We often talk about “gaming experience” in smartphones. What proportion of RAM and clock-speed is good for gaming? Well, Razer has answered it with their new release.
The popular computer hardware and accessory manufacturer has launched the Razer Phone, a geeky flagship build, ready to make the smartphone rivalry cut-throat!
The first look of this symmetrically built aluminium slab reminds you of the Razer Blade laptop which was also dubbed as a hardcore gaming device, just like the Razer phone is being now. The phone offers the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC combined with 8GB RAM and also a specialized display technology to enhance the gaming experience.
Here are the full Specifications:
|Size||158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm (6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31 inches)|
|Screen||5.72-inch 120 Hz Ultramotion LCD display|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440 pixels (514 ppi)|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Storage||64GB; has a MicroSD Card Slot|
|Processor||Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540|
|Camera||Dual 12 MP rear (f/1.75 wide angle & f/2.6 zoom), 8MP front|
|Sensors||Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||4,000mAh, Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+|
What’s so special about the Razer Phone?
The phone is heavily loaded with all the flagship features that 2017 has seen so far. The dual cameras, the high-end processor, and brilliant display, but it has a certain geekiness about it.
The phone, unlike the premium iPhone X or the Galaxy Note, doesn’t feature a glass back and round corners. It is sharp at the edges and misses out on the much-hyped bezel-less design. The screen is sufficiently wide for all kinds of activities while the top and the bottom being thick enough for a good speaker space.
The front camera hole somewhat breaks the symmetry while the rear cameras have been beautifully encased in an elongated-oval with the flash.
The display in the Razer Phone has a refresh rate of 120 Hz which is twice the standard 60 Hz that you get in most of the top-sellers. This enables a more liquid gaming experience as you can feel the graphics running much more smoothly than you’ve ever seen before.
The screen still lacks the capability of rendering the detailed hues of the likes of Galaxy S8 but works well for a rich overall experience.
The 8GB LPDDR4 RAM
8GB worth of RAM is already the next benchmark in the smartphone dynasty with One Plus 5 showing it off until now. But, the Razer Phone’s dual-channeled RAM is optimized to prevent heavy battery drain due to aggressive activities such as gaming. This sure hits the sweet spot.
If we go by the hands-on review published by PC World, the audio quality is better than Pixel 2 XL. The phone really shines bright at those higher volumes without ripping apart your favorite song.
Even the battery on this one is ahead of its competition. The 4,000 mAh capacity is sure to provide a longer run-time. It comes with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4+ which can supposedly provide the phone with 5 hours of usage time with just 5 minutes of charge. We are stunned, but let’s see if it is really true.
Stock Android Experience, Almost
It has been reported that the Razer Phone runs the Nova Launcher based on the Android Stock Nougat UI. The makers have made it a point to minimise bloatware on the phone to keep it fast while providing a near-stock experience if not truly so. It also comes with the promise of an Oreo update coming along soon enough.
What does the phone miss out on?
The phone is a drag in some of the aspects that might be a put-off for some users:
- Lacks Bluetooth 5.0
- Lacks a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
- No waterproofing
- Slightly heavy at 196 grams
Price and Availability
When it comes to price, the phone is very aptly priced at $700 for the 64GB variant considering that the nearest competitor, Pixel 2, is also priced in the same range. Considering the 5.7 inches, it is still much cheaper than Galaxy Note or the iPhone X.
The phone is expected to be available for pre-order by November 3 and should be delivered by November 14. There are no announcements of availability in India as of yet.