The new Razer Phone is a high-end device built with gamers in mind, which is why it features top-of-the-line hardware and plenty of memory packed inside a chunky body made to be gripped during intense gaming sessions.
Razer Phone unboxing.
The Razer co is a company known for its gaming accessories, and this is its first ever Android cell phone. A key standout feature is the display supporting up to 120Hz refresh rate, making visuals appear extremely smooth. You also get a pair of loud, front-facing speakers, a huge battery, and a dual camera with optical zoom abilities.
Razer Phone Camera
The dual-camera setup on the back comprises of 12MP and 13MP cameras. Since this is supposed to be a gaming smartphone, it comes with Dolby ATMOS sound, dual front-facing speakers and amplifiers certified by THX.
Razer Phone Display
The Razer Phone is designed to deliver an exceptional performance with video games. It has a massive 5.7″ 1440 x 2560 px LCD display with wide color gamut; there is no super-wide-screen aspect ratio here as on the iPhone X or Galaxy S8, and in this case, sticking with the traditional 16:9 format feels like the correct decision, because Razer cannot risk incompatibility with any of the games or apps found in the Google Play Store.
There is a touch of magic with the display, though: it has an ultra-fast 120 Hz refresh rate – all the popular flagships out there right now run at 60 Hz. The 120 Hz display of the Razer Phone, which the company names Ultramotion, means that all kinds of animation and movement you see on the screen will look exceptionally smooth. This should be a great experience not only for media like games and movies, but also for ordinary things like scrolling a web page, for example. The latest Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ and 12.9″ are the only widely available mobile devices with such screens right now. As for the ‘Ultramotion’ part, that’s Razer’s proprietary take on the 120 Hz display, which adds variable refresh rate for both consistent image quality and zero input lag.
Razer Phone Battery
Those 3D games know how to drain a phone’s juice in no time. Here, the large size of the Razer Phone has allowed the company to fit a truly humongous, 4000 mAh battery. Such capacity should allow consumers to easily exploit the phone’s gaming prowess without worrying about running out of battery power before the day’s end. Furthermore, the Razer Phone will be the first smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4.0+ tech – also a crucial asset for a gaming-centric portable device.Razer Phone hands on.
Razer Phone Price
The price, however, is known, and it’s $699 in the US, or £699 in the UK. For the rest of Europe, Razer hasn’t been as specific, but we’re guessing it’s going to be around €699.
Samsung Galaxy Note FE
The refurbished Galaxy Note7 or Note FE is reported to come with a slightly smaller battery size, possibly down to 3,200 from 3,500 mAh, which will avoid the cell compression problem. The downside here, of course, is that this means less battery life, which isn’t ideal if you’re a power user and that’s exactly the sort of customer the Note series aims to please.
There’s also the age of the hardware to consider too. The Note 7 will be around 10 months old by the time it reappears as the FE, and in that time 2017’s flagship devices have surpassed the Note 7’s performance. That being said, the Exynos 8890 is still a solid performer, and the phone’s QHD AMOLED panel, 12 megapixel rear camera, 4 GB RAM / 64 GB flash memory combination, and IP68 water resistance rating, among other features, are still very competitive.