Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a slightly better phone, but the Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 256GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra might be a slightly better choice.

Asus ROG Phone 3 (12GB RAM, 256GB)  Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 
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Excellence Score
87.2
91.9
Value for Money Score
64.2
59.3
Price ₹ 57,999 onwards ₹ 77,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Feb, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.9 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch) 1440x3200 pixels (~ 509 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 144 HzSuper High 120 HzSuper High
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 108%, HDR10, 270Hz Touch-sensing, Bluelight Filter, Always-on Display, Glove touch Support Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 3.1 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 PlusRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 12 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 13MP + 5MP 108MP + 48MP + 12MP + TOF 3D Camera
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (8K) Yes (8K)
Other Camera Features 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 108MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; PDAF; OIS, 48MP: f/3.6 Aperture; Periscope; 102mm Focal Length; Telephoto; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS; 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; Autofocus; Super Steady video, 0.3 MP: TOF 3D Camera, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, HDR10+ Video, Dual-video rec., Stereo Sound rec., Gyro-EIS, OIS
Secondary Camera 24MP 40MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length, 0.9um Pixel Size f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.9 mmThick 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 240 gmHeavy 222 gmHeavy
Width 78.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 5000 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, 30W HyperCharge Yes, 45W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 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 In-display Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; UFS 3.0 Storage; USB Power Delivery 3.0; 15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging; 9W Power bank/Reverse wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Top end flagship build quality - the S20 Ultra is a fine piece of hardware that exudes quality and craftsmanship
  • The front looks absolutely gorgeous with an almost edge to edge screen and just a single punch-hole at the top centre - the front glass is slightly less curved along the side edges than previous S series phones
  • The phone is sealed tight and carries an IP68 rating, so you can accidentally dunk it in some water and it’ll survive
  • Stunning 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that is the best you can buy on any phone right now - the sharpness of the display is simply outstanding with eye-popping clarity
  • The 120Hz refresh rate gives the screen a luscious smoothness that has to be seen to be believed, you’ve got a screen that simply dominates every other panel on the market
  • The screen is also HDR10+ certified, which means the right content will deliver incredible dynamic range - the HDR10 movies on Netflix look really impressive
  • Running the Galaxy S20 Ultra is Samsung's OneUI 2.1 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • Powering the S20 Ultra is the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Apple's A13 - the phone feels fast all the time, no matter what content or app you throw at the S20 Ultra, it devours the calculations and offers buttery smooth performance
  • The Galaxy S20 Ultra is a camera beast - the camera should be, and is, the number-one selling point for this phone - it’s a monster of an imaging system and is more advanced than just about anything you’ve seen before
  • Samsung gave the Galaxy S20 Ultra an impressive quad-camera system on the rear - the standard lens boasts a 108MP sensor, joined by an ultra wide-angle 12MP camera, an optical telephoto 48MP camera, and a time-of-flight camera to help process depth information
  • The main 108MP sensor is a beast, the base setting uses a process called nona binning to merge nine pixels to take 12MP shots, most standard daytime shots look nearly perfect - you can opt to shoot the full 108MP at any time, the full resolution shots are indeed impressive in their detail and the noise isn’t bad either
  • 48MP telephoto lens is capable of 10x lossless zoom and up to 100x digital zoom - the S20 Ultra’s mix of sophisticated hardware and software deliver a precise images that are much clearer than anything else in the market (though, the 100x zoom is just impractical and shots come out blurry)
  • The S20 Ultra’s 12MP Ultra-wide lens churns out exceptional results, delivering eye-catching shots, even in challenging lighting conditions
  • The low-light shots turn impressive, even in incredibly dark situations, the clarity is quite impressive, and the colours are perfect with little noise - the night mode further improves the quality with brighter and colourful images (though, the Pixel and iPhones still do a slightly better job in low light)
  • The most standout camera feature on the S20 Ultra is Single Take mode - when engaged, Single Take records a 10-second video and snaps multiple images, giving you an entire gallery of options to choose from and share
  • Video recording with the phone looks amazing - it’s sharp, colourful, properly exposed, and on-point when it comes to white balance - video also supports live focus mode, this uses the ToF camera to help judge depth and create a portrait-like effect when capturing video - it is also capable of capturing 8K videos (though, the use case for 8K is very limited)
  • The Galaxy S20 Ultra has improved ten-fold in Live Focus mode - the S20 Ultra captures very realistic photos and is a massive step up from the portrait mode in Samsung’s prior phones (though, iPhone 11 series is still the champ in portrait shots)
  • The 40MP selfie camera does a fine job - you get a worryingly clear view of your pores in good light, and the target resolution dips in low light to keep images clean and bright
  • A pair of USB-C headphones is included in the box
  • Very good stereo speakers
  • Good battery life with the massive 5000 mAh cell, which is the biggest yet in a Galaxy S series device - you will get a comfortable one day of use
  • Sufficient fast charging with the supplied 25W charger (supports upto 45W charging) - it boosts the battery by 50% after just 27 minutes
  • Also supports 15W wireless charging, and it can fill the battery to 50% in just 35 minutes on a charging pad
  • It’s honestly a ridiculous phone, a hyper car of flagship handsets, among sports cars - the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra offers pretty much every feature any phone owner could want - it has a gorgeous screen, classy hardware, wicked performance, good battery life, and capable cameras, if you have the means and the desire to own the most advanced phone on the market - go buy it (though, it’s also huge, heavy, and as pricey as they come)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is unreliable - it’s slower than other sensors on competition and far less accurate
  • Aesthetically, the S20 Ultra looks dull, the colour selection is particularly disappointing (just grey & black) - the huge camera module doesn't help either
  • It is also enormous and requires two hands to use most of the time - it doesn’t fit well in pockets, despite its slippery surfaces, and more or less requires a case for protection, which will only make it bigger
  • The phone just takes a half a tick longer to grab focus than it should, and when shooting video, it’ll lose focus and have to hunt for it again
  • It also have problems when it sees faces in the frame, it smoothens the skin tones excessively and brightens the whole scene unnecessarily
  • Overall, while Samsung has created flagship lever cameras that compete at the top level and comes out as champs in many situations, they are still slightly behind the iPhone cameras, that are more consistent and don't rely on just numbers, but quality
  • That said, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra isn't the best phone for everyone - a wider majority of people will do just fine with the Samsung Galaxy S20 or Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, you'll get the same fast processor, 120Hz display and improved cameras (minus the powerful zoom)
Expert Reviews
  1. The absolute best at its target niche - gaming
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Gaming Beast
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Striking a balance between gaming power and flagship features
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The ultimate gaming smartphone in the market
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. A gaming smartphone more powerful than your computer
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. 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 »
  8. Overkill? Sure, But Its A Mobile Gamers' Dream
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A gaming workhorse that will win all races
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  28. For gamers, there is probably no better smartphone currently available than the Asus ROG Phone 3
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  1. At the Ultra's asking price, you deserve to be spoiled, and you deserve to be getting magic, and since that's not the case, so check out the more affordable Galaxy S20s
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The S20 Ultra will likely impress you, especially if you can stomach its price
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Camera is amazing but battery life and design aren't
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. People who care only about getting the best of the best, the S20 Ultra is an excellent device... aside from the cameras
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A phone that's close to perfect
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Samsung has certainly proved that it can make a fast, powerful, imposing phone... but it got caught assuming powerful hardware is enought
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the best devices that Samsung has put out yet
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you were ever considering switching from a high-end Apple iPhone, now’s the time as the S20 Ultra eclipses every other phone in nearly every power use case
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a powerful phone with crazy specs... but it's unlikely you'll use its special features on a daily basis
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. It’s the top dog, the king of the hill, the phone to beat
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra is as exciting as it is outrageously expensive
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the ultimate phone, if you're willing to pay the ultimate price
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Samsung's biggest and most expensive phone delivers in almost every way
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Outmuscles just about any other Android phone you care to name
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  15. It’s a powerhouse of a phone, beautifully constructed, with a tremendous display and no shortage of features
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. If you are a tech enthusiast and have pockets deep enough to wield it, then the S20 Ultra is impossible not to recommend
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. The Galaxy S20 Ultra’s five cameras offer about as much fun as you can have shooting with a phone
    wired.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra is a high-performance phone with a great screen and some of the best battery life we've seen from a Samsung flagship in some years
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  19. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is full of unmatched hardware innovations... but too pricey to recommend
    pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. The S20 Ultra is Samsung doing what Samsung does best, putting class-leading hardware on devices before anyone else
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
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