Asus and Razer are known for making grade-A gaming devices. They do not need any introduction among gamers and it will be a battle worth watching. But when you include Samsung in any segment of smartphones, you are inviting the number one smartphone selling brand for a battle. We are here with a comparison of three high-end smartphones that have very strong on and off paper specifications.

Design

There is a reason why designs of both Rog and Razer reflect the designs used in the PCs of their respective brands. It shows loyalty to the customer base. While Razer Phone is straightforward, monolithic, and sleek, ROG is more sharp, edgy, and has a mixture of surfaces flaunting its gaming lineage. Unlike Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Rog and Razer, both fail to satisfy or not even stand in the race with the current bezel-less designs. We are not saying that Galaxy Note 9 has a bezel-less display, but it is comparatively slick than the other two but has a glass front and rear, which looks good but durability is questionable.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a 1440 x 2960-pixel resolution 6.4-inch big Super AMOLED. The screen has a good resolution of 514 ppi. Next, we have Asus ROG that limits its pixel density to 402 ppi on a 6-inch, 1080 x 2160 pixels AMOLED display. The phone that beats both the big brands is Razer Phone with staggering 515 ppi pixel density of a 5.7-inch HD IGZO LCD display with 1440 x 2560 pixels of resolution. The crisp display certainly has an edge over the other two in terms of viewing angles and sharpness. However, being a small device against 6.4-inch and 6-inch devices, there are fair chances that some people will ignore it because of the screen size. But we are comparing three gaming devices and this phone is capable of offering even frame rate better than the other two on heavier games such as the popular PUBG Mobile.

Winner: Razer Phone

Camera

The section is not really that popular but all these devices have done quite well to keep the phones on flagship level. First, we have Asus ROG that boasts a dual-camera setup including 12MP lens (f/1.8) and an 8MP lens. The device is the only among three with a dual-camera setup at the rear. The other two smartphones have a single 12MP each on the back but their quality differs.

In the front, all the devices flaunt an 8MP camera for selfies with similar f/2.0 aperture. Samsung does have an edge in terms of camera but fails to beat functional dual cameras. The battle for cameras is won by the Asus Republic of Gamers).

Winner: Asus ROG

Hardware and Software

When you are making a gaming smartphone, the only thing you need to have is the best in class CPU. Samsung lacks in gaming smoothness with Exynos 9810 in front of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in both Asus ROG and Razer Phone. The slight difference comes with Asus’s effort to clock Silicon chip at their own speed. There is an Octa-core processor powering Asus ROG that clocks at 2.96 GHz (4×2.96 GHz + 4×1.7 GHz). After that comes an Octa-core chip running at 1.7 GHz in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and a quad-core processor in Razer Phone.

Space where Asus ROG really takes a lead is storage, where it offers two variants 128GB and 512GB with a similar RAM of 8GB in each. Samsung comes with 6GB RAM onboard for Galaxy Note 9 coupled with 128GB of internal whereas, Razer Phone has 64GB internal storage that runs alongside 8GB RAM. Both Samsung and Razer has provided microSD support for expandability up to 512GB and 2TB respectively, while Asus ROG misses a microSD slot. Even though there is no microSD support, Asus still takes a massive lead in internal storage as well as processing unit. All the smartphones have the similar power of 400mAh battery, but here again, only Asus offers Quick Charge 4+ support.

Except for Razer Phone, the Samsung Galaxy 9 and Asus ROG are running on Android 8.1 Oreo. Razer is fairly behind with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box.

Winner: Asus ROG

Verdict

Maybe, the design was the only department where Samsung had a chance because Razer and Asus ROG, both are meant for gaming and after overall analysis, ROG has turned out to be a good gaming phone at several points. Even though Samsung promoted it as a gaming device, it still cannot catch the experience both, Asus and Razer, are capable of providing.

Asus ROG vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Razer Phone

 

Specifications Asus ROG Razer Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Processors Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Exynos 9810
Display 6.0-inch 1080 x 2160 pixels AMOLED 5.7-inch HD IGZO LCD with 1440 x 2560 pixels 6.4-inch Super AMOLED 1440 x 2960-pixels
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 8.1 Oreo
RAM 8GB 8GB 6GB
Internal Storage 128GB/512GB 64GB 128GB
External Storage N.A 2 TB 512GB
Primary Camera 12MP+8MP 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP 8MP
Battery 4000mAh 4000mAh 4000mAh