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ROG Phone 3 Series announced from RM2999 — the best bang-for-buck gaming phone?

by Vyncent ChanSeptember 5, 2020
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While the ASUS ROG Phone series used to rank among the most expensive Android smartphones you can buy, it seems that recent price hikes across the board resulted in the ASUS ROG Phone 3 looking like a pretty good deal, especially the ROG Phone 3 STRIX Edition which starts from a sweet RM2999.

rog phone 3 x mode

It packs less RAM and storage with just 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, as well as the slightly weaker Snapdragon 865 and also sports support for fewer network bands, but hey, it is a good RM800 less than the next step up in the ROG Phone 3 series. You still get the dual-zone AirTrigger 3, motion sensors, 144Hz AMOLED display, 6000mAh battery and the sweet cooling system, so I would say that it is indeed quite a good deal.

ROG Phone 3 vs ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition

This is especially true when you consider that the ROG Phone 3 STRIX Edition offers way more features and much greater performance than your average RM5000+ devices. But if you want even more, well ASUS Malaysia will also be offering the ROG Phone 3 with the beefier Snapdragon 865+ along with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. You can check out the specifications and pricing below:

ROG Phone 3 Specs and Price

ROG Phone 3ROG Phone 3 STRIX Edition
ProcessorSnapdragon 865+, octa-core up to 3.1GHz, 7nmSnapdragon 865, octa-core up to 2.84GHz, 7nm
GPUAdreno 650 (+10% performance)Adreno 650 @ 587MHz
RAMUp to 16GB LPDDR58GB LPDDR5
StorageUp to 512GB UFS 3.1256GB UFS 3.1
Display6.59″ FHD+ 144Hz AMOLED display,
10-bit HDR, Delta-E <1
1000-nit peak brightness
113.3% DCI-P3 gamut coverage
Camera64MP f/1.8 camera, Sony IMX686
13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide
5MP f/2.0 macro
Selfie Camera24MP f/2.0 selfie camera
ConnectivityWiFi 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
Battery6000mAh
30W QuickCharge 4.0/USB-PD 3.0/Direct Charge
Dimensions171 x 78 x 9.85 mm
Weight240g
Price12GB+512GB: RM3799
16GB+512GB: RM4499
RM2999

All variants of the ROG Phone 3 are available for purchase in Malaysia now.

ROG Phone 3-21

To further flesh out your ROG Phone 3 experience, ASUS will be offering a slew of accessories including the ROG Ranger BC1001 Waist Pack, cases and even the ROG Clip which lets you mount your ROG Phone 3 to an Xbox controller.

  • ROG Ranger BC1001 Waist Pack – RM99
  • ROG Clip – RM149
  • ROG Phone 3 Lighting Armor case & Glass Screen Protector – RM279
  • ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad – RM499
  • Mobile Desktop Dock – RM599
  • TwinView Dock 3 – RM899

ROG Phone 3 accessories compatibility

The ROG Phone 3 is also compatible with last-gen accessories, as listed above.

Pokdepinion: While previously gaming phones were pricier than your average flagship devices, it seems like gaming phones are now actually more affordable than the latter..

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.