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Razer's new smartphone rocks 120Hz screen, no headphone jack

02 Noviembre 2017, 04:07 | Benedicto Grullon

Razer is using the Snapdragon 835 chipset like everyone else launching high-end Android smartphones this year, but it's paired it with a whopping 8GB of RAM, and that's still not something you see every day.

Visually, the Razer Phone should appeal to anyone who likes Razer's existing hardware. While technically the handset isn't the first Android-powered phone with a 120-Hz display (the Sharp Aquos Xx3 did it before), the Razer Phone has the advantage of offering VRR support. Because of that thermal design, the phone stays cooler and is more power efficient than other phones, Lin said.

Razer has made the interesting choice of using the fully-featured Nova Launcher Prime as its default interface on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat - we suspect it will be popular among general Android fans as well. There is no 3.5mm jack, but there is an included adapter that has a THX certified DAC to deliver better sound when you plug in headphones.

"The Razer Phone's claim to fame is its 5.7" IGZO wide-gamut panel with a resolution of 2560x1440 and a 120-Hz refresh rate. The phone offers two 12-megapixel shooters on the rear and an 8MP lens on the front. It will also be available exclusively in Microsoft retail locations.

Indeed, judging from its specs, the Razer Phone, which the company announced Wednesday, could handily beat Apple's iPhone X, Google's Pixel 2, Samsung's Galaxy devices, and other top smartphones, when it comes to performance. It'll begin shipping on November 17th.

The octa-core Snapdragon 835 is the chipset powering the Razer Phone. And speakers so loud we want to use this phone as our dedicated DropMix machine. The back of the device holds the typical Razer logo that we're so familiar with, and a dual camera setup. I experienced the benefits of Ultramotion first hand as I ran a few races in Wipeout 2048 and tried the pocket edition of Final Fantasy XV.

"It's the best landscape mode phone, it's the best audio quality, it's the best for movies", Moss told CNet.

A company which produce the best gaming laptops, Razer is into the smartphone market with opposite strategy as what the smartphone are doing now. Razer is going down the dual-camera route, pairing a wide-angle 12MP camera with a second 12MP telephoto lens.

While it is hard to stand out in the smartphone market nowadays, Razer has surprisingly succeeded. The Razer Phone will also only support certain phone service providers with Verizon and Sprint being excluded, so your options might be a bit limited depending on your carrier. And yet, it's about the same weight as an iPhone 8 Plus. Razer is leveraging contacts in the gaming industry to bring a lot of cool themes.

Razer is also integrating audiophile-quality playback features into the phone, due to its acquisition of audio-visual company THX - founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas - in October 2016. As for dimensions, the smartphone measures 158x78x8mm and weighs in at 197 grams. You can add a microSD card to expand on its 64GB of built-in storage; there's a fingerprint reader positioned sensibly on the right-hand side of the phone which does double duties with the power button and there's a USB-C port at the bottom, supporting the latest Quick Charge 4 standard. Razer Game Booster was adapted for mobile to minimize background processes and noncritical apps, improving game performance and extending batter life.

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