Razer Unveils The Ultra Powerful Razer Phone

The first mobile phone from PC manufacturer Razer sports high-end specs like 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 120Hz display.


As was the case with companies such as Alienware and Falcon Northwest before it, PC and PC accessory manufacturer Razer has become the go-to brand for high-end computers and computer accessories. Founded just 12 years ago, Razer rapidly made a name for itself by producing scores of gamer-focused accessories: as a point of reference, Razer currently offers 28 different computer mouse models, a dozen or more keyboards both standard and mechanical, and a range of laptops starting at $1,349 and soaring up to an eye-watering $4,699 for the top of the line Razer Blade Pro 4K.

Needless to say, Razer is a company that caters to technologically-demanding consumers, so it's no surprise that the company's first ever smartphone, commonly referred to as the Razer Phone, would push the boundaries of how much power can be crammed into a mobile phone. As revealed just moments ago through the company's livestream event, the Razer Phone will sport all the top specs that gamers are sure to crave, including a 5.72-inch 120Hz Ultramotion display paired to an Adreno 540 GPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a sleek aluminum body, and an ample 4000 mAh battery. Also, as a cherry on top, the Razer Phone will also be the world's first phone with support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+ technology.

These features are piled on top of the device's previously-leaked specs, which include support for Dolby Atmos-enabled sound pumping through the device's front-facing stereo speakers, a Snapdragon 835 processor, a dual-camera setup with 12 megapixels lenses, an 8 megapixel front-facing camera, and a surprising THX-certified USB-C audio adapter complete with a 24-bit digital audio converter. The device will come out of the box with Android 7 Nougat installed, and Razer promises that Android Oreo will be pushed out to Razer Phone users next spring.

Mobile fans who want the biggest and baddest device they can get their hands on won't have to wait long, as Razer plans to start shipping the Razer Phone out around November 17 in North America and Europe. Even better, fans can go ahead and start dropping their hard-earned dollars — 700 of which will be required — on Razer's latest device tonight, as pre-orders for the Razer Phone have already gone live over at the official Razer website.

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    November 1, 2017 2:00 PM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Razer Unveils The Ultra Powerful Razer Phone

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      November 1, 2017 2:43 PM

      Said it earlier, but it looks like a re-badged Sony Xperia.

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        November 1, 2017 2:55 PM

        Looks like a rectangle to me, but instead of an Apple style round rectangle it's a Microsoft style pointy rectangle. In phone designs today everything either is or isn't just a rectangle.

        If it is indeed made by someone else, they sure crammed some cooler guts in it. Save for the Razer logo on the back it's a pretty nice looking phone. I've always been a fan of the MS style rectangle over Apple's.

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        November 1, 2017 2:56 PM

        It's reportedly based on the Nextbit Robin; it shares that device's button placement as well as what looks to be the SIM and/or microSD slot cover.

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          November 1, 2017 3:02 PM

          not bad, the robin is a nice looking phone, it kind of captures the retro/hipster aesthetic of the Pixel 2 without looking godawful stupid. I like the plain simple design. Razer phone is honestly a pretty nice looking phone.

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            November 1, 2017 3:48 PM

            I agree, I like it, especially the fat upper and lower bezels

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          November 1, 2017 4:09 PM

          And Razer bought next bit

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          November 2, 2017 1:18 AM

          Razer bought Nextbit earlier this year, which explains the similarities.

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        November 2, 2017 3:04 AM

        So, boring.

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      November 1, 2017 3:56 PM

      I really want to see a good review of this phone, particularly the battery life and whether it seems to run stock Android or not (knowing Razer, probably not). As well as how the screen looks, it should obviously preform really well.

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        November 2, 2017 1:19 AM

        Surprisingly, it seems to have near stock Android. It even comes with Nova Prime launcher preinstalled! If it reviews well, there's a very high possibility that this will be my next phone.

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          November 2, 2017 5:33 AM

          Holy crap really, Nova prime pre installed? That's a pretty good indicator imo

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            November 2, 2017 6:12 AM

            Agreed, but does any of that indicate likely update support long-term? That seems to be a problem for everybody who isn't Google.

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      November 2, 2017 5:37 AM

      Android kills me, 8.0 Oreo has been out for weeks and a new 'Ultra Powerful' phone comes rolling out this holiday season with an obsolete software version and a vague promise to update in 2018.

      Like buying an Audi with a VW golf engine in it but Audi promises it'll get a HP bump down the road...just please buy the car right now full price

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        November 2, 2017 6:18 AM

        The actions of Android OEMs seem to indicate that they believe the market doesn't give a shit about software version or updates, whether for features or security.

        I certainly care, and many of us here do, which is why I only look seriously at phones made by Google or Apple for now. But it's hard to argue with the OEMs' apparent conclusion about the wider market. They don't even seem to care about bloatware, they just want whatever is the hot shit on the day they upgrade.

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          November 2, 2017 7:15 AM

          Believe it or not, from what i see, this is true to some extent, I came across many people who refuse to update their phones 1) because they don't care 2) because they think it might break things for them.

          I saw that with people who work in the IT industry and not regular moms.

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        November 2, 2017 7:00 AM

        Yep, I think the ability to choose from a wide variety of hardware and features is fantastic with Android, but time and time again it is neutered by some annoying software choice. Whether it is Samsung and their awful software changes, or like this with their inability to release with the latest software, it just kills any reason to have a “choice” when you basically have to buy a Pixel phone no matter what to stay on top of it.

        Even if you don’t buy a phone with the latest right now, good luck waiting for updates at times, you might even just be dropped and never get an update again.

        The illusion of choice is silly, and this doesn’t even speak about how awful it is from a security perspective to leave people on old software.

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          November 2, 2017 8:07 AM

          Yeah. I figure the phone companies like it, because they can fill their showrooms with a big variety of devices, increasing "customer choice" and raising the likelihood that they will choose something with their crapware all through it. That, and they will probably be dying to ditch that device and pay for the latest in a year.

          But like you say, if care about up to date software, and are buying your own device for the long haul, you really only have two decisions to decide between a handful of devices: which OS do you want, and how big of a screen do you want? Choose your Pixel or iPhone accordingly.

          This whole situation has pushed me away from Android again. My 6P is crapping out and Google is only stepping up support if you bought from the right place, so I need a new phone. I can get a free phone through work, and they offer iPhones but not pixels yet. So iPhone it is.

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        November 2, 2017 9:00 AM

        Android OEMs can't develop phones with the hot new unreleased android version planned like google can. They have to start the project with what is already out there and scramble to update.

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      November 2, 2017 5:54 AM

      i was hesitant, but watched some hands on reviews. i really like it. doesn't look gimmicky, great no-nonsense industrial looking design, front firing stereo speakers, 8gb ram!

      i mean, i don't play games on my phone whatsoever, but this thing could turn out to be a great multimedia machine.

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        November 2, 2017 7:59 AM

        I'd be tempted by the 120Hz display alone, as long as everything actually refreshes that fast.

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      November 2, 2017 9:32 AM

      I like the style, and it’s definitely a high end phone spec wise, but I’m done buying super phones.

      I’ve bought a few of “the best” phones over the years, always end up playing one or two pretty games, then since most phone games still suck, I never play them again, then my $800 phone ends up only getting used to stream music and audiobooks and occasional web browsing. Something you can easily do on a phone that costs $100 or less.

      I don’t need it, but it’s cool.

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