Razer unveils insane gaming smartphone

Alongside of the new Razer Phone, Razer is also offering its own Hammerhead BT earbuds, the Razer Phone Rugged Case for added phone protection, and the silicon-based Razer Phone Word Case to protect its new phone from wear and tear.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three UK, said: "My ambition is always to innovate in ways that deliver better experiences to our customers and a partnership with Razer is a ideal fit".

Razer deals with products which are created especially for gamers.

That's really the least of our concerns though.

Called simply The Razer Phone, it promises specifications that far outweigh other high-end phones, but has a focus on gaming and multimedia usage. This is paired with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The operating system is Android Nougat, with Razer noting that the phone will get the Android Oreo upgrade next year. Speaking of battery life, the Razer Phone features a large 4000mAh capacity battery, so you should be able to play games for long hours without having to worry about the battery running out. Capping the frame rate on a mobile game has been a common practice as most displays are capable of only 30 or 60fps. When a display operates at 120Hz, there's a real possibility of ghost images appearing on the display when an OLED display lights up.

The smartphone is also equipped with a "quad HD" display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Wait a minute what?

The bezel above and below the display on this smartphone is there for a good reason.

"Right now there's one phone design", Tom Moss Senior Vice President of Mobile at Razer told Gizmodo.

It appears as if the 120Hz display is not the real victor here but rather adaptive frame rates.

Battery: 4,000mAh with Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+. Razer phone also features the stereo front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos support.

Oh there's also a 24-bit DAC inside the handset so there's another power draw to consider. Razer Phone offers two 12MP shooters on the rear and an 8MP camera on the front. Pre-orders for the smartphone start tomorrow, i.e. November 3.

The price for the Razer Phone sits at $700 (~R9 760) and sorry Razer but as much as we love your peripherals taking that big a gamble on a first time smartphone manufacturer just doesn't appeal to us.


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