Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro: it beats the iPhone 13 Pro in our performance tests

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro: it beats the iPhone 13 Pro in our performance tests

The ROG Phone 6 Pro is a premium smartphone through and through. Before publishing its full test, we give you an overview of its performance.

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro // Source: Frandroid

Here, there is no question of listing all the features of the ROG Phone 6 Pro, you will find them in the announcement article. We wanted to give you a taste of what this smartphone offers with its SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

A revised design

To achieve optimal performance, the design of ROG Phone 6 has been thoroughly reviewed. First, the SoC was installed in the center of the device. It is surrounded by two large batteries. For heat dissipation, various mechanisms are used. This is what Asus calls GameCool 6. Understand here that it is a huge graphite plate whose objective is to evacuate heat as efficiently as possible.

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Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro // Source: Frandroid

To avoid the famous hot spot that can easily be identified after a few minutes of intense activity on a smartphone, Asus therefore tries to disperse the heat over the largest surface of the chassis possible. Which is good for him since the ROG Phone 6 is very imposing.

ROG Phone design

Technically, the SoC is placed in the center of the device with a two-part motherboard (a PCB). The same goes for the two-part battery, but also the passive cooling system, each time positioned around the SoC. This allows, in addition to better evacuating the heat, to remove the hot spot from the fingers resting on the device. Asus also uses a boron nitride thermal compound, which conducts heat two hundred times better than clean air.

Impressive first results

We were able to launch various synthetic benchmarks, in addition to launching long games (more than 30 minutes) of resource-intensive games. It is clear that the phone becomes hot, without being hot.

Thanks to this design, the ROG Phone 6 Pro limits this effect of “throttlingwhen the SoC reduces the CPU/GPU clock frequency. The goal here is to deliver stable performance even at full power.

If you ever really want to avoid overheating, Asus has also updated the AeroActive Cooler 6. This is active cooling, in the form of an accessory with RGB LEDs, which recovers the heat emitted from the back of the smartphone and evacuates it using fans. This way of doing things is the same as the fans used on PCs.

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The AeroActive Cooler 6 // Source: Frandroid

We ran various tests with X-Mode. This mode is designed not to restrict the performance of the smartphone. Obviously, it is this mode that will quickly reduce the autonomy of the device. But, we are here for performance.

Precisely… the ROG Phone 6 Pro is impressive. From what you can get, it’s the most powerful Android smartphone to date. On all the synthetic benchmarks (Geekbench 5, Antutu 9, PC Mark, GFX Bench, 3D Mark, etc.), it achieves scores above any Android smartphone passed through our hands. They even allow themselves the luxury of doing better than iPhone 13 Pro in some tests.

Model Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Vivo X80 Pro Realme GT Neo 3 Xiaomi 12 Pro Apple iPhone 13 Pro
AnTuTu 9 1109651 974485 822636 967591 784475
AnTuTu CPU 262115 208029 201733 219760 219142
AnTuTu GPU 466005 441245 312601 424956 306507
AnTuTu MEM 196358 162886 149301 164789 128315
AnTuTu UX 185173 162325 159001 158086 130511
PC Mark 2.0 41463 N/C N/C N/C N/C
PC Mark 3.0 17165 9067 14370 12979 N/C
3DMark Wild Life N/C N/C 5441 7129 9757
3DMark Wild Life average framerate 63 FPS N/C 32 FPS 43 FPS 58.4 FPS
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (onscreen / offscreen) 63 / 46 FPS 21 / 38 FPS 43 / 28 FPS 58 / 44 FPS 60 / 38.8 FPS
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen/offscreen) 82 / 101 FPS 80 / 93 FPS 53 / 61 FPS 73 / 91 FPS 60 / 90.89 FPS
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen/offscreen) 143 / 252 FPS 120 / 241 FPS 60 / 168 FPS 121 / 233 FPS N/C
Sequential Read/Write 1971 / 1470 MB/s 1858 / 1425 MB/s 1751 / 1333 MB/s 1827 / 1444 MB/s N/C
Random read/write 88564 / 118678 IOPS 77781 / 98875 IOPS 74087 / 80379 IOPS 79899 / 105473 IOPS N/C

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