Razer Unveils Its First Smartphone
Over the past several years, Razer has made a name for itself by building hardware “for gamers. By gamers.” It’s laptops, mice and keyboards are all very popular and, for the most part, well-made products. They’ve successfully carved out a niche by focusing on the PC gaming market, but now they’re trying to break into the ultra-competitive smartphone market with the Razer Phone.
The company announced the phone at an event in London and, like all of their products, its aimed at the gaming market meaning its specs are some of the best you’ll find on a smartphone. It offers 8GB of RAM powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 which is the chip that powers the Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8. The 8GB of RAM is double what most flagships offer, but it should be noted that the OnePlus 5 offers the same RAM for a lower price. The 64GB of internal memory isn’t huge, but the SD support should ensure storage isn’t a major problem.
One of the biggest selling points of the Razer Phone, in terms of gaming support, is 5.72 inch, 120hz display. The high framerate should ensure that games handle smoothly. A 120hz display is featured on some tablets such as the iPad Pro, but the Razer is the first smartphone to feature this display. In addition to the display, the phone also has quality THX-certified speakers.
Of course, hardcore gaming will drain your phone’s battery faster pretty fast so it is a good thing that the Razer features a 4,000mAH battery though it’s unclear how long the device will last.
Early previews and demos have said that the device feels well-made and performs well, but, so far, they’ve yet to answer the central question: does this phone need to exist? At $700, the Razer is competing with the Pixel 2, S8 and other flagship phones, but, aside from killer specs, it doesn’t offer much. In terms of design, it’s pretty dated featuring large bezels near the top and bottom of the screen.
Razer doesn’t make bad products and we have no doubt that the phone will be a well-made piece of hardware, but we’re not sure who it is for. Most hardcore gamers probably don’t play Android games and we imagine that even if they do, the Razer Phone won’t run games too much better than other high-end Android phones.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.