ chipset. The ROG Phone 2 has the 865+. It was also one of the
first to have that chipset. Now there is also the ROG
Phone 3 Strix Edition. This is going to be
priced a little bit lower, and that will have the
snapdragon 865 standard. And you can get up to 512 gigabytes of UFS3.1 storage up from 3.0 last year, as well as up to 16
gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM compared to up to 12 gigabytes of LPDDR4X RAM that we had last year.
We've also of course got support for 5G this year, and we've got the GameCool 3 heat dissipating system. This has a six times larger
heat sink compared to last year with a redesigned 3D vapor
chamber and in larger graphite. Now I still use the ROG Phone, and it has no problems
in terms of performance, really does keep up with all
of the newer games as well. The ROG Phone 3 just takes that further, and it's going to last
you that much longer. It also has newer software. So we've got Android 10 with the ROG UI. My ROG Phone 2 still has Android 9. I've not got the Android updates as yet. We've got X mode with armory crate. So, this gives you a wider
variety of performance parameters from CPU and GPU performance
to touch sensitivity settings and display refresh rate. Now let's talk about the cameras. So the cameras have been
improved compared to last year, and there's some really
interesting things here. The primary camera is now
a 64 megapixel sensor. It is the Sony IMX686 compared to the IMX 586 with 48
megapixels last year.
We've got a 13 megapixel
ultra-wide camera. And this year, we've also got an additional five megapixel macro camera, which is going to let you focus
in closer to your subjects. It's five megapixels. So, it's not the best
macro camera out there, but it's nice to have. What's very exciting for me however, is the fact that couples with the Qualcomm snapdragon 865+ chipset. That means you can get 8K at
30 frames per second here.
That is something that you really can't do on many other devices,
as far as I'm aware. This is probably one of the
only that has that capability. The Samsung Galaxy S20
Series does have 8K, but that is at a maximum
of 24 frames a second. But in addition to that, you've got 4K at up to
120 frames per second. And I believe that makes this
one of the only smartphones that can film at that frame
rate at that resolution. Which is very, very impressive. Now for the battery. We once again have 6,000,000,000 bowers, which is one of the largest batteries on any smartphone right now.
And my experience with the ROG
Phone 2 was very, very good. One of the best in terms of
battery life on any smartphone last year and with the
ROG Phone 3 as well, that battery life, amazing. Obviously the more you game, and the more heavy you game
with he high refresh rates, that's going to take up more battery. However, Asus have put in a few features in here to get you the most
out of your battery life.
There's some battery care features. So you've got a custom charging limit, and that will allow you to say, lower your limit to around 90% or 80%. There's also a slow charging option, which will limit charging
to around 10 watts, which will be better for the battery wear, we'll keep the temperature
down by around 34%. And, there's also scheduled charging with added sleep wall options such as end time by alarm. Now, finally, let's talk about the price. So, the pricing information
I have right now is that for this flagship version, which has 512 gigabytes of storage, 16 gigabytes of RAM with the 865+, you're going to be looking
at around 1,100 euros. If you do want to go for
the 12 gigabyte version, then that's going to
at around 1,000 euros. And if you do want to
go for the Strix Edition with the 865 8 gigabytes of RAM with 256 gigabytes of storage, then that's going to be around 800 euros. Now, once I've got more
pricing information available for UK, US, et cetera, I'll be sure to drop that
down in the description below.
What do you guys think of the ROG Phone 3? Is this the gaming phone of the year? For me, it is leaning towards that way. Definitely let me know
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