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Hands on: Razer Phone Review

by YouTech

Posted on : Friday, 3rd November 17 , 03:28 AM

Remember next-bit ?

        - Yea, NextBit, the company that tried to change the ultimate storage system of a phone replacing with cloud storage and a low price tag. Next-bit was a bit impressing. And I, personally like this new companies that launch new smartphone and try to do something out of the box; you know, something not mainstream at all. This smartphones have great potentials to beat the flagships. I, remembered the time when OnePlus used to be like that; I mean the flagship killer.

So, couple of months back, RAZOR the gaming giant bought NextBit. And what else you expect from a gaming company to make their first ever phone to be like; Yea the new RAZOR phone is a gaming phone. I know, I know; what you’re thinking - “a gaming phone? What’s that for?”

Yea, why do we need a gaming phone? the flagships are doing a pretty good job on that. But the thing is RAZOR is the one company who is pro in making gaming stuffs.

So, here is the Specification:

        • Body: All aluminum CNC unibody

        • Screen: 5.7" IGZO IPS Ultramotion LCD, 1440x2560px resolution (16:9); wide color gamut, 120Hz refresh rate

        • Chipset: Snapdragon 835 chipset: octa-core Kryo 280 CPU (4x2.4GHz +4x1.9GHz); Adreno 540 GPU

        • Memory: 8GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot

        • OS: Android 7.1.1; Nova Launcher Prime Razer Edition

        • Rear camera: 12MP f/1.75 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.6 telephoto; dual-tone dual-LED flash

        • Front camera: 8MP

        • Battery: 4,000mAh; QuickCharge 4+

        • Connectivity: LTE Cat.16, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack

        • Misc: Fingerprint sensor embedded in power key, dual front-facing speakers, THX-certified amplifiers, Dolby Atmos

Yea, you’re right it’s pretty close to a flagship. But the thing which, is the show stealer is the display. Yea, the display is not any edge to edge or Bezel-Less display neither it is an infinity display that we’re seeing atrean now a days. This display has a strong bezel and that is also for a reason. Like I say, razor is famous for making gaming comfortable. This evenly distributed upper and lower portion of the display is for gaming console type experience and the crazy part about this display is it’s 2K and has 120Hz refresh rate that means you can see 120 frames per second in this 2K display and that’s something special.

Though it’s set to 90hz at first for saving battery you can go over to 120hz from the display settings but for now there’re not many android games that support 120 fps but razor is also working with the game developers to add 120fps in their upcoming updates.

Build Quality:

The build quality of this phone is awesome. The back of the phone is full metal and like most RAZOR’s gaming laptop it’s pure matte black finish that ensures the premium look of the phone. The phone feels nice in hand and the less rounded edges adds extra grip while holding the phone. The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the power button so, again that’s something new. One-thing that is not cool is this tiny volume buttons. The RAZOR phone do comes with USB Type-C and fast charging; though the fast charging is not too crazy like DASH charging and all. The phone doesn’t comes with a headphone jack.

UI and Others:

The phone runs on Android 7.1.1 and the company promised a update to Orio by the first quarter of 2018, that’s interesting. The UI is simple and pretty much stock android with some little tweaks and customizations. The stock launcher is NOVA launcher. And RAZOR has done a pretty good job in cooling system. I mean the all metal body and all kind of stuff they added to the phone to make the cpu cooler. The phone do comes with a great audio with this two front facing huge speakers and dolby sound.

Here is a video from Marques Brownlee