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November 2, 2017

New Razer Phone Announced – A True Gamers Phone?

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If you read the article posted you’ll know that the Razer phone was leaked this week, honestly they’ve done a pretty stellar job keeping it under wraps as most phones have massive leaks months before they are due. If you did catch the article you’ll have also seen some of the leaked specs and well they were accurate, but today we’ll be taking a look at all the official stuff from the Razer event yesterday.

Styling wise it does share some similarities with the Nextbit robin. The rear of the phone now features a more prominent dual camera setup along with the Razer logo. I’m kinda glad its not Green as that may have been a bit too much. There is a limited edition version with the Green logo if that takes your fancy.

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The front remains almost the same apart from now the Razer phone has dual front facing speakers.  Yes the Bezels are on the large side compared to todays flagships, but in all honestly as nice a zero bezel looks it isn’t half impractical. Yes the Razer looks like its from straight 2015 or 2016, but I’d take these over a thin frame that provides little to no cushion for your display.

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I will admit its a little boxy and if they had have done a bit more to make it fitting in with the phone of 2017, then it could have looked nicer. On the flipside though then it would be just another clone and not different at all. Really though you can’t please everyone but some will like the styling.

The integrated speakers are Dolby Atmos enabled which has THX certification. This is theory should prove impressive audio for video consumption, music and of course gaming.

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Speaking of the video experience its had a bump too. The display has gone from 5.2″ 1080p to a 5.7″ 1440p IGZO LCD display which is 120Hz and has Gorilla glass 3.  This should mean that watching videos and of course gaming looks so much better. It also features UltraMotion that is almost like G-Sync but for mobile. This should deliver smooth framerates and provcide a very nice gaming experience. Whether it will, we’ll have to see, but early reports look promising.

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Its not lacking power either thanks to its Snapdragon 835, an Adreno 540 GPU and 8GB dual channel LPDDR4 1866 MHz RAM. So it really isn’t needing anything in the power department.  The battery is pretty beastly too coming in at 4000 mAh, this is quite a fair bit more than most flagship devices at the same price point. It also has Qualcomms Quick charge 4+ which looks set to get toe toe with Dash charge, will it be as good? Time will tell.

Storage options are decent, there is one 64GB model and that appears to be it for now. This can be expanded up to 2TB via SD card which has been omitted from other devices quite recently. The 64GB should be okay for most users, but those who really want to cram it full of good quality games, then an SD card would be needed.

The cameras look quite promising too. There is a dual setup round the back and a single at the front. One of the rear cameras is a 12MP f/1.75 wide angle and the other a 13MP f/2.6 zoom. The front is 8MP f/2.0 and should be pretty decent for those selfie lovers among you.

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One disappointing thing is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack, this is one of those things that would have made the phone so much more appealing as a lot of other companies are choosing to remove it too. But there isn’t one. Instead you have to make do with a supplied THX certified dongle. On the plus side it does promise 24-bit sound, so it should be an almost acceptable replacement to the headphones jack.

The Razer phone will be running Android 7.1.1 out of the box and feature Googles Assistant. Its not exactly stock Android as its using a premium version of the Nova Launcher, this does have more features than stock Android so it’ll be exciting to see what else they’ve added. Unfortunately though there won’t be any Android 8.0 this year and it will likely follow sometime in 2018.

Razer is also boasting the best thermals in any phone as it uses the metal frame to help dissipate heat away from the vital internals. This is theory should keep the phone cooler so you can game for longer.

The Razer phone is set to cost $700 US, 750 Euro and £700 and you will be able to pick one up from the Razer store or Amazon. You can actually reserve one now and they will start shipping on the 17th November. But will the Razer phone be enough to stand out from the likes of the LG V30, Galaxy Note 8, HTC U11, OnePlus 5, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the other flagships out there. I mean the only thing that really sets it apart is the display. I mean phones are using a 1440p display already, some already have 8GB of RAM and others match the Razer in the camera department too.

The only things that really make it different are the 120Hz display and the styling, will it be enough? and is it a true gamers phone?

Will it be enough, well until comparisons start appearing its hard to tell. Is it a true gamers phone? Its ticking a lot of the right boxes, but again its hard to tell at this point.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the first phone from Razer.

Sources

razer.com and theverge.com

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Hey I’m Weston and I’d definitely say that I’m a technology enthusiast. I’ve been in the tech space a while and I really love pretty much anything tech or tech related.

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