Razer Phone Follows Essential, Will Jump Straight To Android 8.1

by Habeeb Onawole 0

Gaming PC and peripherals manufacturer, Razer, released its first smartphone, the Razer Phone last November. It ran Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with a promise to Oreo in Q1 2018. Sadly, Razer didn’t keep its promise.

Razer Phone

With the second quarter beginning tomorrow, Razer announced via Twitter on Thursday that they will be updating the phone straight to Android 8.1 Oreo instead of 8.0. This may sound familiar and that is because this is the same decision Essential, another manufacturer that launched its first phone last year, took for the Essential PH-1.

Razer has also said that the update should arrive between mid to late April, 2018. If you can’t wait that long, you can download the developer review and try out the new features Android 8.1 brings.

The Razer Phone has a 5.7” IGZO LCD display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. One of its key features is the display which has a 120Hz refresh rate. This makes it super responsive and great for gaming.

It is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Dual 12MP cameras grace the aluminium back and an 8MP sensor sits at the front.

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The phone has front facing stereo speakers which have received much praise. It also packs a 4,000mAh battery and is the only phone confirmed by Qualcomm to support Quick Charge 4.0.