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Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro vs ASUS ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition: Specs Comparison

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Xiaomi just launched its latest gaming phone for the year 2020. And it delivered to the hype that surrounded it was released.

Here we have the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro, the bigger brother of the Black Shark 3.

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As you might expect from a gaming phone, the specs sheet on the Black Shark 3 Pro has been amped up with an aggressive and edgy design to justify its for-gamers status.

But as you know, Black Sharks aren’t the only gaming devices that are swimming in the large sea of smartphones (pun intended). Queue the ASUS ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition.

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Just like Xiaomi’s Black Shark line, ROG (Republic of Gamers) is also a brand created by ASUS that specializes in gaming equipment and smartphones.

However, since ROG’s offering is a couple of months older, does it still have what it takes to conquer the latest from Black Shark? We’ll find out in our Xiaomi Black Shark 3 versus ASUS ROG Phone 2 specifications and features comparison.

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 ProASUS ROG PHONE II Strix Edition
Operating SystemAndroid 10
Joy UI 11
Android 9 Pie
Zen UI 6/ROG UI
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display7.1-inch QHD+ AMOLED
3120 x 1440 pixel resolution
~483ppi
HDR10+
90Hz refresh rate
MEMC 2.0 display processor
6.59-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~391ppi
120Hz refresh rate
1ms response time
Delta E
HDR support
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Processor2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core
Dual Heatsink
2.96GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core
GameCool II heatsink
RAM8GB/12GB8GB/12GB
GPUAdreno 650Adreno 640
Storage256GB/512GB
UFS 3.0
non-expandable
128GB/512GB
UF 3.0
non-expandable
Front camera20-megapixel24-megapixel
Rear Camera64-megapixel (f/1.8)
13-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
48-megapixel (f/1.8)
13-megapixel (ultra-wide)
PDAF
Laser autofocus
LED flash
AudioHeadphone jack
Stereo speakers
Headphone jack
Stereo speakers
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NAVIC
USB Type-C
Magnetic pins
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
2x USB Type-C
OthersPhysical trigger buttonsRGB lighting
AirTriggers
Proprietary accessories
Dimensions177.9 x 83.29 x 10.1mm170.99 x 77.6 x 9.78 mm
Weight253g240g
Battery5,000mAh
65W fast charger
Magnetic 18W charger (sold separately)
6,000mAh
30W ROG HyperCharge
Quick Charge 4.0
Secondary Type-C charging
ColorsLightning Black
Armor Gray
Black
Price8GB/256GB: CNY4,699 (~Php34,300)
12GB/256GB: CNY4,999 (~Php36,400)
Php34,995
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Well, I guess we have a clear winner here. The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro gets all the benefits of being the newer device on this specs comparison — making it take the lead over the ASUS ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition.

Black Shark 3 Pro gets to have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. One of the best chipsets in the market this 2020. Meanwhile, the ROG Phone 2 comes with an older Snapdragon 855 — the best chipset available when it was released last year.

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Xiaomi even included two heatsinks on both sides of the motherboard to really improve the thermals after extensive gaming which prevents overheating.

Thanks to its newer processor, the Black Shark 3 Pro gets a 5G connectivity and WiFi 6. These are the latest connectivity standard that we’ll see on smartphones in the next couple of years.

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Another ‘big’ lead that the Black Shark 3 Pro has over the ROG Phone 2 is the display. This has a 7.1-inch QHD+ AMOLED screen, which is bigger and sharper than the 6.59-inch FHD+ display that the latter has.

But to ASUS’ credit, the ROG Phone 2 does come with a faster 120Hz display versus the 90Hz on the former. It will improve the responsiveness of the screen and make everything smoother — from browsing the interface to gaming.

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The ASUS ROG Phone 2 also has a bigger 6,000mAh battery than the 5,000mAh on the competition.

However, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro takes back the lead with its faster 65W charging support. That’s two times faster than the 30W HyperCharge on the ROG Phone 2.

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Both devices come with two triggers on each sides for extra controls on games. However, the physical pop-up buttons that the Black Shark 2 Pro has should provide a more tactile feeling than the touch-sensitive AirTriggers on the latter.

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The Black Shark 3 Pro is finishing strong with its impressive cameras. This thing comes with a 64-megapixel primary shooter — the same sensor you can find in most high-end smartphones today. Plus, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide snapper and 5-megapixel depth sensor.

That easily outshines the 48-megapixel and 13-megapixel ultra-wide combo on the ROG Phone 2.

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We expect the pricing for the ASUS ROG Phone 2 to come down as a successor is expected to arrive soon. But still, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro has tons of features that are way better than the ROG Phone 2, and even in any smartphones in the sub-Php35k category.

But if you really are an ASUS ROG fan, then you might just have to wait until a third ROG phone gets revealed. We’ll have a comparison between that and the Black Shark 3 Pro ready once it comes out.

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