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Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition Review - A true gaming smartphone

Full-blooded gaming smartphone. The main selling points of the third edition of the ROG Phone are the impressive specifications sheet and special gaming features. Asus has also done more fine-tuning when compared to the predecessor model. Read our review to learn whether or not this is enough to survive in the increasingly competitive market.
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The prices for the Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage start at 799 Euros (~$945). This is the version that we are reviewing. The variant with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory is also supposed to come to the market. However, the version with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space is only going to be sold in Asia. 

Buyers of the ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition will get a slightly less capable Snapdragon 865 instead of the Snapdragon 865 Plus, which buyers of the non-Strix version will get. Moreover, the non-Strix model also offers up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The non-Strix device also has faster wireless modules and supports more LTE bands.

The main competitors of the ROG Phone are the Black Shark 3 and the RedMagic 5G

Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (ROG Phone Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 8 x 2.4 - 2.8 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.59 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 391 PPI, capacitive, 10-point multitouch, AMOLED, 270 Hz touch sampling rate, 25 ms touch latency, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 6, glossy: yes, HDR, 144 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 236 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm combination headphone/microphone jack and USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: motion sensor, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, hall effect sensor, ultrasonic sensor for AirTriggers and pressure sensitivity
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, GSM/GPRS/Edge (850, 900, 1.800 and 1.900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 und 8), LTE Cat. 18 (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40 and 41), 5G (Band 41, 77, 78 and 79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.85 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-angle, f/2.4) + 5 MP (marco, f/2.4), 8K video recording, camera2-API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 24 MPix (0.9 μm, f/2.0)
Additional features
Speakers: 7-magnet stereo speakers with two NXP TFA9874 smart amplifiers, Keyboard: onscreen, AeroActive Cooler, 3 Aero Case, USB cable, headphone jack adapter, SIM card removal tool, power adapter (30 W), documentation, ROG UI, 24 Months Warranty, DRM Widevine L1, Camera2-API-Level: Level 3; SAR head: 0.736 W/kg, SAR bofy: 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
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison Devices

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89 %
09/2020
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
SD 865, Adreno 650
240 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.59"2340x1080
85 %
07/2020
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
SD 865, Adreno 650
222 g128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.67"2400x1080
84 %
06/2020
Nubia RedMagic 5G
SD 865, Adreno 650
218 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.65"2340x1080
88 %
04/2020
OnePlus 8 Pro
SD 865, Adreno 650
199 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.78"3168x1440

Case - Bulky ROG smartphone

The ROG Phone weighs 240 grams. However, it is still easy to hold in the hand. There is only one colour scheme. The design has not changed when compared to the predecessor. The choice of materials has slightly changed, though: The ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition does not feature any plastic elements. The back is made of glass, the origins of which are not specified, and there is a backlit ROG logo in the centre. The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 6.

We like the build quality. The housing is extremely rigid. The physical buttons wobble a little and the junctures where the back glass meets the frame are not perfectly even. However, these imperfections are only noticeable on close inspection. 

Users can insert two nano-SIM cards into the SIM card slot and the battery is not user-removable. The smartphone is neither dust- nor waterproof. 

Size Comparison

171 mm / 6.73 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.85 mm / 0.3878 inch 240 g0.529 lbs168.7 mm / 6.64 inch 77.3 mm / 3.04 inch 10.4 mm / 0.4094 inch 222 g0.4894 lbs168.56 mm / 6.64 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.75 mm / 0.3839 inch 218 g0.4806 lbs165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 74.3 mm / 2.93 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs

Connectivity - 3rd-gen Air Triggers and two USB ports

The ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition offers a good selection of ports: It comes not only with a USB-C port on the back but also with an AeroActive Cooler port on the left side, which features a built-in USB 3.1 port that operates at Gen 2 speeds (up to 10 Gb/s) and can output a UHD video signal.  

The Air Triggers rely on ultrasonic sensors to register inputs and the pressure level. The two flat buttons on either side of the device are primarily used for gaming. Moreover, the smartphone can also recognise when it is being squeezed just like the Pixel 4. Certain actions can be set to execute with a long or a short squeeze such as launching the X Mode. Users can customise these actions.

The storage capacity of the gaming smartphone cannot be expanded with the help of a microSD card. The ROG Phone features neither an IR blaster nor a radio tuner. There is no headphone jack on the smartphone itself. Instead, the audio jack is integrated into the AeroActive Cooler attachment. Even though the ROG Phone supports Always-On Display functionality, it still comes with an LED indicator.  

Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Left: AeroActive Cooler port, SIM card slot
Left: AeroActive Cooler port, SIM card slot
Right: first Air Trigger, volume rocker, power button, microphone, second Air Trigger
Right: first Air Trigger, volume rocker, power button, microphone, second Air Trigger
Bottom: USB port, microphone
Bottom: USB port, microphone

Software - Visually puffed-up Android 10 with X Mode

The Asus ROG Phone 3 runs Android 10. The security patches were last updated on June 1, 2020. The launcher still comes with that gamer-centric theme that we saw in the predecessor models. Users can also use the standard theme. The system-wide dark mode functions well and many third-party applications support it. The dark mode can be customised in the settings menu.

The X Mode transforms the ROG Phone 3 into a veritable gaming device. The notifications can be blocked, the lighting adjusted and the Air Triggers configured. Moreover, users can set different settings, such as the display refresh rate or touch sensitivity, for each game. The network settings can also be adjusted individually for each title. The game recommendations show titles, which support the 120 or 144 Hz mode. There is also a built-in screen recording tool. 

Communication and GNSS - 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and dual-band GNSS in the ROG Phone

Positive: There is no chicanery with LTE or 5G versions. All models of the ROG Phone 3 come with a 5G modem. However, the Strix Edition supports fewer LTE bands, namely four instead of 11. The theoretical transfer speeds are also lower. The smartphone can achieve download speeds of up to 1.2 Gb/s and upload speeds of up to 150 Mb/s in 4G networks and download speeds of up to 4.0 Gb/s and upload speeds of up to 542 Mb/s in 5G networks. There are no problems with signal reception. 

The Wi-Fi module supports Wi-Fi 6 and offers a good range and stable data transfer rates as the test with our reference-grade router Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reveals. However, the upload speed is a little lower than expected. The ROG Phone also supports dual-band Wi-Fi, which means that it can operate in two different frequency bands. This increases not only the speeds but also the stability of the connection. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
946 (911min - 960max) MBit/s ∼100% +6%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
893 (825min - 923max) MBit/s ∼94%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
831 (745min - 872max) MBit/s ∼88% -7%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
679 (601min - 733max) MBit/s ∼72% -24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=620)
286 MBit/s ∼30% -68%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
926 (463min - 960max) MBit/s ∼100% +37%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
923 (783min - 956max) MBit/s ∼100% +37%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
876 (767min - 904max) MBit/s ∼95% +30%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
676 (337min - 699max) MBit/s ∼73%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=620)
273 MBit/s ∼29% -60%
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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)
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test: available satellites

The ROG Phone supports the following global navigation satellite systems: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo. All of the above-mentioned networks, except for the Russian one, support dual-band functionality. Outdoors, our review device determines the user’s location quickly and with great precision. Indoors, the Asus smartphone takes a while to acquire the user’s location and sometimes it fails to establish a connection with the satellites. 

On our bike ride, we compare the ROG Phone with our reference-grade navigator Garmin Edge 500. At the end of a 12-kilometre ride, our review device and the Garmin Edge 500 deviate from each other only by 60 metres. When it comes to the turns, the ROG Phone is sometimes more accurate than the professional navigator. Most of the time, though, it does just as well as the bike computer.

Asus ROG Phone 3 - Overview
Asus ROG Phone 3 - Overview
Asus ROG Phone 3 - Underpass
Asus ROG Phone 3 - Underpass
Garmin Edge 500 - Turning around
Garmin Edge 500 - Turning around
Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
Garmin Edge 500 - Underpass
Garmin Edge 500 - Underpass
Garmin Edge 500 - Turning around
Garmin Edge 500 - Turning around

Telephony and Call Quality

Phone application

The phone application of the Asus smartphone is very clearly organised and supports call recording. Users can insert two nano-SIM cards into the dual SIM card slot. Only one SIM card can operate in 5G networks. The ROG Phone supports neither VoLTE nor Wi-Fi Calling. However, Asus added support for various features through an update in the past.

The call quality is good so long as the ROG Phone 3 is kept close to the ear and most background noise is filtered out. In loud speaker mode, the smartphone sounds somewhat echoey, which is not a problem in quiet environments.  

Cameras - Good camera system in the ROG Phone 3

Selfie taken with the ROG Phone 3
Selfie taken with the ROG Phone 3

The 24 MP front-facing camera uses pixel binning to improve low-light performance. This means that it produces 6 MP images. It can record Full HD video at 60 FPS. The image quality is rather good. However, there is quite a bit of smoothening going on.  

The smartphone comes with a triple-camera system. The main camera features a 64 MP Sony IMX686 image sensor. The ROG Phone also features an ultra wide-angle lens and a macro lens. The Asus smartphone supports only digital zoom, which looks good enough thanks to a high-resolution sensor. It tops out at 8X. The ultra wide-angle camera does a good job of correcting lens distortion. However, this makes the edges of the images quite blurry. The main shooter takes well-exposed photographs under normal lighting conditions and there is also no oversharpening. However, in certain shots colours appear a bit washed-out. Under low-light conditions, the ROG Phone lets too much light in, which makes the shots appear a bit blurry. Here, users should switch on the dark mode, which makes images somewhat dimmer but helps preserve detail. 

The ROG Phone 3 can record video at 8K30. However, not all functions are supported when shooting in 8K. There is quite a bit of noise even under normal lighting conditions.  

Low-light shots with the ROG Phone 3 - on the right with night mode

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide angleWide angleUltra wide-angleZoomLow Light

We photograph our test patterns under fixed lighting conditions to further assess the camera performance. Here, we see that the colours are really a little undersaturated. However, the ROG Phone is very good at preserving fine detail. 

ColorChecker
28.3 ∆E
44.5 ∆E
35.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
38.4 ∆E
52.8 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
30.5 ∆E
26 ∆E
54.4 ∆E
55.3 ∆E
28.8 ∆E
42.5 ∆E
25.2 ∆E
60.2 ∆E
33.2 ∆E
41.5 ∆E
58.4 ∆E
58.7 ∆E
45.9 ∆E
36.2 ∆E
24.3 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition: 39.38 ∆E min: 14.06 - max: 60.2 ∆E
ColorChecker
34.2 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
24.8 ∆E
32.8 ∆E
22.4 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
27.3 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
21 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition: 18.23 ∆E min: 5.31 - max: 34.2 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - A lot of accessories for the ROG Phone

The Asus smartphone comes with a 24-month warranty. The box contains a 30-watt charger, a braided USB cable (Type-C to Type-C, 120 cm), a SIM card removal tool, a headphone jack adapter (USB-C to 3.5 mm), a plastic protective case and the AeroActive Cooler 3. 

Asus offers additional accessories for the ROG Phone 3 in its online store, one of which is a Mobile Desktop Dock (150 Euros (~$178)) that allows users to connect a UHD monitor, a mouse and a keyboard to the smartphone. Moreover, it also features a Gigabit Ethernet port and an S/PDIF output for a 5.1 surround sound audio system.

Input Devices and Handling - Air Triggers are not only for gaming

The capacitive touchscreen can recognise up to 10 inputs at the same time. It has a very smooth surface and feels very responsive. The ROG Phone features an in-display fingerprint sensor, which only very rarely has trouble recognising fingerprints. Buyers can also use face recognition, which works quite a bit faster. 

The ultrasonic buttons are located on either side of the smartphone and can be used for system navigation. A long press activates the X Mode and a short press Google Assistant. Users can assign different functions to long or short presses in the settings menu. The ultrasonic buttons can also be used to quick-launch a favourite application. 

The haptic feedback is also quite good. 

Display - Bright AMOLED screen in the Asus smartphone

Pixel arrangement

The display of the ROG Phone 3 is very similar to that of the predecessor. The only difference is in the refresh rate: The new model has a 144 Hz screen. The AMOLED panel measures 6.59 inches diagonally and offers a Full HD Plus resolution. The brightness has also been slightly increased. We measured 625 cd/m² in the centre of the screen with the ambient light sensor enabled and 416 cd/m² with it disabled. In the APL50 test, in which the screen displays a pattern of alternating black and white squares of equal size, we measured a brightness level of up to 945 cd/m². This means that the panel is suitable for viewing HDR content. The HDR10 and HDR10+ certifications further bolster this conclusion.

One negative aspect is the really high minimum brightness of 10.25 cd/m². It is not going to bother anyone while gaming. However, those who like to read at night might be bothered by it.

Like other OLED panels, the panel of the ROG Phone exhibits PWM flickering, which fluctuates between 123.8 and 255.1 Hz. Susceptible individuals will certainly be able to feel this, because the PWM frequency is really low. The refresh rate can be adjusted in the settings menu. Users can choose from a constant refresh rate of 60, 90, 120 or 144 Hz. Higher frame rates have a higher PWM frequency. 

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 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 2.5 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.22
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.59
Asus ROG Phone 2
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.59
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Nubia RedMagic 5G
OLED, 2340x1080, 6.65
OnePlus 8 Pro
AMOLED, 3168x1440, 6.78
Screen
-53%
-15%
-110%
42%
Brightness middle
625
580
-7%
619
-1%
593
-5%
796
27%
Brightness
630
599
-5%
616
-2%
601
-5%
779
24%
Brightness Distribution
88
91
3%
90
2%
92
5%
94
7%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.6
4.9
-88%
3.74
-44%
8.1
-212%
0.68
74%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.5
9.1
-102%
7.94
-76%
16.2
-260%
1.55
66%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.5
5.4
-116%
1.7
32%
7.1
-184%
1.1
56%
Gamma
2.22 99%
2.17 101%
2.188 101%
2.28 96%
2.237 98%
CCT
6750 96%
7487 87%
6662 98%
7566 86%
6310 103%

* ... smaller is better

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 9589 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Adjusted colour settings

We use a spectrophotometer running CalMAN software to measure the colour accuracy of the display. Straight out of the box, the screen offers a very wide colour gamut and suffers from a bluish cast. The colours appear very saturated and are not very accurately reproduced. 

In the utility known as Splendid, users can select different colour profiles and adjust the colour temperature and saturation. When using the sRGB colour space and a warmer colour temperature, the colours appear much more natural. 

Grayscale (colour space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (colour space: DCI-P3)
Colour accuracy (colour space: DCI-P3)
Colour accuracy (colour space: DCI-P3)
Colour-space coverage (colour space: DCI-P3)
Colour-space coverage (colour space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (colour space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (colour space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (adjusted, colour space: sRGB)
Saturation (adjusted, colour space: sRGB)
Colour accuracy (adjusted, colour space: sRGB)
Colour accuracy (adjusted, colour space: sRGB)
Colour-space coverage (adjusted, colour space: sRGB)
Colour-space coverage (adjusted, colour space: sRGB)
Saturation (adjusted, colour space: sRGB)
Saturation (adjusted, colour space: sRGB)

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. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Outdoors, the ROG Phone 3 makes a very good impression and offers a sufficient brightness level to be readable even on sunny days. The reflection handling is also quite impressive. 

The AMOLED panel offers very good viewing angles. However, at very acute angles, the brightness slightly decreases and the colours appear cooler. 

Viewing angles

Performance - Strix Edition with Snapdragon 865

The ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition comes with a Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM. Those who need more power should get the more expensive version that features the faster Snapdragon 865+.

The ROG Phone performs as expected in the benchmarks. When compared to other competing devices, the differences in performance amount to only a few percentage points. These kinds of performance differences should not be noticeable in day-to-day use. It would be interesting to know if the Asus smartphone can maintain its maximum level of performance over an extended period of time. We shall look into this a little later in our review. 

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
OpenCL Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3259 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3310 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3115 - 3310, n=10)
3190 Points ∼96% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (259 - 5532, n=49)
1989 Points ∼60% -39%
Vulkan Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3665 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3382 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (2893 - 3665, n=10)
3169 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 4789, n=54)
1703 Points ∼46% -54%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3329 Points ∼97%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3449 Points ∼100% +4%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3076 Points ∼89% -8%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3318 Points ∼96% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (2687 - 3449, n=19)
3262 Points ∼95% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (421 - 4160, n=147)
1969 Points ∼57% -41%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
921 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
924 Points ∼100% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
909 Points ∼98% -1%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
909 Points ∼98% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (764 - 924, n=19)
902 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1604, n=147)
570 Points ∼62% -38%
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9739 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (9443 - 9739, n=5)
9559 Points ∼98%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=361)
4905 Points ∼50%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
13356 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (13186 - 13589, n=5)
13396 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (883 - 13589, n=425)
5018 Points ∼37%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
4276 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4261 - 4304, n=5)
4281 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (390 - 4965, n=425)
1533 Points ∼36%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
15299 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9822 Points ∼64% -36%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12879 Points ∼84% -16%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11153 Points ∼73% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (9202 - 15299, n=20)
11252 Points ∼74% -26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 15299, n=546)
6044 Points ∼40% -60%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
19989 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12612 Points ∼63% -37%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
13954 Points ∼70% -30%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
13471 Points ∼67% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (10990 - 19989, n=19)
13591 Points ∼68% -32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19989, n=702)
6649 Points ∼33% -67%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3958 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3793 Points ∼96% -4%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3888 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (1788 - 4061, n=17)
3560 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4061, n=198)
2663 Points ∼67% -33%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8184 Points ∼98%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8321 Points ∼100% +2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8279 Points ∼99% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (7618 - 9104, n=17)
8246 Points ∼99% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 11259, n=198)
3065 Points ∼37% -63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
6615 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6590 Points ∼100% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6618 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4604 - 6961, n=18)
6335 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6977, n=198)
2718 Points ∼41% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5518 Points ∼95%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5780 Points ∼100% +5%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5532 Points ∼96% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5506 Points ∼95% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5028 - 5780, n=18)
5384 Points ∼93% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=553)
2266 Points ∼39% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9382 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9157 Points ∼97% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9467 Points ∼100% +1%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9379 Points ∼99% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8633 - 9567, n=18)
9386 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=553)
2259 Points ∼24% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8119 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8105 Points ∼99% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8154 Points ∼100% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8111 Points ∼99% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (7517 - 8269, n=19)
8053 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=554)
2088 Points ∼26% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5525 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5765 Points ∼100% +4%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5532 Points ∼96% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5480 Points ∼95% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3956 - 5765, n=18)
5101 Points ∼88% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=585)
2181 Points ∼38% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12625 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12843 Points ∼100% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12750 Points ∼99% +1%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12665 Points ∼99% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (11956 - 13044, n=18)
12718 Points ∼99% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 22052, n=585)
3079 Points ∼24% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9821 Points ∼97%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
10090 Points ∼100% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9877 Points ∼98% +1%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9807 Points ∼97% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8499 - 10090, n=18)
9531 Points ∼94% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=585)
2534 Points ∼25% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5104 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5209 Points ∼100% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5209 Points ∼100% +2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
4987 Points ∼96% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4582 - 5209, n=18)
4951 Points ∼95% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5262, n=633)
2140 Points ∼41% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8272 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8284 Points ∼98% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8432 Points ∼100% +2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8106 Points ∼96% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (6511 - 9167, n=18)
8212 Points ∼97% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=633)
1883 Points ∼22% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7269 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7323 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7305 Points ∼100% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7117 Points ∼97% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5996 - 7653, n=19)
7156 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=634)
1785 Points ∼24% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5116 Points ∼97%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5274 Points ∼100% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5049 Points ∼96% -1%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
4928 Points ∼93% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3965 - 5274, n=18)
4841 Points ∼92% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5274, n=675)
2011 Points ∼38% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12159 Points ∼97%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11557 Points ∼93% -5%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12494 Points ∼100% +3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11371 Points ∼91% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (10665 - 13305, n=18)
11773 Points ∼94% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=674)
2496 Points ∼20% -79%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9311 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9138 Points ∼96% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9492 Points ∼100% +2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8811 Points ∼93% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8215 - 9611, n=18)
8923 Points ∼94% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=677)
2133 Points ∼22% -77%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
27506 Points ∼47%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
58293 Points ∼100% +112%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
26182 Points ∼45% -5%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
32240 Points ∼55% +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (17817 - 58293, n=17)
33986 Points ∼58% +24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 59268, n=819)
15813 Points ∼27% -43%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
146419 Points ∼95%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
154375 Points ∼100% +5%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
150654 Points ∼98% +3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
149017 Points ∼97% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (110875 - 154375, n=17)
145570 Points ∼94% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 224130, n=817)
28447 Points ∼18% -81%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
74677 Points ∼66%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
112989 Points ∼100% +51%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
73143 Points ∼65% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
82562 Points ∼73% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (56045 - 112989, n=17)
82107 Points ∼73% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=817)
21865 Points ∼19% -71%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
203 fps ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
206 fps ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
206 fps ∼100% +1%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
206 fps ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (168 - 209, n=19)
203 fps ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=817)
47.7 fps ∼23% -77%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
138 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼43% -57%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
90 fps ∼65% -35%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼43% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (50 - 138, n=19)
76.1 fps ∼55% -45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 138, n=826)
31.9 fps ∼23% -77%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
123 fps ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
120 fps ∼95% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
126 fps ∼100% +2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
126 fps ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (96 - 130, n=19)
122 fps ∼97% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 180, n=722)
28.3 fps ∼22% -77%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
109 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼55% -45%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
88 fps ∼81% -19%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼55% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (50 - 111, n=19)
72.2 fps ∼66% -34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=730)
23.3 fps ∼21% -79%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
86 fps ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
82 fps ∼93% -5%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
74 fps ∼84% -14%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
88 fps ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (67 - 90, n=20)
85 fps ∼97% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=585)
22.7 fps ∼26% -74%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
75 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼80% -20%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
51 fps ∼68% -32%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼80% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (43 - 83, n=20)
60.5 fps ∼81% -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=587)
20.2 fps ∼27% -73%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
30 fps ∼97%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
30 fps ∼97% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
28 fps ∼90% -7%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
31 fps ∼100% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (18 - 32, n=21)
27.5 fps ∼89% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=345)
11.7 fps ∼38% -61%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼100% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
20 fps ∼100% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
20 fps ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (20 - 21, n=21)
20.1 fps ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=343)
8.25 fps ∼41% -59%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
45 fps ∼94%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
45 fps ∼94% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
44 fps ∼92% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
48 fps ∼100% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (28 - 53, n=21)
42.9 fps ∼89% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=349)
17.4 fps ∼36% -61%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
52 fps ∼96% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
54 fps ∼100% +2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
54 fps ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (27 - 56, n=21)
51.9 fps ∼96% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=348)
20.1 fps ∼37% -62%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
51 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
49 fps ∼96% -4%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
51 fps ∼100% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
51 fps ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (39 - 54, n=20)
50.5 fps ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 75, n=510)
15.1 fps ∼30% -70%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
43 fps ∼96%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
41 fps ∼91% -5%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
42 fps ∼93% -2%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
45 fps ∼100% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (25 - 48, n=20)
40.1 fps ∼89% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=514)
13.4 fps ∼30% -69%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
602626 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
574589 Points ∼95% -5%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
607937 Points ∼100% +1%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
585231 Points ∼96% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (527301 - 607937, n=20)
577591 Points ∼95% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 622888, n=138)
326850 Points ∼54% -46%
VRMark - Amber Room (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7649 Score ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4988 - 7649, n=4)
6205 Score ∼81%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 7649, n=92)
2610 Score ∼34%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
1650 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
1395 Points ∼85% -15%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
1505 Points ∼91% -9%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
1496 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (1276 - 1650, n=19)
1467 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=752)
835 Points ∼51% -49%
Graphics (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11637 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11747 Points ∼99% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11648 Points ∼98% 0%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11842 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (11399 - 12073, n=19)
11701 Points ∼99% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=752)
2591 Points ∼22% -78%
Memory (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
6681 Points ∼80%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5564 Points ∼66% -17%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8398 Points ∼100% +26%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7240 Points ∼86% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5304 - 8874, n=19)
7136 Points ∼85% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=752)
1943 Points ∼23% -71%
System (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
10059 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8421 Points ∼84% -16%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9723 Points ∼97% -3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
10058 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8421 - 10147, n=19)
9736 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=752)
3548 Points ∼35% -65%
Overall (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5993 Points ∼97%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5264 Points ∼86% -12%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6149 Points ∼100% +3%
OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5993 Points ∼97% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5264 - 6273, n=19)
5861 Points ∼95% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6273, n=752)
1821 Points ∼30% -70%

The Asus ROG Phone 3 offers a great web-browsing experience. It performs so well in the browser benchmarks that it often takes the top spot in our comparison chart. It does surprisingly poorly in Speedometer, though. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
77.009 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 (Chrome 83)
66.292 Points ∼86% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (45.2 - 77, n=17)
63.9 Points ∼83% -17%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
63.374 Points ∼82% -18%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
61.492 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 161, n=212)
42.6 Points ∼55% -45%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
126.04 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 (Chrome 83)
117.37 Points ∼93% -7%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
114.78 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (74.2 - 126, n=18)
111 Points ∼88% -12%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
103.45 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 375, n=646)
49.7 Points ∼39% -61%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 (Chome 83)
70.9 runs/min ∼100% +132%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chome 80)
67.7 runs/min ∼95% +121%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (30.6 - 74.5, n=17)
63.4 runs/min ∼89% +107%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
59.6 runs/min ∼84% +95%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 196, n=193)
45.1 runs/min ∼64% +47%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
30.6 runs/min ∼43%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
107 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (97 - 127, n=19)
106 Points ∼99% -1%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
104 Points ∼97% -3%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 (Chrome 83)
104 Points ∼97% -3%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
99 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=282)
70.7 Points ∼66% -34%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
24213 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
23678 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (14606 - 24467, n=19)
21838 Points ∼90% -10%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
21048 Points ∼87% -13%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 (Chrome 83)
15901 Points ∼66% -34%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 58632, n=815)
8277 Points ∼34% -66%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 59466, n=841)
9568 ms * ∼100% -380%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 (Chrome 83)
2410.7 ms * ∼25% -21%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
2401.34 ms * ∼25% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (1839 - 2911, n=20)
2032 ms * ∼21% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
1992.4 ms * ∼21%
OnePlus 8 Pro (Chrome 80)
1944.7 ms * ∼20% +2%

* ... smaller is better

The use of the fast UFS 3.1 memory pays off in spades, because the Asus smartphone outperforms the competition in the storage benchmarks. 

Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix EditionXiaomi Black Shark 3Nubia RedMagic 5GOnePlus 8 ProAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-10%
-26%
-14%
-1%
-81%
Random Write 4KB
268.5
227.8
-15%
193.57
-28%
197.7
-26%
244 (205 - 285, n=7)
-9%
38.6 (0.14 - 319, n=913)
-86%
Random Read 4KB
266.84
238.3
-11%
201.64
-24%
208.3
-22%
246 (187 - 325, n=7)
-8%
61.7 (1.59 - 325, n=913)
-77%
Sequential Write 256KB
769.94
679.6
-12%
388.38
-50%
730.4
-5%
847 (732 - 1321, n=7)
10%
135 (2.99 - 1321, n=913)
-82%
Sequential Read 256KB
1697.39
1692.2
0%
1654.41
-3%
1627.3
-4%
1753 (1675 - 2037, n=7)
3%
355 (12.1 - 2037, n=913)
-79%

Games - Full-blooded gaming device

The key selling point of the ROG Phone 3 is its gaming performance. There are other smartphones with 120 or 144 Hz screens. This is nothing new. However, just because a smartphone has a high refresh rate display does not mean that it can run every game at high refresh rates. Software support also plays an important role as we saw with the likes of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the Oppo Find X2 Pro and the RedMagic 5G. This is the area in which the Asus smartphone excels. With the ROG Phone 3, users can enjoy high refresh rates in over 200 titles (as of August 2020), and the number of supported games is constantly rising.

We utilise a tool known as GameBench to measure frame rates. The ROG Phone hits the 60 FPS cap in PUBG Mobile, regardless of the graphics settings used. Asus’s features such as the Air Triggers, which can now recognise swipes, come in really handy here. The setup process is very easy and the inputs are registered reliably and quickly. The Air Triggers will bring a lot of additional value to every smartphone gamer. 

The ROG Phone provides an impressive gaming experience and offers a lot of gamer-centric customisation options. It also features an overlay, which shows the battery status, CPU/GPU utilisation, system temperature and the current refresh rate. 

In simple titles such as Dead Trigger 2, the ROG Phone can hit 144 FPS most of the time. However, in Armajet, the Asus smartphone never achieves more than 120 FPS. It is possible, though, that the model with the Snapdragon 865+ could achieve a slightly higher frame rate in this title.

PUBG Mobile
Armajet
Game Genie - In-game menu
Dead Trigger 2
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; PUBG Mobile; 0.19.0: Ø59.8 (58-61)
; Dead Trigger 2; 1.6.9: Ø141 (135-145)

Emissions - Efficient fan and good speakers

System Noise

The smartphone itself does not have a built-in fan. However, there is a cooling attachment, which includes a fan. The AeroActive Cooler 3 can be set to operate at four different speeds by the user or the fan speed can be adjusted automatically by the system. 

The fan is audible even at the lowest speed. At the highest speed, we measured a sound pressure level of 47.7 dB (A), which is quite a lot. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs204137.143.435.941.3412532.33432.539.432.232.33126.323.933.9292826.34030.329.33527.422.530.35044.636.540.336.331.244.66330.521.733.229.928.230.58018.22222.420.423.818.210018.322.121.319.621.918.312522.820.722.414.921.322.816021.121.422.320.316.821.12002117.719.216.815.12125019.519.116.916.313.419.531518.718.117.116.613.118.740017.918.117.315.813.517.950019.420.118.617.612.619.463023.523.120.919.511.123.580027.325.824.822.510.827.3100031.230.226.726.111.131.2125034.133.932.229.110.434.1160037.636.734.131.410.737.620003734.73330.31237250040.939.137.53412.440.9315038.436.634.230.512.738.4400038.436.533.62912.938.4500032.429.92723.913.332.4630027.924.622.919.513.727.9800023.321.319.217.415.123.31000018.116.615.115.113.818.11250015.51514.214.714.515.5160001414.414.914.313.914SPL47.74643.840.624.847.7N4.84.23.52.80.64.8median 23.3median 22.1median 22.3median 19.5median 13.3median 23.3Delta7.36.96.85.71.37.3hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition

Temperature

Without a fan
With a fan

On the back, users can see part of the copper heat pipe through a tiny opening, which is there to improve cooling. When idle, the surface temperatures hover around 28 °C (82.4 °F). Under load, the temperatures reach about 37 °C (98.6°F). With the AeroActive Cooler installed the surface temperatures on the back decline. As can be seen from the thermal photographs, the cooler moves the warm air from the centre to the sides, which makes holding the smartphone in the hand more pleasant.  

We utilise GFXBench to test the system stability under continuous load. Here, we only use the demanding Manhattan benchmark (OpenGL ES 3.1), which runs 30 times in a row. Without the fan, the performance drops by 12% after the 20th benchmark run. With the fan, there are no drops in performance. 

Max. Load
 35.5 °C
96 F
35.7 °C
96 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
 36.4 °C
98 F
36.9 °C
98 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
 36.2 °C
97 F
36.5 °C
98 F
35 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 36.9 °C = 98 F
Average: 35.7 °C = 96 F
32.3 °C
90 F
33.9 °C
93 F
33.7 °C
93 F
32.3 °C
90 F
34.2 °C
94 F
35.2 °C
95 F
30.3 °C
87 F
36.8 °C
98 F
36.8 °C
98 F
Maximum: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Average: 33.9 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  25.4 °C = 78 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.7 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.9 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.8 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.2 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
Front without a fan
Back without a fan
Front with a fan
Back with a fan

Speakers

The two front-facing speakers are quite loud and sound very nice, even though the bass is completely missing.

Users can connect wired headphones to the ROG Phone with the help of the included USB-C to 3.5-mm headphone jack adapter. Nowadays these adapters are not always included with the smartphone. The AeroActive Cooler 3 features an audio jack, which is why there is no need for an adapter when it is attached to the device. The signal-to-noise ratio is quite impressive (93.8 dBFS), meaning that there is very little background noise. 

Those who prefer wireless headphones will be happy to learn that the ROG Phone supports aptX Adaptive audio technology, which promises low latency and high fidelity – when used with appropriate headphones. The smartphone also supports aptX, aptX HD and LDAC. 

Frequency response: speakers
Frequency response: audio jack
Noise and harmonic distortion (audio jack)
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 72.1Delta1.16.632.536.629.424.822.826.425.32730.23323.326.121.923.21921.419.625.21944.516.148.518.954.316.657.214.358.51560.715.262.914.364.314.366.814.269.714.871.914.874.514.475.114.374.314.674.114.770.114.968.414.965.714.666.714.863.515.447.726.883.40.953.4median 14.8median 64.31.49.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ROG Phone 3 Strix EditionNubia RedMagic 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition 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%

Nubia RedMagic 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 70% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 47% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery Life

Energy Consumption

The ROG Phone is rather energy-efficient. However, the power draw at minimum brightness is quite high because the minimum brightness level is high. The high frame rates also take their toll. When idle, the smartphone draws 1.47 watts at 60 Hz, 1.59 watts at 90 Hz, 1.75 watts at 120 Hz and 1.77 watts at 144 Hz at maximum brightness. 

The 6000-mAh battery takes less than 2 hours to fully charge with the included power adapter. The Asus smartphone supports QuickCharge 4.0 as well as USB-C PD. Wireless charging is not supported, though. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.32 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.91 / 1.47 / 1.49 Watt
Load midlight 4 / 9.55 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
6000 mAh
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
4720 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 5G
4500 mAh
OnePlus 8 Pro
4510 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-43%
-14%
-90%
-32%
-4%
Idle Minimum *
0.91
1.2
-32%
1.1
-21%
2.2
-142%
1.175 (0.52 - 2.2, n=18)
-29%
0.892 (0.2 - 3.4, n=911)
2%
Idle Average *
1.47
2.1
-43%
1.5
-2%
3.3
-124%
2.08 (1.19 - 3.43, n=18)
-41%
1.758 (0.6 - 6.2, n=910)
-20%
Idle Maximum *
1.49
2.5
-68%
1.71
-15%
3.7
-148%
2.34 (1.23 - 4, n=18)
-57%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=911)
-37%
Load Average *
4
6.3
-58%
4.84
-21%
5.9
-48%
5.28 (3.5 - 7.4, n=18)
-32%
4.12 (0.8 - 10.8, n=905)
-3%
Load Maximum *
9.55
10.7
-12%
10.42
-9%
8.3
13%
9.73 (7.67 - 12.3, n=18)
-2%
6.12 (1.2 - 14.2, n=905)
36%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

We expected the ROG Phone to achieve the longest battery runtimes when compared to the rest of the competition, because it comes with a massive battery. Nevertheless, in some areas it did not do as well as expected. However, this should not take away from the fact that the ROG Phone achieves phenomenal battery runtimes. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
35h 04min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 84)
16h 04min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
27h 54min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 36min
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
6000 mAh
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
4720 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 5G
4500 mAh
OnePlus 8 Pro
4510 mAh
Battery Runtime
-35%
-46%
-14%
Reader / Idle
2104
1487
-29%
2103
0%
H.264
1674
899
-46%
1023
-39%
WiFi v1.3
964
703
-27%
614
-36%
923
-4%
Load
336
206
-39%
149
-56%
296
-12%

Pros

+ stable performance
+ plenty of ports
+ dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and 5G
+ loud speakers
+ very good battery life
+ fast screen...

Cons

- ...with a high minimum brightness level
- no wireless charging
- no IP certification
- no microSD card slot
- heavy

Verdict - Specifications bonanza

Review of the Asus ROG Phone 3 (Strix Edition). Device provided courtesy of: Asus Germany
Review of the Asus ROG Phone 3 (Strix Edition). Device provided courtesy of: Asus Germany

The Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition is a smartphone that comes with a specifications sheet that leaves nothing to be desired. The lack of support for wireless charging can be explained by the fact that combining wireless charging with a fan is a very difficult thing to pull off and waterproofing a smartphone with a heat vent is also going to be very technologically challenging. However, there is a chance that such innovations may come with the next-generation devices.

The Asus ROG Phone 3 comes with very impressive hardware and is the best gaming smartphone on the market right now.

The smartphone offers all that a gamer’s heart at this point in time can desire. This includes a fast SoC, a highly responsive and bright 144 Hz HDR display, very fast storage, good speakers, multiple ways to connect headphones and plenty of accessories. To say nothing of the gimmicks such as the integrated LED indicator.

Nevertheless, there are a few things that can be criticised. The minimum brightness is simply too high and despite the good battery runtimes the smartphone could have still been a bit more energy-efficient. Those who would like to use VoLTE or Wi-Fi Calling will have to wait, because these functions are supposed to be enabled in a future update. Even though the cameras are quite good, they still cannot keep up with flagship devices. 

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Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition - 09/01/2020 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
99%
Connectivity
72 / 70 → 100%
Weight
87%
Battery
93%
Display
88%
Games Performance
61 / 64 → 95%
Application Performance
85 / 86 → 98%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
85 / 90 → 94%
Camera
70%
Average
84%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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