Razer’s Upcoming Mobile Phone Seems Sharp Enough for Cutting-Edge Tech
Razer, a company specially dedicated to the creation and development of gaming devices, is going great guns. After acquiring Nextbit in January this year, the Singaporean-founded American firm is all set to enter the mobile phone territory. Razer recently launched teasers of its very first smartphone, which it hopes to position as a veritable mobile gaming powerhouse. The company has long been rumored to be working on this smartphone. It will finally be unveiled at an event on November 01, 2017.
So, what is so special about Razer’s first smartphone? What can we expect from it? Here is the information we gathered so far:
Review of Razer Phone – Design
While much of Razer’s mobile device remains a mystery, we think we know what it might look like, at least from the back. Here is a picture of the back of the phone, as published by TechByte, in mid-October this year.
The picture shows a rectangular design, with a two-button volume rocker; and dual-sensor camera with LED flash. The back appears to have a matte finish.
Razer Phone Review – Specs
According to reports from the GFXBench website, the specs of this smartphone are as follows:
- Processor: The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, which can also be found in Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and LG V30 phones. With an advanced 10-nanometer design, this mobile platform is powerful enough to support phenomenal mobile features, while consuming lesser power. So this phone will most likely be able to offer 3D and multitasking capabilities, extraordinary VR and AR experiences, cutting-edge camera functionality and Gigabit Class download speeds.
- Storage: This smartphone comes with 8GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. In comparison, the Samsung S8 comes with 6GB RAM. The RAM factor could help Razer’s upcoming flagship device emerge as a favorite among gamers.
- Display: The device includes a 5.7-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440) display, with at least 5-finger gesture support.
- Camera: It will ship with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing sensor.
Price and Release Date
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan had confirmed, a few weeks back, that the company would launch a smartphone before the year-end. Then, a tweet by Tim Moss, head of Razer’s mobile division, added to the speculation that the picture he posted along with the tweet was actually a teaser for the phone.
While there is no information about the pricing of the smartphone, we expect that it will hog all the limelight at the November 1 Razer event. Incidentally, this event will be live-streamed on the Razer website as well.
High-Quality Plus High-Performance
There is still much that we do not know about Razer’s upcoming smartphone. However, given the “Watch, Play, Listen” concepts in the teasers, it would be safe to assume that it will sharply target the gamers’ demographic; combining high-quality and high-performance with speed and great sound quality.
Nextbit has proven experience with phone storage and offloading apps to the cloud. It is quite possible that Razer’s soon-to-arrive smartphone could incorporate some of that functionality as well.
Nextbit had tried to enter the smartphone industry with its Android phone, Robin. It had been somewhat different in structure and design and had included some other interesting features. While Robin did not last long, it could possibly have some influence over Razer’s upcoming handheld.
Will Razer Phone Make its Mark?
While Razer’s high-end hardware specs sound impressive enough, it remains to be seen as to how well the company manages its device’s software and other features. Though Razer has a good deal of expertise in manufacturing gaming-focused devices, it faces still competition from giants such as Apple and Samsung.
The company will also have to stand its own against similar companies such as Pepsi and Red, which have also begun to manufacture and sell their own branded handsets.
So, will Razer’s new smartphone raze down the competition? Will it emerge as the next big thing in the mobile gaming industry? Well, for now, we will simply have to wait and watch to know more.