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ROG Phone 3 vs ROG Phone 2: What’s Changed?




ASUS ROG has officially unveiled its latest gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 3 series. How much improvement does it bring compared to its predecessor, the ROG Phone 2? Let’s find out in this specs comparison.

ROG Phone 3ROG Phone 2
6.59-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 144Hz AMOLED display, HDR 10+6.59-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 120Hz AMOLED display, HDR
Corning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G 3.1GHz octa-core CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 855+ 2.96GHz octa-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G 2.84GHz octa-core CPU (Strix Edition)
Adreno 650 GPUAdreno 640 GPU
Up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM12GB RAM
8GB LPDDR5 RAM (Strix Edition)8GB RAM (Strix Edition)
Up to 512GB UFS 3.1512GB UFS 3.0
256GB UFS 3.1 (Strix Edition)128GB UFS 3.0 (Strix Edition)
Triple-rear cameras:
• 64MP Sony IMX686 (main)
• 13MP (ultrawide)
• 5MP (macro)
Dual-rear cameras:
• 48MP Sony IMX586 (main)
• 13MP (ultrawide)
24MP front camera24MP front camera
Dual-SIMDual-SIM
5G, 4G LTE4G LTE
Dual-Band WiFi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.1 (BR/EDR+LE), aptX AdaptiveBluetooth 5.0 (BR/EDR+LE), aptX Adaptive
GPS (L1/L5), A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, QZSS, NavICGPS (L1/L5), A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, QZSS
NFCNFC
USB-C (side-mounted): USB 3.1 Gen 2 / DisplayPort 1.4 (4K UHD) / fast charging (PD3.0, 30W) USB -C (side-mounted)
USB-C (bottom): USB 2.0 / fast charging (PD 3.0) (30-watt) / direct chargingUSB-C (bottom)
Dual-front speakers w/ Dirac HD, dual NXP TFA9874 smart ampDual-front speakers w/ DTS:X Ultra, dual NXP TFA9874 smart amp
3.5mm audio jack
Voice Wakeup
AirTrigger 3.0 systemAirTrigger 2.0 system
Fingerprint scanner (in-display)Fingerprint scanner (in-display)
GameCool 3 cooling systemGameCool 2 cooling system
AeroActive Cooler 3 external fanAeroActive Cooler 2 external fan
New ROG UI (Android 10)ROG UI (Android 9 Pie)
6,000mAh battery w/ 30W ROG HyperCharge6,000mAh battery w/ 30W ROG HyperCharge
171 x 78 x 9.85 mm 170.99 x 77.6 x 9.48 mm
240 g240 g

What has changed?

• Higher refresh rate with better HDR
• Newer and more powerful CPU
• Larger RAM
• Larger base storage
• Triple-rear cameras
• 5G connectivity
• WiFi 6
• Updated Bluetooth
• Updated GNSS
• Voice Wakeup feature
• Updated AirTrigger System
• Updated GameCool
• Updated AeroActive Cooler
• New ROG UI with Android 10

As you can see, that’s a long list of improvements over the ROG Phone 2.

Starting with the display, we still get the same 6.59-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, but the ROG Phone 3 has an impressive 144Hz refresh rate and support for HDR 10+.

When it comes to the chipset, the ROG Phone 3 has the best of what Qualcomm has to offer using the Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G with a clock speed of up to 3.1GHz. The Strix Edition, on the other hand, has a Snapdragon 865 5G. It also has a newer Adreno 650 GPU.

When it comes to the RAM, the ROG Phone 3 goes up to 16GB LPDDR5, unlike the ROG Phone 2 that maxes at 12GB. For the Strix Edition, we’re still getting 8GB LPDDR5.

Storage-wise, we’re still getting a maximum capacity of 512GB. However, the ROG Phone 3 has a newer UFS 3.1. The Strix Edition receives a bump in storage as well at 256GB UFS 3.1

ASUS also gave the rear cameras an upgrade, now sporting triple rear cameras with a 64MP Sony IMX686, 13MP ultrawide, and a 5MP macro. The selfie camera, however, was retained at 24MP.

Connectivity features get a significant upgrade as well, with the ROG Phone 3 now capable of supporting 5G networks. It also has WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and upgraded satnavs. We still have the side-mounted and bottom USB-C ports for charging and for the AeroActive Cooler 3, which is also an upgrade.

3.5mm is missing in the ROG Phone 3, though, but you’ll still be able to enjoy that port using the AeroActive Cooler 3. There’s also Voice Wakeup, upgraded AirTrigger 3.0 system, GameCool 3, and a new ROG UI based on Android 10.

As for the battery, we’re still getting the same massive 6,000mAh battery with 30W ROG HyperCharge.

Should you upgrade to the ROG Phone 3 from the ROG Phone 2?

We don’t have the info on PH pricing as of the moment, but if you already own the latter and don’t need 5G, then there’s no need to upgrade. Last year’s configuration is still more than enough to handle all Android games out there. However, if this is your first time buying a gaming-centric smartphone and have no plans of upgrading in the next three years? Go with the ROG Phone 3.



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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