Razer Phone review – One for the gamers

 

The Razer Phone delivers a smartphone at the highest end of the mobile entertainment experience. In my Razer review I take a look at the smartphone that has been tailored for ultra high end gaming.

 

Razer Phone design

The Razer Phone is tough with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 front and an aluminium body. The look of the Razer Phone gets a unique twist with squared off edges.

 

 

The phone will be available in two editions. There will be a standard black edition and a Razer Phone Special Edition with the iconic green triple-headed snake logo on the back, there will only be 1337 made available to the UK market.

 

Razer Phone features

 

The Razer Phone has a 5.72-inch IGZO LCD Quad HD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The IGZO element produces brighter images while using less power, the display also has wide colour gamut for true to life imagery.

 

 

The Razer Phone boasts the UltraMotion technology within the display, for a refresh of up to 120Hz. This refresh rate is the essential element for creating the smoothest graphics for gaming, something the Razer Phone is made for.

 

The is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB RAM under the hood. This huge amount of RAM is another element used for superb mobile gaming.

 

The phone has a Game Booster for tuning the performance. There are Dolby Atmos cinematic stereo front speakers with dual amplifiers, this delivers impressive sound quality to games and other multimedia.

 

 

Razer has collaborated with the world’s top gaming companies, such as Tencent, to bring games to the mobile platform that are optimised for the UltraMotion display. The game titles that will be on offer include:

 

  • Arena of Valor
  • Lineage 2: Revolution
  • Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
  • Tekken
  • Titanfall
  • Shadowgun Legends

The Razer Phone has a 64GB internal memory and the microSD card slot can be used for cards of up to 2TB, providing plenty of room for game titles.

 

The Razer Phone is an Android Nougat operating smartphone and it will be eligible for the Android Oreo update when it rolls out.

 

The phone has Nova Launcher Prime, this enables comprehensive personalisation with various things from the Razer Theme Store. Here you will find custom wallpapers, icon packs and Razer DJ ring tones.

 

The Razer Phone has a big 4,000mAh battery, which helps to deal with the demands of the high-quality gaming experience.

 

 

With Game Booster you can choose to use the 120Hz refresh rate when playing games and drop the refresh rate for everything else. If the phone is left on the 120Hz refresh rate for everything, then the battery is unlikely to get through a full day.

 

The Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ will deliver a boost to the battery power in quick time.

 

Razer Phone Camera

 

 

The Razer Phone may be a gamers device however, you still get a decent dual camera set up with this smartphone. The rear-facing 12-megapixel dual camera has a f1.7 wide angle lens and 2x telephoto lens for smooth zooming. There is a dual tone flash for natural illumination and Dual Phase Detection Autofocus provides fast and accurate focus.

 

There is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with various shooting modes to get share-worthy shots.

 

Verdict:

The Razer Phone is aimed at mobile gamers, the amazing display and powerful technology deliver a gaming experience that is incredibly good. That said, these features also make it excellent at all the usual smartphone tasks. The price of the phone will be more likely push the phone over to the serious gamers, those that don’t want to lose the full console experience when using a smartphone..

 

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