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Razer Phone 2 vs Asus ROG Phone – Which is the Better Gaming Smartphone

Almost every tech nowadays that you can use to play games have a “GAMING” version of that product. We have a gaming PC, gaming headphone, gaming monitors, gaming keyboards, gaming laptop; and now even gaming smartphones. So today, let’s compare the features and specification of the two gaming smartphones released recently: the Razer Phone 2 and the Asus ROG Phone. The Razer Phone 2 is actually the second generation from the company; whereas the Asus ROG Phone, is the first gaming smartphones from Asus. If you’re in the market for a GAMING smartphone, you might want to check out the comparison below and find out which gaming smartphone suites you better.

Razer Phone 2 vs Asus ROG Phone – Specs Comparison

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Right of the bat, let’s compare the specifications of both the Razer Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone.

 Razer Phone 2Asus ROG Phone
MSRP$799.99$899 (128GB) / $1099 (512GB)
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (Nova Launcher)Android 8.1 Oreo with ROG Gaming X mode UI
ChipsetQualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
CPU2.8 GHz Octa-core2.96GHz Octa-core ("specially-binned")
GPUAdreno 630Adreno 630
Memory8GB LPDDR4X8GB LPDDR4X
Internal Storage64GB UFS128GB / 512GB UFS2.1
Card SlotmicroSD up to 1TBNone
FeaturesIP67 dust / water resistant
Razer Chroma / RGB Logo
Aluminum Body
Nano SIM
IP67 ???
3 Ultrasonic pressure sensitive zones
Aluminum Body
Nano SIM
Display TypeIGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreenAMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Display Size, Resolution5.72" inches, 1440x 2560, 16:9 ratio, 513 ppi density6.0" inches, 1080x2160, 18:9 ratio, 402 ppi density
Display Features120Hz Refresh rate, Wide Color Gamut, HDR
580 nits brightness
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Oleophobic coating
90 Hz Refresh rate (1ms pixel response time), wide color gamut, HDR
550 nits, 108.6% DCI-P3 color gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
ROG Gaming UI
Rear Camera12 MP, f/1.75, 25mm (wide), dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.6, 2x optical zoom
4K UHD - 30/60 fps, 1080p FHD - 30/60/120 fps
12 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), dual pixel PDAF, 3-axis gyro-EIS
8 MP, 12mm, no AF
4K UHD - 30/60 fps, 1080p FHD - 30/60/240 fps
Front Camera8 MP, f/2.0
[email protected]/60fps
8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm
[email protected]
Audio FeaturesNo 3.5mm headphone jack
Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res audio
Dolby Atmos stereo speakers (THX-certified amplifiers)
Vapor Chamber Cooling
3.5mm headphone jack
DTS Headphone:X™ 7.1 virtual surround-sound
24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res audio
Vapor Chamber Cooling
Wireless ConnectionWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
NFC, GPS, aGPS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
NFC, GPS, aGPS, Glonass, BeiDo, FM Radio
Wires ConnectionUSB Type-C 1.0USB Type-C 1.0
Additional FeaturesFingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
Wireless fast charging 15W
Fingerprint, Face recognition, accelerator, e-compass, gyro, proximity, etc.
ASUS HyperCharge direct charging
No wireless charging, Fast wired charging only
BatteryLi-Po 4000 mAh non-removableLi-Po 4000 mAh non-removable
Dimensions158.5mm x 79mm x 8.5mm158.83mm x 76.16mm x 8.65 mm
Weight220 grams200 grams
Check AvailabilityAmazon.comAmazon.com

Razer Phone 2 vs Asus ROG Phone – Features

Both the Razer Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo; with the Razer Phone 2 having a Nova Launcher as its default skin, while the ROG Phone comes with a Gaming X UI. Both are powered with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor but the Asus ROG Phone comes with a slightly higher boost clock speed. Asus claims that the Snapdragon 845 chips inside are specially-binned processors. Both gaming smartphones also have Adreno 630 and 8GB of memory. In terms of performance both are pretty much similar with the Asus ROG Phone having a slight advantage due to the higher clock speed.

I’m not sure yet if the Asus ROG Phone is IP67 or IP68 or if it’s even water resistant, but the Razer Phone 2 is IP67 certified, meaning it’s dust and water resistant. Both features aluminum body but they have a very different body design and aesthetics. The Asus ROG Phone looks more of a “gaming smartphone”, while the Razer Phone 2 is a very clean, rectangular all-black smartphone. The Razer Phone 2 is more professional-looking than the ROG Phone.

Both gaming smartphones have a high refresh rate display, it’s 60 Hz for the ROG Phone and 120Hz for the Razer Phone 2. The display is more fluid and butter smooth on the Razer Phone 2 compared to the ROG Phone. The Razer Phone 2 is also sharper thanks to its higher pixel per inch density and slightly higher resolution. However, the ROG Phone has a brighter display and perhaps more vibrant than Razer’s.

The Asus ROG Phone and Razer Phone 2 have 8 megapixels front facing camera, but they slightly differ on the rear main camera. Razer’s has a 12MP + 12MP configuration, one is zoom and the other is wide; while Asus’ has a 12MP + 8MP setup. Cameras are generally “okay” on both phones, but it’s a hit or miss depending on the situation. Sometimes Razer Phone 2 take better photos, sometimes it’s the ROG Phone. But generally speaking, there are other smartphones with (far) better camera compared to these two gaming phones; example, the Google Pixel 3.

Another thing to consider is the accessory options for both gaming smartphones. The Razer Phone 2 supports wireless charging and currently the wireless charging pad/stand with RGB lighting is the phone’s main accessory; aside from the casing and tempered glass protection. There are other “general accessories” (not exclusive for the Phone 2), like the Razer Raiju Mobile controller and the new Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC headphone. That’s pretty much about it for the Razer.

However, Asus is offering several accessories for the ROG Phone aside from its own phone case ($60). These accessories are exclusive to the ROG Phone and they are as follows: Gamevice controller ($90), Professional dock ($120), Mobile desktop dock ($230), WiGig dock ($330) and TwinView dock ($400). The “fan clip” is already included in the box so no need to buy one. That’s a lot of docks, the good news is you don’t have to buy all these accessories to enjoy the ROG Phone; just buy the one that you (really) need. That controller is very handy though.

Razer Phone 2 vs Asus ROG Phone – Pricing and Availability

Both the Razer Phone 2 and ASUS ROG Phone are now available in the market. The Razer Phone 2 comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799. There’s also an exclusive Satin Black version available on Razer Store only.

Meanwhile, the Asus ROG Phone comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $899 for the 128GB storage capacity version. There’s also a 512GB capacity version, with an MSRP of $1,099. The ROG Phone doesn’t have a microSD card option (which sucks), that’s why the company is offering a more expensive version with higher capacity.

Check latest pricing and availability:

Razer Phone 2 vs Asus ROG Phone – Conclusion

Gaming aside, both phones are very capable when it comes to normal smartphone use; like messaging, calling, browsing the web, and other things people usually do on a smartphone. The thing that sets them apart from the likes of other smartphones is their gaming-centric features. And it seems the ROG Phone is loaded with more of that compared to the Razer Phone 2.

Reasons Why Choose Razer Phone 2 over Asus ROG Phone:

  • Faster 120Hz screen refresh rate; “butter smooth”
  • Clean all-black look
  • Front firing speaker
  • Runs (slightly) cooler than ROG Phone
  • Supports wireless charging
  • Cheaper than ROG Phone

Reason Why Choose Asus ROG Phone over Razer Phone 2:

  • Very slightly faster performance in general
  • Brighter screen display, good for HDR content
  • Better sound quality
  • Has a 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Gaming-centric look, and features like AirTrigger
  • Several accessory options, but would entail additional cost and they are not cheap

Finally, if camera quality is your priority, I suggest you consider other smartphones instead. Both gaming smartphones have a decent and “okay” camera, but for the same price you can get a smartphone with far better camera quality; like the Google Pixel 3.

There you have it guys, this is just a features and specs comparison of the Razer Phone 2 vs Asus ROG Phone. Which gaming smartphone is the best in your opinion? Honestly, I’m still quite torn between the two. I like the more professional look on the Razer Phone 2, but the Asus ROG Phone edges the Razer Phone 2 by several more reasons.

Peter Paul
I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

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