ROG Phone 3 vs ROG Phone 2

published on August 3, 2020

– What's up guys, Saf here on SuperSaf TV And we've got here the latest of what has been my favorite gaming smartphone over the past couple of years This is of course, the ROG Phone 3 We're going to get this unboxed, but we'll also do a bit of a comparison versus the ROG Phone 2, to see what's different

Let's get straight to it Now, looking at this box, it's kind of in this prism shape, and look at that You know it's a gaming device, right? It's not the easiest box to open

I'll tell you that Okay There we go Now, this just kind of slides out, and we've got the phone in here Now inside the box as well as the phone,

We've got some ROG stickers We've got this plastic case We've got some rubber coverings for the ports There's a braided USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable, as well as a fast charger This is a 30-watt fast charger

I think that's about the same as what we had last year We've got the Aero Active 3 Cooler, which is the accessory that we can put on to the ROG Phone 3 And we've also got a USB Type-C to 35 millimeter converter And that is because the ROG Phone 3

Does not have a 35 millimeter jack this year There is however, a 35 millimeter jack on the Aero Active 3 Cooler, which we'll get to in a second And of course you get that converter too So we'll get this out of the plastic

Here it is So, you can see here that it's got that iconic ROG phone design, and looks very similar to the ROG Phone 2, which I have here And you can see that as well as the design being similar,

The size is almost exactly the same The ROG Phone 3 is just slightly thicker And that is partly because it's got more of a camera bump because of the new cameras But I do quite like the cleaner look of the ROG Phone 3 There aren't as many lines as we've got on the ROG Phone 2

And the aerodynamic cooling section has also been updated with this more minimal design There's of course the RGB ROG logo, which you can customize And it looks really, really cool Now, taking a look at the front We once again, have a very similar design

To what we had last year And this is around about a 66 inch AMOLED display However, there are lots of improvements Firstly, it is a 144 hertz display compared to the 120 hertz of the ROG Phone 2 You've also got an improved touch sampling rates

So, we've got 270 hertz versus 240 hertz on the ROG Phone 2 And Asus have also said that we've got as little as 18 milliseconds of touch latency Which is the lowest on any smartphone in the world right now Both have a Full HD+ resolution,

But the ROG Phone 3 does have support for HDR 10+ Whereas the ROG Phone 2 has support for HDR 10 And we've also got a slightly brighter display on the ROG Phone 3, up to 650 nits outdoors, versus 600 nits on the ROG Phone 2

Now, I've absolutely loved the display on the ROG Phone 2 So smooth, one of the first with 120 hertz Now, the ROG Phone 3 is one of the first with 144 hertz How much of a difference does it make from 120 hertz to 144 hertz? Definitely a difference, but not as noticeable

As when you go from say 60 to 90 hertz, or from 90 to 100 hertz The higher the refresh rate, the less noticeable it is it, in my opinion But nevertheless, with that high refresh rate, the higher touch sampling rates,

As well as that minimal latency, does make this one of the, if not the best gaming smartphone display out there And we do have the top and bottom bezels Which give you the front firing stereo speakers Now, these speakers are slightly larger compared

To what we had last year And on the ROG Phone 3, we have seven magnets for more power and less distortion, as well as game effects in partnership with Swedish company, Dirac Now let's take a look around the device

So upfront there is that front-facing camera This is 24 megapixels It's got a slightly wider aperture compared to what we had last year On the right-hand side, the buttons are on the same place

So we've got the volume rocker as well as the power button And then we've got the air triggers These are version three of the air triggers And this year, we've got twice as many gestures compared to last year Now supporting both sliding and swiping

And you can also divide each button into two partitions for tapping So air triggers are actually really useful because you can map these two different areas on different games And you know, they're going to give you an additional advantage

At the bottom, is where we've got that surprise And there is no 35 millimeter headphone jack So you've just got the USB Type-C input, but on the left-hand side, as well as the SIM card tray, you do have two USB Type-C ports in the middle

And this is something that I absolutely love about ROG phones Just the consideration of having these on the left-hand side means that, not only can you attach different accessories, but you can also plug in the smartphone, use it in landscape mode,

And the wire is not going to be coming in your way like it would do on other smartphones Really, really cool It does come with a cover, which I usually take off and lose Now, here you can attach the Aero Active 3 Cooler,

Which we have here Now this is not only going to cool your device You have another RGB logo because the current logo is going to be covered And then you've got a USB Type-C port here at the bottom So you can still have this plugged in,

As well as of course, a 35 millimeter jack So yes, we don't have a 35 millimeter jack on the device itself, but it is nice that we do have it on the Aero Active Cooler And the new thing about the Aero Active Cooler this time is that we've also got a kickstand

So, if you're watching some content and you just want somewhere to kind of place this for your gaming, and you don't want to be carrying the device, then this is definitely quite cool Now, let's talk about performance ROG phone's known for having the latest

And best specs out there And this is also the case on the ROG Phone 3 I believe it is the first smartphone to have the Qualcomm snapdragon 865+ chipset The ROG Phone 2 has the 865+ It was also one of the first to have that chipset

Now there is also the ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition This is going to be priced a little bit lower, and that will have the snapdragon 865 standard And you can get up to 512 gigabytes of UFS31 storage up from 30 last year, as well as up to 16 gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM

Compared to up to 12 gigabytes of LPDDR4X RAM that we had last year We've also of course got support for 5G this year, and we've got the GameCool 3 heat dissipating system This has a six times larger heat sink compared to last year

With a redesigned 3D vapor chamber and in larger graphite Now I still use the ROG Phone, and it has no problems in terms of performance, really does keep up with all of the newer games as well The ROG Phone 3 just takes that further, and it's going to last you that much longer

It also has newer software So we've got Android 10 with the ROG UI My ROG Phone 2 still has Android 9 I've not got the Android updates as yet We've got X mode with armory crate So, this gives you a wider variety of performance parameters

From CPU and GPU performance to touch sensitivity settings and display refresh rate Now let's talk about the cameras So the cameras have been improved compared to last year, and there's some really interesting things here The primary camera is now a 64 megapixel sensor

It is the Sony IMX686 compared to the IMX 586 with 48 megapixels last year We've got a 13 megapixel ultra-wide camera And this year, we've also got an additional five megapixel macro camera, which is going to let you focus in closer to your subjects

It's five megapixels So, it's not the best macro camera out there, but it's nice to have What's very exciting for me however, is the fact that couples with the Qualcomm snapdragon 865+ chipset

That means you can get 8K at 30 frames per second here That is something that you really can't do on many other devices, as far as I'm aware This is probably one of the only that has that capability The Samsung Galaxy S20 Series does have 8K, but that is at a maximum of 24 frames a second

But in addition to that, you've got 4K at up to 120 frames per second And I believe that makes this one of the only smartphones that can film at that frame rate at that resolution Which is very, very impressive Now for the battery

We once again have 6,000,000,000 bowers, which is one of the largest batteries on any smartphone right now And my experience with the ROG Phone 2 was very, very good One of the best in terms of battery life on any smartphone last year and with the ROG Phone 3 as well,

That battery life, amazing Obviously the more you game, and the more heavy you game with he high refresh rates, that's going to take up more battery However, Asus have put in a few features in here to get you the most out of your battery life

There's some battery care features So you've got a custom charging limit, and that will allow you to say, lower your limit to around 90% or 80% There's also a slow charging option, which will limit charging to around 10 watts,

Which will be better for the battery wear, we'll keep the temperature down by around 34% And, there's also scheduled charging with added sleep wall options such as end time by alarm Now, finally, let's talk about the price

So, the pricing information I have right now is that for this flagship version, which has 512 gigabytes of storage, 16 gigabytes of RAM with the 865+, you're going to be looking at around 1,100 euros If you do want to go for the 12 gigabyte version,

Then that's going to at around 1,000 euros And if you do want to go for the Strix Edition with the 865 8 gigabytes of RAM with 256 gigabytes of storage, then that's going to be around 800 euros Now, once I've got more pricing information

Available for UK, US, et cetera, I'll be sure to drop that down in the description below What do you guys think of the ROG Phone 3? Is this the gaming phone of the year? For me, it is leaning towards that way Definitely let me know in the comments below,

I hope you enjoyed this video and found it useful If you did then do hit that thumbs up button for me And if you haven't already then be sure to subscribe and hit that bell icon for lots more content like this coming up here on the channel Thanks for watching this is Saf on SuperSaf TV,

I'll see you next time (techy electronic music)

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