It’s not like the brand will need an official introduction. Many of you already know the name “Razer”. But now this computer hardware company, is moving into the smartphone market.
Besides, it’s going to come to march-up with the new Razer Phone in 2017. We were summoned to appear in the announcement episode of the phone recently.
However, we did get to spend some valuable moments with one of the Razer Mobiles. The expected release date is set for 2017, to be exact, it’s going to be November 17th
Yes, we are glad that we did do the inspection. Here, are a few key features that you need to know:
NETWORK GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH 2017, November
Dimensions 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm (6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31 in)
Weight 197 g (6.95 oz.)
Build Aluminum body
DISPLAY IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.7 inches, 89.6 cm2 (~72.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~515 ppi density)
Multi touch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Wide Color Gamut, 120 HzOS – Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Did you think it would go with something otherwise? And, yes, it is all set to come with other state-of-the-art technology as well. These are going to include:
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 540
MEMORY-Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB
Internal 64 GB, 8 GB RAM
This phone has got a Primary and Dual 12 MP, f/1.8 + 13 MP, f/2.6, 2x optical zoom. It has phase detection autofocus, dual-LED, and dual tone. Yes, flash is also included. With camera features, you do get to explore:
Next to Video, you get 2160p@30fps. And Secondary camera with 8 MP, f/2.0. Now, that is not so grand for many but still better.
Other Feature Aspects And Pricing
In sounds, we checked, Vibration, MP3, and WAV ringtones. Loudspeaker is with Dolby Atmos stereo speakers. These are THX-certified amplifiers as well. Sadly, no 3.5mm jack for you. You do get 24-bit/192kHz audio with this new phone.
There is also the Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic feature built-in by the company. Indeed, it is a Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter that you will notice.
Further, we noticed WLAN for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, and hotspot. You also get:
Bluetooth – 4.2, A2DP, LE
Security Features include Sensors, with Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, and gyro, in addition to proximity, and compass. You also get the Fast battery charging 24W (Quick Charge 4+). Additionally, there is more, like:
MP4, WMV, H.264 player
MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC player
Photo, video editor
In the BATTERY you get a Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh. In Colors, as of now only Black option is shared. And in the pricing part you will get this phone for 750 EUR.
Razer has yet again focused on gaming, and it is the main theme of this phone too. For all the gaming fans, fps and Hz are things, which are never going to be enough.
Thus, Razer did fit the handset with a 120Hz display, which is stated as the Ultra-motion. This is kind of a double-dose in the usual refresh proportion, and an initial on a global release phone moreover.
As of now, merely the Japan-only Aquos R from Sharp is known with such capacities. It’s an apt 16:9 5.7″ QHD item, therefore you’re not swapping off pixels for the refresh proportion too. So, relax, and let’s see what else is there.
Noting To Worry Here!
Now, that is true. As, you’re receiving the up-to-date Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, in addition to the Adreno 540 GPU before the octa-core Kryo CPU also. Now, is this not a huge gaming gear? Kind of, yes it is. Best can be stated after public response with the mobile in use.
Right now, Razer has set the Phone with 8GB of RAM, but took a more measured tactic with storage. You get 64 gigs with a microSD card for increasing it.
Little restraint has been shown in the audio department too – the phone comes with dual front-facing speakers, each with its own steadfast amp, and a THX certification.
It’s all powered by a 4,000mAh battery and the smartphone attributes the Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4+. Now, gaming has never been easy for cell phones, so the best is with strong battery and faster charging. We add these as plus points. There is a 24W QuickCharge 4 charger in the box. This is totally unlike any other Snapdragon 835 devices available.
Razer Phone At A Glance
All aluminum CNC unibody
5.7″ IGZO IPS Ultramotion LCD, 1,440×2, 560px resolution (16:9); inclusive color gamut, 120Hz refresh rate
Snapdragon 835 chipset: octa-core Kryo 280 CPU (4×2.4GHz +4×1.9GHz); Adreno 540 GPU
8GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot
Android 7.1.1; Nova Launcher with Prime Razer Edition
Back camera: 12MP f/1.75 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.6 telephoto; dual-tone dual-LED flash
Front camera: 8MP
Battery is 4,000mAh; QuickCharge 4+
LTE Cat.16, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB Type-C
Fingerprint sensor rooted in power key, double front-facing speakers, THX- endorsed amplifiers, Dolby Atmos
The shape, and look is very Razerly – a boxy frame, made of metal shows the Phone is ready for business. In the meantime, the grown-ups among us, value the well-chosen of a white logo on the rear. Obviously, die-hard fans can still get the lively green logo on the Limited Edition version of the phone. However, it modifies nothing, but the color of the lock only.
Razer Phone Hands-On
The Razer Phone is a firmly built device. There is no imaginative design involved. It’s evidently created on the Nextbit Robin design. This is the cloud-centric smartphone by the company that Razer has lately acquired. The Razer Phone is larger and heavier than the Nextbit Robin though. An added half inch of display, and additional milliamps in the battery capacity is included.
Razer apparently didn’t get the dispatch about flagships going all bezel-less now. This phone has a display frame, which is almost as thick as that of the iPhone 8 Plus though. You do get a couple of powerful speakers adjoining the display so it has a bit difference here. We are sure many of you will be quite happy with the trade.
Reasonable Quality Trade
The speakers are remarkable. They produce profound and notably loud sound. The Dolby Atmos branding might be similar to the ZTE Axon 7 here. However, the Razer Phone noticeably has top-quality speakers.
The fingerprint scanner is implanted in the power button on the adjacent sides of the mobile – that brands the Razer Phone an actual oddity in the US market.
The manufacturer best known for preparing fingerprint sensors that way is Sony, and it has to inactivate them in its US gears, because of legal concerns.
One or the other way, the side is a very useful spot for the scanner, however it is so uniform, that it’s difficult to see by touch only.
Diverse Noticeable Features
Right on the other side of the mobile, we see the volume keys, without the rocker. They are resting slightly low. Our assumption is, that they wouldn’t be too grand, when you will use the mobile in portrait angle.
However, they function great when the Razer Phone is in landscape form, and this handset is all about this. And, after all, we all know the phone is for gaming and multimedia utilization. And, they are also its specialty.
Preferably though, if the buttons weren’t as tiny and stiff to push, then it would have been grand.
The screen is a bit winder. You will get 120Hz IGZO QHD panel. It has an outstanding image superiority, and add a touch of additional smoothness. You do get an addition phone touch with this in motion.
Both, the games and the general UI navigation, is going to be great on the Razer Phone. There is toggle in the settings. You can use it for decreasing the screen refresh rate to 90Hz or 60Hz. This is, only, if you want to increase your battery life even more.
The software suite is superior in the Razer Phone. The phone runs with Android, which comes with the popular Nova Launcher. The company got an exceptional edition of the dubbed Nova Launcher Prime Razor Edition for you. Thus, you are getting the full functionality, minus paying extra feature. It’s now on 7.1 Nougat, but we got to hear through our sources, that Oreo in Q1 of 2018 is also going to be a big promise.
We are sure that all the developers will want to try labels optimized for Razer’s exclusive high refresh rate display on Android as of now.
Razer Phone is quite faster than its competitors. All the UI navigation and the games we attempted, were super-smooth. You will have no problems with any. But again, we will have to see the results in the longer use of the phone by customers.
Camera & Photos
The Razer Phone has a 12MP camera with a bright f/1.8 lens. The colors are not so accurate, but quite better. The camera has a tendency to underexpose the shades, when it hits the limits of its dynamic scale.
You also get HDR, which improves the handling of the darker areas of the images. Telephoto camera promises 2x zoom functionality. It is a hybrid system, similar to the Huawei Leica cameras you have already seen. However, the zoom slider is smooth all through the pictures and video sessions. And, that’s exactly why we are questioning the 2xzoom function.
The selfie camera is coming with an 8MP sensor and an f/2.0 lens. There is no autofocus in selfie camera.
Conclusion On Razor Phone
The only other opponent for Razer Phone will be the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. It’s with the same price as the Razer. However, with Razer, you get the ultimate gaming experience, and there is no looking back at it. We hope that the company can refine it more, maybe with occasional software updates and all.
The Razer Phone will start selling from 17 November 2017, limited to Three in the UK, with a £699 price-tag. It is going to be of $699 in the U.S. and Canada respectively. All the Pre-orders are open now, so you can jump start, if Razor Phone is your next buying choice.