The gaming smartphone market will add another member to its limited but growing family with the ROG Phone 8 Pro, as ASUS looks to launch the first lineup of handsets sporting the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. To prepare potential buyers to obtain some bragging rights against Apple’s A17 Pro, the company has started teasing the performance of its upcoming flagship, starting with the Geekbench 6 multi-core results.
ASUS fails to tease the Geekbench 6 single-core of the ROG Phone 8 Pro, as that has always been Apple’s A-series strength
In the teaser below, ASUS reveals that the ROG Phone 8 Pro has achieved a multi-core score of 7,422, making it higher than any A17 Pro tested on the iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max. Unsurprisingly, ASUS did not reveal the single-core score of the upcoming flagship, as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has never been able to surpass the A17 Pro in this regard, regardless of how well-tamed its temperatures are.
One thing to remember is that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is equipped with an 8-core CPU cluster compared to the A17 Pro’s 6-core configuration, so Qualcomm’s flagship SoC should have the obvious advantage in multi-threaded workloads on paper. Another reason for this high score is that since the ROG Phone 8 Pro is a gaming smartphone, it will likely ship with a beefy vapor chamber, adding to its overall bulk and weight but letting the SoC perform better for extended periods.
Then again, companies habitually post performance numbers while testing their devices in unrealistic environments, so real-world tests of the ROG Phone 8 Pro will be done to see if reviewers and users can achieve the same results within a margin of error. We should also remind you that Apple’s A17 Pro runs into thermal throttling issues when running demanding gaming applications such as Genshin Impact, leading to performance issues.
This is because Apple skimped out on using an adequate cooler for the A17 Pro, something that ASUS has probably implemented thoroughly on the ROG Phone 8 Pro, explaining those impressive multi-core results. Only recently did we come across updated scores of the A17 Pro breaking the 7,500 points barrier, which means that either the person used an external cooler or those scores have been manipulated. Without an external cooler of any kind, an iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will not achieve that kind of score.
ASUS’ latest teaser may show promise, but we will still wait for real-world numbers of the ROG Phone 8 Pro before we can make an impartial comparison with the A17 Pro, so stay tuned.