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ASUS ROG Phone 3 Review Summary
Simply put, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 is what a gaming phone should be, from its aggressive (but not overly done) design language and class-leading performance, to the multitude of settings and tweaks at your disposable. An ecosystem of clever add-ons (like the clip to use the phone with a standard controller) adds to an already attractive package, and its the varied amenities like this that makes this the gaming phone to beat currently. That's right, we are declaring this the all-around best gaming phone we have ever tested. It's that good.
ASUS has managed to deftly take features that are at risk of being gimmicky, and make them actually useful. For example, if you are a hardcore mobile gamer, you will want to spend some time playing with the extensive controls here, whether that means creating macros for your favorite titles, or adjusting the awesome ultrasonic AirTriggers to your liking. And even if you consider yourself a casual gamer, you may still find yourself tempted to play around with settings that quite simply do not exist outside of the ASUS ROG Phone family.
We are also impressed that ASUS has found ways to improve upon the overall experience, beyond just upgrading the hardware. Those AirTriggers we talked about? We were already fans, and this time around, the ability to partition them into four ultrasonic buttons is a welcome addition, as is the ability to swipe. It shows that ASUS is taking this category seriously, and not merely trying to cash in on a gaming label.
Of course, there is always room for improvement. In this case, the lack of IP-rated water and dust resistance is a drag. And while it might be asking a lot, we'd love it if ASUS could engineer a way to make the overall frame slightly smaller and lighter, without sacrificing battery life. Fortunately for ASUS, even though the ROG Phone 3 is bigger and heavier than most flagship phones, it is not unwieldy in and of itself. That is the result of the pace of progress, as phones in general have continually gotten thinner and lighter.
The big question here is, how much will the ROG Phone 3 cost? Pricing in the US has not been revealed yet, but it's a safe assumption it will be right up there with other flagships. As in, probably $999 and up. The ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition will be lighter on the wallet, for those who are willing to dial back the hardware a bit.
Bottom line? If you're interested in a gaming phone, the ROG Phone 3 is probably the one to get. And even if you are not a hardcore gamer, its superior battery life, blazing fast performance, burly specifications, and acceptable camera performance make this worth considering in light of other expensive flagships. Look for the ROG Phone 3 arriving to retailers sometime in September.