Razer Phone

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Razer Phone
Razer Phone Wordmark.png
Codenamecheryl
BrandRazer Inc.
SloganWatch, Listen, Play[1]
ModelRZ35-0215
Compatible networksGlobal GSM
First releasedNovember 15, 2017; 23 months ago (2017-11-15)
Availability by region
Units soldUnknown
Units shippedUnknown
PredecessorNextbit Robin (indirect)
SuccessorRazer Phone 2
TypePhablet
Form factorSlate
Dimensions158.5 mm (6.24 in) H
77.7 mm (3.06 in) W
8 mm (0.31 in) D
Mass197 g (6.9 oz)
Operating systemAndroid 7.1 "Nougat" (upgradable to 8.1 "Oreo")
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon 835
CPUOcta-core (4x2.35 GHz & 4x1.9 GHz) Kryo
GPUAdreno 540
MemoryGB LPDDR4X RAM
Storage64 GB
Removable storagemicroSD, up to 2 TB[1]
Battery4,000 mAh Li-ion
Data inputs
Display5.7 in (140 mm) IPS LCD, 2560x1440 resolution, 515 ppi, DCI-P3 wide color gamut, 120 Hz variable refresh rate
Rear cameraDual 12 MP + 12 MP (f/1.75, PDAF & f/2.6, PDAF), 2x optical zoom, dual-LED flash, 4K video
Front camera8 MP, autofocus
SoundDual Dolby Atmos stereo speakers (front-facing)
Connectivity3G, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, GPS & GLONASS, USB-C[2]
Websitewww.razerzone.com/mobile/razer-phone

The Razer Phone (code name: cheryl, stylized as RΛZΞR PHONE) is an Android-based phablet designed and developed by Razer Inc. that went on sale on November 15, 2017.[3] The device is designed mainly for mobile gamers, although reviewers have noted that it is also good enough for everyday use.[4]

History[edit]

As a result of the acquisition of Nextbit in January 2017,[5] Razer started developing its own phone. The Razer Phone, therefore, is very similar in design to the Nextbit Robin. Its fingerprint scanner and front camera's positioning is the same, and both phones have large bezels, although the Razer Phone is made of aluminum, unlike the plastic Robin.[6]

In October 2018, Razer announced the Razer Phone 2[7] with numerous enhancements from the Razer Phone, such as improved screen and camera, wireless charging and Razer Chroma lighting.

Specifications[edit]

Hardware[edit]

The Razer Phone's back is a slab of black aluminum with a chrome Razer logo. Special editions were released, one with a gold logo, and one with a green logo.[3][8] The front glass is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3,[9] the volume buttons are made of aluminum, and the power buttons are made of plastic.

It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The internal storage is expandable by a microSD card.[10]

The display is a 5.7" 1440p IPS LCD panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Its highlighted feature is an "UltraMotion" 120 Hz display with variable refresh rate, similar to Apple's second-generation iPad Pro.[10] The quick refresh rate allows for gamer's to play with almost zero latency.[11]

The phone comes with two 12 MP cameras on the back, one being a wide-angle lens, and the other a telephoto. The wide-angle lens features an f/1.75 aperture, while the telephoto lens offers f/2.6 aperture.[10]

It uses the market-standard USB-C charging port[2] for its 4,000 mAh battery, capable of fast charging using Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+. It also has a 24W fast charger included in the box. The phone does not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.[10] The speakers are enhanced with Dolby Atmos, and the phone comes with a THX-certified USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter.[12]

Software[edit]

The phone originally came out running near-stock Android 7.1 Nougat. On April 16th, 2018, the phone was upgraded to Android 8.1 Oreo.[3][13] Its default launcher is Nova Launcher Prime. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan confirmed to a user on Twitter that the Razer Phone would get Android Pie in 2019.[14]

Accessories[edit]

Project Linda[edit]

At CES 2018, Razer previewed a prototype laptop codenamed "Project Linda" that uses the Razer Phone to power the computer. After the phone is placed into the trackpad area of the computer and a hardware button is pressed, a USB-C connector clicks into the phone, which also charges the phone when docked.[15]

The laptop uses a custom operating system based on Android and has 200 GB of internal storage, a 13.3" 1440p display, two USB ports, a 720p webcam, a dual-array microphone, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, but lacks dedicated speakers and uses those built-into the Razer Phone.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Smartphone for Gamers - Razer Phone". Razer. Archived from the original on 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  2. ^ a b "Razer Phone - Full phone specifications". www.gsmarena.com. Archived from the original on 2017-11-02.
  3. ^ a b c "The Razer Phone is on sale early in the US". Android Authority. 2017-11-15. Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  4. ^ "Razer Phone hands-on: Built for gamers, good enough for everyone". Engadget. Archived from the original on 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  5. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "Razer acquires Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  6. ^ "Razer Phone review: A tough sell, even if it's great for gamers". Engadget. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  7. ^ "Razer Phone 2 review". Digital Trends. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  8. ^ "'Limited Gold Edition' of the Razer Phone is now available for purchase with barely any gold". Android Police. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Razer Phone tech specs". Windows Central. 2017-11-01. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  10. ^ a b c d "Razer Phone announced with huge bezels, no headphone jack, and dubious gamer cred". The Verge. Archived from the original on 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  11. ^ "Razer Phone 2 Review: The Flagship Gaming Phone". BestGamingPC.com.
  12. ^ "Razer Phone Hits This Month, Focuses on High-Fidelity Visuals, Sound". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  13. ^ Razer [@Razer] (16 April 2018). "The wait is over! Starting today, we're rolling out Android 8.1 to fans wielding the Razer Phone" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Tan, Min-Liang (2018-12-06). "We are working on Android Pie for Razer Phone 1 too. Will be sometime next year". @minliangtan. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  15. ^ "Razer's Project Linda turns your Razer phone into a laptop". The Verge. Archived from the original on 2018-01-13. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  16. ^ "Project Linda is a laptop dock for the Razer Phone". Engadget. Archived from the original on 2018-01-13. Retrieved 2018-01-11.

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Preceded by
Nextbit Robin
Razer Phone
2017
Succeeded by
Razer Phone 2