ASUS today unveiled the ROG Phone 3 series and an array of gaming accessories and peripherals during the Game Changer virtual launch event. As the latest generation of the world’s most powerful gaming smartphone series, ROG Phone 3 redefines mobile gaming with the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform, an ultra-responsive 144 Hz / 1 ms AMOLED 6.59-inch display, and the GameCool 3 cooling system for peak performance during extended gameplay sessions. Mobile gaming on ROG Phone 3 is enhanced by a number of expansion accessories, such as Kunai 3 Gamepad and ROG Clip for console-like controls, and TwinView Dock 3 for dual-screen gameplay.
At this event, ROG also announces the new ROG Falchion wireless gaming keyboard, ROG Cetra RGB gaming headphones, and ROG Strix XG16 portable gaming monitor. The ROG Falchion wireless gaming keyboard offers a space-saving layout that is 65% the size of a standard keyboard, a user-friendly multi-use interactive touch panel, and wireless Aura Sync lighting. ROG Cetra RGB gaming headphones feature active noise cancellation (ANC) technology and customizable RGB lighting. ROG Strix XG16 is a 15.6-inch portable gaming display with a built-in battery that features up to a 144 Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution display and a user-friendly kickstand design.
ROG Phone 3 and the abundant choices of gaming accessories and peripherals empower gamers with the ultimate mobile gaming experience. “ROG loves gaming, and ROG Phone 3 together with the full range of gaming accessories are the ultimate game changer,” said ASUS Co-CEO S.Y. Hsu. “ROG Phone 3 is undeniably the next evolution of the gaming smartphone. With absolute power, enhanced audio, better phone controls, and a more connected system with our gamer community, the ROG Phone 3 delivers unimaginable gaming experiences and empowers gamers to tailor these experiences as they wish.”
The President of Qualcomm Incorporated, Cristiano Amon, also joined the virtual event and noted that “Qualcomm Technologies has worked closely with ASUS for years and we are honored to have been a part of every ROG Phone launched. The latest ROG Phone 3 will be one of the first devices powered by the new Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform to deliver a world-class gaming experience for consumers.”
To establish an integrated gaming ecosystem and deliver more immersive mobile gaming experiences to gamers, ROG also introduces its partnerships with the game development platform Unity Technologies and the online cloud gaming platform Google Stadia™. Game developers using the Unity real-time 3D content creation platform will get exclusive access to a plugin with five ROG Phone features, allowing them to easily optimize their games for ROG Phone. Google Stadia on ROG Phone enables gamers to stream the latest games directly to their mobile device without the need for downloading. Stadia supports up to 60 fps gaming in resolutions up to 4K UHD, with HDR and 5.1-channel surround-sound support — a perfect match for the hardware capabilities of the powerful ROG Phone 3.
ROG Phone 3
ROG Phone 3 is the most powerful ROG Phone ever, using the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform, which enables staggering multi-gigabit 5G connectivity, Qualcomm® Snapdragon Elite Gaming™, intuitive AI experiences, and desktop-level gaming with ultra-realistic graphics. Featuring the uprated GameCool 3 cooling system, ROG Phone 3 is engineered to deliver nonstop, ultrasmooth performance for ultimate mobile gaming experiences.
A 144 Hz / 1 ms AMOLED 6.59-inch display provides Delta E color accuracy of less than one to ensure vivid and accurate imagery, and an industry-leading 25-millisecond touch latency allows a near-instant touch response. The 10-bit display also supports HDR10+ high-dynamic range content for ultimate visual realism. For a more comfortable viewing experience, the display has Low Blue Light (Hardware Solution) and Flicker Reduced certifications from TÜV Rheinland.
The distinctive ROG Phone 3 design retains the core gamer-centric benefits of its predecessors, including the unique side-mounted charging port, yet this generation takes it to the next level with a transparent part of the back cover for displaying the heat sink. The 6000 mAh battery in ROG Phone 3 has stamina that can be relied on for even the longest battles. The intuitive AirTrigger 3 system now includes a motion sensor in addition to the programmable ultrasonic touch sensors, giving gamers even more ways to control the action. The latest leveled-up version of the X Mode performance-optimization software delivers increased display refresh rates, enhanced touch sensitivity, and fast network connections—in addition to maximizing CPU and GPU performance—making it easier than ever to unlock the full power of ROG Phone 3.
ROG Phone 3 also features an upgraded audio system that is tuned in collaboration with audio specialist Dirac. A new, dedicated Game Mode further enhances in-game sound effects for immersive gameplay. The powerful dual front-facing speakers positioned at the top and bottom of the phone are now more capable of delivering rich, detailed audio that presents perfect stereo imaging in landscape mode.
The lineup also includes the exciting new ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition, which has the same incredible gamer-centric features as ROG Phone 3. It is powered by the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform with up to a 256 GB UFS 3.1 ROM and up to 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
ROG Phone 3 Modular Accessories
The wide range of all-new modular accessories for ROG Phone 3 includes ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, ROG Clip, ROG TwinView 3 Dock, and ROG Lighting Armor Case. Kunai 3 Gamepad adds console-like gamepad controls to ROG Phone 3; ROG Clip connects the phone to PlayStation® 4, Google Stadia™, or Xbox® controllers for an enhanced on-the-go gaming experience; TwinView Dock 3 expands the phone’s display area to provide true 144 Hz dual-screen gameplay; and for extra protection and style, the ROG Lighting Armor Case gives ROG Phone 3 a striking appearance and features Aura lighting.
ROG Cetra RGB gaming headphones
ROG Cetra RGB gaming headphones support multiple platforms via a USB-C® connection, including mobile phones, PC, Mac and Nintendo Switch™. The active noise cancellation (ANC) technology and innovative Ambient mode on the earbuds enable users to fully immerse in games, music and other media without distraction, yet also give users the ability to hear external sounds, as needed. Exclusive 10 mm ASUS Essence drivers deliver optimized gaming audio and strong bass. Users have a choice of three sizes of silicone tips and ear fins, as well as a pair of foam ear tips ― all to provide flexibility to ensure a comfortable fit. The customizable RGB lighting on the headphones allows users to enjoy high-quality audio in style.
ROG Falchion wireless gaming keyboard
ROG Falchion is a wireless mechanical keyboard with an innovative design that is 65% the size of a standard keyboard. It offers a versatile cover case and an interactive touch panel that can adjust volume, play and pause music, and zoom the screen in and out. The touch panel can also be programmed for use as a macro key, and the RGB LEDs inside the touch panel indicate battery status in real time. It provides gamers with ultrafast 1 ms, 2.4 GHz connectivity and up to 400 hours of battery life. With the cutting-edge design and user-friendly features, ROG Falchion empowers gamers with next-level control and performance.
ROG Strix XG16 portable gaming display
ROG Strix XG16 is a 15.6-inch portable gaming display with a built-in battery that features up to a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution. It offers two USB-C® ports and one Micro HDMI port, which provide flexible connectivity and the ability to charge during gameplay. The user-friendly kickstand on the back can be opened up to 70° and enables the display to be placed stably on a flat surface in landscape or portrait orientation for comfortable viewing on-the-go. Underneath the kickstand is a mesh design with cybertext patterning, which adds to its futuristic aesthetic. The display offers high-quality colors and brightness, and the IPS panel enables wide viewing angles. ROG Strix XG16 is compatible with ROG Tripod, which allows gamers to position the display above a laptop for dual screen use.