Razer, the company known for their gaming laptops and accessories has officially entered the smartphone market with the Razer Phone, a “Smartphone for Gamers”. It’s the first device to come out of the company’s mobile division, after acquiring Nextbit back in January.
The Razer Phone has the world’s first 120 Hz UltraMotion display which has been designed to bring the fastest refresh rates and smoothest graphics. UltraMotion uses adaptive refresh technology which syncs with the GPU and the display to remove image tearing or lag while also providing efficient power usage.
The screen is 5.72-inches and is a Quad HD IGZO LCD which provides a Wide Colour Gamut. The phone’s speakers are powered by Dolby Atmos and are front-facing with dual dedicated amplifiers.
The phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack but there is a THX-certified USB-C audio adapter with a 24-bit digital audio converter (DAC).
The Razer Phone is being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB of RAM. There’s also a 4,000 mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+, so it’ll be able to charge quickly.
As for cameras, the Razer Phone has dual rear-facing 12-megapixel cameras (one zoom and one wide-angle). The front-facing camera is 8-megapixels.
The phone has 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Just like the Nextbit Robin before it, the Razer Phone has combined the fingerprint sensor with the power/lock button.
The device’s body is made from aluminium and is only 8-mm thin. Software-wise, it will ship with Android Nougat with an Android Oreo upgrade in spring 2018. The device will also be running Nova Launcher Prime with Google Assistant integration.
The device will also come with a Razer Theme Store that will allow users to customize their phone, everything from the wallpaper, icon packs and colours.
Razer also announced a few partnerships for mobile games that are being optimized to take advantage of the Razer Phone’s UltraMotion display. Arena of Valor by Tencent will be launching in North America soon and the Razer Phone will be able to get “overclocked action and turbocharged team fights.”
Some other gaming partnerships include:
- “Final Fantasy® XV Pocket Edition” from Square Enix
- “Gear.Club” from Eden Games
- “Lineage 2: Revolution” from Netmarble Games Corporation
- “Old School RuneScape™” from Jagex Limited
- “RuneScape™” from Jagex Limited
- “Shadowgun Legends™” from Madfinger Games
- “Tekken™” from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe
- “Titanfall™: Assault” from NEXON Co., Ltd. and Particle City, Inc.
- “World of Tanks Blitz” from Wargaming Group Limited
Razer has partnered with UK-based carrier Three to launch the Razer Phone in the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.
Razer also announced that 1,337 sets of the Razer Phone will be the Razer Phone Special Edition which will come with the iconic Razer snake logo in green (the standard Razer Phone has a chrome version).
The Razer Phone Special Edition will be available in Three stores in the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden. In the US and Canada, you can get the Razer Phone Special Edition at the Razer Store in San Francisco or online at Razerzone.com.
The Razer Phone will retail for $699 USD / €749.99 / £699.99 and be available Canada, US, UK Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden from Razerzone.com. Razer hasn’t officially revealed Canadian pricing for the Razer phone but expect it to be around $900 CAD or more.
The Razer Phone will also be available from Amazon.com and select Microsoft Store locations in the US. Pre-orders for Razer Phone have already begun in Europe at Three store locations and the Three website.
For everyone else, the Razer Phone can be reserved on Razerzone.com in the countries mentioned above. The Razer Phone will release on November 17th.