ASUS ROG Phone Review: Blistering Performance, Intelligent Design

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ASUS ROG Phone: Web Browsing And General Compute Benchmarks

For our first tests we're using the JetStream benchmark for Javascript performance and RightWare’s Web Test 3.0 for comprehensive, mixed-media web performance analysis, including HTML5 rendering. Here we'll primarily determine how the ROG Phone's overclocked Snapdragon 845 SoC handles this workload, along with a healthy 8GB of RAM and the Chrome web browser. We ran two sets of tests on the ROG Phone—first with the phone itself at stock settings, and again in X Mode with the AeroActive cooler attached.

JetStream And Basemark Web 3.0
JavaScript and Browser Testing
ASUS ROG Phone Jetstream

ASUS ROG Phone Basemark

Right from the beginning, the ROG Phone made clear the performance advantage of having a specially-binned Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC that is clocked higher than stock. In both Jetstream and Basemark, the ROG Phone raced to the top of the chart. Enabling X Mode further widened the gap between the next closest competitor, the OnePlus 6.

GeekBench
Synthetic CPU Benchmark

In the GeekBench test, we're stressing only CPU cores in a handset (not graphics), with both single and multi-threaded workloads. The test is comprised of encryption processing, image compression, HTML5 parsing, physics calculations, and other general purpose compute processing. 

ASUS ROG Phone Geekbench

In GeekBench, the ROG Phone again flexed its overclocked muscle and asserted itself ahead of every other Android phone we've tested to date. It wasn't enough to dethrone Apple's iPhone X with its powerful A11 Bionic processor, though.

Futuremark PCMark For Android
General Purpose Pocket Computing Performance Metrics
Futuremark's PCMark for Android is a new benchmark addition here for us, so we have fewer results in our database of tested phones to show you. However, this is an excellent suite of tests that we highly recommend for benchmarking performance of a handset with heavier-duty tasks for things like image and video editing, as well as lighter-duty workloads like email, and web browsing. When you see the test running live it's clear the scripted application tests are carefully selected and tuned to make use of the platforms involved in a very controlled way. 

ASUS ROG Phone PCMark

PCMark 10 is all about measuring general purpose and productivity performance, whereas the ROG Phone is built for gaming. Nevertheless, it put on another strong showing. At stock, it traded blows with Google's Pixel 3 for the top spot, and with X Mode enabled, the ROG Phone claimed pole position. Interestingly, X Mode had the biggest impact on PCMark's Photo Editing test.

AnTuTu 7
Platform Benchmarks

AnTuTu’s latest benchmark returns a number of metrics ranked with somewhat nebulous scores, rather than frame rates or time to complete. We tested with the latest version of AnTuTu across all platforms including Android, iOS and even Windows Phone. AnTuTu returns four top level performance metric results that we are including here: CPU, RAM, 3D, UX (or User Experience), along with a total score. 

ASUS ROG Phone AnTuTu
  
The ROG Phone seems quite comfortable leading the pack, and it once again did in AnTuTu. This time there was no trading blows—the ROG Phone led the way across the board even without X Mode enabled. These benchmarks leave little doubt that speed matters. Just as importantly, they show that the ROG Phone has the cooling capacity to maintain a high performance level, despite a factory overclock.
AnTuTu’s latest benchmark returns a number of metrics ranked with nebulous scores, rather than frame rates or time to complete. We tested with the latest version of AnTuTu across all platforms including Android, iOS and even Windows Phone. AnTuTu returns four top level performance metric results that we are including here: CPU, RAM, 3D, UX (or User Experience), along with a total score.

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