After much anticipation, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 has been finally made official.
Just like last year, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Strix Edition will come in two variants: there’s the Global version and Tencent edition.
Now, you might be wondering, what’s the difference between the ASUS ROG Phone 3 Global Edition and ROG Phone 3 Tencent Editions?
Well, ASUS Philippines has given us the information. Although, their hardware and specs are pretty much the same — but they do have some features that are missing from each other.
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Official local warranty
The Tencent Edition of ROG Phones is exclusive to non-domestic markets. Chances are, if you’re in the Philippines, you have to get the ROG Phone Tencent Edition abroad.
Going this route is unadvisable as warranty claims abroad can be a real hassle. With that, you might have to wait for the ASUS ROG Phone 3 Global version instead. That’s the one launching in the Philippines or on your market. This will allow you to easily claim after-sales services from ASUS and ROG stores across the country.
Get FREE AeroActive Cooler 3
The ROG Phone line is known for its proprietary gaming accessories. The most popular of them is the AeroActive cooler — which comes with an actual cooling fan to keep the temperatures down when gaming. The AeroActive Cooler 3 comes with RGB-lit ROG logo and a kickstand.
What’s interesting is, it comes as a freebie with the ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Strix Global Editions.
Armoury Crate with WW customization
Armoury Crate with WW customization has always been a huge part of the ROG Phone experience. It’s a special portal built on the Global editions, which allows you to configure the device’s hardware for gaming.
ASUS said that the Tencent editions can flash WW version of the portal, but expect warning notifications to pop-up constantly.
The ASUS ROG UI can be overwhelming for some. So if you want a cleaner look, the ROG Phone 3 Global editions come with a Theme Store.
Preloaded Google Play Store
The ROG Phone 3 Tencent edition appears to be exclusive to China. And just like all Android phones in China, it doesn’t have Google Play Store built-in. A problem that you wouldn’t face on the Global edition.
Third-party Launcher Support
Being the Global version, you’re free to use third-party launchers in the worldwide version of the ROG Phone 3 and Strix — a limitation you’d get if you go with the Tencent editions.
Preloaded China-based apps
Being the for-China-only model, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Strix Tencent editions will come pre-installed with the regular China-only apps.
Bottom line is, if you’re based in the Philippines — or any other country outside China — you should just wait for the ASUS ROG Phone 3 classic and Strix Global versions to arrive in your country. This will save you from the hassle of warranty claims, software limitations, and more.