Razer has made its name in the gaming world with top-notch gaming equipment, and last year the company made its debut in the smartphone market with its very own gaming oriented smartphone. The Razer Phone was unlike any phone that the smartphone world had seen when it launched. It was built specifically for the purpose of gaming on it. And this happened to start the trend of other companies launching their own dedicated gaming phones.
The Razer Phone is an incarnation of the Nextbit Robin smartphone, which was bought by Razer. At first glance the Razer Phone may not seem like any of the other flagship phones currently making the rounds, and it is indeed very different from those phones.
At a time when all flagship smartphones are out to be slim, have accentuated curves and be as non-boxy as possible, The Razer Phone comes along and dares to become the cuboid that intimidates others. The metal unibody phone has a smooth matte finish at the back with a Razer logo that has RGB lighting underneath. The front of the phone sports a huge chin and a bezel which house stereo speakers that pack quite the punch.
The dual-camera setup at the rear comes with two 12-megapixel sensors of f/1.8 and f/2.6 aperture lenses, while the front has a single 8-megapixel sensor camera with a f/2.0 aperture lens. The right panel of the phone houses the fingerprint sensor that doubles-up as the power button, and the left panel houses the volume up and down buttons. The bottom of the phone has the Type-C port and the top has just a microphone hole.
The phone seems like a small slab in the hands, which is quite different from what we are used to feeling with other phones. But the biggest highlight of the phone has to be its 5.7-inch IGZO IPS LCD display that has a 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. And to a gamer’s eyes, it feels like I am staring into a slice of heaven. The transitions are smooth, and you may even wonder why you’re spending so much money on other phones.
The display of the device is spick and span even without the 120Hz refresh rate, and the colors are stunning to say the least. The UI is basic Android which appears totally different owing to the excellent display. The other outstanding feature of the device are its dual-stereo speakers that are located on the top and bottom of the device. It produced such loud sounds that it drew stares even at the packed ChinaJoy event. Though I could not make out the quality of the speakers at the Razer demo zone, it did seem that the sounds had a distinguishable quality in them.
And when these two components came together, it produced a unique gaming experience that I have not experienced before. It was a little difficult to enjoy the game since it was all in Chinese, but it was worth it. But I have to say, the expected trade off was the camera of the device, which admittedly need not be that impressive since it is a gaming phone.
I had to cut my Razer Phone experience short since the expo was already over for the day, but if I were to go by my first impressions then I would have bought the phone there. Mind you though, this is coming from someone who is a hardcore gamer and looked at the phone from a tinted perspective.
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To be perfectly neutral I would say that the phone does stack up to the other flagships from last year and even some from this year, but the less than satisfactory camera quality and the bulky design may hinder its preference with the general crowd.