Razer Phone: Finally, the one meant for Gamers

As we all know, Razer is a brand known for its gaming laptops. Razer launched the Razer Phone in November 2017. Is it good enough? Well, it’s probably the smoothest phone in the market. It is packed in a premium box and this phone doesn’t have an audio jack but it’s a trend among a few recent phones. So, Razer has included a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm converter. Remember the Nextbit Robin? It was a good gaming phone. However, there were a few downsides. While the phone was good, it was the first phone to introduce ‘unlimited storage’ (100 GB of cloud). The cloud storage slowed down the phone as every file stored after the phone gets internally full is backed up onto the cloud. Razer bought it off and took the performance to a whole new stand.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 197 g
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Memory: 64 GB, 8 GB RAM, microSD (upto 256 GB)
  • Battery:  Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh
  • Speakers: Dolby Atmos stereo speakers (THX-certified amplifiers)
  • Display: 5.7 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (IPS, Quad HD)

Performance:

The Razer phone runs with the most recent specs as expected. But, this phone is made for gamers for a reason that distinguishes itself from other phones. The performance is on point and the phone is just buttery to use. Everything is super smooth and this is due to one main feature. Gaming on this phone is incredible. The refresh rate of the display on this phones his 120 Hz like the 10,5″ iPad as compared to other phones with a 60 Hz display. There is absolutely zero lag and it completes the performance expectations. Since this is a gaming phone, the bezels are left as it is for better grip as compared to the recent flagships where minimal bezel is focused. Also, the phone as dual front facing speakers on the top and the bottom. Each speakers has its own amplifier which makes the phone very loud and clear. It is probably the best speaker on any flagship phone. The 120 Hz display takes up a lot of battery but the 4000 mAh battery doesn’t let it seem like it. This phone supports fast charging so, charging this large battery will not be an issue either. It is an all-metal body which makes it feel premium in your hands as compared to the plastic-y Nextbit Robin.

There is an option where you can switch refresh rates between 60 Hz, 90 Hz and 120 Hz to save battery life. Although, it’s set to 90 Hz by default to save battery life. But the 120 Hz mode gives a pretty good battery life anyway. When you are gaming, it dynamically switches between frame rates depending on the requirements of the device at that particular instant of time. The vibration mode on this phone isn’t very good. It feels cheap.

The UI is close to stock android like the OnePlus 5T. This is an upside for the phone as there will be a lesser strain on the battery. Razer decided to go with Nova Launcher Prime as it’s default launcher which provides a wide range of customization. Nova Launcher Prime is also the highest rated launcher on the PlayStore and Razer played well by choosing Nova Launcher as its default launcher.

Camera:

  • Primary: Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 25mm) + 12 MP (f/2.6), 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Secondary: 8 MP, f/2.0
  • Video: 2160p@30fps

For all those camera enthusiasts, this is not the phone for you! The camera is outdated and the dual lens isn’t doing very well. The exposure isn’t up to the mark (at all). The app itself is slow and doesn’t feel like a flagship camera. The camera is the major flaw when it comes to this device and even though the images captured with the Razer phone have good detailing and color contrast, it lacks in some areas like shutter lag when capturing HDR images, slower auto focus and lack of focus controls for the rear camera. But, Razer says that upcoming updates to the camera app will bring speed and performance improvements, along with new features.

Overview:

The Razer is a performance beast and it is well suited for gamers. It has the best speakers on any smartphone. But everyone phone has its downsides. The performance of the camera is poor and needs a huge upgrade through software updates. After all that criticism, Razer has promised updates to improve the camera. However, the most recent update improved the performance of the camera app as compared to its previous version. I would recommend this phone to a gamer or a user whose life does not depend on using his/her camera very often. The home button is embedded with the fingerprint sensor which is a logical approach. But, the button isn’t very tactile. This phone doesn’t have water resistance either. These are just minor complaints which can be discarded for the sake of that amazing performance (except the camera, of course). All in all, it’s a pretty great phone to experience and you’d enjoy using it if the camera isn’t important to you. The Razer phone is priced at $699 USD and expected to be as expensive as ₹60,000 in India available only in one color, that is, Matte Black just like the one they use on their laptops.

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