While the smartphone industry is getting saturated with recent releases, both the ASUS ROG Phone and the Pocophone F1 managed to stand out due to their high-tier specs. The Pocophone F1 in particular, is steadily gaining traction with its flagship-quality features and affordability. One of the things these smartphones have in common is that they are built for gaming. But which one will reign supreme? Is the ASUS ROG Phone worth the hype over the Pocophone F1? Read on to find out!
Design & Construction
As previously featured, the Pocophone F1 is humbly built with a plastic body and a front glass panel. But don’t be fooled, because the F1 has also been released in a special Kevlar edition which earns it a lot of points when it comes to durability. The ASUS ROG Phone, on the other hand, has a flamboyant exterior in theme with the brand’s gaming laptops. It carries the signature ROG logo and red accents, and is encased in a solid aluminum frame with a Gorilla Glass front panel.
The ROG Phone has a slightly smaller display due to the absence of a notch. At 6.0 inches, the AMOLED capacitive touchscreen produces rich blacks and vivid colors which is perfect for gaming. In comparison to the Pocophone F1’s IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, the ROG Phone’s display is much more preferable. AMOLED screens are less likely to cause eye strain because it emits less light, which means that even after hours of gaming you will still feel more comfortable using the ROG Phone.
Given that both phones have their priorities set on performance, the camera isn’t as impressive compared to other smartphones in the market. The ROG Phone is built with a 12MP+8MP dual rear camera and an 8MP front camera which can take decent photos and selfies. Meanwhile, the F1 has a 12MP+5MP dual rear camera and a 20MP front camera making it the clear winner for this round.
This is where the ASUS ROG Phone and the Pocophone F1 truly shines. Both are powered by a magnificent Snapdragon 845 chipset and an Adreno 630 which easily snuffs out most smartphone competitors. The Snapdragon 845 currently holds the title for being the world’s fastest processor to date, and guarantees that you will be able to enjoy any game on both the ROG Phone and F1 without any lags. The ROG Phone only comes in 8GB RAM, but has 2 storage variants: the 128GB version and the 512GB version. Meanwhile, the F1 is a little more forgiving with its 6GB/8GB RAM + 64GB/128GB storage variants. It’s a tight battle for sure, as the ROG Phone and F1 both have non-removable 4,000mAH batteries. The ROG Phone only wins by a point, as its 512GB storage variant definitely overpowers the F1.
In conclusion, if we are to judge based solely on specs, the ASUS ROG Phone wins by a point in terms of performance because of its large storage capacity. But considering the price, the Pocophone F1 is the more economical choice. It’s astounding to see that a phone that retails for only a fraction of the ROG Phone’s price can offer the same quality of processing power. The ROG Phone’s hefty cost doesn’t justify the compromise on its cameras. With the Pocophone F1, you are getting flagship-quality specs that’s definitely worth your money. If you want a better alternative to the ROG Phone, opt for the Kevlar edition of the Pocophone F1.