Rumors were right : Razer even announced a smartphone aimed at the gamer audience. The Razer Phone, as it was christened, comes with a 5.7-inch screen and a Snapdragon 835 processor to take on any game. But do not think that, because of this, the novelty brings some kind of joystick or fancy design. The model is more for an option that comes up to dispute space with current line tops.
The specifications do not let me lie. In addition to a Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPUs, the Razer Phone offers 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal space for expandable data with microSD up to 2 TB, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB-C port and 4000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0+.
It has the first differential for games: in addition to 5.7 inches in size, it has IGZO LCD technology, Gorilla Glass 3, 2560 × 1440 pixels, HDR and Wide Color Gamut support (for more color depth) in addition to a frequency of 120 Hz, which promises not only more visual flow in games but also in the visualization of certain applications – it is said that the difference is notable in Twitter and Instagram, for example.
If something is strange, you can manually set the screen refresh rate. In addition, the Razer Phone software automatically reduces the rate when static content is being displayed to save battery power.
In terms of photography, the smartphone follows the trend of the dual camera in the rear: there are two sensors there, one with 12 megapixels and f / 1.8 lens, another with 13 megapixels and f / 2.6 lens (for zoom). The front camera has 8 megapixels and f / 2.0 aperture. Only with careful reviews will people know how these cameras behave, but in numbers, they are convincing.
Other attributes that promise to bring more interesting experiences in the games are the two front audio outputs with Dolby Atmos, 24-bit sound and amplifier. There is no connection for headphones, but a USB-C adapter with THX-certified DAC is included in the package.
There was no aggressive customization in the software. The Razer Phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat – with promise to upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo in the first quarter of 2018 – with a slightly modified interface. In the software, probably the most prominent is the Game Booster application, which allows the user to create different usage profiles – with a screen-specific refresh rate for a particular game, for example.
Visually, the Razer Phone may not please you very much. The design of the handset is clearly inspired by Nextbit Robin, which is not surprising: Nextbit was purchased by Razer earlier this year.
The result is that we have a smartphone with “boxy” style, use of the front space inside the average, aluminum body and fingerprint reader on the power button on the right side. Curiously, these are features that are very reminiscent of Xperia smartphones (especially the Xperia XZ1 , I think).
Anyone who wants to have a Razer Phone will have to shell out $ 700. The device will be released in the United States and European countries from the 17th. For a change, there is no availability forecast in Brazil.