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Razer's new gaming smartphone appears in the wild

The Razer smartphone has appeared in the wild. (Source: Techbyte)
The Razer smartphone has appeared in the wild. (Source: Techbyte)
Razer's gaming-focused smartphone has made an appearance in the wild ahead of its November 1 launch. The device shown in the leak, however, appears to be a pre-production prototype that was circulated by Razer to developers and might not be completely representative of the final model.

Although we’ve already seen a sneak peak of the Razer gaming-focused smartphone teased by its CEO, it didn’t reveal much other than the trademark green triple-headed snake logo and what looked like a black smartphone. A new leak appears to give us a better look at the device and it appears to have picked up the squared-off corner look that is a feature of the Nexbit Robin. Nextbit, as you will recall, was previously acquired by Razer for the sole purpose of bringing this device to market. The device pictured is allegedly a model given to developers, so it may be a pre-production prototype that would explain the non-green color of the logo.

The image also shows us a dual-camera set up with LED flash in tow. It will be interesting to see if Razer, like Apple, uses the cameras to deliver a more refined augmented reality gaming experience. Since Apple introduced its AR Kit into iOS 11, there has been a surge in popularity of AR games on the iOS App Store. To this extent, it will also be interesting to see whether Razer develops and releases a VR headset for use with the device in the vein of what Samsung has done with its Gear VR.

The Razer smartphone also recently appeared on GFX Bench running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, much to our disappointment. We had hoped it might feature the forthcoming Nvidia Tegra Xavier SoC, which features a Volta GPU with 512 Cuda cores. On the bright side, Razer has appeared to have given its Snapdragon 835 chipset a boost by pairing it with 8 GB of RAM, which should help to give it an overall performance uplift. It will now be up to developers to leverage its hardware to the full.

The Razer smartphone is currently set for a November 1 launch


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-10-16 (Update: 2017-10-16)