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The Asus ROG Phone 2 was arguably the very best gaming telephone of 2019, packing capacitive shoulder triggers, a 120Hz OLED display screen, and a few nifty gaming enhancements.

Things are heating up in 2020 although, as gaming telephones just like the Black Shark three sequence and Nubia Red Magic 5G convey the warmth. Toss within the refresh price wars throughout the trade normally, and the strain is on for brand new gaming telephones to face out. So with that in thoughts, right here’s what we need to see from the Asus ROG Phone three.

Real bodily inputs

Asus ROG Phone 2 gaming in switch adapter

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The Asus ROG Phone sequence delivered capacitive shoulder triggers, supplying you with pseudo-physical controls for shooters, sports activities video games, and emulation. But because the Black Shark three Pro reveals, bodily triggers are certainly attainable on smartphones, so we’d like to see Asus provide this as an possibility for higher tactile suggestions.

In reality, we’d prefer to see Asus pull an Xperia Play and ship an built-in slide-out gamepad on the Asus ROG Phone three. It’s a troublesome design problem owing to area and thermal necessities, but when it means not having to cope with Bluetooth pairing, I’d be comfortable.

Failing built-in bodily controls, we’d undoubtedly need Asus to incorporate a gamepad accent within the field. This method, you’ve bought all the pieces you want from the get-go.

QHD+ at 120Hz

Asus ROG Phone 2 display with air cooler

The ROG Phone 2 beat Samsung to the punch by providing a 120Hz OLED display screen earlier than the Korean producer. The solely actual draw back is that the 6.59-inch display screen was an FHD+ show, which wouldn’t be an issue if the display screen was slightly smaller.

Read: Here’s why I feel the refresh price wars are dumb

So hopefully Asus brings a QHD+ OLED display screen with a 120Hz refresh price to the brand new telephone. And right here’s hoping that you need to use the 120Hz refresh price at QHD+, slightly than at FHD+.

Keep the 6,000mAh battery

Asus ROG Phone 2 back in hand

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The ROG Phone 2 supplied a monster of a battery final yr, coming in at 6,000mAh. This would nonetheless be an enormous battery if it landed within the ROG Phone three, regardless that 5G connectivity may sap extra energy than final yr’s telephone.

Last yr’s telephone supplied 30W quick charging that topped up the 6,000mAh battery in 105 minutes based on our ROG Phone 2 evaluation. That’s on the short facet for a battery of this measurement, however we’d like to see quicker charging to shave much more day off on the Asus ROG Phone three.

A telephoto digicam

Asus ROG Phone 2 camera macro

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The ROG Phone 2 provides a twin rear digicam setup, that includes a 48MP principal shooter and a 13MP ultra-wide snapper. We had been fairly comfortable on this regard, however the lack of a telephoto digicam means the telephone isn’t as versatile as different units.

Read: The finest funds digicam telephones you should purchase

So we’d dig to see a telephoto sensor on the Asus ROG Phone three, supplying you with a digicam for many conditions. Toss in improved picture processing and hybrid zoom, and also you’ll have a telephone that may spar with conventional flagships too.

Keep the headphone jack

Asus ROG Phone 2 gaming plugged in

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

We’ve seen a number of producers drop the three.5mm port in recent times, however we had been glad to see Asus buck the pattern with the ROG Phone 2 final yr. It was one of some manufacturers to supply the usual on a flagship, becoming a member of the likes of the LG G8 sequence, Samsung Galaxy S10 sequence, Realme X2 Pro, and Redmi Ok20 Pro.

Hopefully Asus retains the headphone jack on the ROG Phone three as effectively, as it might permit shoppers to make use of their legacy and/or most well-liked equipment. And that’s except for the added versatility that comes with having a three.5mm port normally.

Exclusive video games

ROG Phone 2 Front shot of gaming playing RipTide

One of the extra pie-in-the-sky needs we have now for the Asus ROG Phone three is for it to supply some unique video games. It wouldn’t be unprecedented both, as Nvidia’s Shield pill and TV containers provide Android ports of in style PC titles.

One risk is that Asus indicators offers with publishers for them to port their very own video games to Android, however this might be very dear. Alternatively, the agency might theoretically strike a cope with Nvidia to convey their Android ports to Asus units. The model might additionally signal a cope with the likes of Sony to convey some console titles to the platform (e.g. PSP and Vita titles).

Again, we don’t assume that is really going to occur in any respect. Nvidia would seemingly hold these titles for its personal units, whereas Sony would in all probability convey PlayStation video games to Xperia handsets earlier than different OEMs. Nevertheless, unique titles on Android would present that Asus is critical about gaming telephones.


That’s what we’d prefer to see from the Asus ROG Phone three, however we now flip it over to you! What would you prefer to see?

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