Two years have passed since Asus introduced their first ROG Phone. Today, they’re announcing the third iteration of their gaming phone with the ROG Phone 3.
ROG Phone 3
The ROG Phone 3 shares a similar design to the past ROG Phones with metal and glass surrounding it and Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The phone also has a GameCool 3 cooling system to help keep the phone cool when gaming.
The phone has a 6.59-inch display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and a 144Hz refresh rate along with 10-bit HDR support. The display is capable of 650 nits of outdoor-readable brightness and 1000 nits of peak brightness.
Inside the ROG Phone 3 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. There’s also 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
Just like the ROG Phone 2, the ROG Phone 3 has a 6,000 mAh battery that should last fairly long.
The phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor and Ultrasonic sensors for AirTriggers 3. There’s WiFi 6 support, Bluetooth 5.1 (with Qualcomm aptX), WiFi Direct and NFC.
There are two USB-C ports on the ROG Phone 3, one on the bottom for charging at up to 30W. The side USB-C port supports USB 3.1 Gen, DisplayPorts 1.4 and 30W fast charging.
In terms of cameras, the ROG Phone 3 has a 64MP main lens, 13MP Ultrawide and 5MP Macro lens along with a 24MP front-facing camera.
Asus is also partnering with Google to bring Stadia support for the ROG Phone 3 at launch.
There will also be a range of accessories for the ROG Phone 3 such as the ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad that adds physical controls to the device. The TwinView Dock 3 adds a second screen, while the Mobile Desktop Dock lets you connect a keyboard and mouse for a more traditional gaming experience.
The ROG Lighting Armor Case that adds a bit of flair and the ROG Clip lets you use the phone with console controllers.
The ROG Phone 3 is set to launch in September in North America. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.
New ROG Peripherals
In addition to the ROG Phone 3, Asus also announced some new gaming peripherals.
The ROG Falchion is a wireless mechanical keyboard that is 65% of the size of a standard gaming keyboard. It comes with a cover case and touch panel to adjust volume, play/pause music and more.
The keyboard offers 1ms of response time, 2.4GHz connectivity and up to 400 hours of battery life. The ROG Falchion is set to launch in Q4 2020 in North America, pricing hasn’t been announced.
The ROG Cetra RGB is a pair of in-ear gaming headphones with a USB-C connection and made for phones, PC, Mac and Nintendo Switch. The earbuds have active noise cancellation (ANC) to block out noise when gaming and an Ambient mode that lets in external sounds.
The earbuds have 10mm Asus Essence drivers for the optimal gaming audio experience and strong bass. There are a few silicone tips and ear fins included as well as RGB lighting.
The ROG Cetra RGB is launching in September in North America. Pricing hasn’t been announced.
The ROG Strix XG16 is a new portable gaming display with a 15.6-inch screen, 1080p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. For ports, the display has two USB-C and a micro HDMI port.
The display’s kickstand offers 70 degrees of flexibility. The ROG Strix XG16 is set to launch in December in North America. Pricing hasn’t been announced.