Razer Launches Phone for Gamers With Huge Bezels and No Headphone Jack

Gaming company Razer launches smartphone for 'gamers'

As expected, the smartphone focuses on gaming enthusiasts and comes with top-of-the-line specifications such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB RAM.

The Razer Phone will be available in the United Kingdom exclusively on Three, which is already supposed to be taking pre-orders, although the company hadn't got round to updating its website at the time of writing.

The Razer Phone has a price tag of around $700 (~₹45,000). It's the first phone to feature a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The noteworthy feature here is the UltraMotion technology that delivers a variable refresh rate that's twice what you see on most other smartphones. In the U.S., you can also grab it from Amazon.com or select Microsoft Store locations. This essentially guarantees buttery smooth movements on screen with no lag or stuttering while you play graphic intensive games.

Razer has been solidifying itself as a gaming company, from the moment it acquired Android-based console maker Ouya, released its Razer Serval gaming controller at Google Play, to the creation of its Nabu watch that's "smart, but not a smartwatch".

Game Booster allows you to set specific frame rates for games, cull notifications while you're gaming and more. The device has a total of three cameras, one 8 megapixel camera on the front and two cameras on the back. The high-end phone also features a 4000mAh battery, and 64GB expandable internal storage. We are yet to see the kind of response Razer will get in the market. It not exactly a pretty-looking phone. 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.

What the phone sacrifices in the current edge-to-edge design trend, it makes up for loud, powerful audio that make listening to music or watching videos in bed a joy.

Some of the notable games available at launch for the Razer Phone are Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, Titanfall: Assault and Tekken.

"The future of gaming is rapidly expanding to mobile devices, and both Razer and Tencent are at the forefront of fast-tracking development", said Vincent Gao, global marketing director at Tencent Games. However, the bulky and rather tiresome design of the phone may not be an attractive option for everyone.

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