There’s a new breed of smartphones emerged in the land of smartphones. If you haven’t heard, gaming smartphones are now a thing, and the prominent names in the industry are on board.
Back in June, the ASUS ROG Phone has come to life. This is one of the gaming handsets to come from a well-established smartphone brand.
As expected, the ROG Phone comes with tons of high-powered specs and an aggressive design that would surely appeal to both gamers and casual users. And just recently, the company finally announced the official launch in the Philippines, and we can not be more excited.
But just the other day, another big dog in the industry unveiled their own gaming-centric smartphone. The new Huawei Mate 20 X has tons of impressive features that the standard Mate 20 devices have, but with bloated numbers to help it meet the standards of its target market.
So the question is, which between these two devices is right choice for you? Let our Huawei Mate 20 X versus ASUS ROG Phone specifications and features comparison help you decide.
|Huawei Mate 20 X||ASUS ROG Phone|
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie|
|Android 8.1 Oreo
ROG Gaming UI
|Display||7.2-inch OLED FHD+|
2244 x 1080 pixel resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass (unnamed version)
|6-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2160 x 1080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
90Hz refresh rate
1ms response time
108.6% DCI-P3 color gamut
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
|Processor||2.6GHz Kirin 980 octa-core processor|
Graphene Film and Vapor Chamber Cooling System
|2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core
Vapor Chamber Cooling
GPU Turbo 2.0
expandable via Nano memory card up to 256GB
|64GB /128GB UFS 2.1
|Rear Camera||40-megapixel (f/1.8) +|
20-megapixel (wide-angle lens, f/2.2) +
8-megapixel (3x telephoto, f/2.4)
AI scene detection
|12-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS) +
8-megapixel (120-degree wide-angle)
AI scene detection
3D face unlock
DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround
24-bit Hi-Res Audio
|Connectivity||HSPA+, 4G LTE|
WIFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
GPS,dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
|HSPA+, 4G LTE
WIFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, 2×2 MIMO
WiGig 802.11 ad wireless display support
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Custom USB port on the side (supports USB 3.1, DisplayPort 1.4, 15w fast charging)
|Others||Huawei M-Pen (sold separately)|
IP53 dust and splash resistant
|2x Ultrasonic AirTriggers
ASUS AURA RGB Logo
Compatible with ASUS mobile gaming accessories
|Dimensions||174.6 x 85.4 x 8.2mm||158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm|
Quick Charge 4.0+
|Price||EUR899 (~Php56,000)||8GB + 128GB — CNY 5,999 (~Php47,100)
8GB + 512GB — CNY 7,999 (~Php62,800)
E-sports Armor Limited Edition — CNY 12,999 (~Php102,000)
As you can see, both the Huawei Mate 20 X and the ASUS ROG Phone are great smartphones in their own regard. The table tells us there’s no clear winner here. However, I do think each of them is made for a specific person.
Let’s start with the ASUS ROG Phone. Although both devices have impressive specs, but ASUS’ offering has more features that can make gamers drool. One of them is the ROG Phone’s aggressive gamer design — it even has an RGB logo that works with ASUS Aura Sync.
It also has two UltraSonic AirTriggers, which acts as built-in hardware controllers when playing games. ASUS also come up with tons of accessories that was built specifically for the ASUS ROG Phone.
Another bonus is its ultra-fast display. This thing has a 90Hz refresh rate screen with 1ms response time, making it really suitable for playing fast-paced games.
But if you want something that’s almost equally powerful, but feels and looks like a more traditional flagship smartphone, then you might want to check out the Huawei Mate 20 X.
Unlike the ROG Phone, the Mate 20 X has a more subtle but elegant-looking design. Huawei also developed a new design that provides a unique texture that not only makes it look unique but also makes it less slippery and prevents too much fingerprint smudges.
And since this is a Huawei smartphone, the Mate 20 X has way better set of cameras. Its 24-megapixel front camera is obviously superior to the 8-megapixel camera of the competitor.
Of course, there’s the triple-camera setup (40-megapixel, 20-megapixel, and 8-megapixel), which is relatively better than the 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel dual camera setup on the ASUS ROG Phone.
It might not have the fastest screen, but it does have much larger dimensions, making it not only good for gaming, but also for watching videos and movies.
And due to its enormous chassis, Huawei was able to equip it with a massive 5,000mAh battery, which is 1,000mAh larger than the 4,000mAh battery of the ASUS ROG Phone.
With that said, if you’re really a hardcore gaming fan, then the ASUS ROG Phone is really the one for you. On the other hand, if you want something that’s still powerful but comes in a more inconspicuous but still stylish design, the Huawei Mate 20 X is probably the smartphone for you.