Razer on Wednesday announced its first ever smartphone, the Razer Phone, that boasts serious hardware specs for hardcore gamers. The smartphone highlights a massive 8GB of RAM, 4000mAh battery and 120Hz refresh rate, among other things, all of which are aimed to provide exceptional mobile gaming experience. Priced at $700 (approx. 45,200), the Razer Phone will start shipping from November 12 with no word on India availability as of now.
The Razer Phone stays true to what we have heard about the phone for the past few weeks now. The smartphone sports a 5.7-inch IGZO LCD (1440x2560) display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The noteworthy feature here is the UltraMotion technology that delivers a variable refresh rate that's twice what you see on most other smartphones. You may recall that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro also features 120Hz refresh rate. This essentially guarantees buttery smooth movements on screen with no lag or stuttering while you play graphic intensive games.
The phone is designed for gamers, which means it needs the hardware to back up serious graphic intense games. The Razer Phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 8GB of RAM. That's more than enough to support the heaviest of games Android has to offer. It houses a large 4000mAh battery which is further optimised with the low-power consuming IGZO display. It also features a dual rear camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel sensors. The front sports an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The phone will be offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card.
Following Razer's acquisition of Nextbit, it was expected that the Razer Phone would borrow design cues from the Robin, and it does. It not exactly a pretty-looking phone. It is a black slab made out of aluminum and has a fairly blocky shape. The front sees significant bezels on the top and bottom, and the company has a good reason for it. The top and bottom rock front-facing Dolby ATMOS speakers with dual amplifiers, which means you will get a loud, crisp sound experience to go with the Quad HD display. The bezels will also allow you hold the phone horizontally while playing and not worry about getting some palm on the display.
While the specs of the Razer Phone have been designed keeping gamers in mind, it will also provide a fast and fluid experience for general users as well. With all the hardware packed inside, the Razer Phone pretty much guarantees exceptional performance for everyday use. However, the bulky and rather dull design of the phone may not be an attractive option for everyone.