Gaming peripherals and laptop maker Razer, which earlier this year bought smartphone maker Nextbit (remember the Robin 4G LTE phone?), has cashed in on its acquisition and announced its first Android Razer Phone at an unveiling in London earlier today.
Rumors have been rife about a possible smartphone release by Razer since the acquisition of Nextbit, and Razer seems to have delivered in record time.
Razer Phone Specs
Key specs include a relatively large 4,000 mAh battery, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor to match this years flagships like Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory expandable via microSD, dual 12MP camera sensors on the rear, an 8MP selfie camera sensor on the front and a large 5.72-inch 120hz display.
The 120hz refresh rate is something to note because only tablets like iPad Pro have 120hz. This could be the first on a smartphone, and it makes for much smoother scrolling and movement in games. That’s only to be expected from a company heavily focused on the gaming market.
The glaring lack of a 3.5mm audio jack is compensated for by a THX-certified 3.5mm to USB-C DAC adapter that comes in the box. It looks like this could be the future trend that kills off 3.5mm on smartphones altogether, but the company says its because of the need for extra space for the larger batter and the speakers.
The Razer has the fingerprint sensor integrated with the power button on the side, similar to the Nextbit Robin 4G LTE smartphone, currently available on Amazon.
The Robin had some unique features, like automatically backing up your photos to the cloud, but after Google Photos released a similar functionality, the feature became redundant and was dropped from the Razer phone.
The Razer smartphone will retail at $699 and will launch soon, with shipments to North America and Europe starting on November 17, 2017. So it’s just a couple of weeks away, and pre-orders are expected to open any time now.
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