If you are a gamer or a PC enthusiast, you would have heard the name “Razer” at least once in your life. Razer is a United States-based computer hardware manufacturer which produces a ton of gear aimed mainly towards gamers and professionals.
Their product portfolio ranges from high-end gaming laptops costing thousands of dollars to small accessories such as mousepads. With a strong fanbase and years of experience in PC hardware manufacturing, the company is planning to extend its presence to the smartphone realm pretty soon.
Razer has officially confirmed that their first smartphone – “Razer Phone” will be unveiled on November 1st. It all started when the manufacturer acquired ‘Nextbit’ – the startup mobile manufacturer behind the popular cloud-based smartphone Nextbit Robin, back in early 2017.
In September, Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan has stated in an interview with CNBC, that the smartphone would be geared more towards gamers and entertainment. The leaked GFX bench listing also point towards high-end internals, which further strengthens the claim.
Still, there is no official confirmation about the specifications from Razer’s part, but the GFXbench listing reveals key specifications of the device. Razer Phone might feature a 5.7-inch display with Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with an Adreno 540 GPU, 8GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.
The listing shows Android 7.1 Nougat as the Operating System with some software customization from Razer. It may come with a 12MP sensor on the rear, which is capable of 4K video recording and an 8MP sensor on the front.
The leading manufacturer has already given a glimpse of the device in an image posted by Tom Moss (Co-founder of Nextbit, currently SVP / GM of Mobile division at Razer) on Twitter. In the image, we can spot a device peeking out of Tom Moss’s pocket, which is most probably an early production unit of the upcoming Razer Phone, considering the fact that Razer doesn’t have any pocketable device as of now.
There is nothing groundbreaking on the spec-sheet – Snapdragon 835 is common on high-end devices and we’ve also seen smartphones with 8GB RAM. But what I would like to see on Razer Phone is a lot of software features like the ability to stream games directly from the desktop, an exclusive game store and more.
On a side note, Razer is not the first company to launch a gaming-focused Android device. Actually, Nvidia had their Shield series of tablets, which performed fairly well in the markets, but sadly they didn’t come up with a device after 2015. (And No, I didn’t forget the Xperia Play).
Given the track record of the company and the tagline – “Watch-Listen-Play”, a slick looking smartphone with killer multimedia features can be expected from Razer. Let’s wait till November 1st to see what it brings to the table.
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