Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 256GB is a significantly better phone, but the Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 256GB

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 256GB  Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 128GB) 
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Asus ROG Phone 3
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Excellence Score
94.5
81.2
Value for Money Score
50.5
65.4
Price ₹ 134,900 onwards ₹ 47,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2020 Oct, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.59 inches
Screen Resolution 1284x2778 pixels (~ 457 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type OLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 144 HzSuper High
Display Features Super Retina XDR OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR display, True Tone, Wide color (P3), Haptic Touch, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 108%, HDR10, 270Hz Touch-sensing, Bluelight Filter, Always-on Display, Glove touch Support
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 3.1 GHz 3.1 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A14 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 PlusRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Adreno 650
RAM 6 GB 12 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D LiDAR Scanner 64MP + 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (8K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: f/1.6 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1.7um pixel size; dual pixel PDAF; Sensor-shift OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 aperture; 65mm focal length; Telephoto camera; 1/3.4" sensor size; 1.0um pixel size; PDAF; OIS; 2.5x optical zoom, 12MP: f/2.4 aperture; 120-degree ultra-wide; Lens correction, TOF 3D LiDAR scanner: Depth sensor, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120/240fps; Dolby Vision HDR; stereo sound rec., Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Night mode, Night mode portraits, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Advanced red-eye correction, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Photo geotagging, Audio zoom, QuickTake video, Time-lapse video with stabilization, Night mode Time-lapse, Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p), Continuous autofocus video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback zoom 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 125-degree Ultra-wide, 5MP: f/2.0 Aperture; Macro Lens, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60/120fps; [email protected]/60/240fps; [email protected], EIS
Secondary Camera 12MP 24MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode, Night mode, Deep Fusion, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps, Time-lapse video with stabilization, Night mode Time-lapse, Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p), QuickTake video, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Lens correction, Retina Flash, Auto image stabilization f/2.0 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length, 0.9um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.4 mmSlim 9.9 mmThick
Weight 226 gmHeavy 240 gmHeavy
Width 78.1 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 78.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3687 mAh 6000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 20W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 30W HyperCharge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Charging Adapter not included in the box; 15W Fast Wireless Charging; 7.5W Qi wireless charging; Siri; iBeacon microlocation; Stainless Steel Frame; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; Dolby Atmos; Spatial audio playback In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Air Triggers; Side-mounted USB Type-C Connector; Reverse charging 10W; UFS 3.1 Storage; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DTS Headphone X
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Elegant, 'new' charming design, that resonates with the iPhone 4 and 5 models - it has flat sturdier steel sides and a flat-screen, the back has a matte finish, just like the last year's model - it’s the smartphone equivalent of jewelry
  • At the front, Apple is using the new sapphire crystal shield to provide better drop protection than previous iPhones
  • The back of the phone features Apple’s new MagSafe magnetic wireless charging and mount system - it let's accessories to attach at the back of the phone magnetically, Apple has some of its own accessories like a wireless charger, a wallet and many cases that attach to the back - Apple is hoping a MagSafe ecosystem will develop as third parties find more use for this execution
  • IP68 water and dust resistance - the iPhone 12 series can take a dunk of up to 6 meters, compared to 2 meters on similarly rated phones
  • Face ID is plenty fast and accurate (though, it could be a pain to use while wearing a mask)
  • A gigantic 6.7-inch, Full HD+ Super Retina XDR display that looks bright and vibrant, it has blacker blacks - the bezels are a bit thinner all around too, whether you're playing the latest game, watching a spot of Netflix or just reading an email, it's a luscious display
  • As always iOS 14 continues to be a clean, intuitive, and smooth experience - additionally, you will get regular updates for years to come, something beyond any Android manufacturer could provide
  • Apple has added few customisation options with the new iOS 14 - you can now use custom icon packs and add widgets to your home screen
  • Incredibly rapid performance from the new A14 Bionic - Apple remains the undisputed king when it comes to mobile CPU performance - iPhone 12 series is the fastest phones available in the market - you can throw anything, be it heavy games, AR, or numerous app, it handles everything with ease
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max has the best cameras on any iPhone or arguably, any smartphone - the primary cameras has a much larger sensor with sensor shift, so it physically moves to provide better stabilisation, night mode comes to all of the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, even a night portrait mode and LiDAR for better focusing in low-light
  • The primary camera's image quality is pretty spectacular - it produces some of the best looking images, with plenty of bright colours and rich detail
  • The ultra-wide camera remains the same as the last year's iPhone 11 - it adds some software improvement and the images look pretty dramatic as the iPhone 12 trades detail for space - the night mode on the ultra-wide also works well
  • The telephoto lens on the 12 Pro Max is nice to have, it can take up to 2.5x optical zoom shots and with added night mode, it is much more useful in low-light situations
  • Low-light photography is excellent with the wider aperture, you will get clearer, brighter shots, a nice improvement in image quality and sharpness in dim lighting conditions
  • Night mode is impressive, the iPhone 12 Pro Max needs to drop into night mode less often, but when it does, you get bright, sharp images that look amazing - they still feel like they were taken at night and they aren't over-blown
  • The 12 Pro also has a new LIDAR sensor on the back - in low-light situations, it enables the camera to focus much more quickly, and also take night mode portrait shots
  • Video quality iPhones have always been the best in class, the iPhone 12 Pro continues that tradition and even adds Dolby Vision, a first for any mobile camera - the Dolby Vision adds features for Pro filmmakers to use that no other phone provides
  • Very good selfies come out of the front camera on the iPhone 12 Pro - the wider view can accommodate more people in selfies - night mode selfies portrait is a great new feature and produces impressive results
  • Overall, the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, while not substantially better than the Pro's, are arguably the best in the market
  • Excellent stereo speaker setup - the Dolby Atmos support is still present, with the Apple-exclusive spatial audio feature
  • Battery life is terrific - it is difficult to kill this phone in a day, it will easily last a whole day and then some
  • It is easily the best and most capable smartphone camera on the market right now, and a battery that seems to last forever - if you can deal with the size, it’s worth passing over the 12 Pro and getting the 12 Pro Max, those are two dramatic and meaningful improvements for the money - this is a tremendous phone
  • Sharp gaming look - Asus has opted for an extremely transparent cooling chamber with fewer sharp lines and it's clearly a design targeting the gamers
  • Well-thought-out control layout, plenty of I/O including some unique input offers like the Air Triggers - it's also a very functional gaming-focussed design, including wider areas (bezels) around the display for bigger speakers and easier gripping
  • There are two USB-C ports, one on the bottom and another on the left side - the latter is to allow gamers to charge the phone while playing games in landscape orientation (Asus has thought of everything here)
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is seamless and fast
  • The “Air Triggers” on the ROG Phone 2 are touch sensitive panels located on the right side of the device’s body that double as shoulder/trigger buttons when the phone is held sideways - this allows gamers to play certain games the way console players do, with a combination of thumb and index fingers, and it improves the experience of playing first-person shooters significantly
  • Sharp, crisp 6.59-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display - with excellent viewing angles, it is HDR10+ certified, and capable of reproducing over 1 billion colours as compared to the 16 million on regular displays
  • Asus has gone a step beyond and added 144 Hz refresh rate to the ROG Phone 3, which makes the whole experience extremely fluid, they have also upped the touch sampling rate to 270 Hz, so it feels incredibly fast
  • Surprisingly clean Android ROM, with most additions working behind the scenes to improve gaming
  • Well laid-out Armoury Crate gaming interface, which includes a lot of automated optimization options as well as unparalleled access to system-level values and thresholds for advanced tuning
  • Monstrous performance from the Snapdragon 865 Plus - the ROG Phone 3 is all about sustained peak performance for gamers - and thanks to Asus design decisions it doesn't heat a lot - the combination of high refresh rate, powerful hardware and light software make the ROG Phone 3 feels swift
  • Good triple cameras for a gaming phone - the Asus ROG Phone 3 has a 64MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide and a 5MP macro camera
  • Images from the main sensor has great color and good dynamic range, they show a decent amount of shadow detail without looking washed out - most images retain a great amount of highlight details
  • The ultra-wide sensor has a similar color profile to the main sensor, which is nice to see - it also maintains a fair amount of both highlight and shadow detail (though, the quality is a bit lower than the main sensor)
  • Images from the 5MP macro camera look pretty decent - colour and contrast are good and the pictures are plenty sharp
  • Portrait shots come out looking clean with nice subject detection and separation - background blur also looks neat and convincing
  • It does well it low-light, photos have decent amount of details and the noise is well controlled - the night mode is auto, so the phone auto detects when it has to switch on the night mode and sometimes it works surprisingly well
  • The 24MP camera for selfies offer good results - colour and sharpness are especially good, even in dimmer situations - you can do Portrait mode shots on the selfie camera, as well
  • Video recording is decent and you can record up to 8K videos
  • For a gaming phone, the cameras are surprisingly good, and hold up on their own against the competition
  • The stereo speakers are really impressive - they're quite loud and don't feel distorted even at higher volumes
  • Very good battery life from the monstrous 6000 mAh battery - it can easily do about a day and a half in normal use, and sometimes two full days (though, it could be inconsistent sometimes)
  • The 30W charger can juice up the phone fairly quickly considering how large the battery is - it takes about 1 and a half hour to charge the phone completely
  • If you’re a heavy gamer looking for the best performance, great cameras, a big battery, and a decent UI, the ROG Phone 3 will serve you fantastically
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a very big phone - it’s just a little bit bigger than the 11 Pro Max, but the new design with flat sides makes it feel much larger than it is, and makes it slightly harder to hold than a phone with curved sides
  • The notch is still present and is significantly larger than any other competing flagship phones
  • There's no high refresh rate to be found on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, you're stuck with that 60Hz refresh rate instead - it has become the standard for almost every Android flagship phone out there right now
  • Siri still lags as a virtual assistant - it would be great if Apple would put much more effort into making Siri a little more competitive with the Google Assistant
  • Apple has added 5G support to all iPhone 12 models, however, they leave out the support for faster 5G mmWave in Indian models - there's also no infrastructure for 5G availability in India and there might not be for years to come - 5G is good to have as an option that makes the iPhones future proof, but not a game-changing feature
  • The iPhone supports improved 20W fast charging, but Apple isn't providing a charging adapter with the new iPhones at all - so, if you don't have an adapter lying around or you want to use that fast charging, you will have to buy that separately
  • If you want your phone to be more practically sized and use, consider the iPhone 12 or the 12 Pro, you will get almost the same features, in a compact size and less money
  • Heavy at 240 grams, the weight in your wrists and even the voice calls can get fatiguing after some time
  • As there's a vent at the back, there's no water protection
  • Incredibly slippery body - a case is a must
  • The ROG Phone 3 is targeted at the gamers, so if you're a mainstream user who casually games, it is an overkill
Expert Reviews
  1. With a big battery, outstanding cameras and the largest screen ever on an iPhone, the 12 Pro Max deserves a spot in your pocket... if you can get it to fit
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  1. The absolute best at its target niche - gaming
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Gaming Beast
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  3. For gamers, there is probably no better smartphone currently available than the Asus ROG Phone 3
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Striking a balance between gaming power and flagship features
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The ultimate gaming smartphone in the market
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The ROG Phone 3 is one of the fastest phones on the market right now, and its killer battery life and simple interface make it a great device for anyone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A gaming smartphone more powerful than your computer
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is built for mobile gamers who crave performance, silky-smooth frame rates, and thunderous audio.
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A gaming workhorse that will win all races
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Overkill? Sure, But Its A Mobile Gamers' Dream
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