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Razer Phone 2017

Specifications

Razer Phone 2017
Razer Phone 2017
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4, 1,600 MHz
Display
5.72 inch 16:9, 1440 x 2560 pixel 513 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IGZO LCD, 120 Hz, Wide Color Gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 64 GB 
, 48.9 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: audio output through USB-C, Card Reader: microSD (class 10, 2TB max.), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM: quad-band GSM; UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8; LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66; TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41; TD-SCDMA: B34/39, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 158.5 x 77.7 ( = 0.31 x 6.24 x 3.06 in)
Battery
15.2 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix dual camera: 12MP AF f1.75 wide, 12MP AF f2.6 zoom, dual PDAF, dual tone, dual LED flash
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix FF f2.0, Videos @1080p/30fps
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo front-facing speakers, Dual Amplifiers, Audio Adapter with THX certified DAC, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Type-C to 3,5mm Audio Adapter, power supply, USB-C cable, SIM tool, Game Booster, Dolby Atmos, Nova Launcher, 24 Months Warranty, data rate: up to 600 Mbps (downstream) / 100 Mbps (upstream). SAR 0.35 W/kg (head), 0.68 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
197 g ( = 6.95 oz / 0.43 pounds), Power Supply: 94 g ( = 3.32 oz / 0.21 pounds)
Price
749 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 79.48% - good
Average of 40 scores (from 73 reviews)
price: 77%, performance: 92%, features: 82%, display: 90% mobility: 85%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 97%

Reviews for the Razer Phone 2017

88.2% Razer Phone 2017 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The Gaming Phone. Gaming at 120 frames! No more stuttering! Many a gamers' dream may have just come true with the release of the Razer Phone 2017. Our review is going to reveal whether or not this smartphone is made just with gamers in mind and how it does in real-life scenarios.
Razer Phone Hands On: Designed For The Mobile Gamer
Source: Lowyat.net English
The Razer Phone isn’t available officially in Malaysia just yet, so your best bet in experiencing one is to get it via some of the resellers here in Malaysia.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/06/2018
80% Razer Phone
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Razer Phone is a fantastic handset that makes the case for smartphones including variable refresh rate screens. It’s only a shame the camera falls way short of expectations.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/31/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
80% The Razer Phone – There’s a First Time For Everything (Review and Giveaway)
Source: Make Use Of English
Razer's first iteration of a mobile device is bringing true innovation. If the cameras were improved, it would be near perfect.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Razer Phone review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Razer Phone is the perfect smartphone... if you're a gamer. While it doesn’t feature the sleek, bezel-less design of other flagship smartphones, no other deviceon the market can come close to matching the stunning 120Hz refresh rate. It makes a huge difference to gaming on mobile, especially when combined with stereo front-facing Dolby ATMOS-certified speakers and an app that lets you tweak the performance of games on a per-app basis.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Razer Phone is a demo of tomorrow's display tech
Source: The Verge English
But the Razer Phone does provide some exciting prospects, and it will be very interesting to see this kind of high refresh display technology in phones that make fewer compromises to get it. If that happens, then the future of smartphones is going to be pretty smooth.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/22/2017
80% Razer Phone Review : Real Mobile Courage
Source: Slashgear English
Razer recognized the best design and software elements in the original NextBit Robin device. Razer’s courage came in keeping those bits and pieces in a device that’s now a Razer at heart. This device isn’t the most extremely bright, nor the most massive, nor the phone with the biggest battery on the market. Razer knew they made a device that could have failed because of its lack of “new” features – but they released it anyway.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Razer Phone review
Source: Techradar English
The Razer Phone is packed full of power and potential, but the stumbling block is its niche appeal. Its design may not blow people away, but the super stereo speakers and gaming-focused display will appeal to some.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
82% Razer Phone review
Source: Android Authority English
The Razer Phone is a great first attempt and might start new trends in the smartphone space, but its camera significantly holds the phone back.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 90% display: 92% mobility: 80% workmanship: 85%
85% Razer Phone – Is this the ultimate gaming device?
Source: Cool Smartphone English
As a first shot at entering the market, Razer has done a good job on this phone and I have high hopes if they can fix that camera. I am also hopeful as to what they have up their sleeves for the next version. They have certainly shaken up the industry and hopefully, this will spur other manufacturers on to think about the graphic and screen tech used in their own flagships. So kudos to Razer for trying something bold and making waves.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 92% features: 94% workmanship: 88%
70% Razer Phone Review
Source: Phone Arena English
Right now, the Razer Phone just isn't worth it. It's got some great ideas in there, but even the smoothest display in the world couldn't make up for all the other loose ends scattered about. Will software updates landing in the next few months transform the Razer Phone into one that's finally worthy recommending? We're optimistic, but $700 is a big price to pay for being a beta tester, and if you buy the Razer Phone now, that's exactly what you'll feel like.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Razer Phone review:
Source: CNet English
Razer Phone sets a new bar for mobile performance (and game responsiveness) with its 120Hz screen and loud speakers, but it's not a top-tier phone in any other way.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 100% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
80% Razer Phone review
Source: Techradar English
The Razer Phone is packed full of power and potential, but the stumbling block is its niche appeal. Its design may not blow people away, but the super stereo speakers and gaming-focused display will appeal to some.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% Razer Phone review: A tough sell, even if it's great for gamers
Source: Engadget English
Razer definitely nailed the "phone for gamers" ethos, with its beautiful display, buttery smooth performance and ear-tingling speakers. Its performance as a regular ol' phone isn't too bad either, as those same qualities are great for other fun activities like watching videos and listening to tunes. Plus, battery life is stellar, which is great news for gamers and non-gamers alike. That said, if you wanted a stylish phone with a good camera and a display that works great outdoors, we'd advise you to look elsewhere. For those who care about gaming above all else, though, Razer has your back yet again.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 85%
The Razer Phone has arrived. Here is our unboxing
Source: Cool Smartphone English
If you’re interested in getting one, it’s available on Three here in the UK for £41 a month with £49 upfront (for 4GB data and unlimited everything else). Or you can pay £594.99 for one outright.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/29/2017
Review: Razer Phone
Source: Hexus English
There is a plethora of good premium Android smartphones based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform. Most feature high-quality screens, ample resolution, solid battery life and impressive cameras. Going against the grain of Android, premium handsets have become increasingly homogenous.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/27/2017
80% Review: Razer smartphone
Source: PC Authority English
The Razer Phone is a smartphone obsessed with gaming. As well as just about the loudest speakers you’ll find in a phone, it lets you customise game settings for a PC-like feel and has a clever (if not essential) 120Hz screen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Razer phone review
Source: Stuff TV English
It's great for games - just make sure you consider the issues before splashing out or signing up for a contract.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Razer Phone Review
Source: Droid Life English
While the hardware has left me wanting to go to a smaller phone, I can’t get over the performance and battery life I’ve seen. Playing games and just scrolling through the phone has been very smooth, so overall, I’ve had a positive experience.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/22/2017
70% Razer Phone
Source: PC Mag English
Razer's first phone delivers an all-out mobile gaming experience, but falls short on some other smartphone basics.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Razer Phone review: an absolute beast of a smartphone
Source: T3 English
The Razer Phone is a very impressive device from the gaming hardware company, especially considering it's its first attempt.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% Razer Phone Review – 120Hz £699 smartphone for gamers
Source: Kitguru English
On the whole, though, I think the Razer Phone achieves what it set out to achieve – to be an excellent phone for gamers. It won’t appeal to the mass-market the same way the Galaxy S8 has, but the excellent sound, fantastic display and all-round performance make it perfect for mobile gamers or streamers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 85%
80% Razer Phone
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Razer Phone is a fantastic handset that makes the case for smartphones including variable refresh rate screens. It’s only a shame the camera falls way short of expectations.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
80% Razer Phone review
Source: Techradar English
The Razer Phone is packed full of power and potential, but the stumbling block is its niche appeal. Its design may not blow people away, but the super stereo speakers and gaming-focused display will appeal to some.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Razer Phone Preview: Brute Force and Piercing Volume
Source: Androidbeat English
Yes, it’s big, it’s black, it’s heavy and it’s cold metal. In fact, it’s typical Razer – no frills high end hardware, and it’s how we love the company.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/12/2017
74% Razer Phone review
Source: GSM Arena English
So, is the Razer Phone the revolutionary device that will finally shake the smartphone industry, rearrange priorities and change the rules? No. Realistically, it can probably hope to match or best the sales of its Nextbit Robin ancestor and gain some traction with loyal brand fans.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 74%
80% Razer Phone review: Brilliant brickphone brings an experience like no other
Source: Pocket Lint English
For the everyman, however, there are better-looking, longer-lasting and equally as powerful devices which sack-off of the screen's refresh rate for the sake of being better all-round devices.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Razer Phone review: How to build a smartphone for gamers
Source: BGR English
The Razer phone is priced at a pretty reasonable $699, and will be available from the company’s website on November 17th. Those in the EU and UK can also snag one via wireless carrier Three, which is Razer’s exclusive wireless partner for that region.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/09/2017
70% Razer Phone Review: A Gaming Monster We Almost Love
Source: Tom's Guide English
After several days with the Razer Phone, I'm still not totally convinced that I need a bona fide gaming phone. But Razer makes a pretty strong case with its Ultramotion display, great frame rates and stunning audio.. However, this $699 handset has some drawbacks, including a camera that's poor in low light, the lack of a headphone jack and a screen that simply doesn't dazzle like OLED. That battery life could also be better.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Hands-on with the Razer Phone: Big bezels, big sound, big ambitions
Source: Hardware Zone English
The phone will cost US$699 and will be available to buy on 17 November in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden. Customers in launch countries can also reserve the phone on Razer’s website. And as a nod to its fans, Razer is making just 1,337 units of a special limited edition model with the Razer logo in its original bright green.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/06/2017
70% Razer Phone Review: Gamer’s delight?
Source: Recombu English
The Razer Phone disappoints when it comes to the camera tech and the blocky design, which at a lower price point would be more forgivable. However, at £699 we really do expect a full package, which this handset doesn't deliver.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Razer Phone hands-on: a phone for gamers, and everyone
Source: Android Authority English
Stay tuned for a full review of the Razer Phone in the coming weeks but in the meantime, what did you think of the Razer Phone? Do you plan to buy one? Is a variable refresh rate, excellent audio, flagship internals and large battery enough to convince you to buy this phone? Are you a Razer laptop user? If so, would you buy this phone for gaming? Let us know your views in the comments below!
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/05/2017
Razer Phone hands-on
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Razer Phone’s unique hardware is impressive and means, on paper at least, that the handset should be a solid choice for mobile gamers. My only concern is that Razer’s not got a whole lot of experience in mobile software – an area that can make or break any phone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/03/2017
Hands on Razer Phone review: an absolute beast of a smartphone
Source: T3 English
The Razer Phone is here at last – a smartphone built for gamers, by gamers, but we'll say this straight away – you don't need to be a gamer to appreciate this smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/02/2017
Hands on: Razer Phone review
Source: Techradar English
The Razer Phone is packed full of power and potential, but the stumbling block could well be its niche appeal. Its design may not blow people away, but its stereo speakers may do just that, while a gaming focus will certainly appeal to some.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/02/2017
Razer Phone For Gamers With 120Hz Ultramotion Display Goes Official
Source: Gadget Diary English
Razer has today unveiled its much awaited and premium gaming smartphone called Razer Phone in London. It will be available for USD 699.99 from November 17 onwards in North America and Europe and pre-orders have started today.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/02/2017
Razer phone hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English
The big screen and stereo speakers make it a formidable piece of kit to hold, and the angular, industrial-looking metal design is a world away from the curves and glass of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 or the iPhone X.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2017
Razer Phone
Source: PC Mag English
Razer's first phone has unique graphics features for Android gaming, but we're not sure there's a market for it here in the US.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2017
Razer Phone is here, with smooth screen and powerful speakers
Source: CNet English
We'll find out soon. The phone will ship Nov. 17 from Razer's website, Amazon and some Microsoft Stores. In Europe, it'll exclusively be available at retail from Three, where pre-orders begin today.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2017
Razer Phone hands-on review
Source: GSM Arena English
It's official - computer hardware company Razer is stepping into the smartphone market with the Razer Phone. We were invited to attend the announcement event and, the way these things work, we got to spend a few precious moments with one of the Razer Phones.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2017

Foreign Reviews

80% Ein klares Gaming-Statement ohne Hardware-Vorteil
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
97% Razer Phone 2017 Gamer-Telefon
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 97% price: 80% performance: 100% features: 100% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 80%
Razer Phone
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/21/2017
70% Das Smartphone von Gamern für Gamer
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Gaming-Smartphone mit flottem Display
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/08/2017
91% Razer Phone 2017 das Gamer-Smartphone
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 95% display: 92% mobility: 92%
Das Smartphone Von Gamern Für Gamer
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/02/2017
Razer Phone das Gamer-Smartphone
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/01/2017
77% Razer Phone, análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%
82% Razer Phone, análisis: todos vamos a querer una pantalla de 120 Hz en el futuro (pero solo eso)
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 95% mobility: 85% workmanship: 83%
Razer Phone tras un mes de uso: mucha potencia para tan poco juego
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Premium design; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; excellent display. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/30/2018
Review: Razer Phone
Source: El chapuzas Informatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Nice display; large screen; good speakers; high performance; decent hardware; long battery life. Negative: Poor cameras; no headphone jack.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/29/2017
Razer Phone Análise
Source: IGN Portugal Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: High gaming performance; excellent display; solid workmanship; powerful hardware. Negative: Poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/02/2018
82% Razer Phone, La Recensione: Schermo Super E Ottima Batteria Per I Gamer
Source: Everyeye.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/20/2018
Rating: Total score: 82%
70% Razer Phone recensione: lo smartphone fatto dai gamer per i gamer
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
84% Recensione Razer Phone
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 80% features: 85% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 85%
81% RAZER PHONE ha carattere ed è una scheggia | Recensione
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 81%
Razer Phone: 5,7 pollici Quad HD 120Hz, 8GB RAM, dual speaker THX e prezzo inferiore alle attese
Source: Leonardo.it Tech Italian IT→EN
Positive: Large screen; good speakers; nice display; high performance; powerful hardware. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/02/2017
Razer Phone Hands-On: Lo Smartphone Fatto Dai Gamer Per I Gamer
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Excellent display; good speakers; decent hardware; good price. Negative: Poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2017
Review Razer Phone: een echt niche-toestel zonder concessies
Source: AndroidWorld.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Elegant design; fast system; nice display; good speakers. Negative: Poor cameras; short battery life; bulky.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/15/2017
Eerste indrukken Razer Phone: bikkel van een telefoon
Source: AndroidWorld.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Impressive design; nice display; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2017
82% Test Razer Blade Pro, Un Pc Portable Gaming Puissant : Fiche Technique, Prix Et Date De Sortie
Source: Hitek French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 60% performance: 80% display: 100% mobility: 70%
70% Test du Razer Phone : seulement pour les gamers ?
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
76% On a testé Razer Phone : le meilleur smartphone pour le jeu vidéo ?
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 100% mobility: 80%
80% Test Du Razer Phone : Un Smartphone Pour Les Joueurs, Mais Pas Que
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%
Test du Razer Phone : l'écran 120 Hz, mais encore ?
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Positive: Nice performance; excellent speakers. Negative: No headphone jack; poor cameras in low light mode.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/21/2017
Prise En Main Du Razer Phone : Par Les Gameurs, Pour Les Gameurs
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Positive: Large screen; excellent display; good speakers; powerful hardware; good price. Negative: Poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2017
Prise en main du Razer Phone : le smartphone pour les gamers ?
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; high performance. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2017
Đánh giá chi tiết Razer Phone: Đã đủ thu hút dân chơi game mobile?
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Large screen; good hardware; nice gaming performance; excellent display; long battery life; decent cameras. Negative: Heavy and bulky; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/05/2018
80% Test: Razer Phone
Source: HwT DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/10/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 100%
90% Razer Phone [Test]: Monster smartphone for gamere og ligesindede
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/06/2018
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 100%
78% Test: Razer Phone
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 78%
مراجعة هاتف Razer phone أول هاتف مخصص للألعاب
Source: Unlimited Tech →EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/17/2017
REVIEW Razer Phone – Telefon de la gameri pentru gameri
Source: Playtech.ro →EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; excellent display. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/16/2018

Comment

Model: Razer is well known for its gaming laptops and peripherals. According to the press release published at press.razerzone.com, razer has acquired the majority of the assets of the phone-maker Nextbit Systems Inc in January 2017. The result is the Razer Phone (2017), which does not only want to attract gamers, but also other users interested in high-end hardware, an outstanding display, and excellent sound.

Design and Connectivity

Razer used the design of Nextbit’s only phone, the Nextbit Robin. The Razer Phone is slightly taller (158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm vs. 149.00 x 72.00 x 7.00 mm) and heavier than the Robin (197 g versus 150 g). The case is made of anodized aluminum. www.techradar.com writes, “The Razer Phone is square, blocky and, if we’re honest, a little uninspired in the looks department.” In a positive view, www.androidauthority.com thinks that the angular, sharp, blocky design makes the phone stand out from the crowd. A disadvantage is that the phone is not water resistant.

Larger bezels above and below the display make use in landscape orientation for easier gaming. The bezels also house the stereo speakers. www.techradar.com thinks that at 8 mm thick and with no rounded edges the Razer Phone feels a little chunky, and it is less comfortable to hold in portrait orientation. The tester from www.engadget.com writes that phone was pretty hard to use one-handed with her small hands and that its straight sides and sharp corners could dig into your hands. www.androidauthority.com agrees that the phone is just a bit too big to use comfortably in one hand. www.trustedreviews.com writes that the build quality is excellent and the phone emerged unscathed after a fairly unceremonious accidental drop at the phone’s launch. www.digitaltrends.com complains that the body is slippery.

Razer specifies that the Razer Phone supports the following bands: GSM: Quad-band GSM UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8, LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66, TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41, and TD-SCDMA: B34/39. In the US, this GSM-only phone will not work with CDMA carriers like Verizon or Sprint according to www.cnet.com. You can connect to Wi-Fi networks via 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. Moreover, the phone supports Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC. Unfortunately Razer does not list the available interfaces on their website. The power/lock key sits on the right edge and also houses a fingerprint reader. The volume control is on the left side and the bottom side provides a USB-C port. Headphones can be connected via the included audio adapter with a built-in 24-bit DAC with Dolby Atmos support. According to techradar.com the lack of a headphone port is a potentially big stumbling block for some gamers, as dedicated gaming headsets generally utilize the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Fingerprint sensor

According to www.engadget.com the fingerprint reader integrated in the power button on the right edge worked well. However, www.bmobiled.com reports that initially, some users complained that the fingerprint reader has stopped working and restoring factory settings has fixed the problem for some, but not everyone.

Camera

The rear camera features 12MP AF f1.75 Wide and 12MP AF f2.6 Zoom sensors, dual PDAF, and dual tone, dual LED flash. The simple camera UI lacks a manual mode. www.techradar.com evaluates, “Shutter speeds feel slow, and if you opt to enable HDR (which brightens dark areas in photos and improves low-light shots) there’s a couple of seconds delay after you hit the capture button”. Razer promised to upgrade the camera app with a software update. According to techradar the camera produces high-quality snaps with a good level of detail outside in good light, but colors tend to look a little muted. However, its low-light performance is more of a mixed bag. www.techradar.com thinks that considering the excellent snappers on similarly priced rivals the camera feels like a real weak point. www.engadget.com confirms that the Razer Phone's built-in camera is very basic, with the ability to toggle flash, HDR and a few extra features like a visual grid and a timer, but not much else and that the shutter speed is slightly slow. They agree that pictures taken in daylight were plenty sharp, but colors were a bit muted and low-light photos were hit or miss. The tester of www.androidcentral.com thinks that this is about the worst photographic performance he has seen in a $700 phone. In contrast, www.expertreviews.co.uk speaks of a decent camera. They say, “Outdoors, in brightly lit conditions, the Razer Phone’s rear camera performs splendidly. It captures photographs with crisp details, and rich colours, while exposures are balanced and focus assured” and “Indoors in low light, it’s perfectly capable, too. Noise levels were kept to a minimum, and the flash helped to pierce through the darkness. Objects did look a touch soft, and weren’t as well-defined as the Pixel 2’s efforts, but this is a superb rear shooter nonetheless.”

The front camera is a 8 MP FF f2.0 model. According to www.engadget.com the front-facing 8-megapixel camera takes decent selfies, with bright colors and sharp detail.

Display

The Razer Phone comes with the world's first 120 Hz smartphone gaming display. The 5.7-inch LCD IGZO QHD (1,440 x 2,560) display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display is on a par with many of its competitors in terms of size and resolution. Razer used the LCD technology instead of AMOLED technology, since the first allows higher refresh rates and frame rates. Moreover, the Ultramotion technology syncs the screen’s dynamic refresh rate. www.techradar.com reports that movement on the screen is silky smooth thanks to a 120 Hz variable refresh rate and a frame rate of up to 120 fps. The settings allow selecting the refresh rate you want for the display. Options are 60 Hz, 90 Hz, and 120 Hz. In www.techradar.com’s opinion those without a keen eye on refresh rates will find the difference minimal. The settings also allow reducing the resolution to Full HD (1080p), which improves battery life according to them. Furthermore, they evaluate, “The screen is crisp, clear and bright, which ensures everything looks great, from text to pictures to video.” However, www.engadget.com reports that the display is, unfortunately, hard to see in bright daylight. www.tomsguide.com measured an average brightness of only 310 nits and writes that the OnePlus 5, GS8 and Pixel 2 XL were all brighter, with marks of 384, 437 and 438 nits, respectively. Moreover, they think that options to change the color output or even a Reading Mode (a la OnePlus) to take further advantage of the screen’s crisp text rendering would have been nice.

Hardware and Performance

The phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, an Adreno 540 GPU, 8 GB of dual channel RAM (LPDDR4, 1866 MHz), and 64 GB UFS storage. The storage capacity can be expanded with a microSD (class 10, 2 TB max.). It runs runs Android 7.1.1, but an update to Android 8 Oreo is supposed to arrive in Q1 2018. Razer has pre-installed the Nova Launcher. There is a selection of free themes available out-of-the-box. www.techradar.com didn't experience any degradation of performance, and the Razer Phone was able to keep multiple games running in the background as they skipped between them in the multitasking menu.

The phone has been purpose-built for gaming. So far there are only few games which profit from the 120 Hz screen right now. The three games downloading automatically – Titanfall Assault, World of Tanks Blitz, and Gear.Club – when the phone first connects to the web – take full advantage of it. They can be deleted if you do not want them. www.engadget.com confirms that the library of games that take full advantage of the display’s power is still a bit limited. www.techradar.com reports that they played Titanfall Assault, Arena of Valor and Gear Club extensively during their time with the Razer Phone, and the gameplay was slick and the graphics impressively smooth. They say that games are automatically set to 60 Hz (lower than the 90 Hz default for the operating system), so you’ll need to jump into the Game Booster app to up things to 120 Hz. Apart from refresh rates, the Game Booster also allows customizing the CPU speed and screen resolution, and toggle anti-aliasing. www.techradar.com would have liked to see a recording function in the Game Booster. The tester from www.engadget.com played a few graphically-intensive games like Alto's Adventure and Titanfall Assault and was very pleased with the rich colors and sharp detail. www.expertreviews.co.uk reports a native resolution onscreen result of 40 fps, and an offscreen score of 63 fps in GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.0 test. The tester from www.tomsguide.com says that the frame rate did not dip below 62 fps and at its highest reached 74 fps in Dead Trigger 2 while the same title scored between 55 to 63 fps on his Galaxy S8 Plus.

However, the phone is not only apt for gaming. Thanks to its power, screen and audio skills, it is also well suited for movies and music.

Temperature

www.techradar.com reports that Razer has also used the fanless cooling technology found in its laptops in this phone, which stops the handset heating up too much and prevents hot spots, allowing for a more comfortable gaming experience for longer. They say that while the phone still gets warm during extended periods of gameplay, the heat is distributed evenly across the metal unibody, and the handset never reached an uncomfortable temperature during their time with it. According to www.engadget.com the phone gets a little hot if you are playing a particularly action-intensive game -- Titanfall Assault, for example -- but it cools down quickly. According to www.trustedreviews.com the handset is also one of the few they have tested capable of prolonged gaming sessions without seriously heating up. They describe that optimized thermals attach a heat pipe and two layers of thermal protection to the frame, creating a heatsink setup.

Battery Life

The Razer Phone features a 4000 mAh lithium-ion battery. It supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, which charges the phone from 0% to 85% in an hour according to www.techradar.com. In order to improve battery life, you can reduce the display resolution to Full HD (1080p) and you should carefully consider which options to select in the Game Booster. However, www.techradar.com thinks that reducing the resolution is not necessary since the Razer Phone’s battery lasted a full day with general use and default refresh rate of 90 Hz. They report that the Razer Phone lost 18% of its battery in their 90-minute Full HD video test with screen brightness on full, a refresh rate of 90 Hz and accounts syncing in the background over Wi-Fi. The tester from www.trustedreviews.com used the Razer as his main work and personal phone for more than a week, and generally saw it last a day and a half – pretty par for the course for a 2017 flagship. In www.expertreviews.co.uk’s continuous video playback test, with the screen set to their standard 120 cd/m2 brightness and flight mode engaged, the Razer Phone reached just 10 hours 37 minutes before hitting zero.

Sound and Call Quality

The phone features front-facing stereo speakers and dual amplifiers. www.techradar.com calls them “the best speakers on any smartphone at the moment”. They describe the sound as crisp and clear with some bass and very little distortion even at the highest volume and say that the iPhone 8 Plus sounded tinny in comparison. Moreover the phone is tuned with Dolby Atmos for Mobile. www.engadget.com says, “In short, the audio is loud, immersive and an absolute treat when playing games, watching shows on Netflix or just playing your favorite tunes on Spotify.” In addition, an audio adapter with THX certified DAC is included.

The tester from www.androidauthority.com was told that he sounded normal when calling in a normal fashion where one’s mouth is close to the microphone unit, but was hard to hear when using speakerphone at a distance. This is a disadvantage for video calls and the tester had to use Bluetooth headphones for these moments.

Summary

The Razer Phone focuses on mobile gaming. However, there are better alternatives if you also want excellent cameras. Its advantages are high-end hardware, 120 Hz screen, and excellent sound. The cameras fall behind models in similarly expensive phones and a headphone jack is missing. www.cnet.com evaluates that design, features, battery life and especially the camera aren't on par with the latest iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel. www.techradar.com summarizes, “The Razer Phone will appeal to enthusiast gamers who appreciate the ability to adjust frame rate, power distribution and resolution on a game-by-game basis, but for a wider audience it's likely to be less appealing.” www.cnet.com would not call it the best gaming phone, since Apple's iPhones often get the latest and greatest mobile games first and the Razer Phone doesn't support a competent VR headset like Gear VR or Daydream while many top-tier Android competitors do. www.engadget.com thinks that if gaming is your highest priority, then the Razer Phone could be a solid option, but they advise to look elsewhere if you want a stylish phone with a good camera and a display that works great outdoors. www.androidauthority.com summarizes, “The Razer Phone is a great first attempt and might start new trends in the smartphone space, but its camera significantly holds the phone back.”. www.androidcentral.com points out, “The Razer Phone is supposed to be a device for enthusiasts, but for it to make sense at the $699 price point, you need to be the kind of enthusiast who doesn't care about water resistance, a good camera, or display daylight visibility.”. Alternatives include the Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2 XL (more expensive), LG V30, and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

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Qualcomm Adreno 540: Integrated graphics card in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Slighly optimized architecture compared to the Adreno 530 but with higher clock speed due to the new 10 nm process. In the beginning of 2017 one of the fastest graphics cards for Android based smartphones. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
835: High-End SoC for smartphones that was introduced in early 2017 and manufactured in 10 nm LPE FinFET at Samsung. Integrates 4x Kryo 280 at 2.45 GHz (max) for performance and 4x Kryo 280 at 1.9 GHz (max) for efficiency. Furthermore offers an X16 LTE modem, ac-WiFi and a dual-channel 32-Bit 1866 MHz LPDDR4x memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5.72":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.197 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Razer: Razer USA Ltd. is an American hardware manufacturer founded in 1998. The focus is on gaming devices as well as accessories; traditionally computer mice. The products were often named after fables or animals. However, Razer also offers laptops under the series name "Blade".

There are reviews on the Razer Blade series since 2013, but not overly many. The market share in the laptop market is low and the ratings are average (as of 2016).


79.48%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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