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Asus ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate Smartphone review – Gaming phones with great accessories

Two phones, one review. If you don't mind not having a Snapdragon processor, Asus' ROG Phone 6D or 6D Ultimate may be an interesting alternative for mobile gamers. The slimmed-down phones are equipped with a MediaTek SoC. But are they a really good choice for real gamers?
ROG Phone 6D Ultimate

Asus' gaming phones are a great success. We even named the ROG Phone 6 "probably the best gaming smartphone" in our review. So it makes sense for the manufacturer not to rest on their laurels but to continue expanding the series.

This is exactly what the Taiwanese company has done with the ROG Phone 6D and the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate, which we will be reviewing together as they only have a few fairly minor differences.

Asus has positioned the 6D as a slightly more affordable alternative to the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro, in exchange for a smaller working memory and a new SoC. The camera and screen remain unchanged. The ROG Phone 6D Ultimate, on the other hand,  is the most expensive phone of the series at the time of writing, and comes equipped with a fair share of accessories. 

Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate (ROG Phone Series)
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ 8 x 1.8 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510
Graphics adapter
Memory
16 GB 
Display
6.78 inch 20.4:9, 2448 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, Gorilla Glass Victus, 2-inch screen on the back, glossy: yes, HDR, 165 Hz
Storage
512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 512 GB 
, 490 GB free
Connections
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5 mm, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B6/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B42/​B43/​B48), 5G (n1/​n2/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n12/​n18/​n20/​n26/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n48/​n77/​n78/​n79) , Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.4 x 173 x 77 ( = 0.41 x 6.81 x 3.03 in)
Battery
6000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 65W charging (USB-PD 3.0, Qualcomm Quick Charge 5.0)
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.9, phase comparison-AF, laser-AF, LED-flash, Videos @4320p/​24fps (Camera 1); 13.0MP, f/​2.4, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 5.0MP, f/​2.0, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), charger, USB-C-cable, Aeroactive Cooler 6, Aero Case, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, notification LED (front/​multicoloured), shoulder buttons (ultrasonic), IPX4-certified, fanless
Weight
247 g ( = 8.71 oz / 0.54 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1400 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Asus ROG Phone 6D (ROG Phone Series)
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ 8 x 1.8 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
Display
6.78 inch 20.4:9, 2448 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, Gorilla Glass Victus, glossy: yes, HDR, 165 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 220 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B6/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B32/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B42/​B43/​B48), 5G (n1/​n2/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n12/​n18/​n20/​n26/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n48/​n77/​n78/​n79) , Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.4 x 173 x 77 ( = 0.41 x 6.81 x 3.03 in)
Battery
6000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 65W charging (USB-PD 3.0, Qualcomm Quick Charge 5.0)
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.9, phase comparison-AF, laser-AF, LED-flash, Videos @4320p/​24fps (Camera 1); 13.0MP, f/​2.4, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 5.0MP, f/​2.0, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), charger, USB-C-cable, Aero Case, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, notification LED (front/​multicoloured), shoulder buttons (ultrasonic), IPX4-certified, fanless
Weight
239 g ( = 8.43 oz / 0.53 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
950 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.5 %
12/2022
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10
247 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080
88.6 %
12/2022
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10
239 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080
89.5 %
01/2023
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
239 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080
84.9 %
09/2022
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
235 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2400x1080
85.7 %
06/2022
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
220 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080

Case – Gaming design with Gorilla Glass

"Is it a ROG Phone 6 or 6D"? – A question that is difficult to answer at first, for the models both have a very similar exterior. Only the color options differ: The ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate are only available in silver.

The more expensive model now features a ventilation hatch made of plastic, which is positioned in the center at the top. It is closed as long as the cooling system is not attached, but rattles a little when you hold the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate. Not particularly promising in terms of quality. 

This is disappointing, as the remainder of the case is of very high quality and includes great display protection on the front with Gorilla Glass Victus. Annoyingly, neither of the ROG Phone 6D phones are waterproof. They are only certified to IPX4, which promises splash protection. 

ROG Phone 6D
ROG Phone 6D
ROG Phone 6D
ROG Phone 6D
ROG Phone 6D
ROG Phone 6D
ROG Phone 6D

Size comparison

173 mm / 6.81 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 10.4 mm / 0.4094 inch 247 g0.545 lbs173 mm / 6.81 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 10.4 mm / 0.4094 inch 239 g0.527 lbs173 mm / 6.81 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 10.3 mm / 0.4055 inch 239 g0.527 lbs166.27 mm / 6.55 inch 77.1 mm / 3.04 inch 9.98 mm / 0.3929 inch 235 g0.518 lbs163.9 mm / 6.45 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 9.5 mm / 0.374 inch 220 g0.485 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity – Two USB-C ports

The Asus ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate are both only available in one configuration:

  • Asus ROG Phone 6D 12 GB RAM / 256 GB storage
  • Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate 16 GB RAM / 512 GB storage

The two devices have a significant price difference, which comes from the fact that the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate is equipped with the AeroActive Cooler. The Ultimate model also features a matrix display on the back, which the ROG Phone 6D does not have. The third reason for the difference in price is the difference in memory and storage capacity. 

Both models are equipped with the same USB C ports that support data transfers of up to 10 GBit/s. They help make it possible to comfortably hold the smartphone while gaming even when it is charging. Both smartphones also feature a notification LED on the front.

It is somewhat confusing that the ROG Phone 6 Batman Edition is actually a ROG Phone 6D with a MediaTek SoC according to its specs. This special edition comes in beautifully designed packaging and features a couple of cool gadgets such as a Batman-style SIM tool or a Batsignal projector. We don't seem to be the only ones to have noticed this discrepancy. Online, the phone often appears as ROG Phone 6D Batman Edition - for example on the German price comparison site Geizhals.

Left: SIM slot, USB-C port
Left: SIM slot, USB-C port
Right: ultrasound trigger, volume buttons, microphone, standby button, ultrasound trigger
Right: ultrasound trigger, volume buttons, microphone, standby button, ultrasound trigger
Bottom: 3.5-mm port, USB-C port, microphone
Bottom: 3.5-mm port, USB-C port, microphone
Top: microphone
Top: microphone

Software – Short update period for the ROG Phone

Asus' gaming phone comes with Android 12, which is complimented by the manufacturer's own ROG UI. This user interface only makes small changes to the system and Android users should have no difficulty finding their way around the phone. Gamers will be most interested in Armoury Crate - an app that allows you to launch games directly as well as to adjust the settings for the cooler or the gaming mode. 

A symbol in the top corner shows which maximum refresh rate the screen is currently set to. A nice little feature, if you ask us.

Apparently, the update period is limited to only two years, which is annoying and limits the potential useful life of the gaming smartphone. At least patches are provided fairly regularly, with the last patch dated November 2022 at the time of testing, which is still quite recent.

Software Asus ROG Phone 6D
Software Asus ROG Phone 6D
Software Asus ROG Phone 6D

Communication and GNSS – Fast WiFi 6E

The ROG Phone 6D can hold two SIM cards and supports 5G for both. There are numerous frequencies available in both the 5G and 4G networks, so it should be possible to operate the phone worldwide.

We found the signal strength to be very good and on par with other high-end smartphones. 

The devices also feature modern WiFi 6E. This allows very fast and smooth browsing, which our test with our reference router Asus ROG Rapture AXE 11000 confirms. However, the phone does not quite reach the data transfer rates of the ROG Phone 6 Pro.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1553 (1451min - 1625max) MBit/s ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
796 (697min - 872max) MBit/s ∼51%
Average of class Smartphone
  (44.3 - 1736, n=121, last 2 years)
601 MBit/s ∼39%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1616 (1469min - 1714max) MBit/s ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
687 (313min - 809max) MBit/s ∼43%
Average of class Smartphone
  (57.7 - 1710, n=123, last 2 years)
648 MBit/s ∼40%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1730 (1564min - 1806max) MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1655 (1565min, 1567.03P1 - 1720max) MBit/s ∼96%
Average of class Smartphone
  (853 - 1894, n=18, last 2 years)
1496 MBit/s ∼86% -10%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
853 (785min - 906max) MBit/s ∼49% -48%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1617 (1593min - 1641max) MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1368 (1218min, 1232.79P1 - 1419max) MBit/s ∼85%
Average of class Smartphone
  (598 - 1757, n=19, last 2 years)
1315 MBit/s ∼81% -4%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
943 (893min - 950max) MBit/s ∼58% -31%
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Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, ARM Mali-G710 MP10; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz: Ø1655 (1565-1720)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, ARM Mali-G710 MP10; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz: Ø1368 (1218-1419)
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

The ROG Phone 6D allows you to locate your position across all big satellite networks. It even uses the SBAS system for increased precision. Outdoors, location accuracy is very good (and fast!) at 2 meters.

Our field test (a bike ride) with the smartwatch Garmin Venu 2 as a comparison device shows that the gaming phone is very exact and only occasionally locates us next to the path instead of on it. If you need a very precise navigation system, you should get along fine with the ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate.

Positioning ROG Phone 6D Ultimate – overview
Positioning ROG Phone 6D Ultimate – overview
Positioning ROG Phone 6D Ultimate – turn
Positioning ROG Phone 6D Ultimate – turn
Positioning ROG Phone 6D Ultimate – bridge
Positioning ROG Phone 6D Ultimate – bridge
Positioning Garming Venu 2 – overview
Positioning Garming Venu 2 – overview
Positioning Garming Venu 2 – turn
Positioning Garming Venu 2 – turn
Positioning Garming Venu 2 – bridge
Positioning Garming Venu 2 – bridge

Telephone functions and call quality - occasional interference

The Asus ROG Phone 6D uses a proprietary telephone app; users who don't like it can easily install different apps from the Play Store.

We rather like the voice quality via the earpiece: The call partner's voice can be turned up very loud if needed, making them easy to understand even in busy surroundings, although this means that people around you will also be able to hear the caller's voice. The microphone occasionally generates dropouts and background noise.

When calling via speakerphone, the call partner often sounds more distant and the volume is more difficult to regulate. The microphone, on the other hand, fares better in this scenario. Our voice was transmitted clearly and without any interference. 

Cameras – High quality but not perfect

Front camera
Front camera

The camera might not play such an important role for gaming smartphones as it does for other high-end phones, but if you pay a lot of money for a phone, you still expect it to produce decent pictures. The Sony IMX766, the ROG Phone 6D's main sensor, fulfills these expectations. It can also be found in other high-quality phones such as the OnePlus 10T and the ROG Phone 6. There is not much difference in camera quality between these phones.

Photos taken in daylight have a good level of detail and sharpness, although the main camera could brighten the pictures up a bit more. This is particularly noticeable in the landscape image: The iPhone 14's image appears a lot less dull. The Sony sensors' digital zoom is good, provided you don't overdo it. When taking photos in the dark, the phone would benefit from more photosensitivity. Other smartphones do a better job in this scenario, although the ROG Phone 6D's photos are still passable. 

The wide-angle camera is suitable for snapshots but does not retain many details. The phone copes well with the distortion and you can zoom in fine increments between the wide-angle and main camera.

Videos can even be recorded at 8K and 24 fps without image stabilization. In 4K resolution, the phone supports up to 60 fps. Brightness adjustment and autofocus respond very quickly and produce nice, smooth videos.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Hauptkamera BlumeHauptkamera UmgebungHauptkamera Low LightWeitwinkelkamera

In our lab, the camera exhibits very good imaging performance overall, with slight sharpness issues with black text on a red background and at the edges.

The image remains easily recognizable but appears very grainy at 1 Lux.

ColorChecker
8.5 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
2 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate: 6.39 ∆E min: 1.95 - max: 13.68 ∆E
ColorChecker
13.8 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
21.9 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
21 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
22 ∆E
19.9 ∆E
18 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate: 15.94 ∆E min: 10.75 - max: 21.95 ∆E

Accessories and guarantee – All out

The ROG Phone 6D comes in simpler packaging and is equipped with a 65-watt AC adapter, a USB C cable, a SIM tool and even a protective cover.

The ROG Phone 6D Ultimate is packed into a fancy, hexagonal tower that can be opened at the side. In addition to the 6D's basic accessories, the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate comes with the AeroActive Cooler 6 - a cooling system that users would otherwise have to purchase for $100. It has a practical kick-stand, features shoulder buttons and - how could it not - RGB effects. The cooler does not affect the USB C ports, so you can still choose which port to use to recharge your phone. 

If you would prefer to have a real gaming controller for your ROG Phone, you may want to take a look at the ROG Kunai 3, which is available for $100. The more affordable ROG Clip will enable you to use an existing GamePad.

AeroActive Cooler 6
AeroActive Cooler 6
ROG Clip
ROG Clip
ROG Kunai 3
ROG Kunai 3

Input devices & operation – Good fingerprint scanner

The touchscreen has a very fast 165-Hz refresh rate and 720-Hz sample rate. This not only looks good, it also enables very easy operation. Scrolling and zooming feels incredibly smooth, which is also thanks to the phone's great system performance.

The phone can be unlocked via the fingerprint reader that is positioned below the screen. If the screen is turned off, a symbol indicates the position of the sensor, which is already very intuitive on its own. Once your fingerprint has been registered, the sensor recognizes it very reliably, although you do have to wait a moment for the display to actually unlock.

Face recognition also unlocks the phone reliably but isn't quite as safe as it is based only on a software solution.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display – Bright and fast

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Asus ROG Phone 6D generally uses the same panel as its predecessor, an AMOLED screen with 2448 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of up to 165 Hz.

The maximum brightness is slightly lower, which may be connected to changed handling by the SoC. Nonetheless, the ROG Phone 6D still has enough luminosity for long gaming sessions in bright surroundings and for HDR content in small areas. 

Colors appear very strong and content is displayed very smoothly thanks to the high refresh rates, which can dynamically switch between 60 and 165 Hz.

Like with the ROG Phone 6, we measured PWM flickering. Unfortunately, this is a fairly normal feature of OLED panels. It may cause problems for sensitive users and we recommend trying out the screen before purchase. There is a DC dimming mode, but this only works at 60 Hz, which would mean renouncing on one of the main advantages of gaming phones - the high refresh rates. 

775
cd/m²
786
cd/m²
791
cd/m²
754
cd/m²
763
cd/m²
777
cd/m²
743
cd/m²
756
cd/m²
766
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 791 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 767.9 cd/m² Minimum: 4.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 763 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.97 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.4 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.6% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.24
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Asus ROG Phone 6D
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.80
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Screen
0%
27%
4%
-3%
Brightness middle
763
763
0%
860
13%
618
-19%
642
-16%
Brightness
768
768
0%
868
13%
627
-18%
637
-17%
Brightness Distribution
94
94
0%
97
3%
91
-3%
96
2%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.97
3.97
-0%
2.4
40%
2.9
27%
3.19
20%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.66
7.66
-0%
3.9
49%
5.7
26%
7.12
7%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.4
4.4
-0%
2.5
43%
4
9%
4.9
-11%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.24 98%
2.08 106%
2.35 94%
2.22 99%
CCT
7566 86%
7566 86%
6640 98%
6098 107%
7671 85%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 689.2 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 689.2 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 689.2 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19454 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Measurements with fixed zoom and different brightness settings 

Color accuracy is good but could be better in the "natural" mode. Users can manually adjust the white balance in order to somewhat counteract the blue cast that we noticed during our screen test.

Even so, it is mostly whites and grayscales that stand out. The reproduction of the remaining colors can hardly be distinguished from the reference color space with the naked eye.

CalMAN graysclaes – color mode "natural"
CalMAN graysclaes – color mode "natural"
CalMAN color accuracy – color mode "natural"
CalMAN color accuracy – color mode "natural"
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space AdobeRGB
CalMAN color space AdobeRGB
CalMAN color space DCI P3
CalMAN color space DCI P3
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1 ms rise
↘ 0.9 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.4 ms rise
↘ 1.4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.8 ms).

Outdoors, the phone is fine to use even on sunny days - although we would recommend avoiding direct sunlight as the display is very reflective.

The brightness only changes minimally when you look at the screen from wide angles.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance – MediaTek has no problem keeping up

The new MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ puts the ROG Phone 6D more or less on par with the ROG Phone 6 and its other high-end Snapdragon competitors.

Although the processors are very similar with clock rates of up to 3.2 GHz and a similar selection of cores, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen.1 actually has to admit defeat in some benchmarks. But at around 5%, the differences aren't earth-shattering.

The GPU's results vary depending on the benchmark. The more modern and complex, the better the ARM Mali-G710 MP10 in the ROG Phone 6D can keep up or even gain an advantage.

There are also some slight differences in performance between the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate and the ROG Phone 6D, which are probably due to the larger working memory.

Generally, whether you choose a ROG Phone 6 or 6D, you will be getting one of the most powerful Android gaming phones around.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
1400 Points ∼100%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
  (1383 - 1400, n=2)
1392 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 12288
1383 Points ∼99% -1%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1348 Points ∼96% -4%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
1309 Points ∼94% -6%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1236 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=261, last 2 years)
769 Points ∼55% -45%
Multi-Core
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
4690 Points ∼100%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
  (4523 - 4690, n=2)
4607 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 12288
4523 Points ∼96% -4%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
4233 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
4162 Points ∼89% -11%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3742 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (291 - 5538, n=261, last 2 years)
2472 Points ∼53% -47%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
1119358 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
1091896 Points ∼98%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
1091896 Points ∼98% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1300282, n=164, last 2 years)
600849 Points ∼54% -45%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
19200 Points ∼100%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
19200 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
17727 Points ∼92% -8%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
13488 Points ∼70% -30%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12578 Points ∼66% -34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=223, last 2 years)
10352 Points ∼54% -46%
CrossMark - Overall
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
1128 Points ∼100% +8%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
1045 Points ∼93%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
1045 Points ∼93% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
941 Points ∼83% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (226 - 1332, n=101, last 2 years)
786 Points ∼70% -25%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
8406 Points ∼100% +5%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
8092 Points ∼96% +1%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
7984 Points ∼95%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
7984 Points ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 9555, n=173, last 2 years)
4835 Points ∼58% -39%
System
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
12962 Points ∼100% +11%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12761 Points ∼98% +10%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
11634 Points ∼90%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
11634 Points ∼90% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2083 - 19657, n=173, last 2 years)
8474 Points ∼65% -27%
Memory
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
9017 Points ∼100% +6%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
8590 Points ∼95% +1%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
8543 Points ∼95%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
8543 Points ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 11617, n=173, last 2 years)
5398 Points ∼60% -37%
Graphics
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
26660 Points ∼100% +17%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
22781 Points ∼85%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
22781 Points ∼85% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
19503 Points ∼73% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 27384, n=173, last 2 years)
9656 Points ∼36% -58%
Web
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2006 Points ∼100% +12%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
1795 Points ∼89%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
1795 Points ∼89% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
1602 Points ∼80% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2392, n=173, last 2 years)
1431 Points ∼71% -20%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
82801 Points ∼100% +153%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
32718 Points ∼40%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
32718 Points ∼40% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=100, last 2 years)
23472 Points ∼28% -28%
AImark - Score v3.x
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10, 16384
23661 Points ∼100%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
23661 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (890 - 103259, n=16, last 2 years)
21949 Points ∼93% -7%


3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2760 Points ∼100% +4%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2733 Points ∼99% +3%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2650 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2534 Points ∼92% -4%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2818 Points ∼100% +7%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2810 Points ∼100% +7%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2637 Points ∼94%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2606 Points ∼92% -1%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11024 Points ∼100% +13%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10987 Points ∼100% +12%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10238 Points ∼93% +5%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9770 Points ∼89%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
165 fps ∼100% +23%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
135 fps ∼82% +1%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
134 fps ∼81%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps ∼55% -33%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
356 fps ∼100% +13%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
351 fps ∼99% +11%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
316 fps ∼89%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
281 fps ∼79% -11%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
152 fps ∼100% +18%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
143 fps ∼94% +11%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
129 fps ∼85%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps ∼59% -30%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
225 fps ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
212 fps ∼94% -6%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
206 fps ∼92% -8%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
177 fps ∼79% -21%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
123 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps ∼91% -9%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
107 fps ∼87% -13%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps ∼72% -28%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
161 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
134 fps ∼83% -17%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
134 fps ∼83% -17%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
130 fps ∼81% -19%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
83 fps ∼100% +11%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps ∼90%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps ∼76% -16%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps ∼76% -16%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
77 fps ∼88% -12%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
76 fps ∼86% -14%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps ∼85% -15%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62 fps ∼97% -3%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼91% -9%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53 fps ∼83% -17%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
45 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
45 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
36 fps ∼80% -20%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
36 fps ∼80% -20%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
19 fps ∼42% -58%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
94 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps ∼95% -5%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps ∼80% -20%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
74 fps ∼79% -21%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps ∼46% -54%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
106 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 6D
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
100 fps ∼94% -6%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps ∼92% -8%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
97 fps ∼92% -8%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼57% -43%

The ROG Phone 6D is fast when browsing the web, although you will need to wait occasionally when loading complex and large websites. Other high-end smartphones manage to be even quicker. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (Chrome 103)
144.7 Points ∼100% +8%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
134 Points ∼93%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
134 Points ∼93% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (14.8 - 282, n=170, last 2 years)
77.4 Points ∼53% -42%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (Chrome 103)
128 runs/min ∼100% +10%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate (Chome 108)
116 runs/min ∼91%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
116 runs/min ∼91% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (12.8 - 375, n=158, last 2 years)
73.1 runs/min ∼57% -37%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall Score
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (Chrome 103)
142 Points ∼100% +11%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate (Chrome 108)
128 Points ∼90%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
128 Points ∼90% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 202, n=58, last 2 years)
90.6 Points ∼64% -29%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (Chrome 103)
195 Points ∼100% +28%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate (Chrome 108)
152 Points ∼78%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
152 Points ∼78% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 292, n=168, last 2 years)
105 Points ∼54% -31%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (Chrome 103)
53898 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate (Chrome 108)
51846 Points ∼96%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
51846 Points ∼96% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (3905 - 74261, n=195, last 2 years)
27701 Points ∼51% -47%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro (Chrome 104)
17622 Points ∼33% -66%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 12437, n=180, last 2 years)
2387 ms * ∼100% -179%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (Chrome 103)
874.2 ms * ∼37% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate (Chrome 108)
856.1 ms * ∼36%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
856 ms * ∼36% -0%

* ... smaller is better

The UFS 3.1 storage device in the ROG Phone does a good job and achieves good transfer rates in all scenarios. This shortens load times and speeds up data transfers. 

Asus ROG Phone 6D UltimateAsus ROG Phone 6DAsus ROG Phone 6 ProNubia RedMagic 7S ProXiaomi Black Shark 5 ProAverage 512 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
0%
-10%
-21%
-8%
-25%
-54%
Sequential Read 256KB
1921.3
1921.3
0%
1949.16
1%
1822.05
-5%
1945.4
1%
1874 ?(1710 - 1999, n=16)
-2%
1059 ?(90.5 - 3557, n=253, last 2 years)
-45%
Sequential Write 256KB
1832.6
1832.6
0%
1454.5
-21%
1258.69
-31%
1485.2
-19%
984 ?(575 - 1833, n=16)
-46%
625 ?(11.9 - 2834, n=253, last 2 years)
-66%
Random Read 4KB
356
356
0%
297.48
-16%
327.23
-8%
344.9
-3%
284 ?(208 - 356, n=16)
-20%
192.1 ?(13.5 - 543, n=253, last 2 years)
-46%
Random Write 4KB
482.7
482.7
0%
459.66
-5%
287.63
-40%
424.8
-12%
333 ?(221 - 483, n=16)
-31%
197.4 ?(13 - 552, n=254, last 2 years)
-59%

Games – 165 fps remain the stuff of dreams

Of course, a gaming smartphone must be subjected to our gaming test. Unfortunately, the ROG Phone 6D cannot access the full 165 fps that the screen would be capable of in any of the games we tested. We measured a maximum of 90 fps when playing PUBG Mobile at very low settings.  In Ultra HD mode, the phone only managed 40 fps.

Diablo Immortal is displayed at 60 fps in all settings, although we did experience one big drop to 36 fps and several smaller drops to around 50 fps. We measure frame rates using our partner's software GameBench.

Of course the frame rates also depend on the game that you're playing, and most smartphone manufacturers try to protect the battery and thus only rarely allow very high refresh rates.

But frame rates are not the only aspect of gaming, and the ROG Phone 6D does well in other areas: It has a wide range of accessories and features ultrasound triggers on the right side of the chassis, which can be assigned with gaming commands.

The app Armoury Crate can be used to manage games and adjust the setting of the cooler. The UI also features its own gaming overlay that allows you to make quick changes to settings when gaming.

Diablo Immortal
Diablo Immortal
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Gaming Overlay
Gaming Overlay
 
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Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; PUBG Mobile; Balanced; 2.3.0: Ø88.5 (84-90)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; PUBG Mobile; HD; 2.3.0: Ø58.6 (54-60)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD; 2.3.0: Ø38.9 (35-41)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Diablo Immortal; 1.7.0: Ø58.6 (36-60)

Emissions – A useful cooler

Temperature

Noise development cooler
Noise development cooler

The Asus ROG Phone 6D can heat up considerably when running without the additional cooling system: We measured up to 48.9 °C in the center of the device, where the SoC is placed. This also means that the SoC has to throttle its performance to 2/3 in our continuous load benchmark.

We ran the test again with the cooler and the results were a lot more stable. Instead, users will have to accept the cooler's moderate noise of around 35 dB(A) as well as the increased battery drain. 

The 6D Ultimate's ventilation hatch only contributes very little to temperature management and performance stability compared to the normal ROG Phone 6D without the hatch.

Max. Load
 37.9 °C
100 F
45.8 °C
114 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
 39.3 °C
103 F
48.9 °C
120 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
 38.4 °C
101 F
47.1 °C
117 F
36.6 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 48.9 °C = 120 F
Average: 40.7 °C = 105 F
28.7 °C
84 F
42.3 °C
108 F
32.6 °C
91 F
30.2 °C
86 F
44.3 °C
112 F
35.3 °C
96 F
31.5 °C
89 F
43.9 °C
111 F
36 °C
97 F
Maximum: 44.3 °C = 112 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.7 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.9 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.3 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life stress test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
95.7 % ∼100% +2%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
95.2 % ∼99% +2%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
93.6 % ∼98%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.4 % ∼100% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.1 % ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
73.8 % ∼74% -26%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
97.4 % ∼98% -2%
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Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2, with cooler: Ø15.8 (15.7-15.8)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2, without cooler: Ø13.1 (11.8-15.9)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; with Fan: Ø16.7 (16.6-16.7)
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø16.7 (16.4-16.9)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate Mali-G710 MP10, Dimensity 9000+, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø55.3 (53.2-56.8)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; without Fan: Ø61.5 (59.8-62.8)
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 1.0.9.1: Ø64 (62.3-65.1)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability; with Fan: Ø65.7 (65.6-66.1)
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Speakers

The speakers that are directed towards the user can become quite loud. They deliver a very good sound; even lower frequencies are present and classical music is reproduced in some detail so that individual instruments can be distinguished. Pop songs offer clear vocals and do not distort.

Fans of wired headphones will be pleased to hear that the device has a 3.5-mm audio jack that supports up to 192 kHz and 24-bit for Hi-Res audio. Bluetooth 5.3 is available for users who prefer using wireless headphones, but unfortunately the ROG Phone 6D does not support aptX codecs, which means that you will have to make do with SBC, AAC and LDAC. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.436.42539.136.93131.531.64029.830.25033.438.96326.629.98022.334.910020.541.512515.64516014.747.620011.448.12501051.73158.857.240096450010.568.663012.274.680014.376.4100011.676.312501275.1160010.274200010.472.9250011.172.4315012.775.4400014.473500014.269.3630014.768.5800015.662.11000016.564.51250016.565.91600017.352SPL25.485N0.662.2median 12.7median 68.5Delta2.51039.242.133.939273032.428.1363230.928.319.429.519.939.115.544.615.949.912.350.312.955.712.957.49.960.210.266.313.468.61773.814.275.512.87711.776.610.276.411.676.113731574.31673.914.669.615.270.815.970.916.368.316.652.726.286.20.765.9median 14.2median 69.61.99.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ROG Phone 6D UltimateXiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 5% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 27% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 67% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 26% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life – Hours of gaming on the ROG Phone 6D

Power consumption

The Asus ROG Phone 6D and its MediaTek SoC requires somewhat more power than the ROG Phone 6 with a Snapdragon SoC. The 6D had higher consumption rates in almost all scenarios.

The gaming phone can be recharged with a maximum of 65 watts. It easily recharges within one hour at this rate. Unfortunately, the phone does not support wireless charging. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.8 / 1.5 / 2.1 Watt
Load midlight 7.2 / 11.9 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
6000 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 6D
6000 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
6000 mAh
Average MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
0%
27%
0%
16%
Idle Minimum *
0.8
0.8
-0%
0.8
-0%
0.8 ?(0.8 - 0.8, n=2)
-0%
0.891 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=186, last 2 years)
-11%
Idle Average *
1.5
1.5
-0%
1.31
13%
1.5 ?(1.5 - 1.5, n=2)
-0%
1.553 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=186, last 2 years)
-4%
Idle Maximum *
2.1
2.1
-0%
1.36
35%
2.1 ?(2.1 - 2.1, n=2)
-0%
1.762 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=186, last 2 years)
16%
Load Average *
7.2
7.2
-0%
3.77
48%
7.2 ?(7.2 - 7.2, n=2)
-0%
4.36 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=186, last 2 years)
39%
Load Maximum *
11.9
11.9
-0%
7.04
41%
11.9 ?(11.9 - 11.9, n=2)
-0%
7.23 ?(3.56 - 11.9, n=186, last 2 years)
39%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate MediaTek Dimensity 9000+; Geekbench 5.4: Ø8.6 (2.3-18)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate MediaTek Dimensity 9000+; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.932 (0.812-1.126)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate MediaTek Dimensity 9000+; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø11.9 (11.2-13.5)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate MediaTek Dimensity 9000+; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.932 (0.812-1.126)

Battery life

The ROG Phone 6D reveals good stamina in our battery tests. This is not surprising considering its enormous 6000-mAh battery, although we did notice that the ROG Phone 6 with its Snapdragon SoC was even more efficient. Nonetheless, 16h26 in our Wi-Fi test should keep users going for a good two days without having to recharge - provided gaming is kept to a minimum.

Under heavy load, the gaming phone keeps going for 4h24, which means that you can easily while away a train ride or two by gaming. However, please consider that the active cooler sucks a fair amount of energy out of your phone's battery. Gaming with the fan will drain 20% of the battery within half an hour.  

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
33h 23min
WiFi Websurfing
16h 26min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 56min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 28min
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
6000 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 6D
6000 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
6000 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
4650 mAh
Battery Runtime
0%
11%
-24%
-24%
Reader / Idle
2003
H.264
1136
WiFi v1.3
986
986
0%
1097
11%
748
-24%
752
-24%
Load
268

Pros

+ great speaker
+ plenty of gaming power
+ very fast and bright display
+ stable performance with cooling system
+ great accessories included ...
+ ... and available for purchase
+ precise localisation
+ fast WiFi 6E
+ solid chassis
+ ROG Phone 6D Ultimate has a second display

Cons

- no wireless charging
- heats up without cooling system
- strong throttling without cooling system
- short update period
- no aptX codecs
- splash-proof only

Verdict – MediaTek SoC looking good

Review: ROG Phone 6D und 6D Ultimate. Test unit provided by cyberport
Review: ROG Phone 6D und 6D Ultimate. Test unit provided by cyberport

The Asus ROG Phone 6D and 6D Ultimate are an interesting addition to the manufacturer's gaming phone portfolio. The ROG Phone 6D is a slightly more affordable entry-level device that comes without the second display on the back and has less working memory. The 6D Ultimate on the other hand features a ventilation hatch that slightly improves cooling and includes a separate cooling system for maximum performance. It is also the most expensive model in the entire series.

Both devices have a high-quality chassis, fast internet connection, fairly precise localization capabilities, a bright display, a lot of accessories, and great speakers. The strong battery enables a good battery life and the fast 165-Hz screen is a real feast for the eyes.

Without the optional cooling system, however, the case heats up noticeably and keeps the SoC from achieving its full potential. The short update period is disappointing, as is the fact that a high-quality phone such as this doesn't include wireless charging or full waterproofing.

The Asus ROG Phone 6D is affordable; the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate is made for performance. Both feature an impressively fast SoC and great gaming capabilities.

If you cannot come to terms with MediaTek, you may want to take a peek at the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro, two virtually equal Snapdragon alternatives. Xiaomi's Black Shark 5 Pro is an even more affordable option which, however, has more frame rate constraints while gaming.

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Price and availability

The Asus ROG Phone 6D is currently available for $985, the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate costs $1248. Both are available online, for example from newegg

Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate - 12/19/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
99%
Connectivity
68 / 70 → 98%
Weight
87%
Battery
91%
Display
88%
Games Performance
72 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
91 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
80 / 90 → 89%
Camera
72%
Average
84%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-12-20 (Update: 2022-12-20)