Everyone in the gaming industry is well aware of Razer and their amazing gaming devices and peripherals. Therefore when they teased regarding a big announcement coming up in October, everyone was hoping that they would introduce the world to yet another amazing gaming equipment. However Razer took this opportunity to blow the minds of the people when they unveiled their first smartphone.
The Razer phone is a device built keeping the gamers in mind, not particularly gaming according to Razer’s product marketing manager, mobile business unit, Eric Lin.
The company had acquired the fledging smartphone maker Nextbit earlier this year in January and there was already a hype regarding Razer entering the smartphone market.
Razer announced the smartphone at an event in London earlier this week. Like everything Razer produces, this phone also focuses on high end performance.
Smartphone Specs :
Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 chip which powers all 2017 flagships like Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S8.
8GB of RAM
64GB of internal storage, plus a microSD slot for expansion.
Dual 12-megapixel cameras on the rear with different levels of optical zoom — one wide angle, one telephoto.
8-megapixel cam on the front
Just like the Nextbit Robin, the fingerprint sensor is coupled with the power button on the side
802.11a/b/g/n/AC, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC.
Dual front firing speakers with dual dedicated amplifiers to provide the best gaming experience
A massive 4,000mAh battery
It is currently running on the Android 7.1.1, and the company promises the Oreo(8.0) update in the first quarter of 2018.
A 5.72 inch, 1440 x 2560120hz display – meaning the screen refreshes super-fast for smoother scrolling and animation/movement in games. Another device that runs on 120hz refresh rate is the iPad Pro tablet. So the Razer Smartphone will be the first smartphone that comes with 120hz display.
The device has a dimension of 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm/6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31-inches and body of the smartphone is created completely of aluminium.
Coming to the price of the device, the company has smartly priced the device at $699 making it focused towards the higher end smartphone customer who are looking for high end devices.
Just like the trend of 2017, Razer also ditches the 3.5mm jack. However the team said that they had to make that decision to make space for the speakers and the battery. On the upside, there is a THX certified 3.5mm jack t USB-C DAC adapter in the box.
Also Razer has intelligently placed the heat sink adjacent to the metal body. It will help in dissipating the heat from the phone allowing it to run cooler under extreme stress.
If you have seen the Nexbit Robin made by the Nextbit team, you will find the Razer phone to be a bit bigger and badder version of the same.Also the company has decided to drop some of the key features of the NextBit Robin like the automatic backup of photos and apps to the cloud.
However comparing the phone to the latest flagships of the year, you will find the phone missing few of the features that its competitors boast.
Missing Features :
– Water resistance
– An OLED screen
– Bezel less display
If you like to get your hands on the device, the pre-orders will go live shortly, and it’ll ship in North America and Europe on November 17th.