Are you interested in the ROG Phone 3?

ASUS ROG Phone 3
ASUS ROG Phone 3 (Image credit: Alex Dobie / Android Central)

Earlier this week, we dropped our review of the new ROG Phone 3 from ASUS. The ROG Phone 3 is one beast of a handset, offering insane specs, a radical design, and one of the best gaming experiences available in the Android space.

The ROG Phone 3 isn't for everyone, but for folks that take mobile gaming seriously, it's a hard package to ignore. Some of our AC forum members recently got to talking about it, saying the following:

Thanks for the information. The specifications for ROG-PHONE-3 seem to be pretty solid. mustang7757 and Mike Dee couldn't spell your name correctly cause they were too busy playing grab *** in here.


I'm surprised they removed the headphone jack, considering a wired connection is a requirement for gaming to avoid audio lag. Maybe they exhausted their supply of jacks with the ROG 2, where you could have two?


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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Nice phone, great specs, especially the 144hz display. But on a gaming phone why omit the headphone jack? Then they stick you with a ridiculous DONGLE? Poor choice Asus!
  • Does it work with T-Mobile WiFi calling or VoLTE? If it does I would consider it but that info seems impossible to find and based on the ROG 2 I wouldn't count on it which means the phone won't work at all on T-Mobile soon even if it has the correct LTE bands.
  • LOL does anyone actually game on an Android phone?
  • Ikr, iOS is the home of mobile gaming, iOS is far better for gaming than Android ever will be, especially as iOS is made for gaming and gets the best games way before Android ever does.
  • Beno, thanks for making me laugh out loud! Exactly how much gaming do you do? I do a lot because it's fun and gives my mind a break, or sharpens it up depending on the game. Some days I just play a few minutes while waiting for someone or something. Other days it can be for hours. I've got a rack of phones in front of me, most of them iPhones. I typically have sixteen games on my Androids, fourteen on my iPhones, and we have head to head gaming sessions that sometimes go into the night. One girl is already here, a couple is on their way with their three kids, and my gaming buddy will probably end up spending the night. Let me share a bit from my live, real world experience. Out of our seven iPhones, the favorite is the XS Max. The iPhone 11 runs better, but has a small screen. The iPhone that nobody wants to get "stuck" with is the 5S because the screen is small and the performance is terrible. Out of the four Androids we use, the favorites are the Note 10+ and the U12+. The least favorite Android is my old Note 3, which has a big screen, but nobody likes it because the screen is murky (like most older OLEDS), and the performance is poor. So what happens when I put all the phones in a pile on the table? The U12+ and Note 10+ go first, followed by the XS Max and the iPhone 6S+. The Note 10+ is definitely the "nicer" of the two favorite Androids, but that curved screen is a minus when gaming. The games are the same. There is no difference in app quality. There is one advantage in Agent A, as the iOS version has a notepad for jotting down clues, the Android version does not 🤨. And yes, you can have puzzle game competitions where the winner is the first to beat a specific level. The other games like Asphalt 9, Riptide GP2, Machinarium, Monument Valley, Temple Run, Leo's Fortune, Alto's Adventure and the rest play the same. And how do things work out in the real world? The iPhone 6S+ overheats first, followed by the iPhone 7. The iPhone 11 and XS Max get hot, but they don't lockup and crash like the 6S. For battery life, the iPhone 7 battery dies first, but it's battery health is 84%, so it's expected. iPhone 6S is next in line (bigger battery, recently replaced). Then the Note 3 dies, but it's battery is old. Next is the iPhone 11, which holds onto that last few percent better than previous iPhones, then the XS Max. And we end the night with the Galaxy Note 10+ and the HTC U12+ both with battery to spare. In case you are wondering about the oveheating bit; there's a good reason for it. On older iPhones, the SoC has no way to pass heat off, so it just sits there suffocating. Apple has a history of this going way back to the Apple /// Business system, which would actually burn it's memory boards because Jobs did not want a fan in it. The newer iPhones are better, and the SoC can pass heat off and use the metal midrame as a heat sink. This works fine most of the time, but for prolonged use, it's not enough and the SoC begins throttling. So Apple's version of "thermal management" is placing the SoC near the midframe and adding a dab of thermal paste. Compare that to HTC using huge copper sheets and a graphene thermal dissipation panel, and it becomes why the U12+ has never overheated in our gaming sessions. iPhones better for gaming? Not in the real world.
  • The ROG Phone 1 would destroy that u12+. In the real world, the u12+ is a PoS. In your fantasy world, its a gift from heaven. I've played COD Mobile on my iPhone 6(not S or plus) and NEVER had it get hot or throttled. Still original battery.
    I borrowed my friend u12 for two days, and I don't get what you see in that phone. The skin is like 1980'ish. Utter garbage.
  • Yep! I do. A lot.
  • Nope, I've already got my sights set on a much better phone in the iPhone 11 Pro Max, outside of gaming, the ROG Phone 3 isn't really that impressive and it runs on Asus' crappy software so don't expect updates and Asus doesn't have the ecosystem or brand recognition of Apple and as it's running Android, it has all of the shortcomings that comes with Android. No thanks. I'm done with Android and after I get my iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2 weeks time, I'll stop browsing this sorry excuse for a tech website and stick to the far superior iMore.