It’s official! Gaming-peripherals giant Razer has entered the smartphone industry with a device “imaginatively” called the Razer Phone, a product of its purchase of handset-maker Nextbit early this year.
With a price tag of $700 (roughly P36,040), it will go up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and other Android heavyweights in the premium category. But while most of them look sleek, the Razer Phone has opted for a more basic design. It’s as if the company is telling us to look past the device’s appearance and concentrate on what it offers under the hood.
Razer Phone official product video
Built for gamers, the Razer Phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with a whopping 8GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Should you need more space, there’s a slot that supports an up-to-2TB microSD card.
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You’ll also get a 4,000mAh battery with support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+; two cameras on the rear (12 megapixels with f/1.75 wide lens and 13 megapixels with f/2.6 zoom lens); and an 8-megapixel camera up front.
The smartphone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with an update to Android 8.0 Oreo coming in the first quarter of 2018.
But there are really two highlights of the Razer Phone:
- the 5.7-inch QHD display with a wide color gamut and is backed by UltraMotion technology, which delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz. That’s twice as much as you normally get from any mobile. This is to ensure that gamers get zero lag or stuttering even at high frame rates when they’re playing games.
- Dolby ATMOS cinematic-sound experience via the device’s front-firing speakers and dual amplifiers. The DAC [digital-to-analog converter] is certified by THX, a first for a phone. However, take note that it doesn’t have a 3.5mm headset jack. You do get a USB-C to headphone adapter in the box, though.
The Razer Phone will start shipping starting November 17. Now, the question for gamers out there: Has everything you read about the new handset convince you that it’s really something that’s true to the company’s objective of making products “for gamers, by gamers”? More importantly, are you getting one?
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