The first phone from Razer is high-end and pitched solidly at the gaming market.
When does the Razer Phone come out? It’s launching on 17 November 2017… but not in Australia just yet
What’s new about the Razer Phone Ultramotion Display, dual lens camera, Snapdragon 835 + 8GB RAM
How much does the Razer Phone cost? It's going to be US$699.99 with no call on Australian pricing just yet
What is the Razer Phone?
Firstly, it's nothing to do with the classic Motorola Razr, so you put that connection out of your mind!
Razer is a company best known for an extensive range of hardware for the PC gamer. This started as peripherals and then moved on to gaming PCs, then even slickly designed gaming tablets.
The company has now set its sights on phones and the Android-powered Razer Phone is the first to come out of Razer's brand new mobile division. It's a smartphone built for gaming and Razer are putting a lot into it.
Is the Razer Phone powerful?
In a nutshell: yeah.
In a longer sentence: hell yeah. The Razer Phone is going to pack in the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and that's going to get backed up by a massive 8GB of RAM.
The screen has had some special love paid to it. According to Razer it will be the first phone with a 120Hz UltraMotion display, for a fast refresh rate and smooth graphics. The 5.72-inch screen (and yes, that's a weird size) is going to be Quad HD.
The design will feature front-facing speakers in the 8mm thin aluminium frame. They're going to be powered by Dolby Atmos and there's even a USB-C headphone jack converter shipping with it. Not just any converter of course: this is THX-certified with a 24-bit Digital Audio Converter.
How do I charge the Razer Phone?
The Razer Phone is USB-C, so you'll use that. It's got a very sizeable 4,000mAh battery, which it will need given everything it has to power. The battery will be compliant with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+, which should get you back up and gaming in no time.
Does the Razer Phone have a good camera?
The Razer Phone will have dual cameras on the rear, one a 12MP AF f1.75 wide lens and one a 13MP f2.6 zoom. That should make for seamless transitions between wide-angle and zoom shots. Razer also thinks the dual-tone flash will keep colours looking natural. The front camera is a more standard 8MP lens that we're used to with selfie cameras.
Is the Razer Phone water resistant?
Razer hasn't officially commented on the IP rating of the Phone, so it's not clear just how much of a drubbing it can take.
What other features does the Razer Phone have?
Thanks to its impressive guts, the Razer Phone supports both HDR lighting and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio when streaming video through Netflix. The Razer Phone was the first smartphone to support both features within Netflix, as well as the first to incorporate Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 at all.
When will the Razer Phone be available?
The Razer phone hit North America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden on 17 November 2017. Unfortunately for us Australians, there's no current information about launch dates.
How much does the Razer Phone cost?
At launch, it cost US$699.99, €749.99 or £699.99 depending on where you're buying it. Converted, that's around $900 locally, but conversions rarely tell the whole story with pricing.
- Product Name
- Razer Phone
- 1440 x 2560 pixels
- Android 7.1
- Front camera
- 8MP f/2.0
- Rear camera
- Dual 12MP f/1.75 Wide, 13MP zoom f/2.6
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm
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