Razer the company which bears the slogan, ‘For Gamers, by Gamers’ has ventured out to launch their first smartphone. As the company’s slogan suggests, the phone is built keeping in mind the company’s roots – Gaming. In order to do so, the Razer Phone incorporates the best in hardware and software. Earlier yesterday, we had received the phone being listed ahead of its launch and the device has now officially been launched. Let’s have a closer look at what this device has to offer.
Design and Display
In terms of design, the smartphone bears some resemblance to the company’s laptop lineup, bearing a matte finished all metal body with the Razer logo at the back. The phone also borrows some traits from its step-sibling, the Nextbit Robin featuring a box-shaped body with the fingerprint sensor located on the right edge. Unlike Razer laptops, the Razer phone doesn’t feature an illuminated logo at the back, however, a special edition of the device will be available featuring a Neon Green logo at the back. It is also worth mentioning that the company has strategically decided to not opt for edge to edge displays in order to provide a more ergonomic feel when gaming.
In terms of display, the company has gone all out sporting a QHD 5.72-inch IGZO LCD UltraMotion display panel having a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. In addition to that, it also features a wide colour gamut (WCG) thereby making it capable to display vibrant colours. The main highlight of the display is its 120Hz refresh rate which is similar to what the iPad Pro has. Out of the box, the display is set at the 90Hz refresh rate, in order to balance out between performance and battery life. This can easily be turned up to its full capacity from the settings to have a 120Hz refresh rate at all times.
Performance and Storage
To power up this mammoth display, the company has offered the best in class hardware underneath its hood. The Razer phone features Qualcomm’s flagship chipset for the year – the Snapdragon 835 coupled with an enormous 8GB of RAM. To power up this device, the phone is also backed up by a 4000mAh battery pack. For a device aimed at pro-gamers, the Razer phone appears to have arrived with all the right tools to get the job done. In terms of storage, the offering from Razer features 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB through its microSD card support.
Camera and Audio
As the device is marketed for Gaming purposes, there wasn’t much expectation in the camera department, however, the phone seems to have taken care of it anyway. On the back, it features a dual-camera setup, rocking two 12-megapixel sensors and a dual tone LED flash; one sensor featuring a f/2.6 aperture and the other featuring a f/1.75 aperture. Thanks to this setup, the software on the Razer phone should be capable of pulling off some neat camera tricks like portrait mode as well. On the front, the smartphone features a fixed focus 8-megapixel selfie shooter.
On the audio front, the Razer phone seems to have it all set to impress as well. It features a dual front firing stereo set of speakers which can be pretty loud. This is further backed up by dual amplifiers, an audio adapter with THX certified DAC and Dolby Atmos Audio experience through which the sound quality can be customised depending on what you wish to use on the phone.
The first major setback that the phone has or doesn’t is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. To compensate this, the Razer phone ships with an adapter with certified THX DAC. The only port on this smartphone is a USB Type-C one. With that, the phone is among the very first devices to offer support for Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4.0. In addition to this, the device also offers the conventional connectivity solutions like dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, support for multiple LTE bands, and 3G.
The device has been launched for an asking price of $700(about Rs. 45,000) and will be available starting later this month in the United States. Would you be willing to purchase this smartphone and use it both as a gaming as well as daily driver device or just a gaming exclusive device? Do let us know in the comments section below.