- Analysis by KJ David
Gaming brand Razer takes a break from making mechanical keyboards and ergonomic mice to enter the smartphone market with the aptly-named Razer Phone, which, judging from its pros and cons, targets the same gamer clientele as all other Razer products.
Right off the bat, the Razer Phone sounds like a multimedia beast, running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (2.45GHz max clock rate), which is also the go-to chip for a good number of other premium-specked 2017 smartphones. More impressive than its CPU, however, is its humongous 8GB dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM clocked at 1866MHz -- the highest RAM capacity in the mobile world as of this review.
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Up front, it touts a 5.7-inch IGZO display on a promising 2560 x 1440 resolution . Moreover, it promises refresh rates of up to 120Hz through the UltraMotion technology , consequently claiming to eliminate lags or screen stuttering, an interesting perk for VR players, but the potential 515DPI display fineness may still render some of the unpleasant screen door effect we want to keep out of our virtual reality experience. Crowning its display specs is a protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3 finish -- some waterproofing would have gone a long way as well .
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As for its cameras, the Razer Phone sports a 12-megapixel + 13-megapixel dual-camera system at the back , decorated by familiar imaging features that we've seen on several flagship camera phones . Among these are a dual-LED flash, advance depth-sensing capabilities , and a 4K-2160p video-recording option . It won't take the crispest selfies, though, seeing that it settles for an 8-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera -- a trade-off for its inclination towards heavy gaming marathons, maybe? Another slight con is its 64GB-only internal storage memory , which obviously does not pack the same flagship punch as some tantamount models' 128GB and even 256GB inbuilt storage caps. Luckily, Razer makes up for the aforementioned setback by arming this phone with a microSD card slot that supports up to 2TB's worth of external memory .
The remainder of its pros and cons include a 4000mAh battery pack , which sounds adequate, especially with the Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ charging system on board . Unsurprisingly, this translates to a rather hulking physique that weighs 197 grams , but we're willing to bet that hardcore gamers don't have portability as a top priority. As for its audio system, Razer spices things up with the Dolby Atmos technology coupled with THX-certified audio hardware , a nice touch, given its focus towards games and multimedia. Speaking of nice touches, its feature set is topped off by Razer's self-branded Game Booster software, for, well... boosting your games.
Summing up, the Razer Phone will more than likely make waves among gamers who are seeking a mobile companion that combines a large high-end display, powerful hardware, and appreciable imaging capabilities.
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