ASUS ROG Phone 5 vs Realme GT: two Snapdragon 888 phones face off

Here's how the ASUS ROG Phone 5 and Realme GT compare in terms of price and specifications.

Highlights
  • Both ROG Phone 5 and Realme GT are high-end flagships with Snapdragon 888 SoC
  • ASUS ROG Phone 5 has a 144Hz Samsung AMOLED display, 64-megapixel rear camera setup, and 65W fast charging
  • Realme GT gets a 120Hz AMOLED display, 64-megapixel triple rear camera, and 65W fast charge support

ASUS has finally launched the much-awaited ROG Phone 5 in India on Wednesday. The phone is an absolute beast in terms of hardware and is equipped with the latest Snapdragon 888 processor. It gets an ultra-fast screen, several gaming enhancements, and enough RAM to handle anything one throws at it. Everything on the phone is powerful and fast, including the charging speeds. In this post, we’re going to be comparing the ASUS ROG Phone 5 price and specifications to the Realme GT 5G. The Realme GT is one of the most affordable Snapdragon 888-powered devices out there. We thought it would be a great idea to compare the Realme GT to one of the most powerful gaming phones with the same chipset. Let’s dive right into it. 

ASUS ROG Phone 5 vs Realme GT: price 

The ASUS ROG Phone 5 price in India has been officially revealed and it starts at Rs 49,999 for the base variant. This comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For the variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, you will need to shell out Rs 57,999. ASUS also announced the ROG Phone 5 Pro, which gets 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, priced at Rs 69,999. Lastly, there is the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Edition, which comes with a whopping 18GB RAM at Rs 79,999. 

ASUS ROG Phone 5

Meanwhile, on the Realme side of things, the pricing is much lower. The Realme GT hasn’t officially launched in India yet, but it’s available for purchase in China at a starting price of CNY 2,799 (approx Rs 31,500). The phone could be slightly more expensive when it arrives in India, but we reckon it will still be a lot cheaper than the ASUS ROG Phone 5. 

ASUS ROG Phone 5 vs Realme GT: design and display

In the design department, the ROG Phone 5 is a Lamborghini, whereas the Realme GT is a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X. Both offer excellent performance, but one looks like a family car. The ROG Phone 5 screams gamer with RGB lighting at the back, sculpted camera bump, and more. On the other hand, the Realme GT has a simple-looking back that features a textured glossy finish. 

The ROG Phone 5 gets a side charging port, a headphone jack, ROG RGB logo at the back, and dual front-facing speakers. While the standard ROG Phone 5 looks similar to the previous ROG Phone 3, the Pro and Ultimate variants get a secondary display at the back that can show notifications, custom text, and more. On the front, the phone gets a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. The display also supports HDR10+, 300Hz touch sampling rate, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

On the Realme GT, there’s a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 1000 nits brightness. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This phone also offers a headphone jack with Hi-res Audio support.  

ASUS ROG Phone 5 vs Realme GT: Hardware and battery

Now, in terms of hardware, both the ROG Phone 5 and Realme GT have similar specifications. Both phones are equipped with the Snapdragon 888 SoC and offer their own high-performance cooling options. On the ROG Phone 5, the chipset is paired with up to 18GB of RAM and 512GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage. It gets a GameCool 5 mode, which allows the user to overclock the CPU and the GPU. Even the Realme GT has a GT mode, which improves the performance. 

Realme GT-1

In the camera department, both devices get a triple rear camera setup. The ROG Phone 5 is equipped with a primary 64MP sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide unit, and a 5MP macro sensor. A 24MP camera is available at the front for selfies. Meanwhile, the Realme GT also packs in a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 2MP macro lens. For selfies, there’s a 16MP camera available on the front. 

Coming to the batteries, the Realme GT comes with a 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. However, the ROG Phone 5 trumps the Realme once again as it houses a 6,000mAh battery, which also comes with 65W fast charging support. 

ASUS ROG Phone 5 vs Realme GT: verdict

In conclusion, the ROG Phone 5 definitely looks better than the Realme GT, at least on paper. However, when you take into consideration the price gap, the Realme GT seems like a more value for money offering, as you still get the same powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset, a smooth AMOLED display, and fast charging support.