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More than just a smartphone for gamers?

The Razer Phone comes packed with a surprising number of features for the company’s first foray into the mobile space

More than just a smartphone for gamers?

In January 2017, Razer, the gaming company better known for its peripherals and laptops, acquired the startup behind the short-lived Nextbit Robin smartphone and analysts began to speculate that the company may be entering the mobile device market in a similar fashion to how it launched its own series of laptops with the Razer Blade in 2011.

The company recently announced its new Razer Phone during a keynote by CEO Min Liang-Tan in London on November 1st to the surprise of critics and fans alike. The Android-powered smartpone is a high-end flagship device suited to meet the demanding needs of today’s mobile gamers. Unlike Sony’s Xperia Play that tacked on a D-pad and a set of Playstation buttons with the hope of garnering the attention of gamers, Razer has doubled down on specs to offer a premium device with only a few compromises.

The Razer Phone has a 5.7 inch display powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a microSD card slot.

The phone’s battery life has also been bumped up to 4,000 mAh and Razer claims you can watch 12.5 hours of video or play more demanding games like Hearthstone for up to 7 hours.

In terms of audio and video, the device comes equipped with dual front-facing speakers and while the company has decided to follow the trend of removing the headphone jack, it has included a USB dongle with a 24-bit DAC certified by THX.

While the Razer Phone’s native display is 1440p, it can be downscaled to 1080p to provide better battery life. The screen is also a first for an Android device as it uses a variable refresh rate technology (up to 120Hz) to provide not only a smooth frame rate while gaming but also a more responsive overall Android experience.

For its first smartphone, Razer has certainly gotten a lot of things right and the company has even added some features that Samsung and the more feature-rich device manufacturers have completely overlooked up to this point.

The Razer Phone is currently available for pre-order and will be generally available on Friday, November 17th exclusively to Three UK across networks and £595 Sim free in the UK.

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