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THE RAZER PHONE REVIEW: More then just a “Smartphone”

Razer Phone Review
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Razer needs no introduction, as it is one of the best company when we talk about the gaming world. This year Razer has entered the smartphone market. It has brought its first premium smartphone. The phone is supposed to get into the market in late of November 2017. The device houses some of the best hardware and software features. It comes with a price tag of $699.

Razer phone might not be attractive especially where you get phones like Samsung S8 and iPhone X, but it has got some of the best hardware that cannot be matched with either of the devices. It is the first device to come with 120 fps display at UHD. This makes it one of the best experience to use the device, especially with playing games as Razer is one of the best in this department (i.e., gaming). All the features of the Razer Phone are listed below.

THE RAZER PHONE REVIEW

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Razer has brought its first-ever smartphone in the market. And if you see the device and find anything familiar with any device then you are right. Razer has kept the design of a smartphone familiar with the previously launched “Nextbit,” which Razer took over this January 2017. The device itself looks no attractive as it is very thick and also heavy (197g). It comes only in black color. The sides are not curved. On the left side you have the volume keys, and on the right, you have a fingerprint sensor. The prominent Dolby Atmos speaker is in the front. And all the other features will be discussed below in the In-depth review of Razer Phone.

At a Glance

Price $699
Memory 64 GB of Internal memory which can be extended by external memory up to 256 GB
RAM 8 GB
Processor and OS Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core processor with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box
Display 5.7- inch IPS capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. It has 120 Hz UltraMotion screen.
Battery 4000 mAh battery which can last a full day on average usage
Camera Front-facing: 8 MP

Rear-facing: Dual camera 12 MP + 13 MP, dual LED flash

Connectivity Wi-Fi dual band, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC
Ports USB type- C

Features and Specifications:

1. Operating System (OS):

This smartphone is Razer’s first gaming beast, which comes with the Android operating system.

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  • You get Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
  • Though you do not get the latest Android version, Razer has promised to get it early by next year.
  • The reason for the late update is because Razer has to customize the Android OS to support its 120-fps screen that Android does not support generally.

2. Battery:

To help you last almost a day, the device packs with a large and powerful battery.

  • You get a big 4000 mAh Li-ion polymer battery.
  • It can support almost 4 hours of continuous gaming. It can last you a day or more on standard usage like web surfing, etc.
  • The battery is non-removable.
  • The device comes with fast charging USB Type- C port, which can charge almost 50% in less than 30 minutes.

3. Display:

The main attraction of the device is its display. It has beaten the competition among all the device by fitting a 120 Hz UltraMotion screen which sets it on a whole new level which is un-comparable with any of the current flagship smartphones.

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  • Refresh Rate: The Razer phone is the first device to have a 120-fps display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It means the screen refreshes itself 120 times per second. Usually, all device comes with 60 fps. Thus, providing one of the clearest and vibrant displays you have ever seen.

Razer has customized and upgraded Android 7.1.1 OS to support 120 fps, so you get the ultimate experience. Razer has also collaborated with many game developers to give the user an exclusive gaming experience at 120 Hz which you will not get with other devices. The company is exciting it around the new release of Final Fantasy – XV.

  • Screen Size: The device houses a 5.7- inch display especially for game lovers as the phone centers around all the game lovers.
  • Screen Resolution: You get an Ultra High definition display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It has a 515 PPI density for clear visual for ultimate gaming experience.
  • Display Type: The screen is IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M color.
  • Protection: To protect its IPS LCD screen, the device comes with Gorilla Glass 3.

4. Processor

Moving to the brain of this device. The device comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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  • Specs:
    • The device comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Chipset (MSM8998).
    • The processor comes with 8 ARM cores. Four of the cores are clocked at 2.35 GHz and rest four are clocked at 1.9 GHz.
    • The powerful processor ensures fast processing, so you do not lag or drop frames while playing heavy games.
  • Graphics: To play all the high-end games and being a gaming device, it comes with Adreno GPU for the best gaming experience. The device comes with Adreno 540, the best of its kind for playing games.

5. Gaming:

If you a gamer then you will know Razer is all about the game, so they have made this smartphone all around gaming.

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  • The company has a partnership with many game developers so you can play most games with more than 60 fps.
  • Razer has already worked and will provide some games like Final Fantasy 15 and Arena of Valor during its launch.
  • While there is not much game option and you will have to stick to 60 fps, it is expected that Razer will incorporate more games at higher than 60 fps into its gaming library for this smartphone.

6. Memory:

To store and play all these games you need both a significant and large memory as well as RAM for a smooth experience.

  • Internal Memory: The device comes with a large internal memory to store all your files and data.
    • The device comes with a large 64 GB flash memory as your internal memory.
    • You will not get the exact 64 GB as some of the storage space will be filled up by the operating system.
  • External Memory: If the internal memory is a bit small for you, then you can expand it with an external memory.
    • The device supports micro SD card as your external memory.
    • You can add any size micro SD card with a maximum limit to 256 GB. It supports maximum class 10 micro SD.
  • RAM: To support all the high-end games you play; a powerful processor is not enough. You need a big RAM as well.
    • The device houses a high bandwidth 8 GB LPDDR4.
    • The RAM is dual channel and operates with a speed of 1866 MHz
    • It is tuned to operate under less power and produce maximum efficiency so that you do not have to wait for any loading time. Also, it ensures you do not have any frame lost and have the best gaming experience at 120 fps.

7. Camera:

To steal out its remarkable display, the Razer has also added one of the great cameras to capture all of your favorite movements.

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  • On the rear side, you get a dual camera. One camera comes with 13 MP with autofocus and f/2.6 zoom angle lens. The other camera has 12 MP autofocus with f/1.75 wide-angle lens view. To support the camera, you have dual tone LED flash.
  • On the front side, you have an 8.0 MP fixed focus with f/2.0 lens to capture the perfect portrait picture.

7. Ports and Connectivity:

To support more connection both wired and wireless the device comes with few ports and connectors.

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  • Ports: The device does very little when looking at this section
    • You have the USB Type- C port. Other than fast charging the device you can use it transfer files and data between the phone and your PC at a faster
    • The device does not come with any headphone jack, but you do get a Type- C to 3.5mm headphone connector to use your headset.
  • Connectivity: The device also comes with many wireless connections to connect to other devices.
    • The device supports SIM connection with a connection up to TDD LTE connection. To know more about the various connection, you can check out their official site.
    • The device comes with dual-band Wi-Fi connection in case you want to connect with a hotspot or any wireless router.
    • You even get Bluetooth to connect with nearby Bluetooth enabled device.
    • The device also supports NFC so that you can share data with other NFC devices directly.

8. Other Prominent Features:

Each smartphone has some unique feature that makes it stand out among other available smartphones.

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  • Fingerprint sensor: The device comes with a fingerprint sensor to unlock the device. The device does not have any home button. The fingerprint is kept on the right side which is to unlock the device.
  • Speaker: To give you the best gaming experience, it has packed front facing speaker. The dual speakers are powered with Dolby Atmos. It has one of the best speakers among all the smartphones.

 9. Accessories:

The device also comes with different set of accessories, but you can also go for different ones.

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  • In the box, you get a USB type- C to 3.5 mm headphone jack to your headset with the device.
  • In case you have got a wireless headset, you can connect it quickly with the Bluetooth of the device.
  • Even though the device comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, it is better to add an extra protection to the glass by adding a screen protector. There are various options like glass screen protector or matte screen protector.

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  • Although the design of the device makes it very good to handle, Razer has its cases option which you can go for. It would not only be able to handle the device better but also prevent dust accumulation or act a shock absorber in case it falls.

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Wrapping it up:

The Razer Phone is quite a unique smartphone. Although, the device is average in terms of looks and doesn’t have anything so special about its looks. But, when we talk about its hardware and performance the device has topped itself with some best features especially it’s 120-fps display which is not yet found in any other smartphone at present.

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The device is not yet released and is set to release by the end of November 2017. If you liked this review, do share it with others, who want a brand new smartphone for playing some awesome games. If you are a game freak, then you would surely want to get your hands on to it.

For more details, you can check on their official website and click on Notify Me to get more info on its sale.

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