ASUS is bringing its ridiculously powerful ROG Phone 3 to Australia

If your current Android phone isn’t powerful enough for you, the latest from Asus is going to delight. By the end of August, Asus will have brought its new ROG Phone 3 to Australia, blasting away all over Android phones with sheer power, if this eye watering spec sheet is anything to go by.

Obviously the phone sports a gamer-first design, but it packs a punch for just about any consumer. What you’ll get is a 6.59-inch AMOLED screen with 1,000 nits peak brightness, a nifty 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and unprecedented 25ms touch latency. Pure power will be handled by a workhorse Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset with 5G support and WiFi 6.

To top that, it’s going to have a 6,000 mAh battery which is, to my knowledge, the biggest battery in a smartphone (one that doesn’t look ridiculous at least) to date. Various advanced power-saving mechanisms will work to sustain any long gaming session, including an uprated GameCool 3 cooling system to keep the whole thing from overheating.

The ROG Phone 3 can be configured with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 ROM storage, which is more than enough to reiterate just how beastly of a performer this will be.

In addition to the above, the phone is going to finesse the gamer-centric design of its predecessors and retain some of what’s made the series so beloved for Android users. This includes a side-mounted charging port, redesigned AirTrigger system, which now includes a motion sensor, and an enhanced X Mode performance-optimisation software which allows users to customise different system parameters to best suit their gaming preferences as well as maximise the phone’s AI and photography.

The AirTrigger 3 system has been overhauled to offer an experience closer to that of a real console controller. This includes the ability to re-map the control scheme, have swipe gestures on each button for a secondary command, and even add dual-partition, touch-sensitive button emulation so users can mimic a controller’s shoulders (L1/L2, R1/R2). Users can even reconfigure the phone to reload a weapon in-game just by shaking the device.

It’s also future-ready for when Google Stadia starts picking up its cloud-based gaming concept, having the nascent system pre-installed.

And although the phone is primarily going to be for gamers, photographers should be more than satisfied with a 24MP front-facing camera, and a 64MP primary camera on the rear with Sony IMX686, as well as a 13MP 125-degree ultrawide angle lens and a 5MP macro lens.

Australia will also be getting numerous accessories for the phone, an expansive range which includes the new modular ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad with physical console-like controls, a new ROG “Lightning Armor” case, the ROG Clip to attach the phone to selected console controllers, and the awesome looking TwinView Dock 3 which will allow gamers to augment the phone for a desktop keyboard, mouse and an external TV or monitor.

The aggressively powerful phone will be available in Australia by the end of August for an RRP of A$1,699.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.