RAZER announce their first smartphone

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Not to long ago Razer acquired a company called Nextbit. This seemed odd at the time with Razer being a gaming company after all, and purchasing a smartphone manufacturer would hint that Razer are getting into the mobile phone business.

At the time some felt like Razer were simply expanding their brand beyond gaming, that’s not the case, but rather a gaming centred smartphone is what their bringing to the table.

The new Razer phone has had many leaks over the past few weeks, and most were on target. The specs include the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8GB’s of RAM, 64GB’s of storage. Already pretty beastly specs for a first time smartphone. Thankfully Razer have also included a MicroSD slot for expansion.

The display is a pinnacle spec with a 5.7-inch 120Hz IGZO IPS display with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution; this is clearly aimed at being the best for gaming, but will also provide some of the smoothest visuals you could have on a smartphone.

Razer also didn’t go for the tiny bezel body like most manufacturers and instead opted for a more comfortable design for holding the device while gaming; that’s not all, they used the extra bezel to include what’s being described as the best stereo speakers on a smartphone to date.

We have another dual camera setup with the Razer phone, with a 12MP sensor with f/1.75 wide-angle lens and another 12MP sensor with f/2.6 telephoto lens. The front camera is an 8MP sensor.

Also inside we also have a massive 4,000mAh battery, that should definitely give the device a decent running time, but of course the beastly specs will take their toll, and razer are promising at least an all day battery life.

The overall design of the device is very Razer esque, and by that we have a uniformed device covered in anodised soft-touch metal; should do great against fingerprints. It also slightly thicker than most smartphones, but that accounts for the large battery and more sturdy design. We have a USB type-C connection, but sadly no headphone jack.

Other specs include QuickCharge 4+, Bluetooth 5, Fingerprint sensor on the side power button. THX-Certified amplifiers, and Dolby Atmos support. The phone will be running Android 7.1.1 with a Razer edition of Nova launcher pre-loaded, and mostly Vanilla Android after that.

The new phone from the gaming company arrives on November 17th with pre-orders starting on November 7th. The phone is exclusive to Three in Ireland and the UK, but can be purchased without contract.

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