ASUS ROG 3 undercuts OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with a price of ₹49,999

ASUS ROG 3 gaming phone launches in IndiaBI India

  • The ASUS ROG 3 flagship gaming phone has been launched in India starting at a price of ₹49,999 .
  • The company is looking to take on Samsung and OnePlus flagships with its new offering as gaming booms with more people staying at home.
  • This is the first phone in the market that can use mobile network connectivity and Wi-Fi simultaneously to boost internet speeds.
ASUS has launched its gaming flagship phone, the ASUS ROG 3 in India starting at a price of ₹49,999. And, the company is not shy about the fact it’s here to take on OnePlus and Samsung.

ASUS ROG 3 unboxingBI India

“On the majority of the parameters, we exceed them from a specifications perspective… Our first priority remains to positon it for what it is, which is gaming,” said Dinesh Sharma, the head of mobile business at ASUS India. With the new phone launching, its predecessor, the ASUS ROG 2, will be discontinued in the coming weeks.

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ASUS ROG 3 price vs OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Phone (RAM + ROM)Price
ASUS ROG 3 (8GB + 128GB)₹ 49,999
ASUS ROG 3 (12GB + 256GB)₹ 57,999
One Plus 8 Pro (8GB + 128 GB)₹ 54,999
One Pllus 8 Pro (12GB + 256GB)₹ 59,999
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra₹ 77,900


What’s new on the ASUS ROG 3?
On most of the metrics, the ASUS ROG 3 beats ROG 2 especially when we talk about ‘hyperfusion’ technology. It has the capability to switch between mobile network connectivity and Wi-Fi without disrupting the game. “It can also boost your speed by combining your Wi-Fi and cellular network together,” said Sharma, which is a first for any smartphone in the country.

Sharma clarifies that the feature isn’t something that phone will do on a continuous basis since it may drain the battery. It will only be done to extent where battery usage will remain optimal.
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Samsung has a similar feature of their device called the Download Booster which claims to combine both speeds as well, however, its application is limited to downloading apps from the Google Play Store or its own app store — not for other functionalities on the phone.

The biggest improvement is that the screen now has a 144 Hz refresh rate. However, it should be noted that while there are games which are compatible with a 144Hz refresh rate — the more popular ones, like The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), only offer 90Hz.

PhoneRefresh rate
ASUS ROG 3144 Hz
ASUS ROG 2120 Hz
Samsung S20 Ultra120 Hz
One Plus 8 Pro120 Hz

ASUS ROG 3 vs ASUS ROG 2
To establish that it’s not just any flagship phone but a gaming flagship phone, the ASUS ROG3’s signature air triggers have undergone a revamp. These additional buttons on the side of the phone that can be queued up to perform specific tasks during gameplay.
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The last time around, the air triggers could only perform one function at a time. In ASUS ROG 3, the air triggers can be divided into L1 and L2 as well as R1 and R2 — akin to an actual game controller — each with their own functionality. Users can also set the proportions of how to divide the buttons into two parts or enable ‘dual functionality’ air triggers.

The smartphone manufacturer is also providing an additional port on the horizontal side for the 3.5 mm headphone jack beside the secondary charging port, which was also present in the ASUS ROG 2. This way no wires will get in the way of your fingers during a game.

USB Type C adapter to attach 3.5 mm headphone back horizontallyBI India

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The good news for those looking to upgrade is that most of the accessories from the ASUS ROG 2 will also be compatible with the ASUS ROG 3 except for the cooler — which comes with a stand this time. “The fan has to uniquely customised for the vent on each and every specific phone,” said Sharma.

The only pain point is the weight. Not that the new phone is heavier, but it’s not lighter either which can be an issue for those who game for longer than average hours. “The battery is positioned in a manner that’s quite centralised and it balances the weight on both sides of the phone pretty well,” said Sharma.

ASUS ROG 3 Specifications


SpecificationsASUS ROG 3
ProcessorSnapdragon 865 Plus 5G
Graphics processorQualcomm Adreno 650
User interfaceAndroid 10 with ROG UI
Display size6.59 inches
Display resolution2340x1080 pixels
Refresh rate144 Hz
Protection 2.5 D Corning Gorilla 6 Glass
Rear camera64MP primary
13MP ultra-wide
5 MP macro
Front camera24 MP primary
Fingerprint sensorRear
Battery6,000 mAh
Charging typeType-C
Fast charge 30W
5GYes
Weight240 grams
3.5 mm headphone jackYes, as an adapter

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