A new device, the Razer Phone, has been launched to solid hype. It is made of metal, with some Nextbit Robin-like buttons on the left which reportedly feels like Razer’s gaming laptops. There are also two front-firing speakers on either side and some unspectacularly thick bezels above and below the display. Let’s analyse this one in detail.
The rear of the phone has dual camera setup, accompanied by an LED flash that almost looks like Sony Xperia XZ. The Razer logo sitting below it is one that makes it to all of the brand’s gaming accessories and laptops. Indeed, the thing missing here is an RGB lighting system, something which is available to almost all of the brand’s products.
Delving into the hardware specifications it appears as though the Razer Phone, features a 5.7-inch 1440p LCD display which is (made by Sharp) and has a variable refresh rate (much like Apple’s newest iPad Pro). The refresh rate can be set manually at 60 Hz, 90 Hz and even to 120 Hz.
The chipset present on the device is the standard flagship, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 paired alongside 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Getting the attention of OnePlus fans, it also features 64 GB of internal storage (expandable) with 4,000 mAh battery to power it all.
There is also the dual 12 MP camera setup which is present at the back and it gives out f/1.8 aperture lens for wide angle photos and the f/2.6 shooter is for telephoto images.
However, only 1,337 of these devices will be produced with the iconic green triple-headed snake logo. You also get the usual connectivity options which include LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and the device also abandons the 3.5 mm headphone jack, despite its blocky design and unusual thickness. Razer packs in a THX-certified audio dongle which can deliver 24-bit sound.
To the untrained eye, the Razer Phone looks a bit like a mix of the Nextbit Robin and the Sony Xperia XZ. Coming to the software end, there’s also the Razer Zone app which has stock Android Nougat 7.1.1 and has the Nova Launcher built in.
Although the Razer Phone may sound and look like a gaming device (minus the RGB lighting) it doesn’t offer anything special like the Shield did. It also does not have any exclusive titles at launch, which kind of means that you will be stuck with the same Android games present on any other flagship device.
That being said, Razer did mention in its press release that it has partnered with a number of developers like Tencent and Square Enix to take advantage of its 120 fps capable display. But the gaming bits pretty-much seem to end with that. The phone is currently running on Android 7.1 Nougat and will get an upgrade to Oreo.
The device is available for sale since 17th November on the European continent and the USC.
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