Razer Phone review
A True gamers smartphone
Our Razer Phone review finds a smartphone at the highest end of the spectrum and one that is focused on giving an amazing personal entertainment experience. In particular, Razer has tailored the Phone for ultra high end gaming and this is a theme that occurs over and over again in our Phone review.
The Razer Phone will be exclusive to Three on contract in the UK. Alternatively the phone will be sold handset only from £699.99.
The Razer Phone has UltraMotion technology built into the display and this gives the phone a screen refresh rate of up to 120Hz. This refresh rate is essential for creating the smoothest graphics for gaming.
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The 5.72” IGZO LCD Quad HD display has a fine resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The IGZO element uses rare earth materials to produce brighter images while using less power. The display also has a very wide colour gamut, for creating true to life images.
The Razer Phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB RAM. This is a huge amount of RAM (Samsung Galaxy S8 4GB RAM / Apple iPhone X 3GB RAM) and it is once again essential for managing the gaming experience.
The phone has a Game Booster for tuning the performance. There are Dolby Atmos cinematic stereo front firing speakers with dual amplifiers to ensure game effects and other media sounds incredible.
Design & Special Edition
The Razer Phone is aptly tough with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 front and an aluminium body (8mm thick / 197g). We have to say that the look of the Razer Phone reminds us of the design of Sony phones with its squared off edges.
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The Razer Phone will be available in two editions. There will be a standard black edition and a Razer Phone Special Edition with the iconic green triple-headed snake logo on the back, of which only 1337 will be available in the UK.
Phone Set Up
Transferring content and security
The Razer Phone has a 64GB internal memory for transferring content over onto, from an old smartphone. If you intend to download lots of the high end gaming titles then you may need to expand the memory and the microSD card slot will let you use memory cards with a value of up to 2TB.
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A PIN or password can secure the phone but there is no fingerprint sensor, iris scanner or facial recognition. Some may say that this is the one chink in the armour of the Razer Phone but if you are buying a true gamers phone then this is probably is of little interest or concern.
Razer is working with the world’s top gaming companies, one of note being Tencent, to bring games to the mobile platform that are optimised for the UltraMotion display. The game titles that will be available include:
- Arena of Valor
- Lineage 2: Revolution
- Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
- World of Tanks Blitz
- Old School RuneScape
- Shadowgun Legends
Android & Nova Launcher Prime
The Razer Phone has Google’s Android Nougat operating system pre-loaded with an Android Oreo update scheduled for spring 2018. The Android experience includes the new Google Assistant.
The stock Android experience is just the beginning as this phone comes with Nova Launcher Prime. This launcher enables extreme personalisation and you will have access to the Razer Theme Store for custom wallpapers, icon packs and Razer DJ ringtones.
Camera & Video
While the camera isn’t the main focus of the Razer Phone you do still get a dual camera. The main 12MP dual camera has a f1.7 wide angle lens and 2x telephoto lens for smooth zooming. The dual tone flash ensures colours are natural and balanced and Dual PDAF ensures a fast and accurate focus.
The selfie camera has a 8MP resolution.
Usage vs refresh rate
The Razer Phone has a very high capacity 4,000mAh battery, which is needed to cope with the gaming experience. The Game Booster is the key to getting a full days use from the battery. This is because the screen refresh rate directly affects how long the battery will last.
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With Game Booster you can set the phone to use the 120Hz refresh rate when playing games but then have the phone drop the refresh rate for everything else. If you use the 120Hz refresh rate for everything, then the battery is unlikely to get you through the day.
If you do plan on a long gaming session, then Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ will ensure you can top up the power reserves in no time at all.
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Written by: Michael Brown