Battle of the rectangles: Razer Phone or Xperia XZ Premium? You vote!

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

  • Display 5.5" 2160 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3230 mAh(24.7h 3G talk time)

Razer Phone

  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

So, in a year when bezels are aggressively shrinking and screens are expanding into weird 18:9 to 19.5:9 ratios, it's kind of commendable to see some manufacturers stick to their guns and do their own thing. Sure, a lot of users might crave the novelty of the new designs, but there sure are the traditionalists out there that appreciate a phone that feels and looks like what they are used to.

Yes, we are talking about Sony here, at least in part. The Xperia flagships have been a stark rectangle for years now and this year, it's no different. Either Sony fans love it too much, or Sony is too stubborn to change it, we can't tell, but if you want a new phone that doesn't look like it was pulled off of a spaceship, Sony's Xperias should be on your radar.

Then, we have the new kid on the block — the Razer Phone. The company made the conscious decision to have a 16:9 display ratio and big top and bottom bezels that the gaming user can comfortably grab on to while playing an action game on their phone.

So, if you put the Razer Phone and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium side by side, you've got two rectangles. Unappealing to some, the dream phone for many others. They are also outfitted with pretty awesome hardware — the Snapdragon 835, 4 GB of RAM on the Sony, 8 GB of RAM on the Razer, and displays that are impressive in their own right.

The Xperia XZ Premium has a 5.7-inch display with a 4K resolution (2160 x 3840), while the Razer has a 5.5-inch screen, which may have the more standard 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, but offers a super-smooth 120 Hz refresh rate — a first on a smartphone at that.

In the camera department, the Sony has the upper leg. If not for image quality, which can be argued, then for the Super Slow Motion feature, which shoots 960 frames per second to deliver some truly... well, slow-moving shots. It's also worth noting that the Xperia has water-resistance despite rocking a headphone jack, while the Razer Phone lacks both.

All that said, we were curious — which of these flagships would you rather get? The gaming phone or the 4K, slow motion machine?

Sony Xperia XZ Premium or Razer Phone?

Xperia XZ Premium and its 4K goodness!
74.93%
Razer rocks my socks!
25.07%

Related phones

Phone
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
Xperia XZ Premium
  • Display 5.5" 2160 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3230 mAh(24.7h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

the razer phone is undoubtly a good phone but the xperia's water resistance, headphone jack, sony's albus/music/video apps, a simple yet beautiful UI on top of stock android, not to mention the 960fps camera and image quality wins my heart! :)

13. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I have just finished my ownership of the XZ Premium, and to be honest everything Sony is always half a55ed.. From the crappy F/2.0 camera that struggles in even the best light conditions, to the constant force closing of apps (both on Android 7 and latest 8). WIFI is so fussy for some reason and drops all the time, and battery life really suffers playing games.. The 960fps (720p) slomo video is great - if you have loads of light. The moment you use it under bright LED's or even indoors with plenty of light it struggles - most videos turn out really black. Under LED's, they share a similar Hz refresh rate, so you just get flicker (tried it at Singapore F1 GP in September only to be left disappointed).. Gaming is good, the screen is really nice in vivid mode. But that's about it. I'd prefer the Razer over the XZP as they haven't hyped it up like Sony has the XZP, and you're buying the Razer for a reason knowing its not water resistant. I'm glad I swapped my XZP for the LG V30+.. the V30+ is so much better.

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Xperia XZ premium FTW.

3. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

XZP kicks razor out of water.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm rather torn between the two... not that I would get either, but if I had to choose between the two, I might have to go with the Razer phone, simply because of that screen and the potential for a better overall user experience in day to day usage. But the Camera of the Sony phone is tempting.

5. Jacksie66 unregistered

Love my xz premium. Have it since launch.

6. knopper

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 28, 2017

xz's fingerprint sensor is disabled?

7. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

only in the US but it is extremely easy to enable... I bought an X for my wife and I enabled it in 30 minutes (without any previous knowledge or experience)

8. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Too many sony fans, but nobody takes into account 4GB vs 8GB RAM.

9. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Yes having lots of ram is good...but having too many ram is considered as worthless since you can't even use it all thus ram optimization alone can make a 3GB phone run as smooth as a 6GB phone. Writing this on a 2GB Galaxy S4.

12. gamehead unregistered

The 120hz makes the razer better imo

10. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Sony is more refined and Razer is more capable.

11. gamehead unregistered

Bigger battery, More Ram, Stereo speakers, & 120hz refresh. I'll got with Razer

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