Razer Phone is good news for gamers. Hardcore gaming firm Razer has launched a new smartphone that has high-end specifications and desktop gaming technology built-in. Which means, there is now a smartphone that’s good for games, but that you won’t be embarrassed to use it in public.
After having progressed to precision mice and colorful gaming keyboards, and then to performance laptops, Razer now thinks mobile is the next step in gaming. Tom Moss, head of Razer’s mobile business, told The Guardian, “We didn’t start out trying to make a gaming phone, but rather a phone for gamers. Something you wouldn’t be embarrassed about pulling out in public. And it had to have the highest performance both on paper and in real life benchmarks.”
Where some of the premium smartphones in the market like the Apple iPhone 8 duo, or the Google Pixel 2 duo, or even the Samsung Galaxy S8 duo are pretty good for gaming, Razer styles itself as the “lifestyle brand for the people that grew up as gamers”, and believes there’s still scope for making the ultimate phone for gamers predicated on playing games and watching videos. Razer is targeting the 15 to 25-year-old gaming enthusiast, with smartphones being part of its holistic approach to this potentially lucrative market.
Razer Phone specifications, features
As a result of that ambition, what they have churned out is the Razer Phone, which sports a 5.72-inch high resolution display. Powering the device is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is accompanied with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, which is expandable via a microSD card. For photography, the Razer Phone sports a dual 12-megapixel camera on the back. Up front, is a single camera.
Fuelling the smartphone is a massive 4,000mAh battery. It uses a near-stock version of Android Nougat, with an update to the latest version of Android 8 Oreo promised early next year.
“We leveraged our engineering experience from laptops creating a heat pipe and two layers of thermal shielding, turning the structure of the phone into a heat sync, so you can use your phone in high performance mode for a lot longer and avoid throttling,” says Moss.
However, in the process to achieve that, or if we may say, in an attempt to squeeze the performance of a laptop in a smartphone, the result is an imposing 8mm-thick monolithic slab of a smartphone that looks unusual in a world where every other smartphone has adopted a curved, svelte design.
What’s in it for gamers?
As for gamers in particular, the Razer Phone features a dynamic, adaptable 120Hz display refresh rate, at least double that of competitors, and what the firm calls Ultramotion – a technology similar to the PC gaming technologies of Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync – tying screen refresh rate to the frame rate being outputted by the graphics processor to avoid screen tearing. A point to note here, Apple’s iPad Pro does a similar thing with its 120Hz display. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X Face ID put to test with identical twins; the results are puzzling
Moss says here, “We’re really trying to push the technologies that we’ve developed for our laptops into mobile. It’s not necessarily for everyone, but I think it’s for more people than you might think at first glance because the size of the gaming and entertainment business.” ALSO READ: Xiaomi ‘best selfie smartphone’ launching today: Everything you need to know
The Guardian points that “while most Android games will run fine on the Razer Phone, around 20 percent of them have uncapped frame rates, which will take full advantage of Razer’s technologies. The firm is also working with big-name game developers to optimise some high profile games for the phone, including the upcoming Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition and Shadow Gun Legends.” ALSO READ: Microsoft employee switches from Edge browser to Chrome mid-presentation
Razer Phone price and availability
The Razer Phone has been launched at £699 (Rs 60,000 approximately), and will be available for pre-order on November 3, the same day the sale of Apple iPhone X begins. The Razer Phone will hit the stores on November 14. However, the device will be available from Razer’s online store and offline in six countries including the UK (excluding India). ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X: How to set up and use Face ID
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