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Razer Phone vs Samsung Galaxy S8 : Two beasts scuffle to impress you

08 November 2017 5

Recently a new powerful smartphone announced by Razer, the device is unveiled as Razer Phone. Indeed it is one of the most powerful Android smartphone announced this year. Being a premium device the will have to prove its worth as one of the best smartphones announced this year. Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know how well it competes against its competitors, same is the case with the Razer Phone. The device falls into phablet category but its pricing is pretty equivalent to standard flagships announced this year. We already compared the device against the Cupertino giant's iPhone 8.

Today we will put the Razer Phone in head to head comparison with the Samsung's premium flagship Galaxy S8. Without any doubt, the Galaxy S8 is one of the most striking Android flagships announced this year. The device is widely appreciated because of its sleek look and top of the line hardware under the hood. For those who are planning to grab a flagship smartphone around $700, for sure they will consider the Galaxy S8 alongside the latest Razer Phone.

Both the devices are available at same pricing and even the Galaxy S8 can be grabbed for slightly lower pricing on special deals. The devices have sheer power under the hood but the latest Razer Phone is the gaming-centric device. You can expect a number of extra perks to provide smooth gaming experience on Razer Phone. This doesn't mean the Galaxy S8 is less powerful in few aspects, It certainly is one of the best smartphones announced this year. Without any further delay, Let's find out how two beasts compete with each other.

77.7 x 158.5 x 8 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
68.1 x 148.9 x 8 mm
5.8 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design


The design is certainly the area where Razer Phone lacks the most. It not only has large bezels on the front but also its a large metal slab with angular looks. Though liking or disliking of design is totally a personal matter the Razer Phone doesn't have something to stand out amongst the crowd because of its matt black finish. It is available only in plain black color which is disappointing.

The Razer Phone dimensions are 158.5 x 77.7 x 8mm and it weighs 197g. The dimensions and weight clearly indicate it is one of the heaviest smartphones with the gigantic body. The Razer Phone has unibody metal slab design. The top and bottom of the screen have dual front-facing speakers which bring an amazing audio experience. It features one of the most powerful speakers announced with this year flagship device. The rear side of Razer Phone doesn't have any striking aspect but instead its a plain rear with dual rear cameras and the company's Snake Logo. The power and volume controllers are on the right edge.

The Galaxy S8 is certainly the one of the most stylish premium smartphone ever announced by the company. It is completely revamped from the predecessors, the front-facing side has ultra-thin bezels. The physical home button is now part of the history but instead, the fingerprint scanner is shifted to the rear side alongside the camera module. The S8 has the dual curved display which was the key aspect of Edge variants in past. The metal chassis has curved glass covering the rear side.

The Galaxy S8 dimensions are 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm and it weighs 155g. It is slimmer and significantly lighter than Razer Phone. The rear fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 is much criticized due to its awkward position. It has the mono speaker on the bottom edge. The Galaxy S8 is IP68 certified device which means it can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes.

In terms of looks, the Galaxy S8 takes lead because of its sleek and more striking glass/metal sandwich design.

Display

The Razer Phone is pretty much on par with the latest flagship and even better in some aspects. The Razer Phone has a 5.72-inches LCD display with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. What makes this display special is its refresh rate which is 120GHz. The display frame rate goes up to 120 frames per second which are worth appreciating. Both these aspects make sure you get amazing experience while watching movies or playing games. It is flat display without curves on edges like Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S8 is featuring a 5.8-inches Super AMOLED display with QuadHD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Its frame rates and the referesh rate is like the traditional display. Despite having the smaller body, the Galaxy S8 has slightly large display due to it's 18.5:9 aspect ratio with minimal bezels around the corner. The vibrancy and colors contrast ratio of Samsung's AMOLED display is better than traditional LCD display.

Hardware

Being the latest premium devices both the devices has the latest hardware on board. The Qualcomm's Octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering both the devices. In Razer Phone, the Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 8GB RAM whereas in case of Galaxy S8 the chipset is accompanied with 4GB RAM. The sheer amount of power under the hood in Razer Phone is more for hi-fi graphics and multi-tasking.

The Galaxy S8 has half RAM as compared to Razer Phone. The optimal performance of Razer Phone is better. As mentioned above the Razer Phone is the gaming-centric device that's why its power is focused to provide amazing gaming experience. The Galaxy S8 is also pretty fast but not as fast as Razer Phone. One thing is confirmed both the devices have enough power under the hood to become your daily driver unless you require more power for gaming.

Both the devices have 64GB built-in storage and both supports memory expansion via MicroSD card. So you shouldn't worry about the native storage of the devices.

Specs Razer Phone Galaxy S8
Display 5.72-inches LCD 5.8-inches AMOLED
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 8GB 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD card 64GB Expandable via MicroSD card
Rear camera Dual 12MP 12MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Battery 4,000mAh 3,000mAh
IP-ratings -- IP68
OS Android Nougat Android Nougat
USB Type-C Type-C
Software

As OS both the device is running on the Android Nougat with different UI layers over it. The Razer Phone is confirmed to receive Android Oreo pretty soon. On the other hand, Samsung for sure will also update their Galaxy S8 to Android Oreo but the exact time schedule is still in dark.

Camera

The Razer Phone comes with dual 12MP modules. The primary sensor is the wide-angle module with f/1.75 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is the telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. Both the sensors provide optical zoom which allows you to zoom. The dual sensors provide pretty good results but lack of optical image stabilization results into shaky results while moving. You have to make sure your device is steady while capturing.

The camera app of Razer Phone is pretty simple, the shutter speed is also pretty good. On the other hand, Samsungs opted the same camera sensor which they introduced with the Galaxy S7. The Galaxy S8 also comes with a 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization. Despite being the single camera sensor it is one the best performer in the market which is capable of capturing amazing photos. For Pro users, the device has a Pro mode which allows you to adjust camera manually according to your requirement.

The device performs pretty great even in low-light conditions thanks to the large aperture. Apart from Pro, there are a number of modes to beautify your capturing experience. The front-facing selfie snapper on both the devices is the 8MP module but the Galaxy S8's camera aperture size is f/1.7 whereas the Razer Phone sensor comes with f/2.0 aperture. This means low-light selfie on Galaxy S8 is better.

Battery

One of the key features of Razer Phone is its gigantic battery of 4,000mAh. It is larger than most of the smartphones announced this year, only the recently announced Mate 10 lineup match its class. The Samsung's Galaxy S8 comes with a 3,000mAh battery cell but it is optimized to easily last one day on single charge. At the announcement, Razer claims their Razer Phone brings you juice to ‘play all day’ which means on heavy usage of gaming the device easily last one day but on normal usage it easily lasts one and half day.

As far as pricing is a concern the Razer Phone is announced for $699 whereas for the UK customers it costs £699. In Australia, the Razer Phone can be grabbed for AU$890. The Galaxy S8 is announced for $725 in the US, the device price for UK customers is £639. For Australians, the device costs AU$1199. Despite the fact, both the devices were announced at same pricing but the Galaxy S8 can be grabbed on much lower pricing on special deals.

Conclusion

There is a number of aspects where both Galaxy S8 and Razer Phone are somewhat similar. Both are offering giant displays with great contrast ratio. The built-in storage, chipset, and OS version is same on both the devices are same. The Galaxy S8 is featuring pretty striking glass and metal design with dual curved OLED display. The Razer Phone features a flat LCD display and its design is also flat. The Razer Phone comes with dual rear cameras, dual front-facing speakers, pretty large battery cell with the double amount of RAM as opposed to Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S8 already proved its worth of being one of most luring flagship smartphone of the year. On the other hand, the Razer Phone is mostly focused on providing better audio experience and sheer power under the hood for gaming and watching video content. At the end, we would like to hear our keen readers thoughts regarding the Razer Phone head to head comparison with Samsung's Galaxy S8. in the comments section below.

(last update 20 February 2018 @ 15:54)

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