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Razer Phone 2 vs Asus ROG Phone: Confrontation of gaming-centric flagships

29 October 2018 5

Last year Razer took the stage to announce their first gaming phone Razer Phone. The device was so successful that it prompted many other OEMs to bring gaming-centric phones this year. Being the first one in the market the Razer Phone lacks in few aspects. However, the good thing is Razer try to resolve all the issues with the second gen of Razer Phone.

Although Samsung yet to announce a gaming phone at the launch event of Galaxy Note 9, the company claims their latest flagship is the best in the market to play Fortnite which clearly indicates Samsung also push this aspect as one of the selling points of Galaxy Note 9. Recently Honor announces new gaming phone as Honor Play with GPU Turbo on board which pushes the device graphics performance to the maximum during intensive gaming. However, despite all these goodies, the Honor Play is still far away from the latest Razer and Asus gaming phones.

One of the reason behind the top-notch gaming phones from Asus and Razer is their PC gaming experience. Asus recently announced Rog phone as their first gaming smartphone in the market whereas Razer Phone 2 was announced a couple of weeks. It will be an interesting battle to see which gaming smartphone is better in what aspects.

Being the latest phones both are packed with the latest Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset. To make sure the device can better handle heat both have their own Vapor Chamber cooling tech. Both the companies tried their best to lure gaming fans with their latest offering. Today we will check out how the latest Razer Phone 2 stacks up against the Asus Rog phone. Without any further delay, let's start with the design.

79 x 158.5 x 8.5 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
76.2 x 158.8 x 8.6 mm
6 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

It is pretty much understandable why both the phones have block design. Both the companies try to retain their gaming PC design for their phone as well. The Razer Phone 2 lacks curves instead it has a brick design with sturdy looks whereas the Rog Phone comes with sharp edges design. The company tries to incorporate curves almost in every aspect, you will find differently designed cameras, vents, and fingerprint scanner.

Overall in terms of looks both the devices look dated in front of latest bezel-less phones. The Razer Phone 2 still retains the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio for the display screen with thick bezels all around the display, the thick bezels on top and bottom are utilized for the dual front-facing speakers. The blocky looks make it a bit dated in front of latest premium flagships. The thick bezels are understandable due to stereo dual front-facing speakers. Due to its heavy design language, the Razer Phone 2 can't be easily used single handily.

The ROG Phone is also chunky but its curvy design gives it more minimalistic look. The front-front display is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass. To give it more premium look Asus accented the stereo speakers with copper which looks really cool. The rear logos on both the devices come with RGB-lightening, it can be customized according to your preference.

One of the special aspects of ROG Phone design is its Air Triggers support which allows the user to remap the capacitive sensors on the frame. Its an interesting solution to resolve the issue regarding the buttons require while playing games. The Razer Phone 2 looks more solid overall but in handling and stylish curves, the Asus ROG takes to lead. Now it's up to you whether you prefer the sturdier looks of Razer Phone 2 or the curvy Asus ROG.

Display

In the display department both the devices come with different aspects to lure customers. The Razer Phone 2 features a 5.5-inches display with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Its an LCD display instead of AMOLED but the good thing is its 120HZ refresh rate which makes it one of its kind in the market. The Razer Phone 2 display pixels density is 513 pixels-per-inch.

The ROG Phone comes with a significantly larger 6-inches display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. Its aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch. Another important aspect is being AMOLED instead of LCD, its refresh rate is 90 HZ. Though it's not as good as Razer's display but better than regular 60HZ refresh rate. Considering the true blacks and Vividness of AMOLED display its not a big tradeoff.

In terms of brightness, the Razer Phone 2 reaches 492 nits whereas the Asus ROG Phone is slightly better at 538 nits. Thanks to better refresh rate the Razer Phone 2 display is quite smoother with superb animation. So if you choose colors over refresh rate the ROG Phone takes lead here but if the refresh rate is your primary concern the Razer Phone 2 is a better option.

Hardware


Both the phones are premium flagships that's why packed with the latest best hardware in the market. Both the ROG Phone and Razer Phone 2 are powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset. The clocking speed of ROG Phone chipset is slightly higher than the Razer Phone. Also, the device doesn't overclock all the time instead it only hits a peak when the X Mode is on to provide you the best gaming experience.

On the Geekbench 4, the Asus ROG phone achieves 9,224 points on multi-tasking whereas the Razer Phone 2 is slightly behind at 8,903 points. On the 3DMark both the devices perform pretty well but the ROG Phone takes lead with a minor margin. No matter which smartphone you opt both the devices are pretty good in handling HIFI tasks, heavy games, and multi-tasking. The Asus ROG has an advantage of better clocking speed but in normal usage, you may not find any difference.

Specs Razer Phone 2 Asus ROG Phone
Display 5.5-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 8GB 8GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 128, 512GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras Dual 12MP 12MP+8MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1
Battery 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
fingerprint scanner Yes Yes

Cameras

Following the latest trend both the devices have dual cameras on the rear side. Thanks to dual sensors both capture depth-of-field for better portrait shots. The primary sensor on both the devices is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the Razer Phone 2's secondary sensor is also 12MP with f/2.6 aperture and the Razer Phone 2 has an 8MP secondary camera. Up front, the selfie snapper on both the devices is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture.

One of the most criticized aspects of the Razer Phone was its average cameras. At the announcement of Razer Phone 2, the company admits the first-gen issues and claims for this year they opted the Sony's best image sensor to enhance the device image capturing capability. The company also brought few software tweaks as well to improve the overall capturing experience.

Despite the fact, both the phones are premium offerings but still, both are way far from being the best-in-class. So if you are looking for a camera-centric phone you may disappoint with both the devices. Overall the ROG Phone cameras perform well in almost all scenarios including low-light conditions, portrait, and selfie shots.

Battery

To keep lights on both are packed with a 4,000mAH battery. Considering both are gaming phones that's why both try to put a giant battery so that both can live longer on a single charge. On hefty usage both have enough power to last one day on single charge.

Thanks to glass rear the Razer Phone 2 supports wireless charging. It supports Qi standard Wireless chargers but the due lower placement of coil it's not easy to use it easily with third-party chargers. However the good thing is Razer is offering their own wireless charger at $99.

Software

As OS both the devices is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 straight out of the box with different custom UI layers over the stock version. The Razer Phone 2 comes with near stock version with the ultra-thin custom layer. On the other hand, the Asus phone comes with ZenUI skin. Apart from ZenUI, the company tries to incorporate a few more goodies to lure gamers. That's why the ROG Phone comes with a heavy UI layer which isn't liked by everyone. On the other hand, the stock version lovers will prefer the Razer Phone 2 looks. Once again it's up to you which custom version of Oreo you prefer.

Extra goodies

The best thing about the ROG Phone is its tons of accessories. You can choose a wide range of accessories according to your preference. The Desktop Dock helps you to turn your phone into PC, it comes with a number of ports as well. For Zero latency a new controller-and-dock tandem, TwinView Dock can be utilized to turn your device into Nintendo 3Ds and not just that it also brings a battery pack of 6,000mAh. On the other hand, the Razer phone 2 doesn't come with any accessory. However, the Asus accessories are quite expensive. Due to more accessories, the Asus ROG phone takes lead here.

Price and Availability

The Razer Phone 2 is available at a price tag of $799 whereas the ROG Phone starts at $899. Both the devices are cheaper than most of the latest premium phones in the market. Despite having all the goodies of new flagships the Razer Phone 2 is still cheaper.

The Razer Phone 2 comes with 64GB native storage which can be further expanded using MicroSD up to 512GB. On the other hand, the ROG phone comes with 128GB native storage, so its $100 increase in price tag is justified. Also, it lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD. There is a top of the line model with 512GB storage, it can be purchased at a whopping price tag of $1,099.

Conclusion:

Both are currently the latest best offering from both the companies in the gaming niche. The Asus ROG good aspects are stylish all-metal design with curvy looks, the AMOLED display with 90HZ refresh rate, overclocked Snapdragon 845 chipset, better battery life and a wide range of accessories. The only aspect which isn't great is thick UI layer over the Android Oreo and average cameras.

On the other hand, the Razer Phone 2 comes with an almost similar design like its predecessor except for the RGB Logo and glass rear, 16:9 LCD display looks dated however the refresh rate makes it quite smooth. The cameras are once again not amongst the best. Its clean UI makes it a pretty good option for gamers who like a stock look. Last but not the least the price tag of Razer Phone 2 is quite competitive. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the Razer Phone 2 vs Asus ROG phone. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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