Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 6.78-inch Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1) that was released on July 5, 2022, against the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, which is powered by Apple A15 Bionic and came out 10 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
  • Has 3x more RAM: 18GB versus 6GB
  • Comes with 1648 mAh larger battery capacity: 6000 vs 4352 mAh
  • Higher display refresh rate – 165 Hz
  • 39% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (1115K versus 803K)
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5.2)
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Uses a faster type of memory: LPDDR5 3200 MHz
  • Slow-motion recording at 480FPS
  • Has 2 SIM card slots
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • The rear camera has a 3x optical zoom
  • Waterproof body (IP68 classification)
  • Shows 22% longer battery life (43:44 vs 35:55 hours)
  • Supports wireless charging up to 7.5W
  • Delivers 27% higher peak brightness (1059 against 835 nits)
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Apple releases software updates and supports their phones a few years longer than Asus
  • 16% higher pixel density (458 vs 395 PPI)
  • Thinner bezels – 5.2% more screen real estate
  • The front-facing camera can record video at 4K
  • Ready for eSIM technology
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Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests

Display

Type AMOLED OLED
Size 6.78 inches 6.7 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2448 pixels 1284 x 2778 pixels
Aspect ratio 20.4:9 19.5:9
PPI 395 ppi 458 ppi
Refresh rate 165 Hz 120 Hz
Max rated brightness 830 nits 1000 nits
Max rated brightness in HDR 1200 nits 1200 nits
HDR support Yes, HDR10+ Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Gorilla Glass Victus Ceramic Shield
Screen-to-body ratio 82.2% 87.4%
Display features - DCI-P3
- Always-On Display
- DC Dimming
- DCI-P3
Display tests
RGB color space 100% 99.9%
PWM 672 Hz 238 Hz
Response time 1 ms 8.5 ms
Contrast ∞ Infinity ∞ Infinity
Peak brightness test (auto)
835 nits
1059 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 173 mm (6.81 inches) 160.8 mm (6.33 inches)
Width 77 mm (3.03 inches) 78.1 mm (3.07 inches)
Thickness 10.3 mm (0.41 inches) 7.65 mm (0.3 inches)
Weight 239 g (8.43 oz) 240 g (8.47 oz)
Waterproof IPX4 IP68
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors White Black, Silver, Gold, Blue, Green
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in-display No
Screen-to-body ratio

Performance

Tests of Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro and Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 Apple A15 Bionic
Max. clock 3190 MHz 3200 MHz
CPU cores 8 (1 + 3 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 2 GHz: Cortex-A510
- 3 cores at 2.75 GHz: Cortex-A710
- 1 core at 3.2 GHz: Cortex-X2
- 4 cores at 2.02 GHz: Blizzard
- 2 cores at 3.24 GHz: Avalanche
L3 cache 6 MB -
Lithography process 4 nanometers 5 nanometers
Graphics Adreno 730 Apple GPU
GPU clock 900 MHz 1200 MHz

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
1115568
CPU 256242 230032
GPU 468831 328182
Memory 195507 102328
UX 186407 136067
Total score 1115568 803994
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 92% 82%
Graphics test 62 FPS 56 FPS
Graphics score 10371 9472
PCMark 3.0 score 17330 -
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Memory

RAM
RAM size 18 GB 6 GB
Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory clock 3200 MHz 2133 MHz
Channels 4 2
Storage
Storage size 512 GB 128, 256, 512, 1024 GB
Storage type UFS 3.1 NVMe
Memory card No No

Software

Operating system Android 12 iOS 15 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.2)
OS size 25 GB 13 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 6000 mAh 4352 mAh
Charge power 65 W 27 W
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging No Yes (7.5 W)
Reverse charging Yes No
Fast charging Yes (75% in 30 min) Yes (42% in 30 min)
Full charging time 0:42 hr 1:46 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 13:15 hr 14:55 hr
Watching video 15:54 hr 20:14 hr
Gaming 05:51 hr 07:42 hr
Standby 110 hr 140 hr
General battery life
35:55 hr
43:44 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 50 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 8192 x 6144 4032 x 3024
Zoom Digital Optical, 3x
Flash LED Dual LED
Stabilization Digital Optical
8K video recording Up to 24FPS No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 480 FPS (720p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens - 120°
Lenses 3 (50 MP + 13 MP + 5 MP) 4 (12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 50 MP
- Aperture: f/1.9
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/1.56", Sony IMX766 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.5
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.9 micron
- Sensor: 1/1.66", Sony IMX703 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
Telephoto lens - - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Focal length: 77 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens - 13 MP
- Aperture: f/2.2
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 13 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Phase autofocus
Macro lens - 5 MP
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Depth lens - - Pixel size: 1 micron
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples - Photo samples of Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4290 x 2800 4032 x 3024
Aperture f/2.0 f/2.2
Focal length 27.5 mm 23 mm
Pixel size 1.22 microns 1 microns
Sensor type Exmor-RS CMOS Exmor-RS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.93" 1/3.6"
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
Video quality
Generic camera score

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 5.2 5
Bluetooth features LE LE, A2DP
USB type USB Type-C -
USB version 3.1 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby -
eSIM support* No Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 20 18
5G support Yes Yes

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack Yes No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
93.3 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced July 2022 September 2021
Release date July 2022 September 2021
SAR (head) - 0.99 W/kg
SAR (body) - 0.98 W/kg
Sensors - Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

If the software, camera, and design are more important to you, then choose the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. But if the performance, connectivity, and sound are more of a priority – go for the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro.

Cast your vote

So, which phone would you choose?
257 (77.4%)
75 (22.6%)
Total votes: 332

User opinions

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Snicker bar 09 September 2022 00:32
regardless of the inaccurate geekbench app scores, the Rog 6 Pro is the better phone. More powerful, more stable under long-term loads (heavy gaming), faster RAM, faster wifi, faster cell connection, faster USB 3.1 speed, faster HD speed, faster CPU, and faster GPU. You will notice in games like Genshin Impact where no matter how long you play it, the framerate is rock solid on the Rog 6 Pro. But on the iphone 13, after just 2 to 6 minutes of playing the game the screen dimms, the framerate drops to an average of 30 and below, and then a huge lag stutter takes over. You can also overclock the Rog 6 Pro phone with x-mode.. and also super clock it beyond x-mode if you have the aero cooler attached (free right now BTW). For the battery performance, the Rog 6 Pro has a much larger battery and many Android optimizations & 8+ Gen1 optimizations to keep the battery running longer and cooler. Charging speed is multitudes faster at 65w charging vs the iphone 20w charging. So you get longer battery life and much faster charging on the Rog 6 Pro. Also has a mode to pause charging when plugged in to save the battery life long term when gaming instead of burning out the battery with tons of extra charge cycles. The screen refresh rate is 165hz with a touch sample rate more than 4x faster than iphone 13 pro max. Also only a 1ms response lag vs a 10ms response lag on iphone 13 pro max. and a REAL headphone jack on the Rog 6 Pro! No ridiculous dongles to get uncompressed & zero lag sound that the iphone requires and is not included. As for the camera quality.. If you want professional photos or the absolute best quality photos then buy a nice DSLR. Cellphone photos have come a long way, but they are a joke compared to a real camera due to the extremely limited distance between the lens and the sensor, tiny photo sensor size, and much smaller lenses. Just open any photo into Photoshop and zoom in on the details. You will be amazed at the blurry, distorted mess that modern cellphones apply to photographs using "AI" to sharpen, blur, color adjust, and other things to try to mimic the quality from an actual DSLR camera. iphones and android phones even now create fake "bokeh" effects by estimating where the edge of a person/object is, making a messy mask around that person and then making a Photoshop blur filter around the background. Just zoom in on one of these cellphone bokeh photos and you will see a ridiculous blur halo around the head of a person. Take the same photo with a DSLR and you will see every fine hair on that person's head in perfect focus with the background blurred perfectly around it. Ever take a video or photo with an iphone at night with any light source in-frame? You end up with huge, ugly lens flares! Only reasons to get an iphone: uninformed about better phones on Android... or because friends/family own an iphone... or locked into the ecosystem.. or fanboi/sheep who buys anything with that logo because it's there.. or prefers the look/style of the phone (even though every iphone and every android phone design has been copied over and over and they are all basically the same slab of glass now other than the logo on the back)... or prefers iOS even though it is severely locked down/un-customizable/changes with the whim of apple on any given update (even though Android is completely customizable and can even be made to look and feel identical to any version of iOS).
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Salt and Pepper 30 August 2022 14:00
I don't understand the vote result. It clearly shows that iPhone 13 pro max is dominant, yet they still choose the other one. Is it because of the price or is it because it is iPhone?
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user 09 September 2022 00:54
Its because the Rog phone is better just because the clock speed and max clock are better does not mean what you can do is better the rog phone has more Ram means you can do more things and it will not slow down your phone even when running at slower speeds for clock rate but can render way better also has better cooling and so much more also 90% of iPhones are not worth it
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