Developer Finds a Loophole in The ROG Phone 3: Option Allows Users to Enable 160Hz Screen Refresh Rate

It has not been long since Asus dropped its latest gaming flagship: The Asus ROG Phone 3. The phone is surely a big deal in the market with its top tier specs. The battery, the processor, the RAM and not to mention the display. ASUS really did it with the display. Having a tall display is great for a gaming phone but having a variable refresh rate is even better. Users have the option to opt for 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz. Now, there is something different on board as well and perhaps the company hid the feature for some future update.

According to an article from a developer on XDA Developers, there is a hidden 160Hz feature in the device. The developer saw many hints relating to this and therefore he ran some line of code which resulted in him actually enabling the hidden mode. According to the article, he wrote this following line of code. This can be done in the Android Debug Bridge:

adb shell setprop debug.vendor.asus.fps.eng 1

After this, users can actually restart their devices and choose to opt for the option of 160Hz on their panel. To make sure he was actually running at 160Hz, he went to check it on FPS checking apps and websites. He then went to check it on games which allow for an open refresh rate option. On Pac-Man, the developer managed to hit 160Hz on his device.

He also adds that this feature is primarily quite stable and doesn’t cause any issues. Not to mention, the Phone’s hardware is beefy enough to actually support this openly. He believes that ASUS is waiting for a future update to actually enable this feature officially.

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Sarmad Burki


Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.
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