Specs Comparison: Xiaomi Black Shark vs Razer Phone
The Xiaomi-backed company Black Shark recently released a gaming-centric phone that goes by the same name. A powerful device with a flagship Snapdragon chipset, up to 8GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, dual-rear cameras, and 4,000mAh battery, it goes head-to-head with another gaming phone with similar specs, the Razer Phone. Check out the specs comparison of these two monster smartphones.
|Black Shark||Razer Phone|
|5.99-inch (1080 x 2160) IPS 18:9 display, 403ppi||5.7-inch (1440 x 2560) IGZO IPS 16:9 display, 515ppi|
|120Hz Ultramotion, Wide Color Gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.35GHz octa-core CPU|
|Adreno 630 GPU||Adreno 540 GPU|
|6GB, 8GB RAM||8GB RAM|
|64GB, 128GB UFS 2.1||64GB UFS|
|microSD up to 256GB|
|12MP f/1.8 + 20MP f/1.8 PDAF dual-pixel rear camera, 2x optical zoom, LED flash||12MP f/1.75 + 12MP f/2.6 PDAF dual-pixel rear camera, 2x optical zoom, LED flash|
|20MP f/2.2 front camera||8MP f/2.0 front camera|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 4.2|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|Fingerprint scanner||Fingerprint scanner|
|Stereo Speakers||Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos and THX certified audio|
|Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 7.1.1 Nougat (upgradable to Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|4,000mAh battery w/ Quick Charge 3.0||4,000mAh battery w/ Quick Charge 4+|
|161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3 mm||158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm|
|190 g||197 g|
|Polar Night, Sky Gray||Black|
Summary of advantages
* Slightly larger screen
* 18:9 aspect ratio
* More powerful CPU and GPU
* up to 128GB storage
* Higher secondary camera resolution
* Higher front camera resolution
* Updated Bluetooth
* Slightly lighter
* Lower price tag
* Higher display resolution
* 120Hz w/ Wide Color Gamut
* Gorilla Glass 3 protection
* microSD card support
* Dolby Atmos w/ THX certified Audio
* Updated Qualcomm Quick Charge tech
* Slightly thinner
Based on the summary above, both phones pack a punch but the Black Shark has the advantage of sporting a newer and more powerful chipset. It also has a 128GB model for those who require large storage but the Razer Phone compensates by having a microSD card slot.
Display-wise, the Black Shark has a slightly larger screen with 18:9 aspect ratio for a slimmer top and bottom bezels. The Razer Phone, however, has a higher display resolution and a 120Hz WCG panel for a more immersive gaming experience. Not to mention a Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. Speaking of immersion, both devices have stereo speakers, but the Razer Phone wins with Dolby Atmos with THX audio.
When it comes to imaging, both have dual rear cameras, but the Black Shark has a higher secondary camera and front camera resolution. It’s good if you’re into mobile photography but if you’re spending most of your time gaming as intended by both devices, the Razer Phone’s camera should suffice.
The Black Shark has support for dual-SIM which is nice and has Bluetooth 5.0 which is good if you need to pair two wireless devices at the same time. The Razer Phone, on the other hand, has NFC for quick pairing.
Powering both devices is a large 4,000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge technology, but the Razer Phone wins for having QC 4+ which is way better and faster at charging than the older QC 3.0.
When it comes to pricing, the Black Shark is more accessible starting at around PHP25K when converted, while the Razer Phone starts at around PHP36K.
Summing it up, if you want a gaming phone that is more affordable, has the best performance, connectivity, and storage, the Black Shark is the one to get. But if you want a more immersive gaming experience with its 120Hz display and Dolby-powered audio, get the Razer Phone.