If I instructed you Razer made a smartphone, you’d most likely develop a psychological image fairly rapidly. For the reason that firm is usually identified for its gaming mice, keyboards, and laptops, you’d count on this telephone to be For Players. It might be loopy highly effective, after all, with all the perfect specs and the very best numbers and possibly a bunch of chips you do not want however sound actually cool at a LAN get together. It’d most likely be enormous, and tremendous costly, as gaming gear tends to be. And it could positively glow, for positive, no query. Possibly pink flames? Possibly Razer’s personal multicolored Chroma system? Plenty of concepts.
The precise Razer Cellphone virtually counts as boring, by gaming gear metrics. It is a barely blocky black rectangle with no glowing lights, no sound results whenever you press the best button, and no glowing lights. Even Razer’s three-headed snake brand, often neon inexperienced, comes solely in black. The Razer Cellphone was largely created by the crew behind Nextbit, a design-led firm that constructed one fairly cool telephone, referred to as Robin, after which offered to Razer. The Razer Cellphone carries loads of the Robin’s DNA, however not one of the cloud-blue coloring.
Inside, although, the Razer Cellphone’s every thing a Blade proprietor may need. Snapdragon 835 processor, among the best within the biz. A whopping eight gigs of RAM. An enormous four,000mAh battery. Better of all, a 5.72-inch, Quad HD IGZO LCD (I swear these acronyms all imply one thing) display, with 120Hz capabilities. The show can ramp up its framerate whenever you’re scrolling or taking part in a recreation, and crank all the best way again down whenever you’re simply studying or watching a film. The tech behind the show sounds just like the iPad’s ProMotion show, and appears to work simply as properly. I’ve by no means scrolled so easily on an Android telephone, and a fast demo of Riptide GP: Renegade, one in every of my fave cell video games ever, felt and regarded unbelievable. Its seems to be could disguise its intentions, however the Razer Cellphone exists for gaming.
The spec checklist simply retains on going. Two 12-megapixel cameras within the again. A 24-bit digital audio converter included within the field. Stereo front-facing audio system, with Dolby Atmos in-built. It solely ships with Android Nougat, however not less than comes with Nova Launcher, among the best and most customizable Android launchers on the market. And Razer says Oreo is coming quickly.
Preorders begin immediately at $699, and it ships on November 17.
A gaming telephone, after all, issues solely as a lot because the video games it will possibly play. Lack of actually nice, unmissable video games on cell has plagued each so-called “gamer telephone” because the days of the Nokia N-Gage. Razer has a bonus right here, in that it is already working with so many recreation makers. It is working with the makers of video games like Area of Valor and Ultimate Fantasy to optimize their wares for the Razer Cellphone’s specs. That may be good for the Razer Cellphone, and for the Android ecosystem normally.
Razer’s making an attempt to stroll a tricky line right here, as many have earlier than it: to make a telephone for avid gamers that does not appear to be, properly, a telephone for avid gamers. The corporate understands that folks do not buy two telephones, and so they want their gadget optimized for each necessary displays and necessary Shadowgun periods. That is onerous to do, however primarily based on a quick demo at Razer’s workplace, the corporate’s completed a fairly good job. It makes a number of cool-phone concessions within the identify of gaming—the marginally thicker physique to accommodate extra battery, the additional bezel above and beneath the display to supply a grip in panorama mode—however nobody would look askance whenever you took the Razer Cellphone out of your swimsuit pocket. Although they could be tipped off to your true intentions when the dulcet tones of Hearthstone come blaring out your audio system mid-meeting.