Razer has announced their first ever smartphone ever – the Razer Phone. The device comes with features that are mainly focused at gamers, but casual and moderate users may also take advantage of the features that Razer packed in this device.
If you haven’t already, check out the small promo video down below. It shows off the main features and key specifications.
First and foremost, I think we should talk about one of the main highlights of this device – the screen.
The display is an industry first – at least in a mobile phone – 120Hz display with Wide Colour Gamut. The display itself is a 5.7″ IPS LCD and it has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 in the ‘old’ 16:9 aspect ratio. We certainly would have prefer a ‘more modern’ 18:9 display, but we are not sure if we should be too sad about this, as the device packs front facing Dolby stereo speakers.
The speakers are said to be the second highlighted (Listen – as seen in promo) feature on this particular flagship, and based on what we have seen so far, it does indeed seems to deliver on that promise.
Now, you might think that the Razer so focuses on sound quality that it would have a headphone jack. Unfortunately it does not. Razer said that they would have to sacrifice either the great front facing stereo speakers or shrink down their battery size. Bad news for many for sure, but at least Razer is including an adapter in the box that also has a DAC inside it. At least there are some positives.
But the audio and the display is not all if a so far good sounding and good looking display can’t run them. The Razer Phone packs the standard flagship Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. According to Razer, the phone is optimised and it will be able to use up all of its RAM very efficiently while not consuming a lot of battery – We’ll see how that will work out. Luckily, Razer allows anyone to pop in a MicroSD card and expand the storage – that’s always a plus!
The build quality is an aluminium CNC body all around and it has a Sony-ish feeling to it, or call it a Nextbit-ish feeling, either way, it has a rectangular shape. (It resembles a lot from Razer’s laptops – unsurprisingly) The side houses place for the embedded fingerprint sensor into the power button on the right side, while on the left there are the volume up/down buttons – which are by the way very close to each other, that will definitely take some time to get used to.
In terms of the camera, we can’t comment on it just yet. It has a dual shooter combination, the primary being a 12MP f/1.75 aperture, wide angle sensor while the secondary is a 12MP f/2.6 aperture sensor with telephoto lens and Dual-tone LEDs. On the front, there’s only a single 8MP selfie shooter.
The battery is massive compared to other flagship devices with similar sizes. It’s a 4000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+. This is the first Qualcomm certified device to support this, and according to Razer, you’ll be able to charge up your device from 0-85% in only just an hour. Certainly good news for gamers out there who play a lot on a daily.
The Razer Phone will be only available in its black colour variant and the standard grey logo colour. There are no lights, chrome to be found – sadly. However, anyone who pre-orders the device will have a chance to get a Razer Phone (Special Edition) with the usual Razer green logo on the back – keep in mind that there are only 1337 devices available.
Price wise, it will cost you US$699.99 / €749.99 / £699.99 and it will be available in North America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden. In the US, you can pop into any Microsoft Store to check out the device.
You can pre-order the Razer phone from 1 November and buy it from 17 November.
What are your thoughts about the Razer Phone? Do you think it’s a worthy flagship offering great features when compared to the competitors? Let us know in the comments!