Asus ROG Phone 2 is the world’s fastest Android smartphone, outperforming even Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The proposed 120 Hz gamer phone is an option in the market for those seeking the best possible performance on a cutting-edge smartphone, a device in contention with Samsung, which has less performance, but still offers octa-core processor and a superior camera system, as well as more durable design. In the following paragraphs, learn about the highs and lows of the models.
Asus ROG Phone 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
|Specifications||Asus ROG Phone 2||Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus|
|Launch||October 2019||September 2019|
|Screen||6.59 inches||6.8 inches|
|Resolution||2340 x 1080 pixels (Full HD +)||3040 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD +)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 855 (octa-core up to 2.96 GHz)||Exynos 9825 (octa-core up to 2.73 GHz)|
|RAM||8 or 12 GB||12 GB|
|Storage||128 or 512 GB||256 GB|
|Memory card||does not support||microSD up to 1 TB|
|Main camera||48 and 13 megapixels||12, 12, 16 megapixel and TOF sensor|
|Front camera||24 megapixels||10 megapixels|
|OS||Android 9 (Pie)||Android 9 (Pie)|
|Battery||6,000 mAh||4,300 mAh|
|Dimensions and weight||171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm; 240 grams||162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm; 196 grams|
|Colors||black or matte black||black or silver|
Source: Asus and Samsung
Screen and design
Both devices have a large screen, but Note 10 Plus is slightly larger, with 6.8 inches compared to the 6.59-inch ROG Phone 2 screen. In terms of technologies, more similarities, since both phones offer display panels with AMOLED (although Samsung classifies its display as Dynamic AMOLED).
However, there is a remarkable difference in favor of the Asus phone: ROG Phone 2 has a 120 Hz display update. This means that the screen is capable of updating 120 times per second, something that makes the system’s graphic interface more fluid, benefits gaming use and even has positive effects when watching movies and series.
Note 10 Plus has a screen that updates to the traditional 60 Hz. Samsung’s compensation is in much higher resolution: 3040 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD+) versus 2340 x 1080 pixels (Full HD+) on the Asus smartphone.
The design of the two phones is quite different. Note 10 Plus is more moderate and has a more elegant look. The ROG Phone 2 is a device for gamers, designed to attract more attention, and is complemented by LEDs that can be customized by the user.
In colors, the Note 10 Plus is found in black or silver. Asus is always in black; what changes are the RGB LEDs that the user can customize.
ROG Phone 2’s focus on performance and games ultimately impacts the device’s cameras. Although it has a 48-megapixel main sensor (with f/1.8 aperture lens) and a 13 MP camera with f/2.4 wide-angle, the device does not have the same versatility and capacity of the rival in terms of cameras. For example, the ROG Phone lacks a telephoto lens or a depth detection sensor, which is essential for more detailed photos in Portrait Mode.
Note 10 Plus stands out in photos. The Samsung phone is equipped with four cameras: 12 megapixels, with a variable aperture lens in f/1.5 to f/2.4; 12 megapixels, telephoto lens in f/2.1; 16 megapixels, wide-angle with f/2.2 and finally a depth sensor, important for Portrait Mode and augmented reality experiences.
In the selfies, the Note 10 Plus has a 10-megapixel sensor, while ROG Phone 2 has a higher resolution camera with 24 megapixels.
In terms of raw performance, Asus ROG Phone 2 stands out: Named the world’s fastest Android smartphone today, the phone achieves this result through the use of Snapdragon 855 Plus, Qualcomm’s fastest mobile processor today, and a cooling system that allows octa-core up to 2.96 GHz to work at high performance for longer.
Samsung’s Note 10 Plus is equipped with Exynos 9825, an octa-core processor developed by Samsung itself, and that reaches 2.73 GHz maximum speed in its main cores.
The Note 10 Plus has a single version with 12 GB RAM. On the other hand, Asus ROG Phone 2 is available with options of 8 GB or 12 GB. In the internal space for data, Note 10 Plus is offered by Samsung in the 256 GB version (with up to 1 TB microSD), while ROG Phone 2 appears in the national market with versions of 128 or 512 GB (none of them with a slot for microSD).
System and features
Both phones come out of the box with Android 9 (Pie) installed and offer an integrated digital display reader. Note 10 Plus also features facial recognition technology through the front camera.
ROG Phone 2 offers a USB-C output to connect the phone to several accessories. Among them, some cases convert it into a type of pocket console and dock to use the phone as if it were a desktop PC. Also, the phone has aluminum body points that act as trigger buttons, inspired by video game controls.
Note 10 Plus can also be used as a PC via Samsung DeX. Besides, the phone comes equipped with typical brand features such as Bixby assistant, Galaxy’s apps, and services such as Samsung Pay. The Note 10 Plus is Samsung’s first lineup with no headset output, a hardware feature that is, however, present in Asus.
An important productivity differentiator is a fact that the Note 10 Plus comes standard with S-Pen, Samsung’s digital pen.
Both devices have a powerful battery, but ROG Phone 2 is the winner in comparison that only considers gross capacity. In Asus, the battery has 6,000 mAh, high capacity to cope with the demands of a gaming device.
Note 10 Plus comes equipped with a 4,300 mAh battery. Both devices have support for fast charging technologies and both can function as extra batteries for charging other devices.
ROG Phone 2 is the latest in the market, sold at the official Asus store for $618.00 with 8 GB RAM and $899.00 with 12 GB RAM. Note 10 Plus is officially sold by Samsung for $999.00.