Razer Unveils Its First Smartphone with Top-of-the-line Specs

November 4, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After a few teasers, Razer has come up with its first ever smartphone on November 1 as said before. With gaming as its nucleus, the Razer Phone packs a plethora of high-end specifications, but with certain caveats.

As with the hardware, the Razer Phone packs a Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 8 GB of RAM. The company has hoped on to the dual-cam technology right in its debut with the array of two 12 MP sensors on its rear side.  One among those is an f/1.8 lens for capturing wide shots, while the other is a telephoto f/2.6 sensor.

Razer has emphasized that it’s a device made for gamers. The specifications do match those claims, though we have already seen similar combo in other flagships including One Plus 5. But additionally, the device features metal frame that doubles up as heatsink to dissipate the heat for hardcore gaming. Besides, there’s also 4000mAh of charge provided.

Yet, we would have to admit that there are certain missing pieces, the core of which is the absence of a dedicated headphone jack. That’s a compromise which would be hard for ‘gamers’ to accept. However, Razer is bundling a THX-certified audio dongle that will deliver 24-bit audiophile quality when connected with headphones.

The next downside is the design. Razer Phone features a rather boxy design that takes us back a few years. Besides, it also lacks a bezel-less display. Instead, it features a 1440p 5.7-inch display. But the additional space beneath the display has been used for front-firing speakers that comes with Dolby Atmos certification.

Razer Phone will be available via Razer’s online store and other retailers with a price-tag of $700. The price-point, along with the specifications directly pits it against premium devices including Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and One Plus 5. Shipping is expected to commence by November 17.

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