Like it or not, gaming on smartphones is a real thing, and a big one at that. How big? Enough for one of the biggest gaming brands in the world to make a smartphone to cater specifically to gamers.
Razer started out with high end gaming accessories, expanded into laptops and now they’re launching a new Android-powered smartphone. After the acquisition of Nextbit by the gaming giant, we’d been hearing rumors about it, but now it’s here and it’s impressive to say the least. Meet the Razer Phone, that comes with the best specs you can ask for: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with a microSD card slot for more, a large, high resolution display and dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back. There’s a 4000 mAh battery and front-facing dual speakers to make sure you don’t have to compromise on anything.
Tom Moss, head of Razer’s mobile business, says: “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.”
“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.”
The phone comes with Android 7.0 installed and an update to Android 8.0 Oreo will be available early next year. But what makes it even better is that Razer has incorporated high-end technology specifically for gaming, including a QHD display with 120Hz refresh rate and Ultramotion (the smartphone equivalent of NVIDIA’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync).
Razer is also working with some big mobile game developers to optimize games so they can take full advantage of the hardware, including titles like Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition and Shadow Gun Legends.
“We’re not targeting to be number three biggest smartphone manufacturer, maybe in five years,” said Moss. “We don’t need to reach 10m sales, instead we want to be taken seriously, by component vendors, by carriers and the public while staying true to the core brand of being made by gamers for gamers.” Moss said.
The Razer Phone will be available for pre-order starting 3rd November, and cost USD 699. In-store sales will start from 14th November.