When you have a phone that is designed for gamers by gamers, you will not just have the right components but also the suitable locations of ports and features. ROG Phone 2 delivered outstandingly in this aspect, and ROG Phone 3 has ascended from it with a glaring caveat – no more embedded 3.5mm headphone jack.
Let me get through the good things first. ASUS also retained the aluminum button locations and the peripherals port on the side. There’s a notification light, which I still find very important. It has a slightly prominent camera bump, unlike other flagship smartphones, and software-controllable RGB lights.
I am not a fan of the missing 3.5mm headphone jack. Inasmuch as I want to stress that they could have thought of this further, it was a necessary decision for ASUS to remove it to give way for other essential components. Thankfully, the AeroActive Cooler 3 still has an audio port that lets you connect your favorite headphone or earphone without any audio latency.