Oh my! The Razer Phone is one beautiful Android smartphone
About nine months ago, Razer bought smartphone-maker Nextbit. To be honest, at the time, I thought it was a terrible idea. It felt like Razer was getting involved in too many projects, losing its focus as a gaming peripheral and accessory maker. Not to mention, Nextbit seemed like a poor acquisition, since its design philosophy was cute, colorful, and whimsical, whereas Razer is all about being dark.
Today we finally see the fruit of this marriage, and oh my -- it looks amazing. The "Razer Phone," as it is called, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and is packing a monstrous 8GB of RAM. It will undoubtedly handle all apps and games you throw at it without breaking a sweat. It even has dual rear 12MP cameras and a huge 4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+. So, yeah, the specs are great, but that is only part of the story. It is also jaw-droppingly gorgeous! I guess the Nextbit purchase was smart after all...
"The Razer Phone is equipped with the world's first 120 Hz UltraMotion display that delivers the fastest refresh rates and smoothest graphics among today;s smartphones. UltraMotion's adaptive refresh technology synchronizes the GPU and display to remove image tearing or lag while driving efficient power usage. The 5.72-inch display -- a Quad HD IGZO LCD -- delivers vibrant and sharp images with a wide color gamut," says Razer.
The company also says, "The Razer Phone is powered by Dolby Atmos technology to provide true cinematic audio via front-firing speakers with dual dedicated amplifiers. A THX-certified USB-C audio adapter with a 24-bit digital audio convertor (DAC) guarantees audiophile-quality sound with one’s favorite headphones."
The company shares the following significant specifications.
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform
- System Memory: 8GB dual channel (LPDDR4, 1866 MHz)
- Operating System: Android 7.1.1
- Internal Storage: 64GB UFS
- External Storage: microSD (class 10, 2TB max.)
- Display:5.7-inch IGZO LCD 1440 x 2560, 120 Hz, Wide Color Gamut (WCG), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Rear Cameras: 12MP AF f1.75 Wide, 13MP AF f2.6 Zoom, Dual PDAF, Dual tone, dual LED flash
- Front Camera: 8MP FF f2.0
- Sound: Stereo Front-facing speakers, Dual Amplifiers, Audio Adapter with THX certified DAC
- Power: 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+
- Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
- GSM: Quad-band GSM UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8
- LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
- TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39
- Size: 6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31 in
- Weight:197 g
While it is hard to stand out in the smartphone market nowadays, Razer has surprisingly succeeded. Yeah, it is just a rectangular slab like most other such phones, but the sharp angles and dark styling makes it look exceptionally unique and, dare I say it, sexy.
Ultimately, the Razer Phone seems to be a beast for media, including gaming -- the company's forte. Seriously, folks, Razer has put heavy emphasis on screen and audio quality, making this a very attractive option for those that do a lot of media consumption and gaming. It even has dual front-facing speakers for optimal positioning.
The company will also be selling a very limited "Special Edition" of the Razer Phone with a green logo on the rear. How many will be available? 1,337. Get it? "leet" as in the slang for elite? Yeah...
So, how much does this "gaming" smartphone cost? It is actually very reasonable at $699.99. Besides ordering The Razer Phone directly from the maker on November 17, it will also will be available at two other retailers that day -- Amazon and the Microsoft Store. If you want to be notified when you can begin pre-ordering, you can sign up for an email notification here.
Will you be buying the Razer Phone? Are you intrigued by this beauty? Tell me in the comments below.