It’s no large tip that Razer (the association best famous for building gaming peripherals and laptops) has been building a phone. The association bought fledgling smartphone builder Nextbit progressing this year, and there’s been speak of a Razer phone ever since.
Sure enough, here it is: a Android-powered Razer phone. (Not to be confused, of course, with that resplendent guide of a early 2000s, the RAZR)
The association announced a device during an eventuality in London this afternoon. Like many things Razer does, this phone is built with a concentration on gaming — which, in this case, means it’s got some flattering crazy specs:
- Qualcomm’s ultra-speedy Snapdragon 835 chip, a same one that powers flagships like a Pixel 2 and a Galaxy S8
- A large ol’ 4,000mAh battery
- 8GB of RAM
- 64GB of inner storage, and a microSD container for expansion
- Dual 12-megapixel cameras on a behind with opposite levels of visual wizz — one far-reaching angle, one telephoto.
- 8-megapixel cam on a front
- As with a Nextbit Robin, they’ve dark a fingerprint sensor in a energy symbol on a side
- 802.11a/b/g/n/AC, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC
- It’ll run Android Nougat 7.1.1 during launch, with skeleton to refurbish to Android Oreo (8.0) in a initial entertain of 2018.
- A 5.72 inch, 120hz arrangement — definition a shade refreshes super-fast for smoother scrolling and animation/movement in games. The iPad Pro inscription has a 120hz screen, though it looks like Razer competence be a initial to marketplace with a 120hz arrangement in a phone
I got to go hands-on with a device a few days ago, and I’m looking brazen to spending some-more time with it for a review. For now, I’ll say: The device looks and feels well-built, a speakers were good and shrill and a 120hz shade seemed buttery smooth.
In what seems to be an unstoppable trend during this point, there’s no 3.5mm jack here. The association tells me they indispensable that space for a battery and a speakers. On a upside, there’s a THX approved 3.5mm to USB-C DAC adapter in a box.
If you’ve ever hold a prior phone done by a Nextbit team, a Robin, a Razer phone feels a bit like a bigger, badder expansion of that. If there’s a together star where Nextbit lived on exclusively and done a “Robin 2 XL,” it’d substantially demeanour a lot like this (minus, we know, a Razer trademark on a back).
They’ve understandably forsaken some of a program facilities that were singular to a Robin in a time. The Robin would, for example, automatically behind your photos adult to a cloud and mislay a internal copies to save space. Shortly after a Robin’s debut, Google rolled identical functionality into Google Photos right within Android and done a whole thing a bit redundant.
The phone will cost $699 during launch. Pre-orders should go live shortly, and it’ll boat in North America and Europe on Nov 17th.