Last year, Razer entered the smartphone market with its highly distinctive, gaming and media-focused Razer Phone, combining what was then the fastest Android-optimised processor on the market with a variable refresh rate screen, powerful front-facing speakers and a ginormous 8GB of RAM. It's the phone I use to this day, and for reasons that shall become clear, the recently released Razer Phone 2 is essentially the only upgrade choice I'm considering right now. There are faster, more powerful phones available but Razer's unique mixture of RAM and VRR display looks and feels so good that even the fastest rival flagships I've used seem to fall short. Perhaps not surprisingly, what I love about the original Razer Phone is fully present and correct in its successor, because the core proposition remains very similar. Pairing a 5.7-inch 1440p 120Hz display with a surfeit of RAM produces its signature smooth operation and lightning-fast response. Yes, the Razer has a focus on gaming, but the … [Read more...] about Razer Phone 2 review: as smooth as silk
Exynos 8895 vs snapdragon 835
The arrival of Fortnite on Android completes the set - Epic's remarkable cross-play juggernaut is now available on pretty much every games-capable device running a modern GPU. We've looked at the console and iOS versions in the past, but with the Android release, we wanted to take a closer look at how Fortnite looks and runs across a gamut of mobile devices from top-end smartphones down to Nintendo's Switch running in mobile mode. The inclusion of the Nintendo hybrid is fascinating, revealing how low-level graphics APIs and a dedicated gaming focus allow for older mobile hardware to directly compete with - and sometimes even surpass - the outputs of today's top-end phones.For the purposes of testing the Android version - and specifically, installing the game while bypassing Google Play - Epic sent us a Samsung Galaxy S9+, one of the most powerful handsets on the market. The firm's PR company warned us in advance that graphics comparisons won't be particularly interesting as iOS and … [Read more...] about Fortnite mobile head-to-head: Android vs iOS vs Switch
SAMSUNG is set on retaining its status as the number one best selling smartphone maker in the world with its 2018 offerings. The company started the year in strong fashion with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S9 before they followed it up with the Note 9 but which handset is superior? When was the Samsung Galaxy S9 released? The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the flagship phone for 2018 from Apple's biggest rival and was released March 16, 2018. The S9 is the most attractive phone the firm has ever produced, boasting a svelte 8.5mm body that feels great in the hand. It's also got a huge 5.8-inch Quad HD curved Super AMOLED display that fills most of the phone's front – and it looks great. You can get Samsung's phone in two different size versions. The normal Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch screen, while the more expensive Galaxy S9+ has a bigger 6.2-inch display. Both versions of the phone are powered by Samsung's speedy Exynos chip and it boasts a generous 4GB of RAM with either 64GB or … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy Note 9 – what is the best smartphone to buy and what are the new features
IF YOU'RE on the hunt for a new smartphone, you'll soon have another tantalising candidate to consider: the OnePlus 6. The flagship killer lands in the UK on Tuesday, May 22 with the Samsung Galaxy S9 squarely in its sights. Both are Android handsets with matching looks, but that's where the similarities end. So which one deserves your hard-earned dosh? Here's a quick guide to the two handsets. OnePlus 6 – what you really need to know The OnePlus 6 is the first OnePlus to pack an all-glass back and its 6.28-inch fullHD AMOLED display is also the biggest ever for the brand. That makes it about the same size as the Galaxy S9+. What's more, it comes with the lower price tag we've come to expect from OnePlus. At £469 for the 64GB storage model, the smartphone is significantly cheaper than its flagship rivals. As is fast becoming the norm, the new blower trims down the borders (although it still doesn't manage to pull off the same all-screen front as the iPhone X). And like … [Read more...] about OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 – which of the two Android smartphones should you buy?
When we first looked at Playerunknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One, it's fair to say that we weren't hugely impressed, owing to its cut-back visuals and remarkably low frame-rates. And with that in mind, the basic concept of the game being adapted for iOS and Android seems almost outlandish. But here's the thing: as compromised as it is, the mobile port works and in fact, the sometimes brutal cuts are essential in actually making the game playable in handheld form on a relatively tiny smartphone screen. And in turn, this may offer up some idea of how - in time - the PUBG Corporation could bring the game to Nintendo Switch. Ian's already taken a look at the game running under iOS - on a vintage 2014 iPhone 6, no less - but we wanted to push harder, so we deployed the game on two high-end Android devices: the Samsung Galaxy S8 (specifically, the version using the Samsung Exynos 8895) and the Razer Phone, based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. PUBG actually ships with three quality … [Read more...] about PUBG mobile analysed: top-end smartphones compared with PC