06 Nov 2017

Phone for games, or a game-changing phone?

It’s official. The well-known computer hardware manufacturer Razer has finally brought out a smartphone – and they haven’t held back!

Razer revealed the highly anticipated smartphone at the firm’s global launch in London, and they have advertised it as the handset for gamers. The phone is available to pre-order with the first handsets being shipped out on the 17th November.

As previously mentioned, Razer have billed this as the handset for gamers – so what are the specs like?

To start with, it incorporates the world’s first 120Hz smartphone display, meaning that this is the smoothest screen in terms motion that you’re going to find. The screen itself is a 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD, giving a resolution of 2560 x 1440. These are great specs, but surely that means the battery life will plummet like a stone, right? Wrong – Razer have implemented software that will reduce the refresh rate if you don’t need it. For example, if your browsing the web, you may only get 30Hz, whereas if you’re playing a game, you’ll get the full 120Hz.

Not only this, but the Razer comes with a colossal 4,000mAh battery, claiming to give you 12.5 hours of video on a single charge. Razer also claim the battery gives you 63.5 hours of audio playback – a seemingly huge 23.5 hours longer than the recently released iPhone 8!

The Razer also comes with two large front facing speakers, which have been tuned to Dolby Atmos specifications, providing excellent sound quality in terms of clarity and loudness. It has also become the world’s first smartphone to be certified by THX.

Razer haven’t just focused on all the glamorous bits that you can see and hear though. They have also given the handset a whopping 8GB of RAM, with a Snapdragon 835 chipset. This allows you to run high power apps with no lag whatsoever.

As is the way with most new smartphones being released recently, Razer has opted to use a dual rear camera system on their smartphone. Both these cameras are 12 MP, and offer features such as Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. The phone is also equipped with an 8 MP front facing camera.

The powerful hardware at a decent price range puts this phone in a great place, but with marketing structured firmly towards the gamer community will this phone get enough recognition to really take hold?