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Razer Phone is Official: Packs Super Fast Display & A Superb Audio Experience

by Habeeb Onawole 10

Early this year, Razer acquired Nextbit, makers of the cloud phone – the Nextbit Robin. The acquisition spurred rumors that Razer was going to release its own smartphone. Tonight, at an event in London the gaming manufacturer unveiled its first smartphone – the Razer Phone.

The design of the Razer Phone reminds you of a Sony Xperia phone with its large bezels; and a black Nextbit Robin with the button and camera placements. Its body is built of anodized aluminium and comes in thick at 8mm. It weighs 197g and like some Xperia phones, can stand on its own in portrait or landscape mode.

Razer Phone Specs

The highlight of the Razer Phone is its display. Supplied by SHARP, the 5.7” QHD IGZO screen is the first globally available smartphone with a 120Hz refresh rate. Razer calls it an Ultramotion Display and likens it to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC. No lags, no tearing, and no buffering, all for a smooth gaming experience. Surprisingly, the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Like most Android flagships this year, the Razer phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. It comes with 8GB of RAM as standard and 64GB of expandable storage.

The Razer phone also joins the bandwagon by coming with dual rear cameras. One is a 12MP F/1.75 wide angle lens and the other is a 12MP F/2.6 telephoto lens with 2X zoom. Razer says the camera has features like portrait mode and seamless zoom. The front camera is an 8MP F/2.2 sensor.

For a phone targeted at gars, it is necessary it packs a sufficiently large battery. Razer doesn’t disappoint and includes a 4,000mAh battery. It also comes with support for Quick Charge 4.0+, making it the first phone to ship with the new fast charging technology with a supported charger included. Quick Charge 4.0+ means you can go from 0 to 85% in just 1 hour.

A great gaming experience is incomplete without great audio. For the Razer Phone, there are dual front facing speakers. The speakers occupy the whole length where you would usually find the bezels. The speakers have dedicated amplifiers, Dolby Atmos, and are certified by THX, another of Razer’s acquisitions.

The phone doesn’t have an audio jack, so you either have to use Bluetooth headphones (Bluetooth 4.2 with AptX) or USB-C earphones. However, it comes with a 3.5mm to USB-C audio connector with a 24-bit DAC. There is a fingerprint scanner embedded in its power button and a USB-C port at the bottom. It also has NFC.

The Razer Phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with a custom Razer version of popular launcher, Nova Launcher Prime. Razer says the phone will receive an update to Oreo in Q1 2018.

The phone has a library of specially made games that takes advantage of its Ultramotion Display. Some of the games announced during the launch include Tekken, Final fantasy XV, and Arena of Valor. A brand new game called Ultra Hunt was also demoed at the launch.

READ MORE: Razer Unveils a New Laptop With Three Screens Dubbed Project Valerie

Price and Availability

The Razer phone will sell for $699. Pre-orders begin today and it will start shipping 17th of November. It will be exclusive to Microsoft Stores in the US and Canada, and Three Network in Europe.

There is also a special edition of the Razer Phone that has a green razer logo instead of silver like the standard variant. There are only about 1000 units available and they will be sold in Razer stores, select Microsoft stores in San Francisco, and Three stores in Europe.

 

 

 

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  • Christo

    No mention of RGB LED Lighting?
    Hopefully the Special Edition has. Most importantly does the Logo on the
    Special Edition glow????

    If only 1000 units of special edition, then price will be high and pretty much no chance of getting one. What a disappointment.

    • NextHype

      yeah, glowing logo FFS.
      and water cooling.

  • delorane

    ughh…. those BEZELS…..

  • Karoon

    I’m curious to try this phone out. In case the phone is durable (Which the Nextbit Robin wasn’t), this could be a good long-term investment smartphone-wise, even though the design looks like Sony and Nextbit had a bastard son…

  • Muhammad Yasir

    sick but VERY UGLY SON OF A BITCH !

    could have gone for a 18:9 display … jackass !

    • NextHype

      18:9 display ? what for ?

      • Muhammad Yasir

        its a niche phone, everything should be top notch !

        • NextHype

          So 18:9 = top notch.
          I wasn’t aware of that ^^

          • Muhammad Yasir

            hehe, it’s a current trend !

  • NextHype

    So they’re selling their phone with an USB-C => 3.5 Jack adaptator which includes a 24bit DAC ?
    I’m curious to see what this adaptator looks like and which chipset they used as DAC

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