Razer Phone official with 5.7-inch display, 8GB of RAM, and $699.99 price tag

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A new flagship Android smartphone is coming to market from a company that’s new to the mobile game.

The Razer Phone is now official. Razer is a company that’s typically known for its PC gaming hardware, but today it introduced its first Android smartphone, and it’s a spec nerd’s dream.

Razer placed a major focus on the display of its new smartphone. The Razer Phone features a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 Sharp IGZO LCD screen with a 120MHz refresh rate. Razer also touts that its phone display offers Ultramotion, a refresh technology that syncs the GPU and screen to eliminate tearing and lag and also improve battery life.

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Audio is another focus of the Razer Phone. There are dual front-facing speakers on the device along with dual dedicated amplifiers and a 24-bit DAC. Razer also threw Dolby Atmos tech in there, and the company has gotten THX certification for its phone as well.

Inside the Razer Phone’s aluminum chassis is a bunch of high-end components. Those include a Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 4,000mAh battery. The Razer Phone supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+, which can get that 4,000mAh battery from 0 to 85 percent in 1 hour.

Like many other flagship phones, the Razer Phone features a dual rear-camera setup. It’s got one 12-megapixel camera a wide angle lens and one 13-megapixel camera with a 2x telephoto lens. There’s also an 8-megapixel camera on the front of the Razer Phone for all of your selfie needs.

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On the software side, the Razer Phone comes equipped with Android 7.1.1 with an update to Android Oreo planned for Q1 2018. The phone also comes with Nova Launcher Prime Razer Edition. Razer has included a custom app called Game Booster that you can use to customize the phone’s gaming experience, including muting notifications and choosing to optimize for battery life or performance.

Rounding out the Razer Phone’s feature list is a fingerprint reader that’s built into the side power button, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, and a USB Type-C port. Also worth noting is that there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack to be found here, but Razer does include a dongle that’s THX-certified.

Razer tells me that the Razer Phone has been certified for T-Mobile VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling. Here’s what the Razer Phone’s wireless band support looks like:

  • GSM: Quad-band GSM
  • UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8
  • LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
  • TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41
  • TD-SCDMA: B34/39

The Razer Phone will be available for pre-order from Razer’s website today for $699.99. It’ll begin shipping on November 17th.

Razer’s first entry into the smartphone game could be a solid one. While the design isn’t all screen like some other flagships, it’s a nice-looking, industrial update to the design of the Nextbit Robin, which was made by a company that was acquired by Razer earlier this year. All of the Razer Phone’s specs are flagship-tier, and the price is pretty competitive compared to other high-end phones. Now we just have to wait to see what it’s like to actually use the thing.

What do you think of the Razer Phone? Does its high-end spec list and aluminum body have you interested?

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  • justanormalguy13

    Which band is the new 600 MHz?

    • justanormalguy13

      Looked it up. 71

  • Iphart

    Same fate as Essential Phone, Moto Z2 Force and soon V30 in a month or 2?
    $500.

    • riverhorse

      I have real high hopes for Black Friday.

    • gmo8492

      Definitely recommend waiting for this one to drop in price, even so it doesn’t even have a headphone jack. Not going to buy this one.

    • SirStephenH

      I can’t wait til they drop. I’d like to get a V30 before the camera glass on my V20 randomly shatters again. It’s a better option than this phone. No OIS and band 71 are a no go for an upgrade for me.

  • riverhorse

    As long as bootloader is not locked down, I’ll tolerate the big bezels in exchange for an even larger screen. Apart from that the remaining Achilles heel is only 64gb storage.
    And if Razer wants to go head 2 head with flagships without lowering price, then it needs removable n extended battery, Band 71, IR Blaster.

    Razer almost hit it out of the park with its initial phone, it now needs an Ultra version to take the lead.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      You want an extended battery? It already has 4000mAh!

      As for removable batteries, that ship has sailed for the US market, and is unlikely to ever return.

      • riverhorse

        Why not an extended battery? This thing gonna eat battery like crazy. Workers out on the road all day would love to be able to keep GPS, NFC, WIFI, and / or BT on permanently + not have to pit stop recharge or carry a brick around.

        You’re absolutely correct the removable battery ship has just about left pretty. The solution going forward looks like a powered case… and maybe dual batteries in the upcoming flip smartphones.

      • Mxx

        4k mah is decently big by today’s standards. But 1+ year from now when you recharged it a ton of times and it doesn’t hold as much charge, you’ll be always connected to external battery or run from outlet to outlet.

        • Jeremy Turnley

          That’s not actually as bad as it used to be. The 835 includes a battery conditioner circuit that limits the impact of charging, and Samsung has improved that even further, saying that the S8 and later will only lose 10% over 2 years.

        • Mxx

          They are saying that, doesn’t mean it’s true. :/
          Phone mft are only interested in selling you more phones. So they will make sure to engineer their phones to last “warranty + 1 day”.
          This is the same reason why removable batteries are gone. Why would they sell you $30 replacement battery when they can sell you $600+ replacement phone.

        • Jeremy Turnley

          Because they will get sued if they say it and it’s not true. We will know well ahead of the 2 year mark, so if it doesn’t pan out, guess who will be on the hook for replacing a few million batteries because of false advertising lawsuits?

        • riverhorse

          LG G Pad latest tablet comes with 3,xxx battery plus another extended 4,xxx.

    • SirStephenH

      64GB is plenty with an SD card. It’s best not to store things other than apps internally anyways.
      Not many people get use out of removable batteries anymore. Batteries often last ~2 years, roughly the time people replace it anyways, and power banks have replaced the need for most to carry around extra phone batteries which can only be used for that device and require you to turn off the phone to replace.
      I agree with you about band 71 and an IR blaster though and raise you OIS.

  • KMB877

    Way to expensive! And, no LTE band 71???
    C’mon, Essential just dropped $200!

    Also, over a year ago, we got ZTE Axon 7 for less…
    As stated earlier, max $499…

    • Aaron M Kurth

      How does it drop it $200? There is currenly only 1 phone that has band 71 capability and none of the other phones coming out this year will have it.

      • SirStephenH

        Both the V30 and the S8 Active have band 71 support. Still no reason for a $200 drop.

  • AA-Ron

    Band 71 would have made this thing even more enticing. I want to see exclusive high end games for it.

    • SirStephenH

      Lack of band 71 support is going to hurt a lot of phones. They’ll still do OK but not as good as as if they had it.

  • gmo8492

    Why do people keep saying the price is competitive. It’s not at all competitive, the price is up there with the iPhone 8 and Pixel 2. Hell, the Galaxy S8 with a better display minus the high refresh rate, wireless charging, awesome camera, and a headphone jack is still cheaper and goes for around $550 brand new. The only thing that is impressive is the 8GB of ram which can be had in the OnePlus 5 which is still $160 cheaper.

    • Aaron M Kurth

      Galaxy S8 with similar storage (64 GB) goes for $725 brand new off Samsung website…. S8 also has a smaller battery, the same camera, lower refresh rate, and a headphone jack that is rarely used as most headphones are now bluetooth. The OnePlus 5 is coming in a 6 GB and 8GB version… the 8GB version only being available for the 128 GB sotrage. Both also have alot more bloatware on them out of box.

      • MattPortland

        Most headphones are not Bluetooth.

      • Francis Xavier

        lol at “rarely used.”

  • Mxx

    Welp, another phone I won’t be buying because there’s no headphone jack.

    • Tinger12

      More and more are leaving the headphone jack in the dust. You and others may hate it, but your choices are dwindling.

    • Panzer

      Is having to use a dongle really that bad?

      • Mxx

        Yes.
        And you can’t use that dongle while you are charging your phone from external battery/outlet.

        I do not need my phone to be any more thinner. Make it thicker to have larger battery AND enough room to fit headphone jack.

        • Panzer

          Clip-on battery packs, wireless headphones, dual port dongles; you’re “problem” isn’t really a problem so much as an excuse not to change.

        • Mxx

          Change for the sake of change if a shitty change.
          headphone jack is perfectly fine for what it does.

          If you have more money than brains, then go ahead and spend it.

  • They_Call_Me_Bruce

    Why is it whenever a phone comes out people only look at the downside? “It has 10 things I have to have, and is missing just 1 I want, no deal.” Every phone is a no deal for the one or two things it doesn’t have. I would love to know what phones these people are using because there isn’t a phone on the market that has it all for the $300 they want to spend.

    • AA-Ron

      Lol, good comment that’s true. I’m guilty of that. I guess we just live in a fantasy world and want everything. I think what it is is, some people feel like the things they are asking for are so small, they could have added them. How hard wouldn’t have been to add a headphone jack or band 71 especially since the LGv30 has both. If they had added those some people would feel like the phone would be complete. If those were included, the phone would be ……INSANE. ( Couldn’t resist)

  • Sean Sorlie

    This is nice and all, but i still do not see the games available to justify such a device… Perhaps the software will follow the release? Frankly mobile gaming should, and could be further than it is, but i get the feeling its being help back so traditional gaming doesn’t lose its market…

    • spartanjet

      Back when smart phones came out I always imagined something like Nintendo 3DS like library that was hand held and also made calls. Unfortunately the industry went towards free garbage with cash shops to nickle and dime people to death. I don’t think there will ever be much in the way of good games without something changing.

  • Captain Insano

    There is no mention of the bands it supports? I like it. I would use this as my backup phone for sure.

    • SirStephenH

      Copied from above article:

      GSM: Quad-band GSM
      UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8
      LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
      TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41
      TD-SCDMA: B34/39

      • SirStephenH

        It’s only missing band 71 (600MHz).

  • I can’t wait for reviews! The speakers almost sold it for me already. If they leave the software alone and just include a couple apps, then screw it. This baby will be mine. No Pixel for me after all. I wanna say there would be other ROM’s, but I’m not sure how fast that would happen depending on if the bootloader is unlockable and that higher refresh rate.

  • JJCommonSense

    Not bad… not bad at all! 8gb ram? High end Audio? Top Tier processor? And its competitively priced… I would have liked to see some water resistance in the mix. Samsung could learn a thing or two from them about the placement of the fingerprint sensor.. this upper corner shyt on the note8 is a whole fool! Cheers to competition!!

  • Kevin

    since when is $700 a competitive price? It’s kinda sad that people got desensitized over the years since all the “standard” phones cost $900+ now.

  • VirusZer0

    It looks a lot like the Sony Xperia phones.

  • NardVa

    The greatest trick cell phone makers pulled was getting people to believe they need $700 phones.