The Chinese Regulatory Agency, TENNA, has published detailed specifications and a few renders of the upcoming ASUS ROG Phone 3. ASUS ROG Phone 3 had already made the headlines since February 2020, and without any second thoughts, the phone will be phenomena among gamers. This is the third installation of the ASUS ROG Phone series, and it is definitely composed to feature insane hardware composition as seen before. Here’s what we know so far.
ASUS ROG Phone 3 Specifications
Back in February 2020, Qualcomm released a list of upcoming smartphones that feature the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. ASUS ROG Phone 3 had caught audience attention since then. It is also understood that the ROG 3 willlaunch with a pre-loaded Google Stadia and will support a number of ROG gaming features including Aura Lighting, Refresh Rate Control, and Performance Boost and also accessories including the View Dock and Kunai Gamepad.
As per the listing, the phone will ship with the model number ‘ASUS_I003DD’ and feature a 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1,080×2,340 pixels. And as mentioned earlier the phone will feature an overclocked octa-core Snapdragon 865 SoC that can ramp up to a maximum frequency of 3.091GHz along with the most efficient Android GPU, Andreno 650.
If the listing is to be believed, the phone will come in three RAM and Storage variant of 8GB, 12GB, and 16GB along with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB respectively. The Asus ROG Phone 3 will likely carry a triple rear camera setup, featuring a 64-megapixel primary camera and a 13-megapixel secondary camera. The TENAA site does not highlight the details of the third camera, however, it is said to support 8x zoom.
The ROG Phone 3 runs Android 10 out-of-the-box, presumably with ROG UI customizations on top. ROG UI is basically the same as ZenUI but with a slightly tweaked UI to match the ROG gamer aesthetic and a handful of special apps like Armoury Crate for game management. The phone also expects to get an Android 11 update.
It is also said to pack a 6,000mAh battery with fast charging support. Other features on the phone include an in-display fingerprint sensor and face recognition. It will also likely come with 5G support. The ROG Phone 3 by Asus may carry a USB Type-C port at the bottom for charging and no headphone jack. The alleged renders published on the website also highlights a secondary USB Type-C/video out port on the left-hand side.
The TENAA listing does not lis their screen refresh rate, but it’s likely the ROG Phone 3 will support a refresh rate of at least 120Hz, but since some gaming phones like Nubia Red Magic 5G or Lenovo Legion switch to 144Hz refresh rate, it is very likely for the ROG Phone 3 to follow that path. The listing also specifies that the Asus ROG Phone 3 will measure 171x78x9.85mm and weigh 240 grams.
Asus ROG Phone 3 availability
Currently, Asus has not officially revealed the launch date of its next-generation gaming phone. A report recently claimed that the company might launch the Asus ROG Phone 3 by July-end.
This means that we could see a new gaming phone from Asus as soon as next month. The ROG Phone 3 is likely to feature a fancy design and newer, more improved cooling mechanisms, a trend we also saw on past phones. With the launch of the Asus ROG Phone II last year, the brand also launched a bunch of accessories including a kunai controller and a turbo-cooling case.
Some other details
The predecessor of ROG Phone 3, ROG Phone II was the most powerful device in the Snapdragon 855+ platform, so it is expected that the Phone 3 would be of equal standard.
Since ASUS has included the Snapdragon 865 in the new ROG Phone 3, the new device will support 5G NR connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon X55 modem. Bands 41, 78, and 79 are listed on TENAA, suggesting only sub-6GHz support. We can’t rule out the possibility of a special variant with mmWave 5G support, though we think that’s unlikely since ASUS does not currently sell any of its ROG devices through American carriers. Powering this massive smartphone will be a ~6000mAh battery, which is the same capacity as on the ROG Phone II. Separately, a listing with China’s CCC reveals that the phone will support 30W wired fast charging.
It is yet not confirmed if the ROG Phone 3 will support the exact same accessories as the ROG Phone II or if users will have to purchase a new set of accessories. The TENAA listing also doesn’t confirm if the new ROG Phone has “AirTriggers,” ASUS’ term for its ultrasonic shoulder buttons, but we bet this feature will return given its utility in gaming. We also don’t know any details of the front-facing camera sensor, but we doubt it will be significantly upgraded from the front camera on the ROG Phone II. There’s also the question of an official IP rating and wireless charging. Most importantly, we don’t know anything about pricing. We’ll hopefully learn all of these details soon.
|Specification||ASUS ROG Phone 3 (ASUS I003DD)|
|Dimensions & Weight||171 x 78 x 9.85 mm|
|CPU & GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
1x Kryo 585 (ARM Cortex A77-based) Prime core @ 3.091GHz
3x Kryo 585 (ARM Cortex A77-based) Performance cores @ 2.4GHz (presumed)
4x Kryo 385 (ARM Cortex A55-based) Efficiency cores @ 1.8GHz (presumed)
Adreno 650 GPU
|RAM||8GB, 12GB, 16GB (LPDDR5 presumed)|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB (UFS 3.X presumed)|
|Cameras||Rear 64MP + 13MP + ?MP telephoto camera (up to 8X zoom?)|
Front camera Unknown
|Display||6.59″, FHD+ resolution (2340×1080), AMOLED, no notch or hole-punch cutout|
|Battery & Charging||5800mAh (rated), 6000mAh (typ)|
30W fast charging
WCDMA: I,Band 8
TDLTE: Band 38,Band 39,Band 40,Band 41(2555-2575 MHZ,2575-2635 MHZ,2635-2655 MHZ)
LTEFDD: Band 1,Band 3,Band 5,Band 8
NSA: Band 41,Band 78,Band 79
SA: Band 41,Band 78,Band 79
|Ports||USB Type-C, no 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Software||Android 10 with ROG UI|
|Security||Under-display fingerprint scanner|
Also no details of the front-facing camera sensor were published, but we doubt it will be significantly upgraded from the front camera on the ROG Phone II. There’s also the question of an official IP rating and wireless charging. Most importantly, we don’t know anything about pricing. We’ll hopefully learn all of these details soon.