After having taken over NextBit earlier this year, US-based gaming PC maker – Razer – has come up with its first smartphone. Carrying forward its gaming tradition, the company is pitching the Razer Phone primarily as a hardcore gamer’s device. The phone was leaked multiple times in the past, most of which turned out to be accurate.
On first impressions, it isn’t hard to assume where Razer has drawn its inspiration from while designing the smartphone. The Razer’s smartphone division is primarily led by engineers from NextBit, a startup that was bought by the former in January this year. Apparently, the new Razer Phone appears to have a lot in common with the NextBit Robin. The design inspiration is even more evident from the boxy design and the huge bezels found on the top and the bottom of the large 5.7-inch display.
The Razer Phone sports a large 5.7-inch Quad HD Sharp IGZO display. That said, the main highlighting point regarding the display is its dynamic refresh rate. It offers Apple iPad Pro like refresh rate up to 120Hz. This will help the Razer Phone renders smooth animations and transitions during gaming. On paper, the Razer Phone is a beast of a device. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and a whopping 8GB RAM. Additionally, it rocks a dual 12MP rear camera with an implementation similar to the iPhones.
Incidentally, the Razer Phone misses out on a headphone jack. That comes as a surprise considering the smartphone is built keeping in mind the needs of the gamers. Other features include Dolby Atmos support, dual stereo speakers, 4,000mAH battery and a power button embedded fingerprint scanner.
Razer Phone Specifications
- 5.7-inch Sharp IGZO Display with 120Hz Dynamic Refresh Rate
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor with Adreno 540 GPU
- 8GB LPDRR4 RAM
- 64GB Internal Storage + Up to 256GB Expandable Storage via microSD card
- Dual 12MP f/1.8 (Wide Angle) + 12MP f/2.6 (Telephoto) Rear Camera with Optical Zoom
- 8MP Front Camera
- 4,000mAh Battery
- Fingerprint Sensor embedded in the Power Button
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, A-GPS
- Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Nova Launcher Pro on top
Razer Phone Price and Availability
The Razer Phone is priced at $699 (Rs 45,199 approx.) in the US. This means that it would be competing with the best in the business. And, we aren’t really sure how Razer plans to compete out with the likes of the Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 5, LG V30; as most of the devices features minimal bezels on all sides of their display. Much unlike the Razer phone.
Razer will be selling the smartphone through its online store and Amazon.com. The first lot of Razer Phones would ship on November 17. Preorders open starting today. Razer hasn’t announced any plans to bring the smartphone to international markets in Europe and Asia.