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Both Asus ROG Phone II (8GB RAM, 128GB) and iQOO 3 128GB are equally good phones but iQOO 3 128GB is significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the iQOO 3 128GB.

Asus ROG Phone II (8GB RAM, 128GB)  iQOO 3 128GB 
Asus ROG Phone 2 iQOO 3
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Excellence Score
73.9
73.9
Value for Money Score
65.7
82.1
Price ₹ 37,999 onwards ₹ 29,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Mar, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.44 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 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 120 HzSuper High 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 108%, HDR10, 120Hz Display, 240Hz Touch-sensing, Bluelight Filter, Always-on Display, Glove touch Support Super AMOLED, HDR10+, 180Hz Touch-sensing, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.96 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 650
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 13MP 48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); Sony IMX586 Sensor; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; 1.6um Pixel Size @ 12MP; PDAF, 13MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 125° Ultrawide Lens; 11mm Focal Length, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps; [email protected], EIS, Portrait mode, Panorama, Super Night mode, Pro mode, AI Scene Detection 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.5 aperture; Telephoto, 13MP: f/2.2 aperture; Ultra-wide, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, Super night mode, Super Anti Shake, Portrait mode, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Super wide-angle
Secondary Camera 24MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 77.9° Field-of-view, Panorama, HDR, Portrait mode f/2.5 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR, Screen Flash
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.48 mmThick 9.2 mmThick
Weight 240 gmHeavy 214 gmHeavy
Width 77.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 74.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 4400 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, 55W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W 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 3.0 Storage; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DTS Headphone X UFS 3.1 Storage; Pressure-sensitive buttons; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Exquisitely crafted and uniquely designed - excellent materials and build quality - unique and surprisingly stealthy gaming look
  • The back is crafted out of glass with a strip of aluminum on the right - it looks pretty cool
  • 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)
  • Decent under display fingerprint reader
  • 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
  • Huge, stunning 6.59" AMOLED, silky smooth 120Hz display (most phones are 60Hz) - graphics and animations are butter smooth - it’s hard to describe with words - but the more fluid graphics are noticeable, and one of those things that once you see it, you can’t unsee it - it makes for arguably the best display on any smartphone right now, along with the 90Hz OnePlus 7 Pro display
  • 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
  • Runs on the speed beast Snapdragon 855+, which is the just-released upgrade of Qualcomm’s flagship chip - the 855+ is the same hardware as the 855, but the CPU and GPU has been overclocked to better handle memory and graphics rendering - considering that the 855 is already more than powerful to handle any game, the 855+ is overkill
  • You get amazing peak and sustained performance, with some top-grade thermal management
  • Combine the 855+ with the excellent thermal management, and you get the pinnacle of Android performance so far into 2019
  • Just like it was with the original, a big part of the allure of the ROG Phone II lies with its extensive accessory ecosystem, unmatched by any gaming phone - some key ones include AeroActive Cooler II, Lighting Armour Case, ROG Kunai Gamepad, Twinview Dock II, Mobile Desktop Dock, ASUS Professional Dock, WiGig Display Dock Plus and USB 3.0 to RJ45 dongle
  • Solid cameras for the price bracket - the main camera sensor is a 48-megapixel sensor that produces 12-megapixel pinned images, and the secondary wide-angle camera marks the first time a gaming phone featured a wide-angle lens
  • Photos captured under good lighting conditions are more than respectable, with the wide-angle camera doing an admirable job of keeping distortion to a minimum, too (In low light situations, photos become noisier, but still respectable)
  • Overall, the cameras are not exceptional, but they are good in general for the price bracket, and surprisingly good for a gaming oriented phone
  • Easily one of the best stereo speakers on a smartphone to date - the two fairly wide areas on top and bottom of the ROG Phone's display house an impressive pair of smartphone speakers - you get great loudness, depth, and clarity
  • Excellent battery life with a whopping 6000 mAh battery - you can expect up to 2 days of use even with solid gaming sessions thrown in
  • Snappy 25W fast charging support, with Asus' Hypercharge technology (an 18W fast charger comes included)
  • Put simply, the ROG Phone 2 is now the best gaming device for your buck - the 120Hz AMOLED display, the "Air Triggers", the amazing accessory eco-system, the very good thermal management, the outstanding speakers, and the huge 6000mAh battery put it far and ahead of the rest of the gaming phones pack, including the excellent Nubia Red Magic 3 - if you are a hardcore gamer, this is the device you are looking for
  • Good-looking smartphone with a punch-hole display and curved glass back - the Volcano Orange variant has a unique soft matte texture with a much better grip
  • At the right side of the phone are touch sensitive “Monster Touch Buttons” which in certain games allow you to use index fingers to control some in-game actions - the implementation is even better than the ROG Phone, combined with optimised haptics, it makes for a rather pleasurable experience
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock are both quick to unlock and consistent
  • Vibrant, large 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a tiny punch-hole camera on the top-right corner - the screen offers an expansive way to enjoy games or anything else you might throw at it
  • It also supports HDR10+ which adds to the contrast and makes supported content on the screen more enjoyable
  • The phone’s brightness is also great under all lighting conditions
  • Super fast performance with Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset, combined with the latest LPDDR 5 standard RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage - the phone aces all benchmarks and every game you throw at it will run perfectly
  • The phone doesn't heat up even during long hours of heavy gaming, like playing PUBG Mobile
  • Decent quad-camera setup - a 48MP primary shooter + 13MP ultra-wide lens + 13MP telephoto sensor + a 2MP depth sensor
  • The pictures with the primary camera outdoors in natural daylight had ample detailing and adequate sharpness, these shots retain good brightness levels with decent contrast levels and less saturation (though, images shot indoors are a tad on the softer side)
  • Decent ultra-wide lens, encapsulates a lot more in the frame than the primary sensor - the ultra-wide lens also doubles up as the macro lens and can let you go as close as 2.5cm to the subject (though, the quality isn't matched with the primary camera)
  • Telephoto lens is decent too with the right amount of sharpness and dynamic range and you can zoom in upto 20X (though, the 20X zoomed photos are distorted)
  • The 16MP front camera takes good selfies and manages to capture true-to-life images with a good amount of detail and even lighting
  • Good audio quality from the single speaker - can deliver high volume levels, retaining the flawless output
  • Included earphones in the box, a rarity among smartphones these days
  • Good battery life with the 4440 mah battery - you can easily manage a day and a half of use from the phone with moderate usage
  • Incredibly fast 55W fast charging with the included charger - the battery can be charged to 50 percent in just 15 minutes
  • The major advantage iQOO 3 has over it's competition are the gaming centric feature and optimisation and if the touch sensitive buttons are a must have for you, iQOO 3 is a solid choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Quite heavy at 240 grams, which takes some getting used to (though to Asus' credit - it's still reasonably easy to hold due to the curvature of the back and even weight distribution)
  • Incredibly slippery body - a case is a must (and thankfully one is included in the retail package)
  • If you are more into casual gaming, then of course the ROG Phone 2 is massive overkill - you will be well served by more all-round flagship phones like the OnePlus 7, Zenfone 6Z, or the Redmi K20 Pro, which will be cheaper, easier to handle, and have slightly better cameras
  • Pretty chunky and a tad heavy, at 9.2 mm thick and 215 g weight - long gaming sessions might tire your wrists
  • At this price, most phones support 90Hz or higher refresh rate and seeing only 60Hz on a gaming centric smartphone is a downer
  • The iQOO UI based on Android 10 OS is just the retouched Vivo FunTouch OS and a bit disappointing - the software comes across as a weak point as it is cluttered and not well optimised (though, it is very feature packed)
  • Portrait mode can be a hit or miss on the iQOO 3, as the edge-detection algorithm just doesn't do a very good job
  • Low-light performance is just average as images invariably turned out soft and lacking in detail
  • Video recording is average too - stabilisation is only offered till Full HD and videos are noisy
  • However, the Realme X50 Pro brings faster charging, a more versatile array of cameras, and, most importantly, a 90Hz display - in comparison, the iQOO seems to be second in the race it hoped to inaugurate
Expert Reviews
  1. Meant to shock, amaze and overshadow others in the mobile gaming niche...The mobile gaming experience on the ROG Phone 2 is truly the best money can buy
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Sweet overkill...A ridiculously good phone, that would also be a good pick for non-gamers - as long as you don't mind the heft of course
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Undoubtedly a great gaming device...but if you’re looking to use it as your daily driver, you’ll be hard-pressed to compromise on certain factors like its large profile and weight
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you're looking for a beast of a phone, then the Asus ROG Phone 2 is one of the best out there...If you're not a fan of the weight of the ROG Phone 2, the OnePlus 7T would be a good alternative
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. 120Hz screen and 6,000 mAh battery makes it the top gaming phone
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A top contender for this year's best smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. The best gaming phone is also a superb Android device
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Gaming beast
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. ROG Phone 2 isn’t just a gaming beast but an impressive flagship phone overall.
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A great value phone....not just a good gaming smartphone, but it can also be a good choice for non-gamers
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. The ROG Phone II is clearly the best phone on the market right now if you care about gaming
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. More than just a great gaming phone...With a stunning 120Hz panel, the latest specs, and 6000mAh battery, the ROG Phone 2 is also great for everyday use
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A power-packed, unwieldy device and if you’re a gamer, you’ll love it.... In case you don’t like gaming on mobile, but don’t mind a big-size phone, the ROG 2 is still a good bet
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. If you're serious about your mobile gaming and want a leg up over your online opponents, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 is the ultimate gaming handset of 2019
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  15. One Phone for all your needs!
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Lots of power for Android gaming fans
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  17. A game-changing gaming phone
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Top-notch hardware at a jaw-dropping price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Those looking for a gaming smartphone with a premium-built should definitely go for the ROG Phone II
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. The alpha Android phone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  21. Combining the ZenFone’s strong camera with over-the-top specs and a wealth of gaming add-ons means this is one of the few gaming phones that doesn’t ask you to compromise on other elements
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  22. A ridiculously well-made smartphone and a steal at the current price
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Best gaming phone
    pandaily.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. The best gaming phone in India
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. Gamers - Go get it right now. Non-gamers - Go get it right now.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. For someone planning to get the most specced out phone right now, with the added oomph of the battery, and the crazy looks to go with it, and is someone who plays games almost daily - we recommend the ROG Phone 2
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. Delivers the best performance and features to be hailed as the best gaming smartphone in the market
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. Buy for gaming, leave with one of 2019's best smartphones
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  30. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  33. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  34. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  35. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  36. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  37. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. There’s nothing wrong with the iQOO 3, performance, cameras, charging, and an enjoyable interface are all spot on... but the Realme X50 Pro also have all of that and some
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Packs in some really powerful hardware
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The iQOO3 is the best multimedia and gaming phone you can buy at this price segment right now
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. With impeccable hardware that puts the user at the cutting edge of smartphone technology, the iQOO 3 5G ticks all the boxes for a heavy user
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. There is no reason to not consider iQOO 3
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Unless air triggers are somehow a must-have for you, the Realme X50 Pro is also a solid choice
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. iQOO 3's big advantage is the latest Qualcomm processor and more features geared towards gaming
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The iQOO 3 is a potent smartphone that delivers power-packed performance and importantly, could be a potential segment disruptor
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The iQOO 3 is a great package for anyone who wants to explore beyond the OnePlus and Samsung territory in the flagship killer category
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. From its design to performance, the IQOO 3 5G is a very solid phone and one that definitely deserves your attention... but the competition is stiff
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. The iQOO 3 is right up there among the leading options for anyone looking for a very powerful and yet well-crafted smartphone
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The iQOO 3 is definitely one of the most capable value-for-money-flagships you can buy right now
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Snapdragon 865 and Monster Touch Buttons are reason enough to buy this phone
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. business-standard.com hands-on Read Review »
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