Results: that Razer ain't sharp enough to cut through the Xperia XZ Premium


In a year when bezels are shrinking and screens are growing, some manufacturers stuck to their guns and did their own thing, appealing to the traditionalists with the good ol' 16:9 display and hefty bezels that you can hold on to. Sony is a prominent member of that group, as its Xperia flagships have held on to that stark, rectangular footprint for years now. But the new kid on the block — the Razer Phone — pulls off something similar.

So, if you put the Razer Phone and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium side by side, you've got two chocobar slabs. 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? Here's how that poll went:

Sony Xperia XZ Premium or Razer Phone?

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

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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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15 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

When you're going to release a gaming device, make sure there are games designed to played on that device. Where is it?

7. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Razer actually never marketed it as a gaming device. They said it was a "smartphone made for gamers".

10. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

What do gamers do? .... play games. The marketing was deceitful, unclear at best

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The brand name Razer sure screams gaming. The 120Hz, big RAM, big bezels, big speakers, big heatpipe maybe the best features targeted for a specific demographic, I dunno, MAYBE musicians?

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Two of the most "meh" devices around. I guess the XZ Premium since you can get it at a lower price these days.

4. f_u_006

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

"meh" device?! Excuse you! XZ Premium is the creme de la creme of an all-in-one device, remarkable design, 4K display, top-notch processor and camera always beats the herd mentality.

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Same boring design they keep reusing, meh camera, occasionally 4k screen, slightly above meh battery life, and no FPS in a major market. It is the epitome of "meh"

13. f_u_006

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

"cough" herd mentality "cough".

9. dazed1

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Hahahahaha thanks man! I needed the laugh

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

hahaha creme de la creme, they need to fix that damn FPS crap with verizon

15. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 718; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@f_u_006 LOL! Compared that to razer phone. The razer has 5.7 inch display. Which BTW is bigger than the xz premium. The speaker on the razer phone is dolby atmos stereo speakers, and it is "THX-certified amplifiers", compared to the generic stereo speakers that the xz premium has. Bigger battery life(which is 4,000mah), and also uses quick charge 4. Which charges the battery much faster than the xz premium. So what's the use of having a 4k display if you can't even utilize the 4k quality on the apps? Also, both of them have the same snapdragon 835 processor. But the razer on the other hand has 8GB of ram compared to 4GB on xz premium. And lets not forget the fact that the razer has 120hz display. Which is good when it comes to gaming. Unlike the xz premium. Which only has 60 hz.

6. Nikolai90

Posts: 50; Member since: May 16, 2017

Say hello to IPhone 8! It is another ol school "meh" phone.

8. dazed1

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Neither, s8 plus destroys them

12. fyah_king unregistered

Im sure you got the screen size backward on the two phones.lol

16. pthpth

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

'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' - The screen sizes for both are swapped. XZ Premium has a 5.5-inch and Razer has a 5.7-inch

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