Razer Phone and iPhone X, or the debutant who unleashes the winner. Many are those who believe that, as of today, the iPhone X is not comparable with anything. We do not de facto deny this statement, although we are not willing to accept it without further ado, without contrasting it. In fact, that's what our function is here, in Digital Trends in Spanish.
Razer Phone is the first attempt of the PC accessory manufacturer Razer to create a mobile device. It has the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a screen that, according to Razer, makes it the best mobile gaming device on the market. But does the Razer Phone have what it takes to challenge the newly launched iPhone X? To find out, we take both phones and face them face to face. Everything you need to know before buying a Razer or an iPhone X follows.
|Razer Phone||iPhone X|
|Size||158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm (6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31 inches)||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches)|
|Weight||197 grams (6.95 ounces)||174 grams (6.14 ounces)|
|screen||5.7 inches 120 Hz Ultramotion IGZO IPS LCD||5.8 inches Super Retina OLED|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440 pixels (514 ppi)||2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi)|
|Operating system||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||iOS 11|
|Micro SD||S||Do not|
|NFC||S||S (Only Apple Pay)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540||A11 Bionic with 64-bit architecture, M11 motion co-processor|
|Connectivity||GSM, UMTS, HSPA, TD-SCDMA, LTE, TDD LTE, 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi||4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA +, 802.11a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi|
|Camera||Dual 12 MP rear (f / 1.75 wide angle & f / 2.6 zoom), 8 MP front||Dual 12 MP rear, 7 MP FaceTime HD front|
|Video||4K at 30 fps||4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps|
|Bluetooth||S, version 4.2||S, version 5.0|
|Audio||dual front speakers, no headphone jack||stereo speakers, no headphone jack|
|Fingerprint sensor||S||No, it has Face ID|
|Other sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Waterproof||Do not||S, IP67|
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
21 hours of conversation, 13 hours of internet connection, 14 hours of playback video and 60 hours of audio playback
Fast charging 50% in 30 minutes, wireless charging (Qi standard)
|Store||Google Play Store||Apple App Store|
|Colors||Black||Space Gray, Silver|
|Availability||Razer||AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Apple|
|Price||$ 700||$ 999|
The Razer Phone is packed to the brim with the best features of Android. The Snapdragon 835 has been tested on the Galaxy Note 8, the LG V30 and the Pixel 2, and is a powerful chip with a lot to offer. Included with the 8 GB of RAM, it is a device with a lot of power, and should be able to handle everything you want. But the Bionic A11 chip of the iPhone X has repeatedly outperformed the Snapdragon 835 in several tests. While the iPhone X only has 3 GB of RAM, iOS and Android devices handle RAM very differently, so the additional 5 GB of Razer Phone RAM does not necessarily translate into better performance.
None of the devices have a headphone jack, so it's nice to know that the iPhone X comes with Bluetooth 5.0. The Razer, on the other hand, is stuck with Bluetooth 4.2, despite having abandoned the 3.5mm port. Why did they do it? It is a mystery, besides being a shame.
The winner is less clear when it comes to available storage space. While the Razer Phone is definitely the loser in terms of internal storage options, it only has a 64GB model compared to the 64GB and 256GB options of the iPhone X s that has a MicroSD slot to increase that available space to 256GB.
The winner here is quite clear. There is no doubt that the Razer Phone with Snapdragon 835 is powerful, but the Bionic A11 processor is very well optimized with the iPhone hardware.
Winner: iPhone X
Design and visualization
The iPhone X is Apple's first phone to follow the trend of minimal bezels, and has been carefully adjusted to match the futuristic aesthetics that other manufacturers have established. A 5.8-inch OLED screen dominates the front, and while it is not a true edge-to-edge screen, it is difficult to notice where it ends.
The rest of the phone is coated with a mixture of steel and a glass back, which allows wireless charging. It is a magnificent design and if you manage to look away from the screen, you will surely paste them back into your design.
Razer's phone could not be more different. Razer avoided the trend without bezels and opted for a design that resembles a smart phone last generation a few years ago. A reason? Razer has equipped this phone with two powerful front speakers that flank the screen. It reminds us a lot of an Xperia XZ Premium. Following recent trends is fine, but it's nice to see something more classic from time to time. All the phone is clad in aluminum, so there is no wireless charge here.
The Razer phone screen is a 5.7-inch IPS LCD that uses 120Hz Ultramotion technology. What does this mean? That the screen works at twice the usual speed than the screens of other smart phones. This technology is not new and we have already seen it previously on the iPad Pro, but it is still really impressive and makes the phone's performance seem even more fluid.
In terms of durability, it is likely that the Razer can receive more hits than the iPhone X, thanks to the durability advantage of aluminum on the glass and zero (in addition, an iPhone repair bill comes up expensive, so we recommend a case for your iPhone X urgently). But, the iPhone X comes with an IP67 rating, while the Razer Phone has no resistance to water or dust.
We like the reactionary design of the Razer, as well as the incorporation of double speakers and its 120Hz screen. But a fast screen can't match the colors and sharpness of the iPhone X OLED screen, whose design is one of the most impressive we've seen.
Winner: iPhone X
This is brief, since there is not much competition here. On paper, the Razer Phone comes with two 12-megapixel lenses: a zoom lens and a wide angle lens. However, it is clear that Razer's approach is not photography: the software is elementary, and does not have the features you would expect from a 2017 star phone.
On the contrary, the iPhone X is a candidate for one of the best phones with camera of the year. It has similar devices for the iPhone 8 Plus, with small additions made to greatly improve the lenses. We will not go into too much detail here, but the iPhone X produces beautiful photos, with a great simulated bokeh effect. You can also include Face ID, Apple's technology capable of detecting your face in almost any circumstance and unlocking your phone. It is an incredible innovation and although we still have doubts about the replacement of the Touch ID, it is still a great technology.
The iPhone X wins.
Winner: iPhone X
Battery life and recharge
This is where things get a little harder. The two phones have taken a very different approach to the size and optimization of the battery. The iPhone X comes with a 2,716 mAh battery that should provide daily use. It is possible to charge it quickly, but not with the cable included in the box.
On the contrary, the Razer Phone has a 4,000mAh battery, and clearly prefers the brute force to the optimization of the iPhone X battery. We suspect that the 120Hz screen could be a major inconvenience for the battery, but we will have to leave that as speculation until we have the opportunity to completely review the Razer Phone. Still, that massive battery should be able to last all day. The Razer comes loaded with the new QuickCharge 4.0+, which according to Razer, charges the battery from zero to 50% in 35 minutes. It's a great presumption, especially with a battery of that size.
We cannot decide this until we have the opportunity to try the Razer phone. The iPhone X gets points for the wireless charge, but loses something by not including the standard fast charge. For now, this is a draw.
Comparing Android and iOS is like comparing apples and oranges. You can like both of them and you can have a favorite, but ultimately they are two very different experiences, and whichever you choose depends on your personal preferences.
On the iPhone X, iOS 11 is a beautiful piece of software. It is a fast and fluid system and works without problems. The start button has been removed to give way to functionality that has been replaced by gestures. Swipe to return to the home page, access the notifications section and see your recent applications are things that you easily get used to, although some got confused with iOS 11 (you can find some help in this note).
If the iOS 11 on the iPhone X is a well-managed walled garden, then Razer's Android is a “choose your own adventure” game in an open forest. Thanks to the implementation of Nova Launcher Prime, the user has complete control over almost every part of the phone's interface.
Interested in the gestures of iOS 11? Nova Launcher Prime has a way for you to try it. It also has options for greater control of loads, including how many icons can fit in the application drawer or on the home page. Personalization aside, the Razer phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat, so there is no bloatware additional slowing down the phone, which means that Android in the Razer flows like water and without problems. Razer has also said that the phone will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update in early 2018.
Both phones have access to their own voice assistants: Siri on the iPhone X and Google Assistant on the Razer Phone. The latter has a slight advantage with the ability to run some virtual reality (VR) applications, through Android's own support. Apple still has to implement any type of virtual reality in their phones, although it has an advantage in augmented reality (AR).
As always, your choice between these two operating systems is very personal. Whichever you choose, you will have a good performance in these phones.
Prices and availability
You can currently pre-order the Razer Phone for $ 700 in the Razer Store. Shortly after its launch, on November 17, it will also be available in selected Microsoft stores, as well as Amazon. It will be unlocked for use on the network of your choice, but Sprint and Verizon customers should already know that this phone will not work on their networks.
The iPhone X is currently available in all major operators and has an initial price of $ 1,000 for the 64GB model. The upgrade to the 256 GB model cost another $ 150. You can see all the purchase options in this note.
The iPhone X will be available on more networks, but its $ 1,000 price tag is proving to be a difficult swallow. The cheapest price of Razor makes it a winner in this round.
Winner: Razer Phone
General Winner: iPhone X
This should not surprise anyone. Apple's latest phone is amazing both in appearance and in implementation. It has one of the best mobile operating systems on the planet, and probably the most powerful chip inside. The camera is capable of taking incredible photos, and everything else has that Apple quality mark. Of course, the Face ID may not be as fast as Touch ID, and you can still miss the headphone jack, but the iPhone X represents Apple's next big breakthrough, and brings the design that the fantastic deserve.
But that does not mean that the Razer Phone is a bad choice. Razer is promoting his phone in the world of players and those who use his terminal primarily to consume media. In that sense, the Razer phone is a winner. The dual speakers are incredibly loud and clear and the 120Hz Ultramotion display is beautiful. But in general, you can't beat Apple's iPhone X.