Razer, known mainly for their gaming peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and headsets, as well as their powerful machines – including the Razer Blade; has entered into a new technological venture. Smartphones.
This is a pleasant surprise to the most loyal of Razer fans, who now have the opportunity to step up their undying love for the black and green coloured brand by owning a snazzy new phone that will cater to their every whim.
Razer has claimed the new smartphone, aptly named the Razer Phone, to be the penultimate phone for any serious gamer, and its technical specifications support this wholeheartedly.
Dimensions: 158.5 x 77.7 x 8mm
OS: Android 7.1.1
Screen size: 5.7 inches
Screen type: 120 Hz UltraMotion™ IGZO LCD
Glass: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Resolution: 1440 x 2560
CPU: Snapdragon 835
External Storage: MicroSD – up to 2TB
Battery: 4,000mAh with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+
Rear camera: 12MP AF f1.75 Wide + 12MP AF f2.6 Zoom
Front camera: 8MP FF f2.0
Speakers: Stereo Front-facing speakers with Dual Amplifiers
If you’ve had a quick skim of those specs, then you might have seen a few things that are actually unheard of in the modern smartphone – namely the screen and the amount of ram this little device boasts.
The Razer Phone delivers to the market a fresh 5.7″ 120 Hz screen, which is the first of its kind and will bring you a fluid, crisp picture that could rival even a high-end gaming monitor. There has been some dispute over the fact the screen is LCD rather than OLED – which presents far richer blacks than its three-lettered compadre – but it is understood that LCD was chosen as there is currently no modern OLED technology available that can actually pump out a 120 Hz refresh rate. Is it a worthy compromise? Well, gamers have, rather astoundingly, been nodding their heads with gusto.
Harbouring a whopping 8GB RAM, this little beast isn’t going to be having any troubles with your menial day to day tasks. You thought your Galaxy S8 was fast with its ‘alright‘ 4GB or even ‘good’ 6GB of RAM? Well, try having a phone that’s really made to utilise that extra 2GB fighting power. The Razer Phone also won’t even break a sweat when being loaded with heavy duty tasks, so expect some slick performance even with constant unadulterated use.
However, one notable drawback that has been pointed out across the board are the cameras – the phone is home to dual 12MP cameras, one wide one zoom, but is apparent in lacking the quality that the aforementioned Samsung Galaxy S8 has. That said, when you tally up the fact this is Razer’s first venture into the smartphone world, you can bet that they’ve tried their bloody best.
Finally, Razer has stuffed some incredible stereo front-facing speakers into this bad boy that really get the airwaves moving. Powered by Dolby Atomos software, it’s been recorded that the speakers on this phone are absolutely fantastic. So, put away your piddly little portable bluetooth speaker, because well, you’re not gonna need it anymore.
But what about the non-gaming, everyday Joe?
Well, you can count on the fact that sweet old Granny Agatha from across the road probably isn’t going to be the kind of person who’ll be using this phone to its full potential, but you can bet your buck on the phone taking this in its stride.
With a wealth of power under the hood, the Razer Phone will be more than capable of meeting the needs of any and every person who it comes in contact with, regardless of whether they’re an avid PC gamer, console enthusiast, or just the local shoppie who works in the Costcutter down the road.
So… should I get it?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Well, as with most new pieces of technology, it’s all down to personal preference. If, like me, you’ve only this year bought yourself a new smartphone (looking at you, Galaxy S8) then you’re probably going to want to hold off for a while. Whilst the Razer Phone packs a punch to the gut that’ll probably negate needing to get your appendix removed, it might be worthwhile to wait and see what future software patches can do in order to rectify some camera related issues. Once some of the fixable kinks have been ironed out, I can say that it would absolutely be more than worth it to invest in Razer’s phone for gamers.