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Razer Phone launched: Smartphone Gamers’ dream!

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A few months ago, the Tech World was in awe when Razer acquired Nextbit. This could have meant a lot of things, and the first tangible fruition of this acquisition happened today in London.  Touted as the “The ultimate in Mobile entertainment”, meet the Razer Phone.

Built with 5 main features in focus, this is how the Razer Phone plans to differentiate itself from the other smartphones in the market.

Display

They partnered with Sharp to make this the World’s first 120Hz UltraMotion IGZO display! It’s a 5.7″ display with a wide color gamut, coming in at a QuadHD resolution. UltraMotion helps to have consistent high frame rates, with no lag/tearing at higher resolutions, while still not sucking too much battery.

Audio

Powered by Dolby Atmos, Razer says that this is the World’s loudest phone. Both the front firing stereo speakers have a dedicated Amp. For the headphones, there is a 24-bit DAC, certified by THX, but no jack. It should give you a cinematic experience in the palm of your hands.

Performance

It houses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 8GB Ram (which they said is the same amount as the MacBook Pro). While there are a lot of other SD835 phones, they say the Razer Phone has the best thermal performance.

Battery

“With great power comes great battery drain….”

Razer CEO

The Razer Phone has the largest battery on any flagship phone in this generation, packing a 4,000mAh pack, supposed to give you 12.5 hours of Movie playback, 63.5 hours of music playback and 7 hours of Gaming. This is also the World’s first phone to ship with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4+, which can charge up to 85% in one hour!

Camera

They have kept in mind to tick off every box in the camera department, coming with Dual 12MP lenses () with a Smooth Wide to Zoom transition, with other features like Portrait mode, 120Hz recording etc coming in the next update, happening later this month. It also has a Dual tone, dual LED flash for natural lighting. The front facing camera is rated at 8MP.

The Other specs

The base storage is 64GB with MicroSD expansion. The fingerprint scanner is located in the Power key. The chassis is made out of Aluminum CNC. It will launch with Android 7.1 with Nova Launcher Prime Razer Edition, and will be updated to Oreo in 2018Q1. The design stays true to the NextBit roots, with a very boxy design with squared corners. The top and bottom bezels are not the smallest, helping in landscape mode handling, and even the buttons are placed in a way that they don’t obstruct gaming. There’s a 3 headed Razer logo on the back. It does all of this, while housing a 4,000mAh battery and weighs only 197g, the same as the iPhone 8 plus. Razer Game Booster helps optimize gaming performance, block notifications and change the refresh rate according to the battery levels. They have partnered with a few Game studios to create special 120Hz versions of their game (few of them being Arena of Valor, Tekken, Final Fantasy XV). The Razer theme store helps with customisations and visuals.

Razer Phone Pricing and Availability

There is only one model of the Razer phone, coming in a 64GB config, in a matte black color, costs $699, which is lower than the new iPhones, Samsung flagships and Pixel 2. Shipping starts November 17, via the Razer store.

There are 1,300 Special Edition Razer phones with a neon green logo, available at select places.

UK customers can get it at Three stores, while the USA and Canada can get it at Microsoft stores.

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