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Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro review: From gaming smartphone to premium smartphone

Evolution. The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro is evolving from a niche product into a mainstream favorite. With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, a whopping 24 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage, the 6.78-inch device will certainly win the hearts of gamers. In our review, it also proves to be a strong all-rounder with a discreet design and plentiful features, giving competitors such as the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max a run for their money.
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro

Asus has revamped its gaming smartphone. Like its predecessor, the ROG Phone 8 utilizes the fastest hardware available on the market, but has a new overall focus in terms of concept of use.

The underlying focus is still on gaming, which is unmistakably reflected in the 'Republic of Gamers' suffix. However, the gaming niche has become too small for the Asus smartphone, which is now intended to be a premium smartphone suitable for the masses. Our review reveals whether Asus succeeds in this regard.

The ROG Phone 8 is available in two model variants. The first is simply called the ROG Phone 8, while we reviewed the second variant, the ROG Phone 8 Pro. Both differ from each other in only two respects, namely memory and accessories.

While the ROG Phone 8 has 12 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256 GB of UFS 4.0 memory, the ROG Phone 8 Pro has up to 24 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of storage. In addition, only the ROG Phone 8 Pro comes with the AeroActive Cooler X active fan, which docks onto the smartphone via a second USB port.

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 8 x 2.3 - 3.3 GHz, Cortex-X4 / A720 / A720 / A520 (Kryo)
Graphics adapter
Memory
24 GB 
, LPDDR5X
Display
6.78 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 388 PPI, OLED, FHD+, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, LTPO 1-120 Hz, Always-On display, 2500 Nits peak brightness, glossy: yes, HDR, 165 Hz
Storage
1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash, 1024 GB 
, 996 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: In-display fingerprint sensor, face recognition, accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient-light sensor, AirTrigger, 2nd USB-C port, WiFi Direct, DRM Widevine L1, Camera2 API Level 3, QC 5.0
Networking
Wi-Fi 7 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz be = Wi-Fi 7), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G (800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz), 4G (B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28/B32/B34/B38/B39/B40/B41/B42/B43/B48/B66), 5G (n1/n2/n3/n5/n7/n8/n12/n18/n20/n25/n26/n28/n38/n40/n41/n48/n66/n77/n78/n79); Head SAR 1.441 W/kg, Body SAR 1.487 W/kg, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 163.8 x 76.8 ( = 0.35 x 6.45 x 3.02 in)
Battery
5500 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix Main camera (Sony IMX890, 1/1.56", F/1.9, 23.8mm, Gimbal OIS) + 32 MP tele (f/2.4, 65.3mm, OIS, 3x optical zoom) + 13 MP ultrawide (120° FOV, 12.7mm); video recording up to 8K@24fps, 4K@60fps
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix 22mm, video recording up to 1080p@30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: virtual, AeroActive Cooler X, Aero case, 65W power adapter, USB-C cable, SIM tray needle, documentation, ROG UI, 24 Months Warranty, programmable mini-LED lighting with 341 LEDs on the backcover, DRM Widevine L1, Camera2-API-Level: Level 3, fanless, waterproof
Weight
225 g ( = 7.94 oz / 0.5 pounds), Power Supply: 128 g ( = 4.52 oz / 0.28 pounds)
Price
1499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.6 %
02/2024
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
SD 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750
225 g1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash6.78"2400x1080
91.1 %
12/2023
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU
221 g256 GB NVMe6.70"2796x1290
90.2 %
05/2023
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
239 g512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.78"2448x1080
89 %
12/2023
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7
213 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2992x1344
90.1 %
07/2023
Honor Magic5 Pro
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
219 g512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.81"2848x1312
86.8 %
02/2024
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
SD 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750
229 g512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.80"2480x1116
89.4 %
12/2023
Xiaomi 14 Pro
SD 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750
223 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.73"3200x1440

Case - Discreet glass housing with IP68 certification

The programmable mini LED lighting on the back with 341 LEDs.
The programmable mini LED lighting on the back with 341 LEDs.

At first glance, one can no longer tell that the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro, which is only available in the Phantom Black color, is a gaming smartphone. Unlike the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate, there is no longer the eye-catching two-color design. The ROG Phone 8 Pro's only stand-out detail is a glossy black horizontal stripe on the back cover.

The small additional display on the back is also no longer visible. Although it is still there, it now remains invisible when notifications or other information are not displayed. The Republic of Gamers logo is also more restrained. This is an unmistakable sign of the smartphone's gaming DNA, no longer in a contrasting color, but rather in glossy black lettering on the matte glass back, making it much more discreet.

The ROG Phone 8 Pro is a very well-made smartphone with flush and even gaps and feels like a premium phone overall. In contrast to its 239-gram predecessor, it has become noticeably lighter at 225 grams and is also slimmer at 8.9 millimeters (ROG Phone 7 Ultimate: 10.3 mm). This has no impact on stability. The ROG Phone 8 Pro did not give way to warping or denting in stress tests during our review. It is also dust and waterproof according to IP68.

The OLED panel protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2 has also been slimmed down. Its display edges have become narrower on all four sides, giving the ROG Phone 8 Pro a fresher look than its predecessor. In numerical terms, the display-to-surface ratio has improved from 82% to 88%.

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro

Size comparison

173 mm / 6.81 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 10.3 mm / 0.4055 inch 239 g0.527 lbs163.98 mm / 6.46 inch 76.35 mm / 3.01 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 229 g0.505 lbs163.8 mm / 6.45 inch 76.8 mm / 3.02 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 225 g0.496 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 76.7 mm / 3.02 inch 8.77 mm / 0.3453 inch 219 g0.4828 lbs162.6 mm / 6.4 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 213 g0.4696 lbs161.4 mm / 6.35 inch 75.3 mm / 2.96 inch 8.49 mm / 0.3343 inch 223 g0.4916 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 inch 76.7 mm / 3.02 inch 8.25 mm / 0.3248 inch 221 g0.4872 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Features - Two USB-C ports and up to 24 GB RAM in the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro

Asus offers the ROG Phone 8 Pro in two configurations. The first with 16 GB LPDDR5X of RAM and 512 GB of UFS 4.0 storage officially costs $1199. For the second variant with 24 GB RAM and 1 TB storage, the ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition, Asus charges $1499. There is no slot for microSD memory cards.

The two USB-C ports are unusual for a smartphone. As usual, one is located at the bottom of the phone, operates at USB 3.2 Gen.2 speed and supports PD 3.0 in addition to Quick Charge 5.0. In our copy test with the M2.SSD Samsung 980 Pro in the Asus ROG Strix Arion Case (USB 3.2 Gen. 2), the ROG Phone 8 Pro achieved a transfer rate of 299.8 MB/s - definitely not a bad value, but a little poor given the 10 GBit/s bandwidth of the USB 3.2 Gen.2 port.

The second USB-C port on the long left side is used to connect the external fan, but can also be used to charge the ROG Phone 8 Pro while gaming. This is particularly practical when holding the smartphone in landscape format. With a standard connection, the USB cable would get in the way.

Charging via the second USB-C port also works when the AeroActive Cooler X is docked, as this in turn has a USB-C port. This is also essential if the external fan is set to run at the maximum "Frozen" power level, as the power supply unit must be connected to its USB-C port.

The ROG Phone 8 Pro is one of the few high-end smartphones with a 3.5 mm jack connection. Two nano SIM cards fit into the SIM slot. An always-on display is also included and can be displayed in an energy-saving manner thanks to the LPTO panel, ideally at a refresh rate of just 1 Hz.

Left: USB-C
Left: USB-C
Right: AirTrigger, volume rocker, power button, microphone, AirTrigger
Right: AirTrigger, volume rocker, power button, microphone, AirTrigger
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Bottom: 3.5 mm jack audio, loudspeaker, SIM slot, USB-C, microphone
Bottom: 3.5 mm jack audio, loudspeaker, SIM slot, USB-C, microphone

Software - Android 14 and 4 years of updates

The ROG Phone 8 Pro runs Android 14 together with the manufacturer's own user interface ROG UI. Asus plans to provide its smartphone with updates and 2 OS upgrade over a period of 4 years. At the time of review in early February, the ROG Phone 8 Pro received an update that brought its Android security patches up to the date of December 1, 2023.

Apart from the futuristic standard Shadow Elite design, the ROG UI is largely no different from stock Android. Users can also choose the standard Android theme at any time.

Some gaming features are integrated into the ROG UI. The highest performance mode, X Mode, is displayed directly in the top line next to the time. In addition to the performance modes, the Armory Crate app can also be used to configure all important smartphone components such as the AirTrigger, the back cover display and the external fan. And users can use a special overlay to optimize game settings directly while gaming.

Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro

Communication and GNSS - WiFi 7 and a range of cellular frequencies

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro is very well positioned in terms of cellular frequency coverage. With 25 4G bands and 20 5G bands, you should be able to get a signal practically anywhere. Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC also form part of the smartphone's communication hardware.

The Asus smartphone supports WiFi 7, however, we were unable to test the smartphone's WiFi 7 speeds due to a lack of corresponding routers. Nevertheless, transfer rates with WiFi 6E are impressive, with up to 1734 MBit/s in sending and a peak value of 1505 MBit/s in receiving. The high-end comparison devices all achieve very similar transfer rates.

Networking
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
iperf3 receive AXE11000
815 (min: 767) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
941 (min: 475) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1734 (min: 1577) MBit/s ∼99%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1505 (min: 659) MBit/s ∼87%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
iperf3 receive AXE11000
810 (min: 793) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
931 (min: 893) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1534 (min: 1415) MBit/s ∼87%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1345 (min: 1298) MBit/s ∼78%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
iperf3 receive AXE11000
822 (min: 748) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
946 (min: 911) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1760 (min: 1669) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1522 (min: 1471) MBit/s ∼88%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
iperf3 receive AXE11000
897 (min: 870) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
892 (min: 333) MBit/s ∼50%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1468 (min: 1069) MBit/s ∼83%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1467 (min: 1304) MBit/s ∼85%
Honor Magic5 Pro
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1531 (min: 1445) MBit/s ∼89%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1474 (min: 743) MBit/s ∼82%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1660 (min: 1500) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1801 (min: 1553) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1716 (min: 829) MBit/s ∼98%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1613 (min: 654) MBit/s ∼93%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1717 (min: 1627) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1783 (min: 911) MBit/s ∼99%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1728 (min: 1374) MBit/s ∼98%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1731 (min: 1657) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
iperf3 receive AXE11000
651 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
685 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1543 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼88%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1376 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼79%
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Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1734 (1577-1828)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1728 (1374-1860)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1482 (659-1568)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1727 (1657-1754)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø814 (767-825)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1711 (1627-1762)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø925 (475-989)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 750; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1753 (911-1896)
GPS signal indoors
GPS signal indoors
GPS signal outdoors
GPS signal outdoors

For localization, the ROG Phone 8 Pro uses satellite navigation services ranging from GPS (L1, L5), Galileo (E1, E5a), Glonass (L1), Beidou (B1, B2a) to QZSS (L1, L5), which is almost always done in dual-band. Outdoors and indoors, our location is established at an accuracy of three meters.

On a short bike ride, we compared the smartphone's positioning skills with those of the Garmin Venu 2, which shows that the ROG Phone 8 Pro is well suited to navigational tasks. For the most part, it records the route just as precisely as the fitness smartwatch.

GPS test: summary
GPS test: summary
GPS test: around the lake
GPS test: around the lake
GPS test: loop
GPS test: loop

Telephony and voice quality

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro has space for two nano SIM cards. Both can be selected as the preferred SIM card for voice calls, SMS or data services. VoLTE and WLAN calls are supported. However, we did not find an option for eSIM activation.

With its three microphones, the ROG Phone 8 Pro ensures good voice quality. The integrated noise suppression effectively filters out ambient noise, which also works well in hands-free mode.

Cameras - Gimbal-stabilized triple camera with Sony IMX890

Photo with the selfie camera
Photo with the selfie camera

Asus has given its smartphone a major camera update, which was also necessary in order to live up to its own premium claim, as cameras usually only play second fiddle on gaming smartphones. Although the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate offers solid fare, it cannot compete with other flagship phones in terms of image quality. The ROG Phone 8 Pro does some things better, but not enough for the highest honors this time either.

The selfie camera remains unchanged at 32 MP and shoots 8 MP photos via 4-in-1 pixel binning, but takes better pictures, especially in difficult lighting conditions. With its 90° field of view, the camera is well suited for group selfies. You can switch between a 1x zoom and a 0.7x ultra-wide-angle view as required. The selfie camera records videos in maximum Full HD at 30 frames per second.

The Sony IMX890 replaces the Sony IMX766 for the 50-MP main camera. The image sensor in 1/1.56" format is also found in the Nothing Phone (2) and works with an f/1.9 aperture, which corresponds to a full-frame equivalent of 23.8 millimeters. When taking photos, the main camera uses 4x pixel binning as standard and is supported by gimbal stabilization, which works with videos up to Full HD and 60 FPS. Alternatively, the full 50 MP can also be used for photos.

Photo with the ultra-wide-angle camera (0.7x zoom)
Photo with the ultra-wide-angle camera (0.7x zoom)
Photo with the main camera
Photo with the main camera
Photo with the telephoto camera (3x optical zoom)
Photo with the telephoto camera (3x optical zoom)

The main camera takes good pictures in daylight that are characterized by natural-looking colors and a high level of image sharpness. The very short shutter lag is also impressive. However, if you look closely, the photos are sometimes heavily sharpened and no longer look particularly realistic. This can be clearly seen, for example, on the lakeshore in the second daylight photo or generally with object edges. In our low-light shots, the main camera visibly struggled to produce well-lit and sharp photos and also garnished them with a slight blue cast.

The 13-MP ultra-wide-angle camera delivers decent image quality in good lighting conditions, but nothing special, especially for the price range in which the ROG Phone 8 Pro operates. The telephoto camera, which takes after the macro camera of the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate, also delivers standard fare. The telephoto lens has a resolution of 32 MP, 3x optical zoom, optical image stabilization and takes solid pictures.

The biggest improvement in the camera module is the video recordings, as these are stabilized excellently by the integrated gimbal. Overall, the ROG Phone 8 Pro makes much better videos than the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate and is only just behind the flagship competition in terms of detail and image sharpness. Videos are recorded at up to 8K at 24 frames per second. Switching between the three lenses is possible up to a maximum of 4K at 30 FPS.

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.

Daylight photo 1Daylight photo 2Ultra wide angle5x zoomLow light photo

Under controlled lighting conditions, the main camera captures colors very precisely if the ambient light is right. At 1 lux of residual light, however, the images in the photo lab are bluish and the test chart can only be recognized with difficulty.

ColorChecker
5.6 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
1.1 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro: 4.71 ∆E min: 1.14 - max: 8.18 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
50.3 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
35.4 ∆E
42.7 ∆E
58.6 ∆E
50.1 ∆E
33.9 ∆E
39 ∆E
27.6 ∆E
60.6 ∆E
60.3 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
45.7 ∆E
34.2 ∆E
69 ∆E
40.6 ∆E
42.5 ∆E
66.1 ∆E
65.8 ∆E
49.6 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro: 43.36 ∆E min: 12.89 - max: 69.01 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Active fan and 65-watt power supply unit included

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro comes with a 65-watt power adapter, a USB-C cable, a transparent protective case, a SIM tool, a quick start guide and a warranty card. The 24GB/1TB version also includes the AeroActive Cooler X active fan and a protective case.

Asus also offers the ROG Tessen Game Controller for the ROG Phone 8 Pro. Like the external fan, it connects to the smartphone via USB-C and transforms it into a handheld device. However, the game controller was not yet available at the time of review.

Asus provides a 24-month warranty on the ROG Phone 8 Pro.

The ROG Phone 8 Pro comes in a large package.
The ROG Phone 8 Pro comes in a large package.
The AeroActive Cooler X active fan is connected to the second USB-C port.
The AeroActive Cooler X active fan is connected to the second USB-C port.
The scope of delivery also includes a 65-watt power supply unit.
The scope of delivery also includes a 65-watt power supply unit.

Input devices & operation - Programmable second display on the back cover

The ROG Phone 8 Pro's capacitive touchscreen responds extremely quickly and precisely to touch. The same applies to menus, apps and games. With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and a whopping 24 GB of RAM under the hood, the ROG Phone 8 Pro handles all inputs and swipe gestures without any delay. This high level of performance did not change at all during our tests, no matter how many apps we opened or how much we used the smartphone. The X-axis linear motor provides powerful feedback.

The ROG Phone 8 Pro can be unlocked biometrically via the optical fingerprint sensor integrated into the display, which also does its job very quickly and reliably. Alternatively, the selfie camera can be used to set up 2D facial recognition, which is not quite as secure.

The programmable secondary display on the back cover is called AniMe Vision and can display animated information via its 341 mini LEDs (such as incoming calls, battery status, time, new notifications and so forth). What exactly should be displayed can be configured via the Armory Crate app. There, users can choose from predefined animations, but can also create their own animations.

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

Display - 2500 nits bright LTPO panel with 165 Hz

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution LTPO OLED panel of the ROG Phone 8 Pro supports HDR10 as well as HDR HLG and runs at a refresh rate of up to 165 Hz. In the default setting, this is automatically adjusted to the content being displayed. However, it can also be set manually to 60, 120 or 165 Hz.

The resolution and frame rate have remained almost the same as in the predecessor - the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate has a resolution of 2448 x 1080 with the same form factor, which is only slightly higher. However, the OLED panel of the ROG Phone 8 Pro has improved significantly in terms of brightness.

With a pure white background, the screen shines at an average of 1698 cd/m². With an even distribution of light and dark image areas (APL18), the brightness even increases to 2502 cd/m² and thus precisely meets the manufacturer's specification of 2500 nits. The luminance of HDR content is approximately the same (2596 cd/m²). If you adjust the brightness manually with the brightness sensor deactivated, you can get a maximum of 806 cd/m² out of the display. At the lowest brightness setting, we still measured 6.39 cd/m², which is comparatively bright and can appear quite glaring, especially in the dark.

The OLED panel uses pulse width modulation to control brightness, but flickers at a comparatively high frequency of 485 Hz, which should also be fine for sensitive people. Flicker protection can also be activated in the display settings, which reduces the PWM flickering at low brightness.

1701
cd/m²
1686
cd/m²
1706
cd/m²
1710
cd/m²
1699
cd/m²
1699
cd/m²
1714
cd/m²
1676
cd/m²
1689
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 1714 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1697.8 cd/m² Minimum: 6.39 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 1699 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.9 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 2.8 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
100% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.26
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.78
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
OLED, 2796x1290, 6.70
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Google Pixel 8 Pro
OLED, 2992x1344, 6.70
Honor Magic5 Pro
OLED, 2848x1312, 6.81
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
AMOLED, 2480x1116, 6.80
Xiaomi 14 Pro
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.73
Screen
8%
6%
12%
-6%
12%
3%
Brightness middle
1699
1102
-35%
1010
-41%
1510
-11%
1291
-24%
1035
-39%
1025
-40%
Brightness
1698
1102
-35%
1016
-40%
1467
-14%
1289
-24%
1031
-39%
1046
-38%
Brightness Distribution
98
98
0%
95
-3%
92
-6%
96
-2%
96
-2%
95
-3%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.9
1.1
42%
1.3
32%
1.1
42%
1.7
11%
1
47%
1.1
42%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.7
3.1
34%
2.5
47%
3.8
19%
4.4
6%
1.9
60%
2.9
38%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.8
1.6
43%
1.6
43%
1.7
39%
2.9
-4%
1.6
43%
2.2
21%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.19 100%
2.24 98%
2.23 99%
2.28 96%
2.25 98%
2.25 98%
CCT
6648 98%
6555 99%
6405 101%
6670 97%
6472 100%
6368 102%
6622 98%

* ... 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 485 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 485 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 485 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18170 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Minimum display brightness
min
25% display brightness
25%
50% display brightness
50%
75% display brightness
75%
Maximum manual display brightness
100%

Series of measurements at a fixed zoom level and different brightness settings


How the ROG Phone 8 Pro displays content can be adjusted via a total of 5 picture modes. The default setting is Optimal, but we get the best picture quality in Natural. In this mode, the OLED panel scores with a color and grayscale display in the ideal range and also meets picture parameters such as color temperature and gamma almost perfectly.

Color fidelity (screen color: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color fidelity (screen color: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (screen color: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (screen color: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (screen color: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (screen color: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color saturation (screen color: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color saturation (screen color: natural, target color space: DCI-P3)

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
1.14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.6525 ms rise
↘ 0.483 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 0.1 (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 (21.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.18 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.5235 ms rise
↘ 0.655 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 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (34 ms).

The ROG Phone 8 Pro always remains easy to read outdoors, even on bright days, so there are unlikely to be any limitations in summer. The wintry light conditions prevailing at the time of review did not pose any challenges for the viewing-angle-stable OLED panel.

Outdoor use (automatic display brightness)
Outdoor use (automatic display brightness)
Outdoor use (full display brightness)
Outdoor use (full display brightness)
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - ROG Phone 8 Pro with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro is equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which makes the smartphone one of the fastest on the market today. The high-end SoC is supported by the Adreno 750 graphics chip and has 24 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 1 TB of UFS 4.0 storage in our test sample. The performance level is correspondingly high.

In the synthetic benchmarks, the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro, together with the Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro and the Xiaomi 14 Pro, take the top spots on the Android side, as the same SoC is used in all three smartphones. In Geekbench 6, however, the trio is beaten by the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max.

For Geekbench 6, we carried out two measurements with the ROG Phone 8 Pro in the highest performance mode, X mode: once without a fan and once with a fan plugged in. With an active fan, the smartphone achieved slightly higher scores in both single-core and multi-core performance, but the overall difference to the "fanless" test is only slight.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
1687 Points +1%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
1672 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (1575 - 1702, n=6)
1662 Points -1%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
1575 Points -6%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1486 Points -11%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1482 Points -11%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
1274 Points -24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=212, last 2 years)
905 Points -46%
Multi-Core
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
6439 Points 0%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
6415 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (5393 - 6543, n=6)
6209 Points -3%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
5393 Points -16%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
5182 Points -19%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
4846 Points -24%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
3624 Points -44%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=212, last 2 years)
2952 Points -54%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
2930 Points +26%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
2318 Points
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
2258 Points -3%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
2278 Points -2%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
2270 Points -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (2127 - 2329, n=8)
2249 Points -3%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1985 Points -14%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
1769 Points -24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=87, last 2 years)
1431 Points -38%
Multi-Core
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
7357 Points
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
7193 Points -2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
7244 Points -2%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
7151 Points -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (6765 - 7501, n=8)
7095 Points -4%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
6875 Points -7%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
5119 Points -30%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
4538 Points -38%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=87, last 2 years)
3924 Points -47%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
1650926 Points
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
1633806 Points -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (1559772 - 1650926, n=3)
1614835 Points -2%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1322448 Points -20%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1227867 Points -26%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
896410 Points -46%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=150, last 2 years)
745069 Points -55%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
Points -100%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
21385 Points
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
20943 Points -2%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
19783 Points -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (15876 - 21628, n=6)
19316 Points -10%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
15876 Points -26%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
15550 Points -27%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
11824 Points -45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=205, last 2 years)
11592 Points -46%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
10897 Points +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (10235 - 10966, n=4)
10617 Points +4%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
10235 Points
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
9585 Points -6%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
8487 Points -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=154, last 2 years)
5666 Points -45%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
Points -100%
System
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
15935 Points +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (13729 - 15935, n=4)
15317 Points +12%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
13729 Points
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
13642 Points -1%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
11793 Points -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=154, last 2 years)
9588 Points -30%
Memory
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (11252 - 12306, n=4)
11570 Points +3%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
11460 Points +2%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
11263 Points
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
10467 Points -7%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
9052 Points -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12306, n=154, last 2 years)
6175 Points -45%
Graphics
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
36002 Points +4%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
34464 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (31876 - 36002, n=4)
34220 Points -1%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
29649 Points -14%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
26616 Points -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=154, last 2 years)
13776 Points -60%
Web
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
2145 Points +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (2048 - 2145, n=4)
2099 Points +2%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
2059 Points
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1994 Points -3%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1826 Points -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=154, last 2 years)
1482 Points -28%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
27018 Points +52%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=139, last 2 years)
22736 Points +28%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
18048 Points +2%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
17748 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (16988 - 18370, n=5)
17712 Points 0%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
16988 Points -4%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
16295 Points -8%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
11338 Points -36%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
  (1381 - 240147, n=5)
49260 Points +3283%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
29087 Points +1898%
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 128240, n=93, last 2 years)
12131 Points +733%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 16384
1693 Points +16%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 24576
1456 Points
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1362 Points -6%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1266 Points -13%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 12288
1109 Points -24%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Adreno 750, 12288
Points -100%

In the graphics tests, the ROG Phone 8 Pro once again shares the lead with the Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro and the Xiaomi 14 Pro. But thanks to its refresh rate of 165 Hz, the Asus smartphone is ahead in the GFXBench onscreen tests. Overall, the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max can't do much against so much GPU power.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
5185 Points
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
5150 Points -1%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
3879 Points -25%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3732 Points -28%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3595 Points -31%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2410 Points -54%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
5226 Points
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
5143 Points -2%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3773 Points -28%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
3765 Points -28%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3687 Points -29%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2422 Points -54%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
19690 Points
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
19566 Points -1%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
15260 Points -22%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14093 Points -28%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
13827 Points -30%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8922 Points -55%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
8480 Points +4%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
8172 Points
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
7036 Points -14%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
6231 Points -24%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5044 Points -38%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
33376 Points
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
33142 Points -1%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
25478 Points -24%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
24707 Points -26%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13743 Points -59%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
20131 Points +2%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
19803 Points
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
16100 Points -19%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14893 Points -25%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9935 Points -50%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
165 fps
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
145 fps -12%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps -27%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps -27%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
61 fps -63%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps -64%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps -64%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
543 fps +9%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
498 fps
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
472 fps -5%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
466 fps -6%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
446 fps -10%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
444 fps -11%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
348 fps -30%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
165 fps
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
145 fps -12%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps -27%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps -27%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
62 fps -62%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps -64%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps -64%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
362 fps +15%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
327 fps +4%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
314 fps
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
291 fps -7%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
262 fps -17%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
260 fps -17%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
174 fps -45%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
158 fps
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
143 fps -9%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps -24%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
115 fps -27%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
62 fps -61%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps -62%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps -62%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
269 fps +8%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
259 fps +4%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
248 fps
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
207 fps -17%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
206 fps -17%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
180 fps -27%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps -55%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
117 fps
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
106 fps -9%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
88 fps -25%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71 fps -39%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps -49%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps -49%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps -49%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
159 fps +21%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
135 fps +3%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
131 fps
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
125 fps -5%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
122 fps -7%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
110 fps -16%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps -43%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
77 fps +26%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
76 fps +25%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps +3%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
61 fps
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps -2%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
59 fps -3%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
55 fps -10%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
85 fps +25%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
68 fps 0%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
68 fps
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
64 fps -6%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
63 fps -7%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
61 fps -10%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps -46%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
123 fps +102%
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
109 fps +79%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
91 fps +49%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
61 fps
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps -2%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps -2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
59 fps -3%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
209 fps +14%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
183 fps
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
163 fps -11%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
162 fps -11%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
123 fps -33%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
117 fps -36%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps -46%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
39 fps +5%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
38 fps +3%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
37 fps
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
30 fps -19%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
29 fps -22%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
25 fps -32%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
16 fps -57%

Browser performance on the ROG Phone 8 Pro is very good and can be seen in everyday use on very fast websites that can be scrolled through quickly. However, the Asus smartphone only ranks in the upper midfield in the browser benchmarks.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
254.048 Points +56%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Edge 120)
195.426 Points +20%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Chrome 120)
70.022 Points -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (69.2 - 241, n=8)
164.3 Points +1%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
162.564 Points 0%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro (Edge 121.0.2277.84)
162.37 Points
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate (Chrome 112.0.5615.48)
131.215 Points -19%
Honor Magic5 Pro (Chrome 111)
116.696 Points -28%
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
105.175 Points -35%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=165, last 2 years)
104.7 Points -36%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
445 runs/min +168%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Edge 120)
215 runs/min +30%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Chrome 120)
69.6 runs/min -58%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (69.6 - 311, n=7)
197.4 runs/min +19%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro (Edge 121.0.2277.84)
166 runs/min
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
158 runs/min -5%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
141 runs/min -15%
Honor Magic5 Pro (Chrome 111)
111 runs/min -33%
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=149, last 2 years)
104.8 runs/min -37%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate (Chrome 112.0.5615.48)
92 runs/min -45%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
181 Points +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (161 - 196, n=5)
174.2 Points +2%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro (Edge 121.0.2277.84)
171 Points
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Edge 120)
162 Points -5%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate (Chrome 112.0.5615.48)
130 Points -24%
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
103 Points -40%
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=145, last 2 years)
98.3 Points -43%
Honor Magic5 Pro (Chrome 111)
98 Points -43%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
304 Points +57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (194 - 310, n=5)
228 Points +18%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate (Chrome 112.0.5615.48)
201 Points +4%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
198 Points +2%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Edge 120)
196 Points +1%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro (Edge 121.0.2277.84)
194 Points
Average of class Smartphone (37 - 304, n=119, last 2 years)
132.5 Points -32%
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
129 Points -34%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
86270 Points +35%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Edge 120)
70135 Points +10%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Chrome 120)
25953 Points -59%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro (Edge 121.0.2277.84)
63669 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (25953 - 70135, n=6)
58482 Points -8%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
54365 Points -15%
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
49506 Points -22%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate (Chrome 112.0.5615.48)
42421 Points -33%
Honor Magic5 Pro (Chrome 111)
39825 Points -37%
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=200, last 2 years)
33470 Points -47%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=163, last 2 years)
1655 ms * -94%
Honor Magic5 Pro (Chrome 111)
981.4 ms * -15%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate (Chrome 112.0.5615.48)
918.6 ms * -8%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro (Edge 121.0.2277.84)
852.3 ms *
Google Pixel 8 Pro (Chrome 117)
840.2 ms * +1%
Xiaomi 14 Pro (Chrome 120)
801.6 ms * +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (624 - 852, n=6)
710 ms * +17%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Chrome 120)
679.5 ms * +20%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro (Edge 120)
653 ms * +23%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
388.3 ms * +54%

* ... smaller is better

UFS 4.0 storage gives the Asus smartphone a very high data throughput. Even large apps install quickly and load in no time at all.

Asus ROG Phone 8 ProAsus ROG Phone 7 UltimateHonor Magic5 ProNubia RedMagic 9 ProAverage 1 TB UFS 4.0 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-7%
-31%
4%
-8%
-59%
Sequential Read 256KB
4016.67
3429.17
-15%
3344.12
-17%
4164.08
4%
3491 ?(3098 - 4017, n=3)
-13%
1452 ?(215 - 4512, n=207, last 2 years)
-64%
Sequential Write 256KB
3153.4
3061.82
-3%
2651.87
-16%
3199.98
1%
3139 ?(2863 - 3399, n=3)
0%
1060 ?(57.5 - 3643, n=207, last 2 years)
-66%
Random Read 4KB
434.63
450.1
4%
267.91
-38%
442.82
2%
401 ?(352 - 435, n=3)
-8%
240 ?(22.2 - 543, n=207, last 2 years)
-45%
Random Write 4KB
648
572.05
-12%
298.31
-54%
691.17
7%
574 ?(506 - 648, n=3)
-11%
264 ?(13 - 709, n=207, last 2 years)
-59%

Gaming - In-game overlay and additional AI-supported functions

The Armory Crate app acts as a control center for all gaming settings. At the same time, it can also be displayed as an overlay in the game and provides direct access to the current performance mode, as well as features such as macro recording, a do-not-disturb mode and an FPS counter.

The ROG Phone 8 Pro's gaming repertoire also includes AI-powered features such as X Sense 2.0 and AI Grabber. The former automatically picks up items in supported games such as Genshin Impact, while the AI Grabber recognizes keywords in dialogues and starts a Google search on request. This allows you to search for solutions to a quest directly in the game, for example, or to retrieve other tips relevant to the game.

The in-game overlay allows you to adjust all important game settings.
The in-game overlay allows you to adjust all important game settings.
AI functions such as the AI Grabber are also part of the gaming repertoire.
AI functions such as the AI Grabber are also part of the gaming repertoire.

The AirTriggers known from the Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate are also on the ROG Phone 8 Pro. The AirTriggers are two ultrasonic sensors located on the corners of the long right side of the smartphone and function as additional L and R controller buttons. If the phone is held in landscape format, both can be easily reached with the index fingers. With the Armory Crate app, the AirTrigger buttons can be dragged over the controls in the game UI and can then trigger actions such as calling up the menu or changing weapons.

The ROG Phone 8 Pro can run in three performance modes. The most powerful is called X Mode (or X Mode+ with the AeroActive Cooler X docked) and can be activated directly via the notification screen. Other performance modes include Dynamic (balanced settings for everyday use) and the power-saving Ultra Durable mode. The performance settings can be adjusted individually for each mode.

In testing, the ROG Phone 8 Pro ran games very smoothly. Even graphically very demanding titles such as Genshin Impact run smoothly across the screen at maximum settings. However, the Asus smartphone refused to work with our Gamebench test tool, which we normally use to determine frame rates. Alternatively, we used the Perfdog tool.

Perfdog registered the maximum framerate of 60 FPS in the HRD/Extreme setting on the ROG Phone 8 Pro; in UltraHDR/Ultra, the highest selectable setting, this was 40 FPS. In both cases, the frame rate is presumably limited for energy-saving reasons. The smartphone only offers a 90 FPS mode in the lowest graphics mode. Genshin Impact ran at a constant 60 FPS at the highest detail level. More could also be possible here, but the game is curtailed by the smartphone. 

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
Perfdog PUBG Mobile (HDR/Extreme setting): 60 FPS
Perfdog PUBG Mobile (HDR/Extreme setting): 60 FPS
Perfdog Genshin Impact (graphics quality: very high): 60 FPS
Perfdog Genshin Impact (graphics quality: very high): 60 FPS

Emissions - Powerful stereo speakers

Temperature

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the ROG Phone 8 Pro has to cool a high-end SoC that produces a lot of waste heat. In the 1-hour stress test with the demanding Burnout benchmark, it pulls through without crashes or any error messages, unlike competitors such as the Xiaomi 14 Pro. However, the smartphone heats up to 46.8 °C and gets uncomfortably warm in places.

As 3DMark's Wild Life stress tests show, the ROG Phone 8 Pro is unable to maintain its performance under continuous load, but still achieved good results with a stability score of 77% and 79.2%, respectively. In everyday use, users will not notice any thermal throttling because the Asus smartphone still offers plenty of performance, even with the handbrake slightly applied.

In the stress test, it makes a big difference whether we run it with or without the external fan. When the AeroActive Cooler X is attached to the smartphone, the stability scores of the 3D Mark Wild Life stress test improve to 92.7% and 90.8%, respectively. For users who play for long periods of time and want to squeeze out maximum performance, the fan is the best choice. The fan can automatically adapt its cooling mode to the current system load, but it does get quite loud at higher speeds.

Max. Load
 40.3 °C
105 F
46.6 °C
116 F
45.4 °C
114 F
 
 45 °C
113 F
46.8 °C
116 F
46.3 °C
115 F
 
 34.9 °C
95 F
44.4 °C
112 F
44 °C
111 F
 
Maximum: 46.8 °C = 116 F
Average: 43.7 °C = 111 F
37.6 °C
100 F
46 °C
115 F
43.2 °C
110 F
41.7 °C
107 F
45.3 °C
114 F
45.1 °C
113 F
35.7 °C
96 F
45.1 °C
113 F
44.8 °C
113 F
Maximum: 46 °C = 115 F
Average: 42.7 °C = 109 F
Power Supply (max.)  28 °C = 82 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.7 °C / 111 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 46.8 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.1 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
92.7 %
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
77 % -17%
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
91.8 % -1%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
91.4 % -1%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
78.9 % -15%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78.8 % -15%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
40.8 % -56%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
96.3 % +6%
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
94.3 % +4%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
90.8 %
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
79.2 % -13%
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
76 % -16%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
65.4 % -28%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
46.9 % -48%
Solar Bay Stress Test Stability
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
99.5 % +19%
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash
83.3 %
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
68.1 % -18%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
66.1 % -21%
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Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø29.5 (28.4-31.3)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø26.9 (24.5-31)
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø30.2 (29.2-31)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø105.8 (103.3-111.5)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø96.1 (86.1-111.7)
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø109.7 (102.5-112.2)
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø117.1 (117-117.1)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash; Solar Bay Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø26.7 (24.3-29.1)
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Solar Bay Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø29.2 (29.1-29.2)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 1 TB UFS 4.0 Flash; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø26.6 (24.1-28.9)
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro Adreno 750, SD 8 Gen 3, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø28.8 (28.8-28.9)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the ROG Phone 8 Pro impress with powerful sound, in which even bass tones can be heard. Even without headphones, the sound experience is quite good.

External audio devices can be connected to the smartphone via the very low-noise 3.5 mm audio jack (SNR: 100.75 dBFS) or via Bluetooth 5.3. The ROG Phone 8 Pro supports Bluetooth codecs ranging from AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, LDAC, LC3 to Opus.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.636.12525.934.53123.435.64027.335.95036.238.76325.4408016.644.210016.946.612514.747.216013.152.320015.154.725014.357.331511.661.94001061.15009.167.663011.168.78009.173.1100011.875.812501576.9160011.377.520001281.2250012.383.2315012.784.9400012.683.8500013.179.7630013.478800013.577.11000013.574.51250013.663.71600013.657.3SPL24.792.2N0.687.8median 13.1median 74.5Delta1.39.937.642.224.730.82430.924.631.732.139.82233.916.432.52642.819.846.215.652.714.654.111.157.88.25911.560.29.967.78.471.210.271.61178.713.478.412.173.6127812.38112.482.71382.513.176.913.875.913.772.31478.113.774.412.862.224.790.50.683.5median 12.8median 73.61.58.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ROG Phone 8 ProXiaomi 14 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.2% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.1% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 8% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 27% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Xiaomi 14 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life - Wireless charging up to 15 watts

Power consumption

The ROG Phone 8 Pro is characterized by low power consumption. Its overall power consumption is 20% lower than that of other reviewed smartphones, which also use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

The 5500 mAh battery can be charged with up to 65 watts via the supplied power adapter. In testing, a full recharge takes 48 minutes. The ROG Phone 8 Pro supports wireless charging according to the Qi standard with up to 15 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.08 / 0.13 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.82 / 0.96 / 1.19 Watt
Load midlight 7.3 / 7.3 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 8 Pro
5500 mAh
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
4422 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
6000 mAh
Google Pixel 8 Pro
5050 mAh
Honor Magic5 Pro
5100 mAh
Xiaomi 14 Pro
4880 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-24%
19%
-19%
-4%
-12%
-20%
-17%
Idle Minimum *
0.82
0.5
39%
0.75
9%
0.63
23%
0.91
-11%
0.89
-9%
0.728 ?(0.51 - 0.89, n=4)
11%
0.894 ?(0.42 - 2.37, n=157, last 2 years)
-9%
Idle Average *
0.96
1.97
-105%
0.85
11%
1.47
-53%
1.63
-70%
1.05
-9%
1.105 ?(0.89 - 1.52, n=4)
-15%
1.449 ?(0.69 - 4.26, n=157, last 2 years)
-51%
Idle Maximum *
1.19
1.99
-67%
1.14
4%
1.55
-30%
1.67
-40%
1.11
7%
1.205 ?(0.92 - 1.6, n=4)
-1%
1.631 ?(0.79 - 4.45, n=157, last 2 years)
-37%
Load Average *
7.3
3.36
54%
3.52
52%
8.45
-16%
2.61
64%
9.03
-24%
10 ?(7.3 - 14.7, n=4)
-37%
5.47 ?(2.4 - 16.5, n=157, last 2 years)
25%
Load Maximum *
7.3
10.43
-43%
6.01
18%
8.63
-18%
4.57
37%
9.06
-24%
11.6 ?(7.3 - 20.8, n=4)
-59%
8.22 ?(4.32 - 20.8, n=157, last 2 years)
-13%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø4.75 (1.202-7.76)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø5.2 (0.783-8.97)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.72 (0.673-0.822)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.732 (0.686-0.884)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø7.26 (7.22-7.29)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø8.87 (7.63-8.96)
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.72 (0.673-0.822)
Xiaomi 14 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.732 (0.686-0.884)

Battery life

Good battery life rounds off the ROG Phone 8 Pro's features. The smartphone endured a good 15.5 hours of simulated web surfing, which we carried out with the display brightness adjusted at 150 cd/m². When playing videos in a continuous loop, it even lasts almost 25 hours.

Overall, the battery life is on a par with the competition. The comparatively poor result under load can be disregarded, as we carried this test out with the Burnout benchmark as an alternative because the ROG Phone 8 Pro refused to install the less demanding Stability Test, which we use as standard.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
39h 37min
WiFi Websurfing
15h 29min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
24h 57min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 20min
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro
5500 mAh
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
4422 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
6000 mAh
Google Pixel 8 Pro
5050 mAh
Honor Magic5 Pro
5100 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro
6500 mAh
Xiaomi 14 Pro
4880 mAh
Battery Runtime
70%
54%
-7%
26%
12%
3%
Reader / Idle
2377
3514
48%
2448
3%
1344
-43%
2580
9%
1998
-16%
H.264
1497
2013
34%
1554
4%
1122
-25%
1249
-17%
1437
-4%
WiFi v1.3
929
1163
25%
1050
13%
760
-18%
1074
16%
1036
12%
897
-3%
Load
140
384
174%
412
194%
220
57%
276
97%
189
35%

Pros

+ high-quality, IP68-certified housing
+ mini display on the back cover
+ very fast
+ Android 14 and 4 years of updates
+ WiFi 7, many 4G and 5G frequencies
+ attachable active fan
+ very bright OLED display
+ LTPO panel with 165 Hz
+ good stereo speakers
+ additional touch sensors
+ long battery life

Cons

- can get very hot
- no eSIM support
- cameras are just above average

Verdict on the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro

In review: Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro. Test device provided by Asus Germany.
In review: Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro. Test device provided by Asus Germany.

The ROG Phone 8 Pro is a very solid smartphone that impresses with extremely comprehensive features. Highlights include the lightning-fast Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, a maximum of 24 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage, WiFi 7, long battery life and the OLED LTPO display, which can reach up to 2500 cd/m² and smoothly adjust its frame rate between 1 Hz and 165 Hz.

Asus is breaking new ground with its high-end smartphone because, unlike its predecessor, it is no longer purely a gaming smartphone, but now appeals to a much broader target group thanks to its subtle appearance and improved hardware. In addition, its high-quality glass casing has become noticeably thinner and lighter and is now also dust and waterproof thanks to IP68 certification. Nevertheless, the ROG Phone 8 Pro still has gaming DNA and continues to fulfill its role as a gaming smartphone very well.

The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro successfully manages the balancing act between gaming smartphone and premium phone. However, it is not cheap.

A few disadvantages prevent the ROG Phone 8 Pro from achieving the highest honors. The biggest point of criticism is that it does not come close to the cameras of other premium smartphones, but only offers a level of quality that can be described as just above average at best. The option of activating an eSIM is also lacking. Otherwise, the ROG Phone 8 Pro leaves little to be desired.

Alternatives to the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro include the Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro, which is in the same performance class and is also geared towards gaming. The Xiaomi 14 Pro, is similarly powerful and, like the Nubia RedMagic 9 Pro, is available for less than $800.

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Price and availability

On Asus' webstore, the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro costs $1199 if you opt for 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage. Our review device version, with 24 GB RAM and 1 TB storage, costs $1499. At the time of review, the smartphone is yet to reach other retailers such as Amazon.