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Razer Phone Unveiled At Razer’s Keynote

As expected, gaming hardware, accessory, software, and services company Razer has announced their first phone, the Razer phone will be called the Razer Phone. It will have a 5.7 inch 1440 x 2560 qHD screen, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, both of which are expected for flagship devices. It also boats 8 gb of ram, which is twice as much as Google’s Pixel 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but there are other devices out there with as much ram. More impressive is the phone’s screen. While a 1080p 5.72 inch display is nothing to write home about, the screen will have a 120hz refresh rate. That’s not necessarily a must have, but certainly a welcome addition. The screen will also support Razer’s Ultramotion, which promises to eliminate display lag and tearing Even more impressive is the phone’s 4000 mah battery, which is a third more than the Galaxy S8, and even more than Google’s large Pixel 2 XL.

So here’s the rest of the tech stuff:

  • No, it will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack
  • No wireless charging
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 support
  • Android 7.1 at launch, promised update to Oreo in 8.0
  • Custom version of Nova Launcher Prime
  • Dual rear cameras
  • Front facing stereo speakers
  • 64 GB internal storage

Most of the specs are high end, but not something otherworldly. As with any mobile device, the tech specifications are only one part of the equation. While things like storage and connectivity generally are what the specs say there are, there are plenty of other things that can go beyond the spec sheet. Performance and support can vary from device maker to device maker, even if the specifications are nearly identical. Even the massive battery may not last gamers as long as they expect if they’re running high end games all of the time. Many Android device makers have had poor support for their devices, with security and firmware updates often coming months after they become available on Google’s own Nexus and Pixel devices, and support being discontinued after only a short period of time.

The phone will also add Razer Game Booster, which will allow Android gamers to customize their game settings. Gamers will be able to change resolution, frame rate, anti-aliasing, and more if they want to have the best looking game experience or save batter power. Razer has promised that a lot of developers will have 120hz version of their games.

These are some of the promised gaming partnerships:

  • “Final Fantasy® XV Pocket Edition” from Square Enix
  • “Arena of Valor” from Tencent Games
  • “Gear.Club” from Eden Games
  • “Lineage 2: Revolution” from Netmarble Games Corporation
  • “Old School RuneScape™” from Jagex Limited
  • “RuneScape™” from Jagex Limited
  • “Shadowgun Legends™” from Madfinger Games
  • “Tekken™” from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe
  • “Titanfall™: Assault” from NEXON Co., Ltd. and Particle City, Inc.
  • “World of Tanks Blitz” from Wargaming Group Limited

How much will the Razor Phone cost? $699, and it will start shipping from November 17th, 2017.

For more information on the phone, check out Razer’s official website.