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Razer’s initial mobile device is a smartphone for gamers

After teasing a vast proclamation in October, Razer on Wednesday has finished a initial smartphone official.

The Razer Phone is a device built for gamers, not gaming, according to Razer’s product selling manager, mobile business unit, Eric Lin.

ZDNet spoke with Lin before to Wednesday’s announcement, where he strew some light on since Razer is entering a ultra-competitive and swarming smartphone market.

Lin is a former Nextbit worker who stayed on during Razer after a company acquired a smartphone startup in January. The merger was a outcome of Nextbit and Razer already operative together on a Razer Phone when a dual companies motionless it’d be improved to join forces.

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Nextbit’s pattern change is apparent when looking during a Razer Phone. The vast orator grilles on tip and bottom of a screen, along with a fingerprint sensor inside a energy symbol are suggestive of a Nextbit Robin.

The similarities stop there, however, with a $699 Razer Phone targeting a aloft finish smartphone patron who wants a high-performance device.

Here are a Razer Phone’s specifications:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Storage: 64GB, with microSD support adult to 2TB
  • Memory: 8GB of RAM
  • Display: 5.7-Inch IGZO LCD, 1440×2560, 120Hz
  • Rear Cameras: Dual 12-megapixel cameras
  • Front Camera: 8-megapixel
  • Battery: 4,000 milliamp-hour
  • Size: 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm/6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31-inches
  • Operating System: Android Nougat 7.1.1

When conceptualizing a phone, Razer leveraged a knowledge in conceptualizing gaming laptops, according to Lin. For example, since many gaming on smartphones is finished by holding a phone in landscape orientation, a energy symbol and volume buttons are centered on a phone. This will discharge incidentally attack any of a buttons during gameplay, that is something that happens all too mostly on other smartphones.

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Razer also implemented a possess cooling complement to safeguard a phone doesn’t overheat, as good as stereo, front-facing speakers. Again, a chain of a speakers is a specific pattern choice, so that when holding a device a user isn’t covering them adult and muffling sound.

Razer has worked tough to make it easy for developers to optimize games for a phone. Games built with a Unity Game Engine usually need to check dual boxes, and a module takes caring of a rest.

Also enclosed is Razer’s Game Booster module routinely seen on a gaming computers. When in use, a module will optimize a phone for gameplay.

On paper, a Razer Phone sounds like a gamer’s dream phone. It’s still a niche device though to a shred of users who are impossibly ardent about gaming and a inclination used for it.

With launch titles like Gear Club, Final Fantasy XV Chapter 1, and Arena of Valor, it’s expected gamers will find some-more than only a trademark on a behind of a phone appealing.

At $699, a unbarred Razer Phone is cheaper than flagship inclination from Samsung or Apple though is singular to GSM carriers.

Pre-orders for a Razer Phone open Nov 1, with accessibility in Europe and North America to follow on Nov 17.

Previous and associated coverage

Razer teases what’s expected a mobile device as a ‘biggest unveiling’

The proclamation is scheduled for Nov 1.

Razer acquires Nextbit, Robin smartphone sales halted

Last year Nextbit launched a innovative Robin Android smartphone. It has only been acquired by Razer and will continue to work as an eccentric entity within a incomparable company.

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