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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra vs ASUS ROG Phone 3 - Benchmark score comparison

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We put the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G and the ASUS ROG Phone 3 through a series of benchmarking apps to see how they perform.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra vs ASUS ROG Phone 3 - Benchmark score comparison
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra vs ASUS ROG Phone 3

We take a look at 2020's best flagships from ASUS and Samsung and run them roughly a series of benchmarks to see which smartphone is the better performer in synthetic workloads.

The ASUS ROG Phone is equipped with the latest 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ octa-core processor, Adreno 650 GPU, 12GB/16GB LPDDR5 RAM, 512GB UFS 3.1 storage, and 6,000mAh battery with 30W ROG HyperCharge. The display is an FHD+ 6.59-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass 6.

While the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has the 7nm Samsung Exynos 990 octa-core processor, Mali-G77MP11 GPU, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, and 4,500mAh battery with 25W/45W Fast Charging, 15W wireless charging/reverse wireless charging. In front is a QHD+ 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2.0 display with variable 120Hz display and Gorilla Glass Victus.

Let's see how it performs in a series of benchmarking apps.

Exynos 990 vs Snapdragon 865+

AnTuTu Benchmark scores
AnTuTu Benchmark scores

1. AnTuTu Benchmark version 8.4.5
 - The ASUS ROG Phone 3 was able to score a monstrous average of 625,203 in AnTuTu while the Galaxy Note20 Ultra scored an average of 544,146. The ROG Phone 3 was able to defeat over 99 percent of other phones while the Note20 Ultra defeated 80 percent of other phones.


The ROG phone 3 has nearly a 100,000 point lead over the Note20 Ultra. 

Looking at the temperature change over the benchmark, the ROG Phone 3 raised temperatures by 3.7 degrees Celsius while the Note20 Ultra only went up by 1.3 degrees Celsius.

This means that the Note20 Ultra has better-operating temperatures and better cooling.
GeekBench 5
GeekBench 5 

2. GeekBench Benchmark - This benchmark measures the capabilities of individual single-core and multi-core performance in one click

The ROG Phone 3 scored 981 in single-core tests and scored 3225 in multi-core tests while the Note20 Ultra scored 925 in single-core tests and scored 2813 in multi-core tests.

The ROG Phone leads by 56 points in single-core tests and leads 412 points in multi-core tests. 
3DMark Slingshot Extreme
3DMark Slingshot Extreme

3. 3DMark Slingshot ExtremeThis is a demanding set of tests that measures GPU and CPU performance where the ROG Phone 3 scored 7,528 in the OpenGL test and scored 6775 in Vulkan tests while the Note20 Ultra scored 6,693 in OpenGL tests and scored 6,330 in Vulkan tests.

This reveals that ROG Phone 3 is significantly better performing in OpenGL tests and apps. The Note20 Ultra's OpenGL and in Vulkan scores have minor differences in scores which means that the Note20 Ultra performs more consistent whether the app or game is running on OpenGL or Vulkan.
PCMark Work benchmark
PCMark Work benchmark

4. PCMark Work Test - This test measures battery charge, CPU average usage, CPU Clock, Temperature, and markers while under a heavy load. The ROG Phone 3 scored 10526 while the Note20 Ultra scored 11433. 

The Note20 Ultra scored higher by nearly a 1000 point margin over the ROG Phone 3 which means that the Note20 Ultra performs better and more consistently in battery charging, CPU usage, CPU clock speeds, and in temperature. This is consistent with the AnTuTu test where the Note20 Ultra ran cooler.
PCMark Battery test
PCMark Battery test

5. PCMark Battery test - PC Mark Battery uses a series of different workloads that simulate daily use and will measure and predict the longevity of the battery life of the device.

In this test, the Note20 Ultra's 4,500mAh battery scored 12 hours and 7 mins while the ROG Phone 3's 6,000mAh battery 12 hours and 31 minutes.

It is clear that despite the larger battery of the ROG Phone 3, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra clearly has the better battery life.

This could be because of multiple factors but take note that we placed the Note20 Ultra in Variable refresh rate while we placed the ROG Phone 3 in "Auto" refresh rate.
Internal Storage Speed test
Internal storage test

6. Internal Storage Speed test - This tests measures read and write speeds of internal storage. Both phones are using UFS 3.1 rated SSDs but it is clear that the ROG Phone's 512GB SSD performs better with Sequential write speeds of 433.68 MB/s and sequential read speeds of. 744.74MB/s while the Note20 Ultra's 256GB SSD had sequential write speeds of 306.68MB/s and had sequential write speeds of 708MB/s.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra Specs

Display: 6.9-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass Victus protected Dynamic AMOLED 2.0 screen w/ 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate QHD+ 3088 x 1440 resolution at 496 ppi with HDR10+, 1500 nits peak brightness
CPU: 7nm Samsung Exynos 990 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G77MP11
RAM: 12GB LPDDR5
ROM: 256GB UFS 3.1 expandable up to 1TB via microSD
Back Camera: 108MP f/1.8 main camera with PDAF, OIS, Laser AF + 12MP f/3.0 Periscope lens with 5x optical zoom, and 50x Space Zoom with OIS, PDAF + 12MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide-angle camera with LED Flash
Selfie Camera: 10MP f/2.2 with Dual Pixel AF
Battery: 4,500mAh w/ 25W Fast Charging, 15W wireless charging, wireless reverse wireless charging
OS: Android 10.0 w/ OneUI 2.5
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C, MST, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-display Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IP 68 water and dusts resistance, Stereo Speaker, Hi-Res Audio, Dolby Atmos,  USB-C, Colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black
Dimensions: 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 208 g
Price: PHP 67,990 (LTE), PHP 72,990 (5G)


ROG Phone 3 Specs

Display: 6.59-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected AMOLED screen w/ 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 391 ppi
CPU: 3.1GHz 7nm Snapdragon 865 Plus octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 650
RAM: 12GB/16GB LPDDR5
ROM: 512GB UFS 3.1
Back Camera: 64MP f/1.8 Sony IMX686 w/ PDAF + 13MP f/2.4 w/ 125-degree ultrawide-angle + 5MP f/2.4 w/ macro + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 24MP f/2.0
Battery: 6,000mAh battery w/ 30W ROG HyperCharge
OS: Android 10 w/ ROG UI
Connectivity: WiFi 6, 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1,  NFC, GPS (L1 + L5 dual-band), GLONASS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, ultrasonic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, 7-magnet stereo speakers, dual NXP TFA9874 smart amplifier, GameFX, Dirac HD Sound, Hi-Res Audio, 4x microphones w/ ASUS Noise Reduction Technology, 2x USB-C
Dimensions: 171 x 78 x 9.85 mm
Weight: 240 g
Price: PHP 49,995 (12GB), PHP 54,995 (16GB)

Quick thoughts

Who performed better?

After running both phones through several benchmarks, it is clear that the ROG Phone's Snapdragon 865+ SoC and 512GB SSDs perform faster in their respective fields while the Note20 Ultra's Exynos 990 performed better in battery efficiency and productivity (non-gaming) working loads.

It is clear that either phone has each of its advantages and disadvantages and it will be up to the user to pick which phone is for them. If the user wants better RAW performance at the expense of battery life, then the ROG Phone 3 may be for you. But if you want a more rounded experience with good battery life and good raw performance, then the Note20 Ultra may be for you.

What do you guys think? 
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