Asus’s next big thing, the ROG Phone 3 is yet to be released. After amazing everyone with the launch of the ROG Phone 2, fans of the ROG Phone 2 have high hopes from the practicality king. The Asus ROG Phone 3 has had its initial round of leaks murmuring on the internet over the past month or two. However, we hadn’t seen an actual ROG Phone 3 until yet.
Courtesy of LeakSpinner (via Slashleaks), we finally have our first look at the ROG Phone 3 on camera, revealing what seems to be a decent design overhaul over the ROG Phone 2. Now if you followed or owned the ROG Phone 2 from last year, you may know that the ROG Phone 2 came in two variants, the ROG Phone 2 Tencent Edition as well as the ROG Phone 2 International/Strix Edition. Both variants came in two radically different price ranges as well as some twists on the overall back design between both of the variants. It seems like this year, the ROG Phone 3 Tencent Edition and International Edition would share the same design it seems.
Not only does the ROG Phone 3 Tencent Edition in the picture feature a glossy back, suggesting a much more uniform design across its variants, but it also reveals a slightly different design overhaul, featuring rounded edges around the camera as well as a curvy triangle vent hood, compared to the aggressive designs of the ROG Phone 3. With classic ROG Phone aesthetics, we could still see the usual silver lines as well as the RGB ROG logo behind the phone.
Regarding the front of the phone, that’s one area that’s yet to be leaked, but would be surprised if there are any radical design overhauls up front.
Moving onto the leaks from Tenaa, the Asus ROG Phone 3 is going to be no slouch at all. In fact, Asus is making sure that that the ROG Phone 3 doesn’t appear to be a minimal upgrade over its predecessor. According to Tenaa, the following are the specs of the ROG Phone 3.
Asus ROG Phone 3 (ASUS_I003DD) Specifications
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC @ 3.091GHz
- 8/12/16GB LPDDR5 Memory
- 128GB/256GB/512GB UFS 3.1 Internal Storage
- 64MP/13MP Main/Ultra-Wide Camera/8x Optical Telephoto
- 5800mAh battery
- Android 10
- 240g weight / 9.85mm thickness
Some extra points to be noted include the dual-Type-C ports on the side of the phone to allow the ROG Phone 3 to sport gaming hardware seamlessly as well as the bump up on the overall weight of the phone.
Regarding the pricing of the phone, we could only hope Asus doesn’t follow suit alongside most of the brands in the pricing department. The Asus ROG Phone 3 Tencent/Strix Edition retailed for $549. Meanwhile the International variant of the device retailed for around $899. Given the recent price hikes, usually blamed on the inclusion of 5G technology, we could only speculate a $650 price tag for the Tencent Edition of the phone and a $1050 price tag on the international variant of the device. But that’s just pure speculation at this point. Hopefully Asus does consider some reductions, even so how OnePlus has done recently by excluding 5G in certain markets to bring the price of their OnePlus 8 series of devices down.