iPhone XR: 5 Reasons Why the Latest Apple Phone is Better Pick for Gaming Compared to ASUS ROG Phone

Game developers have always favored iOS over Android, and the Apple A12 Bionic chipset is way faster than the Snapdragon 845. Read on for more.

iPhone XR vs Asus ROG

The recently launched ASUS ROG phone made headlines for all the right reasons, but it comes in at quite a price. The handset is made for gaming and does a great job at that, but we think that to pay INR 69,000 for a phone is not something you should do in haste. What if there are better phones out there in the same price range?

Gaming phones are usually compared to gaming phones, but with mobile phone technology moving forward by leaps and bounds these days, you don’t really need a gaming phone to play PUBG. Apple iPhone users are generally happy with the slick performance of high-end gaming apps on their handsets, and this year’s flagship series of iPhones are no exception. For about INR 70,000, you can buy an iPhone XR from Paytm Mall, and that could be a smarter choice. Here are five reasons why.

Five Reasons Why iPhone XR Trumps Asus ROG Phone

A Better Package

It should be a crime to call any phone costing about INR 70,000 affordable or budget-friendly. Jokes apart, the point is that the ASUS ROG phone is quite expensive. Is the price tag justified? Well, sure, but so is the price point of all German cars, right? Good sense tells us that if we are spending big bucks, we might as well make the most of it. Imagine telling your friends that your phone that just cost you a bomb has an 8MP front camera.

Yes, the iPhone XR has a 7MP selfie shooter, but there is no comparison between the two, because Apple’s camera technology is entirely different and Apple phones do a great job at photography without big megapixel numbers. You can read all about the iPhone XR’s camera performance in our detailed expert review. With the iPhone XR, you get life-like images, excellent quality videos, a sleek and attractive design, great performance and the prestige of the Apple label. You can’t say the same about the ASUS ROG phone, can you?

A Faster Phone

The ASUS ROG phone comes equipped with an overclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is an amazing processor, but for the past. The future, or at least the year 2019, belongs to chipsets made out of 7nm process, like the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and the Apple A12 Bionic. The iPhone XR comes equipped with the A12 Bionic, which is way faster than the Snapdragon 845 and much more dependable. Just because ASUS tweaked the processing speed of the Snapdragon chipset to 2.96GHz does not mean the phone will outperform the A12 Bionic.

The crisp graphics and slick performance that the iPhone XR offers cannot be matched by any handset using a Qualcomm chipset, so it is not a smart choice to pick the ASUS ROG phone over the iPhone XR if performance is what you want.

AR Advantage

The cameras on the iPhone XR are tuned for a great augmented reality experience, and this will certainly give it an edge over the ASUS ROG phone, especially, in the future as more and more games integrate AR. Plus, the A12 Bionic gets a neural engine for machine learning to the tune of 5 trillion operations per second, and as we pointed out before, the Snapdragon 845 just doesn’t hold up against the new Apple chipset. This means that the iPhone XR, without being a gaming phone, can provide a better gaming experience than the ASUS ROG phone, especially, when it comes to games that integrate augmented reality and artificial intelligence.

Music and Entertainment

The ASUS ROG phone gets excellent speakers and an AMOLED display, but the IPS LCD display of the iPhone XR has been noted as possibly the best LCD display ever made, so much so that there’s barely any discernible difference between the display quality of the iPhone XR and the iPhone XS. You also get perfectly agreeable sound output from the speakers on the iPhone XR, so it makes for excellent music and entertainment experience apart from the gaming. We are not saying that the ASUS ROG phone lacks in this regard, we’re only pointing out that the iPhone XR is just as good here, so why not go for it instead?

iOS Comes First

Game developers have always favored iOS over Android, what with new games coming to iOS before Android, and some being even exclusive to iOS. You can’t expect that to change anytime soon, so why bother with the overpriced ASUS ROG phone? Go for the overpriced iPhone XR instead!


Coming from a background in journalism, Sharjeel (not Ahmed) is curious about consumer technology. He thinks Xiaomi is taking over the world, and he is excited about it. He has written feature stories and news reports for Telangana Today, Times of India, Metro India, and a couple of other publications. He tweets at @Sharjeel314, and writes short fiction when armtwisted by his wife.