You’ve probably long associated Razer with its gamut of gaming devices and accessories. As of November 2017, Razer has also ventured into a new market – smartphones – with its debut, the Razer Phone. Would this be a smartphone by gamers, for gamers?
Razer has practically been synonymous with gaming since its inception in 2005, with a full range of hardware and software products, from computers, mice, keyboards, and audio products to platforms such as Razer Synapse, Razer Chroma, Razer Cortex, and Razer zGold. With the ubiquity of smartphones and smartphone games nowadays, perhaps it is little surprise that a well-known gaming company is dipping its toes in this hardware market.
Razer Phone Specifications
According to Razer’s website, the specifications for the Razer Phone are as follows:
The Razer Phone’s 5.7” screen display is powered by UltraMotion Technology, which Razer claims will provide a wide colour gamut (from the Quad HD display) and a 120Hz refresh rate, which is higher than many smartphones in the market today. This will ensure that your games won’t lag or stutter even at high frame rates. Your games will also come alive with a whole range of colours that you may not have experienced before.
The Razer Phone uses Dolby ATMOS audio technology for its front-firing speakers and dual amplifiers, plus THX-certified hardware for headphone listening, for a quality audio experience with your smartphone. That’s like a mobile cinema, packed and ready to go! Do note, however, that this smartphone, like Apple iPhones, come without a headphone jack, so prepare to get a USB-C to headphone adapter if you intend to use headphones. On the bright side, Razer claims that the Razer Phone is the loudest handset ever, so it’ll be perfect for blasting your favourite songs and games out loud.
Snapdragon 835 + 8GB RAM
Razer is sticking to higher-end specifications for its debut smartphone. The Snapdragon 835 which powers the Razer Phone is the to-go processor for high-end Android smartphones in 2017, though Razer ups the game even further by pairing that processor with 8GB RAM. So far, the upcoming OnePlus 5T is among the few smartphones that will have these specifications, so the Razer Phone is one of the first in the market right now.
Razer probably knows better than many others the battery-guzzling properties of many smartphone games, which is why besides a high-end processor and large RAM, the Razer Phone also boasts a larger-than-usual 4,000 mAh battery. Razer claims that a full charge will see you through 12.5 hours of movies, 63.5 hours of music, or 7 hours of Hearthstone. Charging it is also a breeze with QuickCharge 4.0+ technology, which will allow the Razer Phone to charge from 0% to 85% in just a single hour.
There aren’t any Razer Phone-specific merchandise yet except for the Razer Phone Word Case and the Razer Phone Rugged Case, but that will probably change once the Razer Phone hits the market for some time. However, feel free to pair your Razer Phone with Razer Hammerhead BT, Razer’s wireless gaming earphones, for a tangle-free listening experience.
The Razer Phone can be purchased from Razer’s website for $699 if you want it unlocked. You can even grab a special, limited edition Razer Phone with a green logo on its back, so hurry if you’re interested!