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The Razer Phone gets Android 8.1 Oreo stable

Razer Phone gets Android 8.1 Oreo stable mid-April 2018 (Source: Razer)
Razer Phone (Source: Razer)
The Android 8.1 Oreo OTA update for the Razer Phone has started its rollout earlier today. Its list of features includes multiple optimizations, an improved visual layout, as well as the latest security patches and bug fixes. The update rolls out in stages and all Razer Phone users should get the new firmware within the coming weeks.

On the first day of November 2017, Razer took everyone by surprise with its handset that features 8 GB of memory and the first 120 Hz display in a mobile phone. However, this 5.7-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 under the hood only launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat onboard. Now, the time has finally arrived for Android 8.1 Oreo, which has begun to reach the first lucky Razer Phone users earlier today.

Although Razer emailed the press about this update, there is no official information about it on the official Razer Phone website yet. According to the email (thank you very much, Patrick Schroeder), the Android 8.1 Oreo update is rolling out in waves — as it usually happens with OTA updates — and should be available for all Razer Phone users in a few weeks. Obviously, most will get it much faster. As usual, those in a hurry can check for the update manually by going to Settings > System > System update.

The update brings a slightly redesigned interface, multiple optimizations and improvements under the hood, support for the Netflix widget and Dolby Atmos, as well as the latest security patches and fixes from Google. The Razer Phone did not receive an official Android 8.0 update, so the users of this gaming phone will jump from Android 7.1.1 straight to Android 8.1.

Although it does not come with a 120 Hz display, the recently introduced Xiaomi Black Shark features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a water-cooling system, and a special gaming controller that also works with other phones that have about the same size. Xiaomi's Razer Phone alternative also features 6 GB or 8 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage, but there is no HDR support or a 3.5 mm audio jack.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-04-16 (Update: 2018-04-16)
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.