Razer Phone with 8GB RAM, 120Hz display launched, targets hardcore mobile gamers

"It's common knowledge that I'm obsessed with my smartphones, I play a ton of games on them, and they're my go-to for streaming content", said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. A 120Hz refresh rate is unheard of in a phone, and Razer seems especially proud of introducing that kind of excess to the mobile phone market. I'll know more about how it really stacks up against the competition when I spend a little more time with it.

Today we're taking a look at the Razer Phone, the first smartphone made by the company By Gamers, For Gamers. This is paired with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.

There are twin 12MP rear cameras with dual flash for photographers too. At the front is an 8MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. Now it's a distinct reality, and at $US699, the new gaming-focused Razer Phone could one day be a solid alternative for people exhausted of slick glass-backed OLED phones like the iPhone X and Galaxy S8. You can still see G-Sync above 60fps, but the technology shines at low frame rates, when the gap between frames is longer and the stutter from erratic frame delivery is most pronounced.

The real stars of the show however are the display and the battery. Wait a minute what? The bezels will also allow you hold the phone horizontally while playing and not worry about getting some palm on the display.

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The Razer Phone boasts an 8-millimeter-thin aluminum body.

It appears as if the 120Hz display is not the real victor here but rather adaptive frame rates. Razer has assured that the high refresh rate will have no impact on the battery life. For audio, the handset is listed to come with Dolby Atmos sound and packs dual front-facing speakers and amplifiers which is certified by THX.

Oh there's also a 24-bit DAC inside the handset so there's another power draw to consider. The speakers are huge and supporting them are even bigger bezels to add to its bleak outlook there is no headphone jack. That's not very surprising, as the Razer Phone is actually designed and developed by the Nextbit team.

The device will be available in the market on November 17. The Razer Phone releases in North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, and Sweden for $700 Dollars / £700 GBP / €750 Euro.

  • Douglas Reid