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Android 8.1 Oreo preview now available for the Razer Phone

Razer Phone Android flagship for gamers gets 8.1 Oreo update preview
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Razer Phone users who feel adventurous enough can grab the Android 8.1 Oreo preview for their handset, but they should be aware that this build will not receive any OTA updates in the future. Sadly, to install it, the bootloader must be unlocked, and this action would render the warranty of the handset void.

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The Razer Phone arrived back in November 2017 featuring the first smartphone display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and an impressive 8 GB of memory. On the other hand, the software was not up to the hardware, since this high-end handset was launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat onboard a few months after Android 8.0 Oreo had become available.

Now, although there is still no Android 8.0 Oreo update available for the Razer Phone, the company simply pops up a preview of the Android 8.1 firmware. While this seems to be great news, there is a problem: to install the developer preview image, one needs to unlock the bootloader of the phone. Sadly, by doing so, the Razer Phone loses its warranty, which does not cover unlocked devices.

To make it clear that this release is for testing purposes alone, Razer also highlighted the following:

  • the image does not contain any carrier-specific modifications, so WiFi calling, VoLTE support, enhanced voicemail, and other similar features might not work
  • applications that use the Google SafetyNet API, such as Google Play, do not work
  • there will be no chance to update the Developer Preview build to the official 8.1 maintenance release once it arrives
  • release notes will not be provided

The Android 8.1 Oreo preview build for this Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered handset comes with all the security updates that were available on February 5, 2018. If you missed all the Razer Phone-related news and videos so far, you might want to check the review below. After all, this is a niche product that some will love and some will hate, but it could also mark the start of a successful foray into the smartphone market for Razer.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-03-30 (Update: 2018-03-30)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.