Razer Phone officially launched with 120Hz display, 8GB RAM; priced at $699

In the past 5 years, smartphones have gained a lot of recognition, especially among camera vendors, telecom operators, and laptop manufacturers. RED has already confirmed its entry into the smartphone market and today Razer, widely known for making beast gaming computer hardware has officially entered the smartphone market with the launch of its first Android smartphone called just the Razer Phone.

This comes months after Razer acquired smartphone start-up NextBit back in January. The Razer Phone highly resembles the NextBit Robin in terms of design. It will be available in two editions, the standard edition will have a chrome Razer logo on the back and the special edition will house a neon-green traditional Razer logo.

Talking about the pricing and availability, Razer has priced the Razer Phone at US$699, which is approx Rs. 45,075 INR, far less than the recent flagships from various manufacturers. The Razer Phone will go on sale in North America and Europe starting November 17th. Pre-orders are already live. The special edition Razer Phone, mentioned above, will be limited to 1337 units.

Starting up with the design, the Razer Phone follows the NextBit Robin footprint with rectangular chassis and sharp corners. Unlike Robin, which came in various color options, the Razer Phone comes in a just matte black variant. The device is sturdy in hand and has an all-aluminum CNC build. It comes with front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos sound with its own amp, to provide the best sound experience. Following the trend, Razer has skipped the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Razer Phone and included a THX certified 24-bit DAC via an external adapter.

The key feature of the Razer Phone is the world's first 120Hz "Ultramotion" display on a smartphone taking advantage of Qualcomm's QSync. It has a 5.72-inch Quad HD IPS IGZO LCD 120Hz display delivering the fastest and the smoothest refresh rates and graphics. According to Razer, the adaptive refresh technology of "Ultramotion" synchronizes the GPU and the display to ensure no tearing or lag at high frame rates. Besides having such a powerful display, the battery life won't be affected.

To keep the device running all time, the Razer Phone comes with 4000mAh battery with first use of Qualcomm's QuickCharge 4.0+, which can charge the device up to 85% in just an hour. The Razer Phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor and Adreno 540 GPU and comes with 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB UFS storage with microSD card support.

Initially, the Razer Phone will come with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with Nova Launcher Prime Razer Edition on top to provide best Android experience. Razer promises to deliver Android 8.0 Oreo update in the Q1 2018. The company is also partnering with various Game developers to help them create and enhance their games to utilize the 120Hz display.

You can read the complete spec sheet below.

Razer Phone Specifications

  • 5.72-inch Quad HD IGZO LCD IPS UltraMotion 120Hz display with Gorilla Glass 3, Wide Color Gamut
  • 2.45GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Adreno 540 GPU | 8GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat based on Nova Launcher Prime Razer Edition (upgradable to Oreo)
  • Dual 12MP rear camera with f/1.75 wide-angle lens and f/2.6 2x zoom lens, dual PDAF, dual-tone LED flash
  • 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB UFS storage with microSD card support up to 2TB
  • 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, NFC
  • Fingerprint sensor embedded inside power button
  • Stereo front-facing speakers, dual amplifiers, THX-certified DAC
  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm | Weight: 197g