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Asus ROG Phone 3 Review - The smartphone with the extra performance

For gaming enthusiasts. Besides the cheaper Strix Edition, the Asus ROG Phone 3 is also available with a faster Qualcomm processor and more memory. Find out what other differences there are and whether the upgrade is worth it in this review.
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After we already tested the Strix Edition of the ROG Phone 3, we are now finally going to review the better-equipped version. Asus' ROG Phone 3 uses the faster Snapdragon 865+ and offers a larger storage capacity. Either 12 GB of working memory and 512 GB of internal storage or a model with 16 GB of RAM are available. We find the surcharge of 100 Euros for the additional 4 GB of working memory to be steep

In contrast to the Strix version, Asus not only offers a faster SoC and more memory, but also more performance in mobile communications. The theoretical download speeds for LTE increase up to 2.0 GBit/s (Cat. 20) and for 5G up to 4.4 GBit/s (Strix Edition: 1.8 and 4.0 GBit/s). The number of supported mobile bands is also increased. There are two additional bands for 3G, 5G can continue to use seven and these are even doubled to 28 for LTE

The ROG Phone 3 (ZS661KS) should nominally cost 999 Euros (~$999), but it is now available for much less. We focus on the additional performance provided by the faster processor in this review. The other test areas can be read in detail in the Strix Edition article.

Asus ROG Phone 3 (ROG Phone Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) 8 x 2.4 - 3.1 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12288 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.59 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 391 PPI, Capacitive, AMOLED, 270 Hz touch sampling rate, 25 ms latency, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glas 6, glossy: yes, HDR, 144 Hz
Storage
512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 512 GB 
, 492 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: audiojack, USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, hall, AirTrigger 3
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 19), LTE Cat. 20 (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48, 66, 77), 5G (Band 1, 2, 3, 5, 28, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.9 x 171 x 78 ( = 0.39 x 6.73 x 3.07 in)
Battery
6000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (Sony IMX686, 1/1.7", 0.8 μm, f/1.8) + 13 MPix (125° Ultra Wide, f/2.4) + 5 MPix (Macro, f/2.4), 8k-Video, Camera2-API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 24 MPix (0.9 μm, f/2.0, 27 mm)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual (7-magnet stereo speaker with dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifier), Keyboard: onscreen, AeroActive Cooler 3, Aero Case, USB cabel, audiojack to USB adapter, SIM tool, power adapter (30 W), documentation, ROG UI, 24 Months Warranty, DRM Widvine L1, Camera2-API-Level: Level 3; Head-SAR: 0.736 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.497 W/kg, fanless
Weight
240 g ( = 8.47 oz / 0.53 pounds), Power Supply: 118 g ( = 4.16 oz / 0.26 pounds)
Price
999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison devices

Bewertung
Rating Version
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
89 %7
12/2020
Asus ROG Phone 3
SD 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650
240 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.59"2340x1080
89 %7
09/2020
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
SD 865, Adreno 650
240 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.59"2340x1080
85 %7
06/2020
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
SD 865, Adreno 650
253 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash7.10"3120x1440
84 %7
10/2020
Nubia RedMagic 5S
SD 865, Adreno 650
218 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.65"2340x1080

Performance - ROG Phone 3 is the ultimate gamer

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 865+ and has 12 GB of LPDDR5 working memory in our test version. In contrast to the Snapdragon 865 without Plus, this also means a powerful Prime core, three performance cores, and four power-saving Cortex-A55 cores. However, the Plus model has the stronger Prime core with up to 3.1 GHz (SD865: max. 2.84 GHz)

This is particularly noticeable in the benchmarks due to a higher single-core performance, which is around 9% higher. The increase is lower by 4% when all cores are used, which is relatively congruent in both Geekbench and 3DMark

The integrated graphics unit Adreno 650 also gets a higher clock rate, which is increased from a maximum of 587 MHz in the Snapdragon 865 to up to 650 MHz, which gives the ROG Phone 3 a performance increase of up to 10%. All in all, the ROG Phone 3 is even a bit faster than other smartphones with the same SoC

However, this is not noticeable in games because the high performance is hardly demanded by any game. Only Genshin Impact cannot be played at a constant 60 FPS, but shows several frame drops. It is quite possible that this can be improved with software updates

The test of PUBG Mobile also shows a different behavior than with the Strix Edition. The HD setting is now limited to 40 FPS, but a full 90 FPS is available with the graphics details. The still young Ultra HD setting is handled effortlessly and stably by the ROG Phone

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
3458 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3329 Points ∼96% -4%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3361 Points ∼97% -3%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3264 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (3012 - 3458, n=6)
3243 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4201, n=190, last 2 years)
1903 Points ∼55% -45%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
995 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
921 Points ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
903 Points ∼91% -9%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
904 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (950 - 1006, n=6)
979 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1604, n=190, last 2 years)
550 Points ∼55% -45%
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
14979 Points ∼98%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
15299 Points ∼100% +2%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
10945 Points ∼72% -27%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11075 Points ∼72% -26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (12355 - 14979, n=6)
13143 Points ∼86% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=269, last 2 years)
7570 Points ∼49% -49%
3DMark
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
4132 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (4132 - 4167, n=2)
4150 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 8672, n=52, last 2 years)
3127 Points ∼75% -24%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
4143 Points ∼99%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (4143 - 4244, n=2)
4194 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 7275, n=53, last 2 years)
2863 Points ∼68% -31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
5751 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5518 Points ∼96% -4%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5307 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (4159 - 5751, n=6)
4965 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5780, n=271, last 2 years)
2832 Points ∼49% -51%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
10330 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9382 Points ∼91% -9%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9395 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (9453 - 10442, n=6)
10019 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 12616, n=271, last 2 years)
3253 Points ∼31% -69%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
8777 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8119 Points ∼93% -7%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8022 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (7369 - 8780, n=6)
8154 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9643, n=271, last 2 years)
2951 Points ∼34% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
5686 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5525 Points ∼97% -3%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5296 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (4178 - 5686, n=6)
4805 Points ∼85% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5765, n=268, last 2 years)
2783 Points ∼49% -51%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
13777 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12625 Points ∼92% -8%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12605 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (11617 - 13779, n=6)
12893 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 22052, n=270, last 2 years)
4534 Points ∼33% -67%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
10467 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9821 Points ∼94% -6%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9647 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (8709 - 10467, n=6)
9355 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=270, last 2 years)
3636 Points ∼35% -65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
5318 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5104 Points ∼96% -4%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4850 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (4041 - 5318, n=5)
4572 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=265, last 2 years)
2738 Points ∼51% -49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
9140 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8272 Points ∼90% -9%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9167 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (8548 - 9140, n=5)
8924 Points ∼97% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=265, last 2 years)
2750 Points ∼30% -70%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
7881 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7269 Points ∼92% -8%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
Points ∼0% -100%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7653 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (6850 - 7881, n=5)
7346 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=265, last 2 years)
2577 Points ∼33% -67%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
5301 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5116 Points ∼97% -3%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4874 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (4104 - 5301, n=6)
4589 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 5301, n=265, last 2 years)
2699 Points ∼51% -49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
13499 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12159 Points ∼90% -10%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
13305 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (11107 - 14283, n=6)
12559 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=265, last 2 years)
3868 Points ∼29% -71%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
10046 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9311 Points ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
Points ∼0% -100%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9611 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (8272 - 10046, n=6)
8977 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=265, last 2 years)
3279 Points ∼33% -67%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
33 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
30 fps ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
27 fps ∼82% -18%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
32 fps ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (18 - 35, n=6)
27.2 fps ∼82% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=271, last 2 years)
13.4 fps ∼41% -59%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
22 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
20 fps ∼91% -9%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
21 fps ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (22 - 22, n=6)
22 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.26 - 101, n=270, last 2 years)
9.24 fps ∼42% -58%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
50 fps ∼94%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
45 fps ∼85% -10%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
53 fps ∼100% +6%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
50 fps ∼94% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (27 - 54, n=6)
41.5 fps ∼78% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 66, n=270, last 2 years)
20.2 fps ∼38% -60%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650, 12288
59 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼90% -10%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
27 fps ∼46% -54%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼90% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
  (46 - 59, n=6)
56 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.94 - 257, n=270, last 2 years)
23.2 fps ∼39% -61%
Asus ROG Phone 3Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix EditionXiaomi Black Shark 3 ProNubia RedMagic 5SAverage 512 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-2%
-15%
-17%
-6%
-60%
Random Write 4KB
280.64
268.5
-4%
261.45
-7%
243.54
-13%
251 (221 - 281, n=2)
-11%
104 (4.78 - 319, n=276, last 2 years)
-63%
Random Read 4KB
274.33
266.84
-3%
218.2
-20%
213.27
-22%
241 (208 - 274, n=2)
-12%
123 (13.5 - 325, n=276, last 2 years)
-55%
Sequential Write 256KB
771.91
769.94
0%
657.92
-15%
674.27
-13%
768 (765 - 772, n=2)
-1%
291 (11.9 - 1321, n=276, last 2 years)
-62%
Sequential Read 256KB
1710.23
1697.39
-1%
1398.36
-18%
1348.19
-21%
1710 (1710 - 1711, n=2)
0%
691 (41.9 - 2037, n=276, last 2 years)
-60%

Gaming-Benchmarks

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; Armajet; 1.55.5: Ø119 (114-123)
; Call of Duty Mobile; 1.0.17: Ø60.2 (56-61)
; Genshin Impact; 1.1.1_1437351_1398019: Ø58.4 (29-61)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 1.1.0: Ø89.6 (81-91)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.1.0: Ø39.9 (38-41)
; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD; 1.1.0: Ø39.9 (38-41)

More measurements

Communication

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ROG Phone 3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
893 (825min - 923max) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
893 (825min - 923max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
870 (371min - 959max) MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
817 (785min - 843max) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
876 (785min - 909max) MBit/s ∼100% +30%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
681 (343min - 699max) MBit/s ∼78% +1%
Asus ROG Phone 3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
676 (337min - 699max) MBit/s ∼77%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
676 (337min - 699max) MBit/s ∼77% 0%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø892 (825-923)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø665 (337-699)

Display

595
cd/m²
629
cd/m²
662
cd/m²
590
cd/m²
625
cd/m²
660
cd/m²
615
cd/m²
627
cd/m²
670
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 670 cd/m² Average: 630.3 cd/m² Minimum: 10.25 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 625 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.6 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 2.5 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.22

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
3.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 1.6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 255.1 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 255.1 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 255.1 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9728 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.935.62529283121.924.5402223.65029.936.1632229.58019.340.810016.345.61251448.316016.958.120014.956.225014.160.23151062.74001167.150011.771.363010.970.880011.971.510001174.3125010.276.5160011.479.3200012.882.1250012.981.8315012.578.940001376.6500013.177.4630013.476.4800015.772.11000013.574.2125001473.91600013.766.7SPL24.889.9N0.680.3median 13median 72.1Delta1.16.635.435.139.736.92828.427.43129.834.325.826.522.22623.424.121.222.719.230.918.940.21949.517.252.81657.916.764.818.865.514.770.115.673.51474.913.975.614.474.714.773.614.372.81571.915.773.215.860.415.763.416.260.615.75815.948.971.86327.684.326.315155.8median 15.8median 63.41.912.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ROG Phone 3Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus ROG Phone 3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 8% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 67% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 79% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 87)
15h 12min

Pros

+ good 144 Hz OLED display
+ strong connectivity
+ good speakers
+ long battery runtimes..

Cons

- ... but they turn out shorter than in the Strix Edition
- heavy
- no IP certification
- no wireless charging
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Verdict - A sensible upgrade not only for enthusiasts

In test: Asus ROG Phone 3. Test device provided by Asus Germany.
In test: Asus ROG Phone 3. Test device provided by Asus Germany.

Visually, there are no major differences to the Strix Edition of the Asus ROG Phone 3. Only the heat sink visible under the glass has red instead of gray accent stripes in the standard version tested here. The other technical improvements are certainly not a quantum leap either, but they can be quite useful

Since the storage of the ROG Phone 3 is not expandable, the 512 GB of internal storage is certainly a good alternative. However, the extra performance of the Snapdragon 865+ is mainly aimed at enthusiasts

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is technically one of the strongest Android smartphones and the clear number 1 in terms of mobile gaming.

However, this is not so much true for the broad frequency configuration for mobile communications. A total of 23 additional bands are an incentive for people who are often on the road to buy the more expensive version for about 200 Euros. However, one drawback turned out in the test. In fact, the battery test was weaker than that of the Strix Edition and the battery was drained 52 minutes faster

Regardless of which version is ultimately chosen, the ROG Phone 3 is still one of the fastest Android smartphones and is ideally equipped for mobile gaming with high frame rates

Asus ROG Phone 3 - 12/15/2020 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
99%
Connectivity
72 / 70 → 100%
Weight
87%
Battery
91%
Display
88%
Games Performance
63 / 64 → 98%
Application Performance
91 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
85 / 90 → 94%
Camera
70%
Average
84%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2020-12-16 (Update: 2020-12-16)
Daniel Schmidt
Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - @Tellheim - 353 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
Already as a little dwarf I was fascinated by my Commodore 16 and ignited my enthusiasm for computers. With my first modem I surfed the Btx and later also the World Wide Web. The latest technology trends have always fascinated me and this is especially true for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. For Notebookcheck, I have been on the ball since 2013 and I am looking forward to the innovations that are still to come and that we will put to the acid test for you.