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Razer Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Confrontation of titans

16 October 2018 5


If you are smartphone lover, the October is surely a treat for you due to a number of new phones announcement. LG kicked off the month with their last flagship phone of the year V40 ThinQ. Later on the search engine giant, Google took the stage on Oct 9th to unveil their latest Pixel 3 lineup phones. Both Samsung and Razer took the stage on the same day to showcase their new offerings, however, both the devices are targetting two different niches of customers.

The Galaxy A9 2018 is the first phone in the market with four cameras on the rear side whereas the Razer Phone 2 is the latest gaming-centric phone form Razer. The best thing is Razer Phone 2 resolves almost all the issues with the first gen of Razer. Undoubtedly the Razer Phone success prompted many OEMs to introduce gaming phones this year that's why we have a number of gaming-centric phones this year.

To revive the success of Razer, the company introduced the second-gen Razer Phone. The latest Razer device brings improved cameras, latest hardware, water, and dust resistance and 50% brighter display. The Razer Phone 2 has all the goodies to be the best gaming phone, let's find out how the latest Razer Phone 2 stacks up against the best premium phones in the market. We already compared the Razer Phone 2 against the first gen Razer phone. Today we will find out how Razer Phone 2 competes against the Galaxy Note 9.

The Galaxy Note 9 was announced back in August and it is highly regarded as one of the best premium phablets in the market. It is bringing all the goodies you can expect from a premium flagship. To be the successful phone in the market, the Razer 2 certainly will have to challenge Samsung's latest best Galaxy Note 9. Let's find out how the latest in what aspects the Razer Phone 2 is capable to challenge the Galaxy Note 9. This will certainly help you better decide which smartphone is better in what aspects.

79 x 158.5 x 8.5 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8 mm
6.4 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design


This year we haven't seen many flagships with new refreshing design instead the companies followed the design cues which were introduced last year, the same is the case with these devices. From the front-facing side, you may not be able to differentiate the latest Galaxy Note 9 and Razer Phone 2 from the predecessor. The chassis on both the devices is made up of metal with glass back, however, the finish is different.

Both the rear of the device has a prominent design difference from the predecessor. The Galaxy Note 9's dual rear cameras are placed horizontally in the center with fingerprint scanner right below the sensors. Up front you will get ultra-thin bezels from all edges, however, still, it has prominent bezel at the top which has selfie camera, earpiece, and other sensors. The Note 9 has on-screen navigation buttons. The glass rear on the Note 9 is gently curved from the edges so that users can grab the device easily.

The Note 9 has the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port for connectivity on the bottom edge. Despite the fact, Note 9 doesn't bring new revamped design still it looks way more modern than the Razer Phone 2. Its dimensions are 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm and weigh 201g.

Unlike the latest phones, the Razer Phone 2 retains the thick bezels design. The corners and angular and flat from edges. The thick top and bottom bezels feature dual front-facing stereo speakers. On the rear side, you will find dual sensors aligned vertically in the center. Its fingerprint scanner is embedded under the physical home button on the edge.

The Razer Phone 2 is an IP67 certified device whereas the Galaxy Note 9 is an IP68 certified device which means it can resist 1.5 meters underwater for 30 minutes whereas Razer Phone 2 can resist up to 1 meters only. It lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The Razer Phone 2 is less tall and thicker at 158.5 x 78.9 x 8.5 mm but it is slightly heavier at 220g. Last but not the least the 3 snakes logo on the rear has an RGB light sensor, it glows on apps notification.

Display

In the display department, both the devices are opposite to each other but they are considered as best in their specific niches. The Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inches Super AMOLED display panel with dual curved edges and Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Undoubtedly the display on the Galaxy Note 9 is the most vibrant and bright display on any phone in the market. As per DisplayMate, the Note 9's display is currently leading the display market with its deep black and amazing colors accuracy and contrast.

The Razer Phone 2 comes with a significantly smaller 5.7-inches LCD display. Its an Ultra motion IPS display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Though it doesn't have a good deep black and colors vibrancy like the Note 9's display its refresh rate makes it special in its own. The new Razer phone display is 50% brighter than the predecessor. Those who want a gaming-centric phone will prefer the Razer Phone 3 smoother display whereas those who are looking for better colors reproduction and colors accuracy will prefer the Note 9's display. Overall technically the Note 9's display is superior.

Hardware

Being the powerhouses and latest premium phones both the phones have the latest best top-tier hardware under the hood. Both the companies paid special attention to the performance that's why both have the Qualcomm's current-gen best Snapdragon 845 chipset. It is currently the latest best SoC in the market and its predecessor is still a few good months away so at the moment it is the best SoC powering the latest premium phones. No matter whether you play HIFI games, hefty multi-tasking on checking social media platforms the devices won't lag at all.

The Galaxy Note 9's base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB native storage and the top of the line model has 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. It supports memory expansion via MicroSD up to 512GB. The Razer Phone 2 is available only in one configuration with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Its native storage is also further expandable via MicroSD. Both the devices are capable to handle heavy tasks for hours, to ensure the device remains cool both the devices have a different cooling system. The Razer Phone 2 comes with Vapor Chamber system whereas Note 9 rely on the water-cooling system.

Specs Razer Phone 2 Galaxy Note 9
Display 5.7-inches 6.4-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB 6,8GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 128, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera Dual 12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
Battery 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1
Battery

The Galaxy Note 9 has a 4,000mAh battery cell. Its a significant upgrade over the predecessor now it is pretty much capable to last more than one day on single charge. On the other hand the Razer Phone 2 also has a 4,000mAH battery, however, it has a significantly smaller display than the Note 9. Thanks to glass rear both the devices support Qi wireless charging. Both the devices support fast charging, the Note 9 has Quick charge 2.0+ whereas the Razer Phone 2 is one of the few phones with QuickCharge 4.0+. The Razer Phone 2 has slightly upper hand due to latest QuickCharge support and smaller display.

Camera


One of the weakest aspects of the first gen Razer Phone was its camera modules. However, the good thing is Razer learned from their mistakes and brought significantly improved cameras with the Razer Phone 2. Apart from bringing better camera modules, the company also brought improvements in the camera app with a number of new features. The primary 12MP sensor with a f/1.8 aperture is a color lens whereas the secondary sensor is a telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture.

However, the Galaxy Note 9's dual rear cameras are considered as one of the best in the market. The primary snapper has a variable aperture, it shifts to f/1.5 in low-light scenarios whereas in stable lightening conditions the aperture is f/2.4. The secondary sensor is a telephoto sensor with optical zoom up to 2x.

Both the devices are capable to capture 4K shots, however, the Note 9 is also capable to capture super slow motion videos at 60 frames per second. The Live Focus feature on the Note 9 improves the selfie shots. Despite having improved cameras the Razer Phone 2 still lags behind one of the best cameras phone in the market Galaxy Note 9.

Software

The Note 9 is pre-installed with the Android Oreo 8.1 with Samsung's Experience UI layer over it. It brings a number of additional features apart from stock Android OS apps to enhance UI experience. On the other hand, the Razer Phone 2 is running on an almost vanilla version of Android Oreo 8.1. Despite being the latest phones both the devices are not pre-installed with the latest Android Pie which is out from more than a month.

The Razer Phone 2 comes with the Nova launcher over the stock version of Android Oreo 8.1. The best thing is the third party launcher brings a number of customization options you can choose according to your preference. The two pre-installed bloatware apps from Razer are Cortex and Chroma app. Both the devices will eventually receive the Android Pie update but the exact time of release is still in dark. Those who like the pure version experience will prefer the Razer Phone 2 UI, however, the Note 9's custom UI brings a lot of extra features.

Special goodies


Being the gaming phone most of the special features of Razer Phone 2 are related to audio and performance. It comes with dual stereo speakers with 24-bit DAC. Undoubtedly it is one of the loudest speakers in the market. The device is specially optimized to enhance your gaming experience. On the other hand, Note 9 brings a lot of special features. It is pre-installed with Bixby straight out of the box. The DeX mode which turns your phone into PC seamlessly without any Dock.

The most special feature amongst all is the S-Pen Stylus with Bluetooth connectivity. It allows the user to perform a number of tasks wirelessly thanks to a Bluetooth connection. You can adjust video sound, capture shots from a distance. The new improved S-Pen is definitely a key upgrade to this year Note lineup.

Price

The pricing is certainly a key-deciding aspect in most of the scenarios. The Note 9 base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage can be purchased at $999. Being almost two months old it is currently widely available across the globe. The Razer Phone 2 is up for pre-orders soon after the Oct 11 announcement, it will be available at $799.

The Note 9 supports all carriers network whereas the Razer Phone 2 won't support AT&T and T-Mobile's network.

Conclusion:

As expected the Galaxy Note 9 emerge as the winner in most of the scenarios but still Razer Phone 2 fought well in most of the cases. In the design department Razer Phone 2 has glass rear but still, it isn't as attractive as the Note 9. Both the device's display have their own goodies but the Note 9 is better overall due to being Super AMOLED instead of LCD. Under the hood the hardware on both the devices is top-notch, So you will get the same experience on both the devices.

As OS either you will get clean UI of Razer Phone 2 or the features rich custom UI of Galaxy Note 9. Last but not the least the pricing will play an important role here, the Note 9's base model is $200 expensive than the Razer Phone 2. However, if you pay $200 more you will be getting double storage, S-Pen Stylus, better design, camera, and display. On the other hand, the Razer Phone 2 is offering great audio setup, RGB Lights on the rear logo, powerful hardware, 120Hz display, solid cameras setup, and a gigantic battery cell.

Overall the Razer Phone is more focused on gaming and entertainment whereas Note 9 is aimed to enhance your productivity. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Razer Phone 2 vs Galaxy Note 9 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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