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ROG Phone 3 Bypass Charging feature to arrive in an upcoming update

by Vyncent ChanSeptember 19, 2020
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Charging while gaming is a terrible idea, but what’s one to do when their device runs low on battery but they still need to game? ASUS plans to solve the issue by introducing a Bypass Charging feature in an upcoming update for the ROG Phone 3.

With the Bypass Charging feature, the ROG Phone 3 will divert the current from the charger to power the system instead of charging the battery. The battery level will be maintained at a fixed level instead of being charged, thus reducing the overall heat output.

The battery lifespan will also be extended with this feature, as you won’t be charging the battery while simultaneously discharging it to power the device. Aside from avoiding excess charge-discharge cycles, the lowered heat output from the device will also keep the battery healthier in the long run, which bodes well for the overall longevity of the device.

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ASUS will be rolling out the update to add Bypass Charging to Game Genie starting from 21st September. At the moment, the update will be exclusive to the ROG Phone 3, although ASUS didn’t explicitly mention that the ROG Phone and ROG Phone 2 will be left out of the fun.

ROG Phone 3 Specs and Price

ROG Phone 3 ROG Phone 3 STRIX Edition
Processor Snapdragon 865+, octa-core up to 3.1GHz, 7nm Snapdragon 865, octa-core up to 2.84GHz, 7nm
GPU Adreno 650 (+10% performance) Adreno 650 @ 587MHz
RAM Up to 16GB LPDDR5 8GB LPDDR5
Storage Up to 512GB UFS 3.1 256GB UFS 3.1
Display 6.59″ FHD+ 144Hz AMOLED display,
10-bit HDR, Delta-E <1
1000-nit peak brightness
113.3% DCI-P3 gamut coverage
Camera 64MP f/1.8 camera, Sony IMX686
13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide
5MP f/2.0 macro
Selfie Camera 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth 5.1, aptX Adaptive
Dual-band GPS
5G: Bands N1, N2, N3, N5, N28, N41, N66, N71, N77, N78, N79
FDD-LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71
TD-LTE: Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth 5.1, aptX Adaptive
Dual-band GPS
5G: Bands N41, N77, N78, N79
FDD-LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
TD-LTE: Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
Battery 6000mAh
30W QuickCharge 4.0/USB-PD 3.0/Direct Charge
Dimensions 171 x 78 x 9.85 mm
Weight 240g
Price 12GB+512GB: RM3799
16GB+512GB: RM4499
RM2999

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With such a massive 6000mAh battery, the ROG Phone 3 will probably be able to withstand quite a few years of abuse before the battery is noticeably degraded, but the addition of such a feature does bode well for mobile gamers.

A similar feature was introduced in the Sony Xperia 1 II as well, although we can probably all agree that the Sony smartphones aren’t exactly great for gaming ergonomics.

Pokdepinion: I wonder if smartphones will soon have better performance when connected to the wall, like how laptops are now.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.