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Razer Phone vs iPhone 8 : Confrontation of two powerhouses

06 November 2017 0

The name Razer isn't unknown for gamers, recently the company wrapped of the covered from their first smartphone. As expected the device is gaming-centric but the company also stated the device is also targetted to those who want a powerful device which can run media uninterruptedly. Being a premium device the new Razer phone will challenge the existing big players. The Razer phone is pretty much capable to challenge the Apple's latest standard iPhone 8 and Samsung's Galaxy S8.

Although the iPhone 8 and Razer smartphone falls in different niche both the devices share similar price tag that's why both the options will appear in front of you if you are looking for a new premium flagship smartphone around $700. Like always we will compare the latest Razer phone against the iPhone 8 in a number of aspects. The comparison will certainly provide you a good view about which smartphone is better in what aspects including display, design, hardware, cameras, OS, price tag and battery power.

The Razer phone isn't as mature as iPhone 8 but still, the company did a commendable job to make a smartphone which falls in the same category like iPhone 8. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of both the devices as it is the first thing buyers consider while grabbing a new smartphone.

77.7 x 158.5 x 8 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3 mm
4.7 inches - 1334x750 px
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Design

As expected the Razer didn't pay much focus on the device looks but instead opted a blocky metal design. On the first look, the device looks smartphone from the Nextbit Robin. For those who are unaware the Nextbit Robin is currently owned by Razer. The Razer phone has unibody metal design with thick bezels around the display. It looks premium and sturdy. The device measurements are 158.5 x 77.7 x 8mm and it weighs 197g.

The rear side has the company's snake logo in center slightly below the dual rear cameras. To provide the ultimate audio experience the device has speakers on top and bottom of the display. Undoubtedly the audio experience of razer smartphone speakers is the best amongst all latest premium smartphones announced so far.

The iPhone 8 is also featuring similar thick bezels design which we seeing from last few years. Unlike its predecessor, the iPhone 8 has glass covering the rear side. Apple claims the glass used on the iPhone 8 is the toughest glass ever used by the company. The device front-facing design is pretty much similar to the predecessor that's why it looks dated in front of most of the flagships announced this year.

The chassis of iPhone 8 is made up of metal with curvy glass covering the rear side. It is significantly smaller and thinner than Razer phone at 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm and also you will find it much lighter as well with just 148g weight. The Razer phone is released in black Matt variant only whereas the iPhone 8 announced in Silver, Gold, and Space grey colors. The fingerprint scanner on the Razer phone is placed on right edge whereas the iPhone 8 has scanner under the circular home button below the display screen.

Unfortunately, both the devices lack traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPhone 8 is IP67 certified device which means it can resist up to 1 meters deep water for 30 minutes whereas the Razer phone doesn't have such capabilities.

Display

The Razer is featuring a 5.72-inches display with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Its an LCD display with 120Hz variable refresh rate and the display frame rate is 120 frame per seconds. These two aspects make it the more luring display better than traditional LCD displays in the market. It is specially optimized for gaming but also pretty good for other display interactions.

Once again the standard iPhone 8 is a 4.7-inches display with a screen resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. The display is an LCD display but its screen resolution and pixels density are significantly lower than Razer phone. Both the Razer and iPhone 8 falls into different niche in terms of display. The Razer phone has a gigantic display with better screen resolution and refreshes rate is also higher as compared to iPhone 8's more compact display with much lower screen resolution.

The Razer phone will attract those who want large display for gaming and media whereas the iPhone 8 will attract those who want compact device with better one-hand operations. Though iPhone 8 lacks refresh rate of Razer phone it has True Tone display which adjusts according to the environment.

Hardware

The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC is running the Razer phone under the hood with 8 GB RAM. There are only a few smartphones available in the market with whopping 8GB RAM. The aforementioned chipset is currently powering almost all flagships announced this year including Galaxy Note 8, S8, U11, V30, Moto Z2 Force and OnePlus 5.

Like always, Apple introduced a new chipset alongside the newly announced iPhone 8. The device is powered up by the Hexa-core A11 Bionic chipset with 2GB RAM. Despite the fact, it seems much lower than razer phone on paper but the real-time performance of iPhone 8 is flawless. Both the devices are capable to handle everything you throw at them. The Razer phone is better optimized for gaming and plenty of sheer power under the hood makes it the better device for gaming and media.

The razer phone comes with 64GB built-in storage which is further expandable using MicroSD card. On the other hand, the iPhone 8 has a base variant with 64GB memory whereas the top tier variant has 128GB memory. Its memory isn't further expandable, that's why you have to choose variant wisely.

Specs Razer Phone iPhone 8
Display 5.72-inches 4.7-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels 750 x 1334 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 A11 Bionic
RAM 8GB 2GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64/256GB
Rear camera Dual 12MP 12MP
Front camera 8MP 7MP
Battery 4,000mAh 1,821mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP-ratings No IP67
Software

As far as OS is a concern, unfortunately, the Razer phone is not pre-installed with the latest Android Oreo but instead running on the Android Nougat with the custom Nova launcher UI layer over it. However, the good thing is the company promises Android Oreo. The Nova launcher on razer device is the pretty heavy layer with tons of bloatware. Most of the bloatware is related to further optimize the device gaming and media experience.

The iPhone 8 is running on iOS 11 straight out of the box. The iPhone 8 is eligible to receive latest iOS updates for next three years however that's not the case with the Razer phone.

Camera

Following the latest trend, the Razer phone also featuring dual cameras on the rear side. The primary sensor is the wide-angle 12MP module with f/1.75 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is the 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. The dual sensors bring optical zoom and shutter speed is also pretty good.

Unlike the other high-end iPhones, the iPhone 8 comes with a single camera module of 12MP with f/1.8 aperture. The camera sensor is steadily performer whereas the razer phone camera is yet to be tested thoroughly. The single-camera sensor on iPhone 8 is pretty good and well reviewed as one of the best cameras on the market. The Razer phone front-facing snapper is 8MP module whereas the selfie snapper of iPhone 8 is the 7MP sensor.

Battery

The Razer phone is lit up by a 4,000mAh battery cell which according to the company will provide you juice to "play all day". This indicates the device will provide you juice for one day on continuous gaming. The iPhone 8 is backed up by a 1,821mAh battery cell. Both the devices support fast charging and USB Type-C for connectivity and charging. The iPhone 8 also supports wireless charging as well which isn't available for razer phone.

Price

As far as pricing is a concern the Razer Phone is announced for $699 whereas for the UK customers the device is available for £699. The device costs AU$890 in Australia. On the other hand, the iPhone 8 base variant cost $699 in the US, the UK customers can grab it for £699. In Australia, the device is available for AU$1,079. All these devices have 64GB built-in storage.

The iPhone 8 top of the line variant with 256GB storage can be grabbed for $849 in the US, the UK customers have to pay £849 to purchase it. On the other hand, the Razer phone is available only in one variant but the good thing is its internal memory is further expandable using MicroSD.

Conclusion

The Razer phone is bringing a number of perks in display and hardware department which makes it ahead of the iPhone 8. Also, its dual rear cameras, fairly large display with Quad HD screen resolution and gigantic battery cell make it an impressive device with better value for your money. However, in the design department, the Razer phone is lackluster for most buyers. The iPhone 8 despite having traditional dated design it still looks appealing to most of the buyers in the market.

The 8 Gigs of RAM makes it a solid performer and amongst the few with such whopping RAM. The front-facing dual speakers bring an impressive sound experience which isn't available on any flagship announced this year. These speakers will certainly impress the gamers as well as those who use their smartphones for watching video content. The Razer phone performance will certainly lure the gamers.

At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Razer phone vs iPhone 8 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

(last update 21 September 2018 @ 14:33)

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