Razer’s first shot at a smartphone has not only awarded gaming fans with a 120Hz UltraMotion ‘lag-free’ screen but gifted the Android market with an entertainment powerhouse and large4000mAh battery pack.
There is no doubt that Razer is one of the world’s best known lifestyle brands for gamers. The American hardware manufacturer has time and time again won the hearts of the pickiest players on the PC gaming scene with their specialized laptops, audio devices, keyboards, mice and other accessories.
Now the green triple-headed serpent is taking a stab at the smartphone market, introducing a device that will not only make its way into the pockets of brand fans but also for anyone looking for a fast performing phone, impressive audiovisual technology and plenty of RAM.
A world’s first
Diving straight into what makes the Razer Phone a gamer’s dream; it’s the world’s first 120Hz UltraMotion screen. Yes 120Hz, double a modern phone’s usual 60Hz, gifting Android users with the fastest refresh rates and a super smooth experience whether scrolling through tweets or battling in a MOBA. And to make sure no image tearing occurs, the adaptive refresh technology synchronizes with the GPU output, in turn also maximizing the battery usage.
Under the hood there’s plenty to support users’ needs, and then some, the Razer comes with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a microSD slot for up to 400GB. All this power packed into a sleek black 8-mm thin aluminum body stamped with the iconic gaming logo on the back and scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 3 on the front.
4000mAh Battery and Qualcomm Quick Charge
Not just a smooth operator, the 5.72-inch Quad HD IGZO LCD display provides sharp colorful images with a wide color gamut, designed for a superior viewing experience in addition to complimenting the high refresh rates and frame rates. LCD and IGZO display technology deliver high resolution but both are also well known for their low power consumption, possibly further demonstrating Razer’s intention to get gamers through the day without a charge. And when the time comes to juice up the 4000mAh battery, one of the largest power packs in a phone, it won’t take long with the Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology that’s featured in the phone.
Another nice-to-have in the box, is the THX-certified USB-C audio adapter with a 24-bit digital audio converter (DAC) for anyone sporting a pair of the brand’s headphones, or any other for that matter.
As for shooting photos, there’s a great set up of dual rear 12 MP cameras that allow zooming from wide angle to telephoto with as little as a pinch on the display as well as a dual-tone flash for a more natural take on things.
3D Visualization Sound
So it’s been established that the Razer Phone is revolutionary for gaming fans and a great companion for streaming movies on long journeys. Speaking of which, the Razer Phone is certified by Netflix for HDR and users can enjoy Dolby Digital 5.1. Visuals however aren’t everything that’s needed for an immersive movie experience, thankfully the brand spared nothing. Dual-front facing speakers are powered by Dolby Atmos technology and equipped with their own individual amplifiers for a sound that’s very loud, very clear. Furthermore, the placement of the speakers under mesh grilles along the top and bottom sides, provide a perfect place to grip the phone whilst playing or watching in landscape mode. No smudged screen.
Get ready to play
“It’s common knowledge that I’m obsessed with my smartphones, I play a ton of games on them, and they’re my go-to for streaming content,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We have wanted to make a phone with gaming-level tech for years, and the Razer Phone delivers in every way we imagined.”
Focused on what they do best, Razer have partnered up with big gaming names such as Tencent and Square Enix to “bring the best gaming experiences to mobile and take full advantage of the Razer Phone’s extraordinary features” as the company puts it.
Now that there’s a smartphone with a 120Hz UltraMotion display on the market, mobile games can be enhanced to make the most of it.
"The future of gaming is rapidly expanding to mobile devices, and both Razer and Tencent are at the forefront of fast-tracking development," said Vincent Gao, global marketing director at Tencent Games. "Arena of Valor (the world’s most popular MOBA) brings gamers a fast-paced, competitive experience, and the Razer phone was built to handle the visuals, sound and quick-reflex mechanics of the game. This partnership sets the standard for the next generation of mobile screen play."
Razer have also teamed up with the makers of other popular-games: Vainglory, Arena of Valor, Tekken, Gear Club, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, Lineage 2 Revolution, Hitman GO, Lara Croft GO, World of Tanks Blitz, Titanfall Assault, Supercharged World Cup and more!
Furthermore, the Razer Phone ships with Nova Launcher Prime with Google Assistant Integration. The hugely popular launcher has often been referred to as ‘one of the best things that happened for Android’ as it allows users to customize their home-screen, changing icons and layouts for a more personal feel. Anyone who finds that exciting will also enjoy the Razer Theme Store, which is packed with additional wallpapers, icon packs, color schemes and ringtones.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re bound to be tempted to check out where you can get your hands on the device, and how much for. The Razer Phone is sold on Razer.com, Amazon and select Microsoft Stores in the US, shipping with Android Oreo. In Europe, Razer has partnered with Three, making them the exclusive carrier in United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.