ROG Phone 3 Series announced from RM2999 — the best bang-for-buck gaming phone?
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.
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.
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 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
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
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
30W QuickCharge 4.0/USB-PD 3.0/Direct Charge
|Dimensions||171 x 78 x 9.85 mm|
All variants of the ROG Phone 3 are available for purchase in Malaysia now.
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
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..