Sony Xperia XZ Premium
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?