The company Razer officially introduced its first smartphone, which was created for the players. Here’s what you need to know about the Razer Phone model.
I will traditionally start from the presentation of the key elements of the technical specification of Razer Phone, which look promising:
RAZER PHONE – Specifications:
- Manufacturer: Razer.
- Segment: flagship smartphone.
- Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat.
- Released: 2017.
- Display diagonal: 5.7 inches.
- Screen resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels.
- Type of matrix: IGZO (IPS LCD).
- The pixel density is 515 ppi.
- Processor model: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
- The number of cores: 8-core, 4 x Kryo 280 to 2.35 GHz and 4 x Kryo 280 to 1.9 GHz.
- Graphic system: Adreno 540.
- 8 GB of RAM.
- 64 GB of internal memory.
- Support for microSD memory cards up to 2 TB.
- Matrix resolution: 12 Mp.
- Aperture brightness: f / 1.75.
- Flash: double, two-ton.
- Auto focus with phase detection.
- The second matrix: 13 Mp, f / 2.6, hybrid zoom.
- Matrix resolution: 8 Mp.
- Aperture brightness: f / 2.0.
- Wi-fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, two display zones.
- Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE.
- GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS.
- USB 3.1 type C.
- Dual SIM: no.
Safety and sensors:
- The fingerprint scanner.
- Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, approximation, illumination, digital compass.
Dimensions and weight:
- Dimensions: 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm.
- Weight: 197 g.
- Battery capacity: 4000 mAh.
- The battery is not removable.
- Quick Charge: Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+.
The ideal design for the players?
Razer Phone has a fairly square case, which is made of metal with a black, matte surface. The American company did not follow the market trend, and did not put the screen size 18: 9. Razer has a traditional 16: 9 format, so players can be sure that all games available on Google Play will be displayed correctly.
The screen also has a rather narrow side frame, and protects it with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 glass. Above and below the display are large frames, they are even difficult to call frames, because in fact it is a lattice of stereo speakers. These frames also allow players to confidently keep the smartphone in hand. For the same reason, the volume and lock buttons are on the middle of the side face.
On the back of the Razer Phone you will find a dual camera module and a silver logo of the company. Americans also prepared a special version of the device with a green logo, which is more typical for the company Razer. This is the only change in relation to the standard version.
UltraMotion, that is, an update with a frequency of 120 Hz.
The lack of a display with proportions of 18: 9 and narrow frames does not mean that Razer did not work on the screen of its first smartphone. Just the opposite. Against the background of other top models, the Razer smartphone features a 5.7-inch Sharp IGZO screen with QuadHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels).
This is an UltraMotion type display, which is characterized by a frequency of 120 Hz. What does this really mean? UltraMotion is a solution whose task is to synchronize the refresh rate of an image on a screen with a graphics processor, so that it must minimize the delay in signal transmission and remove the image ripping effect, loss of frames.
The Razer phone provides a smoother image than other smartphones available on the market. The IGZO panel can display games at 120 fps. The first tests confirm that Razer Phone displays content much softer than other smartphones with Android, and the difference is visible to the naked eye.
Using 120 Hz raises the power consumption of the screen, so in the standard version, the manufacturer installed an update at 90 Hz, but users can change its level at any time to 120 Hz or 60 Hz. The system also optimizes the number of frames for displaying the displayed content – they are smaller for a static image, which reduces energy consumption.
Performance at the highest level.
Razer Phone – this equipment, which, of course, will cope with any game. He received the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system, which works with 8 GB of RAM LPDDR4. The manufacturer also installed an internal memory of the UFS type – a standard capacity of 64 GB, but it can be expanded with microSD memory cards.
Razer also installed the Razer Game Booster mode, this function optimizes system performance for game requirements. An additional advantage should be a special cooling system, which reduces the frequency of the processor when a higher temperature is reached.
It is also good that the Americans took care not only of performance, but also of batteries. Here there is a link with a capacity of 4000 mAh, the battery should provide a long time of operation, and also it can be charged very quickly. Razer installed the latest version of QuickCharge 4+ fast charging.
Great sound quality.
Addition to the game features Razer Phone are stereo speakers that are on the front panel. The company took care and made quite good audio cameras, and also installed two special amplifiers (for each speaker separate), a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and Dolby Atmos – a technology that should help in emulating surround sound.
Some players may be disappointed by the lack of a standard headphone jack – 3.5 mm Jack. Razer recommends using the Hammerhead BT model with the aptX codec as an ideal accessory for your smartphone. The company has added an adapter from USB-C to Jack 3,5 mm, which has a 24-bit converter and certification of THX audio.
Razer did not forget about the dual camera.
Describing the smartphone, you should not forget about the dual camera, which is located in the upper left corner of the back panel. Razer has prepared a solution that is very similar to that used in smartphones iPhone and OnePlus 5.
The main module has a resolution of 12 megapixels and optics with brightness f / 1.75, and the additional one received a matrix of 13 megapixels and a telephoto lens with a f / 2.6 aperture. Users can switch between modules when using a hybrid scale option.
Will upgrade to Android 8.0.
In the market, Razer Phone appeared with Android 7.1 Nougat, but the company immediately announced that users can expect to upgrade to version 8.0. Oreo. The update should appear in the spring of 2018. The company could, of course, be a bit faster to cope with this task, but as they say – better late than never.
Interestingly, Razer does not come with pure Android. His smartphone has a pre-installed program Nova Launcher Prime, which gives you more options to customize the interface according to your preferences.
Price and sales:
As early as November 1, Razer Phone is available for pre-order in the US and some European markets, where sales should begin on November 17.
European prices are as follows:
- Razer Phone in the UK – 699 pounds (about 923 dollars).
- Razer Phone in Germany – 749 euros (approximately 872 dollars).
Will it appear in our country? We do not know yet.