Asus ROG Phone 6D vs Asus ROG Phone 6: What’s different?

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While there are a lot of companies that make performance and gaming-centric smartphones, such as nubia, Black Shark, and others, the first company that comes to our mind when talking about gaming smartphones is Asus. Asus ROG Phones offer some of the best-in-class features required for smartphone gaming, and the company, earlier this week, introduced its latest gaming smartphone called ROG Phone 6D.

The new ROG Phone 6D offers many new features and a brand-new chipset. Now you might be wondering: what’s new in the ROG Phone 6D? How is it different from the ROG Phone 6 that was introduced just two months ago? Here are all the details you need to know.

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Technical Specifications

Smartphone Asus ROG Phone 6D Asus ROG Phone 6
Operating System Android 12 Android 12
Dimensions 173 x 77 x 10.4mm 173 x 77x 10.4 mm
Weight 239 grams 239 grams
Display 6.78-inch, AMOLED 6.78-inch, AMOLED
Display Features
  • 2448×1080-pixel resolution
  • 165Hz refresh rate (Adaptive)
  • HDR10+
  • 1200 nits peak brightness
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • 2448×1080-pixel resolution
  • 165Hz refresh rate (Adaptive)
  • HDR10+
  • 1200 nits peak brightness
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
GPU Adreno 730 Mali-G710
RAM 12GB, 16GB (LPDDR5X) 8GB, 12GB, 16GB (LPDDR5)
Internal Storage 256GB (UFS 3.1) 128GB, 256GB, 512GB (UFS 3.1)
Expandable Storage No No
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 50 MP, IMX766, f/1.9, wide, PDAF
  • Ultra-wide: 13 MP, f/2.2
  • Macro: 5 MP
  • Primary: 50 MP, IMX766, f/1.9, wide, PDAF
  • Ultra-wide: 13 MP, f/2.2
  • Macro: 5 MP
Front Camera 12 MP, wide, HDR 12 MP, wide, HDR
Battery 6000 mAh 6000 mAh
Charging
  • 65W Wired Charging
  • No wireless charging
  • Quick Charge 5.0 and PD Charging
  • 65W Wired Charging
  • No wireless charging
  • Quick Charge 5.0 and PD Charging
Security Under-display Fingerprint Scanner, PIN, Pattern, Password Under-display Fingerprint Scanner, PIN, Pattern, Password
Connectivity 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
Ports Two USB-C ports, 3.5mm Headphone Jack Two USB-C ports, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Water Resistance IPX4 IPX4
Colors Space Gray Phantom Black, Storm White
Price €900 €1,029

What’s different?

The main difference between the ROG Phone 6D and the ROG Phone 6 is in the internal hardware. While the ROG Phone 6 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, the ROG Phone 6D is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Plus SoC. This is Asus’ first ROG smartphone to be powered by a MediaTek chipset.

MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Plus, as we all have come to know, is a 4nm flagship chipset from the brand. It comes with one Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3.35GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 3.2GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 1.80GHz. While the chipset sounds a bit inferior to the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 on paper, it achieves better CPU scores on various benchmark tests, as pointed out by Android Central.

Although the GPU of the MediaTek chipset still seems to be inferior to the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, the gap isn’t very huge. And, as the report points out, “MediaTek has made up a lot of ground” when it comes to graphics performance. Overall, the ROH Phone 6D should be able to deliver the same level of gaming performance as the ROG Phone 6, if not better.

Another key difference between the ROG Phone 6D and the ROG Phone 6 is the type of RAM used. While the ROG Phone 6 comes with 8, 12, or 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, the Phone 6D comes with a minimum of 12 GB LPDDR5X RAM (there’s also an option of 16GB LPDDR5 RAM variant). Moreover, the ROG Phone 6D is available only in 256GB internal storage configuration, whereas the ROG Phone 6 is offered in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants.

What’s the same?

The rest of the features (quite literally). The ROG Phone 6D comes with the same 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED 165Hz display as the ROG Phone 6. It keeps the same design as the Phone 6, with the angular segments still being a significant part of the look. Unlike their pricier siblings — the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate and the ROG Phone 6 Pro — both smartphones lack a secondary ROG Vision 2-inch screen on the back. Instead, they RGB-lit ROG logo.

Similarly, the camera on the two devices is the same. It comes with a 50MP Sony IMX766 camera sensor that’s paired with a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 5MP macro shooter. Even the battery capacities and charging speeds have been left unchanged. The ROG Phone 6D features the same 6,000 mAh battery with support for up to 65W fast charging.

And finally, you guessed it right, the gaming features have also been left unchanged. This means you get the same Air Triggers 6 on the ROG Phone 6D that were re-introduced with the Qualcomm model. A new AeroActive portal — a feature that opens up a heat dissipation door on the back of the phone — has also been introduced with the new models, but it is limited only to the ROG Phone 6D Ultimate model.

Who is it for?

While the difference between the two models, the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6D, may not seem huge, ASUS is providing its customers the ability to choose between the best that Qualcomm and MediaTek have to offer — a choice that not a lot of companies provide.

Asus doesn’t see the ROG Phone 6D as a successor to the ROG Phone 6. Instead, it’s an option that has been provided for those who prefer MediaTek chips over Qualcomm’s (and for those who want the same gaming features but without spending a lot of money).

Even though our readers in the US and Canada cannot take advantage of this choice — Asus has confirmed that it’s not coming to North America — the ROG Phone 6D will launch in Europe and other markets where the company has an official presence. It’ll be available for £799 in the UK and €900 in Europe later this fall. We will update this page once details about the phone’s availability become available.

While you wait, tell us about your thoughts on the new ROG Phone 6D. Feel free to comment below and let us know!

ROG Phone 6
Product Image of ROG Phone 6

Asus ROG Phone 6 features a big 6.78-inch AMOLED display with support for up to 165Hz refresh rate. It comes with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and up to 16GB RAM. Check out all the deals on the device using the links given below.

ROG Phone 6 Pro
Product Image of ROG Phone 6

ROG Phone 6 Pro is the ultimate gaming smartphone from Asus. Not only it features a 6.78-inch AMOLED display and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, but it also comes with a 2-inch OLED display on the back. Check out all the deals on the device using the links given below.