A particular smartphone or smartphone launch, and this particular device takes a spec approach as far as just smashing everything onto the spec sheet. So much so that after taking a glance at it I was thinking that might be the fastest, that might be the most powerful smartphone in 2020.
This is the ROG Phone 3, and right now they put everything in it, snapdragon 865 plus, the first processor to clock over three gigahertz in a smartphone. 10% improvement performance, improvement over the regular snapdragon 865, which is also already flagship level, a 144 hertz display, about 16 gigs of ram. They put 16 gigs of ram, but you don’t have to get it with 16 gigs, but they’re selling a 16 gigabyte ram version of this smartphone. 512 gigs of storage they packed it all into here and you have a 6 000 milliamp hour battery.
Few of the accessories like it’s the cases and the cooler are not a gimmick, they actually do work. The controllers and other peripherals, the dock, the box look very fancy. ROG Phone 3 box have the cyborg futuristic look to it as you can tell, even it slides out to open. There’s a pre-included case, a kind of exoskeleton look gamer aesthetic, It doesn’t cover up the design or the LEDs that are on the device, you got to have some RGB on there as well.
So that’ll get you started, also comes with manual paperwork and a SIM tool, which even the SIM tool is aggressive, imagine that’s like lambo style angles on that SIM tool. Some stickers join the republic republic of gamers increasingly, guys it’s all about the mobile gaming that’s people are expecting more out of their mobile devices when it comes to gaming and that’s really.
What’s taxing these these heavy spec sheets particularly, because cooling becomes an issue and then long gaming sessions may result in in a phone kind of down clocking itself. In order to deal with increased heat, and then you’re having worse performance. The idea here with a phone like this and the accessories they come out with is to encourage those extended gaming sessions not having to worry about performance.
Comes with a 30 watt fast charger for the 6 000 milliamp hour battery that’s in here, and the reason they selected 30 watts as opposed to something even faster is because it would require a far fatter phone. They had to make a selection between either a bigger battery that would charge at 30 watts or a smaller battery that that could charge faster, and they went for the bigger battery, think is a good choice in a device like this, 6 000 milliamp hours that’s no joke.
There are some little plug looking things for accessory ports in case you want to have them sealed off. Looks like some sort of a braided cable, I believe it’s a type C. Type C to type C is a fairly robust cable. Another thing on a smartphone targeted at being plugged in some of the time for that really intense gaming is a type C to mini jack connector for connecting a headset to the phone.
I’m sure you’re aware and that probably meets your expectation if you’ve been paying any attention to the gaming segment of smartphones, powerhouse style smartphones. Has some weight to it it’s very metallic, very cyborg as mentioned. The rear reveals logo in the center, the republic of gamer’s logo and that is going to light up, that’s going to be RGB.
Depending on the way you bend it you get some different colored reflections, it says aerodynamic system there, republic of gamers written below. Camera module up top, looks like have a couple of cameras on there as well as a flash.
Very angular in design over on the side here we have ROG engraved into the device. Those are also your shoulder buttons, these are going to be capacitive shoulder buttons. Air triggers are what they call them, and they are a differentiating characteristic of a gaming phone.
You can map those to any spot in your game and get a way comfier grip over long periods of time. Triggers on this device are actually added functionality, you can split them in half and you can actually have one button on each side so you can get even more functionality, you can swipe on them, it’s a lot of stuff going on.
Another unique feature is the ability to plug in your peripherals, your cables and your other attachments on the side of the device, as opposed to just on the bottom. That’s a key because obviously, you know when you’re playing a game you’re in landscape mode for the most part and you could have the cable interfering with your grip.
Also There’s various docks that they’re gonna put out as accessories to this device that you may want to dock into, and so you have just the versatility of that port on the other side.
When on look at that Qualcomm logo elite gaming, so Qualcomm saying hey this is our top tier processor, this is our 865 plus. Actually we got a unique welcome graphic as well as, this is not your stock android situation.
For unlocking the phone we have some options, for face recognition as well as in display fingerprint, and you can use the air triggers for a squeeze function as well. It’s set to somewhere in the middle and then that gives you an idea of how hard you have to squeeze to trigger that.
There are a couple of different system styles for you to choose from, the Zen UI that comes on a variety of their devices. Default mode is an ROG specific more aggressive gaming mode, that’s what most people are going to choose if you purchase a device like this. ROG elite desperately needs you to join the resistance mission immediately.
OK so 144 refresh and it looks like the animation is fast, it is silky smooth so the touch latency is now down to a record low 25 milliseconds with a 270 hertz touch sampling rate. You have a couple of different refresh rates to keep in mind, there’s the 144 hertz plus the 270 hertz on the touch input.
All you need to really know is, this means you’re going to have a very fluid experience for the touch input. Your touch is going to be registered rapidly and fluidly, so you will see there’s a bit of a skin. there is also a dedicated gaming section called the armory crate, and this is where your games are going to live.
This is also where you’re going to be able to see the performance of your device, the temperature, the system frequency, the QPU, CPU, how much memory you’re using. There is 16 gigs of ram so you can keep a lot of things loaded in the background, you just have a bigger ramp buffer.
One thing you’ll probably notice about the device immediately is the fact that it’s not attempting to be one of these aggressive screen to body ratio phones. You’ll notice it’s just, a forehead and chin, and that may remind you of a smartphone, a kind of antiquated look to it.
A smartphone with an antiquated look but, they went out of their way in a press document to suggest that this was thought through, and they decided instead that the front-facing speakers and the speaker performance and the overall scale of the battery was more important than stretching the display as far as possible to each edge.
You have two front-facing speakers, left and right which are going to be difficult to block with your hands when you’re in a gaming orientation, and you also have a front-facing camera which the same thing they put it up above where your thumb would rest. Again we’re having to rethink which designs make the most sense given the way that the phone is targeted, and who it’s targeted at.
If it’s for gaming then yeah, these things make sense, you want good sound and also you want a place to grip onto it you can kind of understand it, things that are happening in the world of technology.
If I’m not mistaken, there’s this thing baked in called audio wizard, which will enhance the performance of audio depending on the circumstance and what you’re doing on your device. They’re saying for gaming, for example to boost the sound of footsteps, for music, for a more immersive experience, and then of course just the ability to personalize and configure the sound.
Not all manufacturers give you this ability or encourage you to do this but they’ve baked it in there. If you wanted to tweak and just you know boost up the treble or the bass to suit your criteria you could do that.
The most interesting of the accessories is the cooler, and I’ve tested these things with an actual thermometer and they do work. They effectively cool down your smartphone, actively with by pulling heat away from where the chip lives, underneath the rear surface and then dissipating it.
And what’s cool about this attachment is that it offers up pass-throughs on the bottom for a dedicated wired headset as well as a type C connector to keep power flowing through the whole thing, including this accessory, and then the new thing as well is little kickstand that opens up and allows you to get a nice little stand to your device, whether you’re just watching content or gaming, because now you can back off a little bit with an actual controller if you want to attach a controller for even more tactile feel.
So to showcase what this thing is capable of I’ve loaded up a game called Bullet Force. Because that game is capable of 144 fps to take advantage of the 144 hertz. Look for titles that support that, and as far as the air triggers are concerned you just pull over, grab the triggers and align them up with different sections within the game, where they’d be convenient to have.
Down the sights is on my left trigger, and to actually activate the trigger itself in the graphical overlay you have the right shoulder button. If you push the right shoulder boom, left shoulder down the sides right shoulder, there we go.
The sound is quite immersive here, it’s gaming centric, it’s a beast, it’s obvious what it’s for. Just take one glance at it and you know what you’re working with, if you’re in the market for the most powerful thing that’s out there in smartphone land.
16 gigs of RAM, a snapdragon 865 plus with a 10 performance improvement over the regular 865, including in the graphics department a 6 000 milliamp hour battery because that’s what you would want on a high powered gaming phone. A display that’s capable of 144 hertz making it one of two that i’m aware of that can come up to that speed, and then you pair that with the 270 hertz input.
It’s obvious that you’re dealing with if not the most powerful, definitely one of the most powerful smartphones that you can buy in 2020, you know who it’s for. It’s got the gaming centric design, the RGB stuff, and a wild variety of accessories that you can add to it to enhance the gaming experience even further.