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Razer officially confirms second smartphone is coming

The original Razer Phone is getting a little brother. (Image: Razer)
The original Razer Phone is getting a little brother. (Image: Razer)
In a statement buried in an interim earnings report, Razer today announced a successor to their Razer Phone, which had a lukewarm reception upon its release last year. Razer is releasing the sequel device in order to capitalize on the new "gaming smartphone" market, a segment that has drawn the focus of major mobile players.

The Razer Phone was arguably one of the most unique phones released last year. Focused on gaming, the phone brought several new features, such as a high refresh rate display, to the smartphone industry. Some might even say the Razer Phone birthed an entirely new segment of the smartphone market, one that has seen entrants from Asus’ ROG line and other big players like Nubia and Honor. Even though the phone ultimately fell flat in sales, Razer deemed it enough of a success to release a sequel.

In their interim financial statement released today, Razer announced that the company would be releasing a “second generation Razer Phone” at some point in the future. The first Razer Phone was generally well received by reviewers but failed to make an impact in the smartphone market as a whole, ultimately fading away a few months after its release. Still, Razer is under the impression that the phone was successful enough to warrant the resources for a successor.

This is an odd move, but it’s certainly making headlines. That shouldn’t be surprising; Razer is known for building hype and ultimately delivering good, if somewhat disappointing, products that typically fail to live up to their own legend. Still, the company seems to be doing well; in their financial report, Razer announced that revenues and gross profit grew 39% and 46% year-on-year, respectively. They’ve likely got the cash to throw at another phone. Maybe this time, it’ll break its “gamers-only” marketing and succeed in the broader market.

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Sam Medley, 2018-09- 5 (Update: 2018-09- 5)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.