Razer Phone Is Gaming Beast with First 120Hz Display, Crazy Powerful Speakers
Nov 02 2017 by Kate Woods
While technically the handset isn't the first Android-powered phone with a 120-Hz display (the Sharp Aquos Xx3 did it before), the Razer Phone has the advantage of offering VRR support. However, he said interest in mobile gaming is growing, so Razer believes "it was time" for a gamer-centric phone.
ZDNet spoke with Lin prior to Wednesday's announcement, where he shed some light on why Razer is entering the ultra-competitive and crowded smartphone market.
Inside of the device you've got Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor and a monumental 8GB RAM (that's more than my ageing MacBook Pro). The Razer Phone's beefy battery is obviously meant to facilitate bouts of gaming that can last a few hours at a time, but it should give non-gamers a buffer of battery life that is virtually impossible to find in other flagship phone out there. Razer, which has built its name on providing top-tier gaming hardware and accessories, continues that trend with their first smartphone, which is keenly positioned as a ideal gaming unit for a variety of reasons.
Audio is another focus of the Razer Phone. It is coming to the North America and Europe and pre-orders go live right as you are reading this. 1,337 special edition units will be available, which feature the green Razer logo. Most of Razer's product shots also show folks holding the phone sideways and tapping with both thumbs, again treating it like a serious mobile gaming device and maybe even a Nintendo Switch competitor. In the US you can buy it outright.
As a smartphone built for gamers, by gamers, the Razer Phone could potentially be the phone I didn't know I wanted or needed. Is it time for more powerful mobile gaming hardware? The manufacturer presented a similar display at the IFA only recently.
"When we started making a phone, it wasn't a gaming phone, it was a phone for the gamer" says Tom Moss, boss of all things mobile at Razer, deftly banishing the ghost of the doomed Nokia N-Gage that had been haunting the meeting room.
The Razer Phone also features dual front-firing speakers with dual dedicated amplifiers. 64GB of internal storage comes with the phone, but you can use external storage through a microSD card up to 2TB. UltraMotion goes up to 120Hz, so double the number of frames - but only when you need it.
If you like music and you want a Razer Phone then get ready for that dongle lifestyle.
Around the aluminum back, buyers will find a large Razer logo and a pair of 12 MP cameras-one with a wide-angle lens, the other a telephoto shooter. LG's recent flagships utilize a similar setup to deliver high-quality portraits with pronounced depth-of-field effects while also being able to preserve details when zoomed, with Razer presumably looking to achieve similar results with its new device. The fingerprint sensor is laid atop the side-mounted power button while the opposite side features two little volume control nubs. It weighs 197g and like some Xperia phones, can stand on its own in portrait or landscape mode.
It uses a near-stock version of Android 7 Nougat, with an update to the latest version of Android 8 Oreo promised early next year, and introduces gaming technologies not before seen in a smartphone.
Razer has made other products before that are "for gamers" without being gaming products, namely the Nabu wearables.
From a gaming perspective you have the power to play Final Fantasy XV at 2K at 60 frames per second or higher in the palm of your hand. All told, the Razer Phone is the odd niche device that you shouldn't write off just yet.
Visually, the Razer Phone should appeal to anyone who likes Razer's existing hardware. At current there is no set date for the launch in Australia.