Razer announces its first mobile phone, but not for Australia

Alex Kidman 2 November 2017 NEWS

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The subtly named Razer Phone is powerful and game-centric, but don't hold your breath for a release Down Under.

Rumours have circled for a while that gaming-centric tech company Razer was working on its first handset. Today, it has confirmed the existence of the Razer Phone, which will go on sale in the US from 17 November 2017 for an outright price of US$699.

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Packing 8GB of RAM and the slick Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Razer's first smartphone is a beast built to handle anything you throw at it.

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In terms of specifications, the Razer Phone features a 5.7-inch LCD with a hefty 120Mhz "UltraMotion" display that the folks at Razer are claiming makes it ideal for game-centric smartphone users.

Under the hood lurks the Snapdragon 835 SoC that has powered the vast majority of this year's premium Android handsets, but Razer hopes to make its phone stand out by stuffing it with 8GB of RAM where many other makers have opted for 4GB or 6GB. On the camera front, it features dual 12MP rear cameras.

For audio duties, it features front-facing Dolby Atmos-certified twin speakers. There's no speaker jack, joining phones such as the Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X, but Razer will supply a THX-certified USB C adaptor for your existing high-end headphones.

All of which sounds very tasty, but Razer's local representatives have told us that there's currently no release date for the phone in Australia. That doesn't mean we'll never see it because it's feasible that direct importers may offer it if you're particularly keen, but it does make it less likely to appear on contract terms from any Australian telcos

Specifications

Product Name
Razer Phone
Display
5.7in
Resolution
1440 x 2560 pixels
ppi
515ppi
Software
Android 7.1
Storage
64GB
RAM
8GB
Battery
4000mAh
Front camera
8MP f/2.0
Rear camera
Dual 12MP f/1.75 Wide, 13MP zoom f/2.6
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Size
158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm
Weight
197g

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