The Razer Phone is official: here’s what you need to know
Update: We’ve been hands on with the new Razer Phone! Check out our early look Razer Phone review now.
The Razer Phone has been officially revealed at the firm’s global launch in London, and it’s billed as the handset for gamers.
With a world’s first 120Hz smartphone display, powerful dual front-facing speakers, a heap of power under the hood and a few game exclusives thrown in for good measure, there’s no questioning its gaming credentials.
We’ve got everything you need to know below, so what are you waiting for?
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Razer’s first gaming smartphone
- When is it out? Pre-order: Nov 1 | Release date: Nov 17
- What will it cost? $699, £699 (around AU$890)
Razer Phone price and availability
- Razer Phone price: $699, £699 (around AU$890) SIM-free
- Pre-order from November 1
- Razer Phone release date: November 17
The Razer Phone price is $699, £699 (around AU$890) SIM-free, putting it up against some of the best phones of the market including the Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone 8, LG V30 and HTC U11.
You’ll be able to pick it up from Razer’s online store in the UK and US with pre-orders opening on November 1, while those in the UK also have the option it grab it on contact exclusively at Three.
Three is asking for £49 upfront on all of its 24 month contracts for the Razer Phone with 12GB data and AYCE (all you can eat) minutes and texts setting you back £41 per month.
If you fancy 30GB data with AYCE minutes and texts you’re looking at £45 per month, and the power gamers out there can nab a huge 100GB data tariff with AYCE minutes and texts for £49 per month.
The Razer Phone release date has been confirmed as November 17 in the US, UK and Europe, which means there’s not long to wait.
Razer told us that it’s currently looking at bringing the phone to Australia, while India has been ruled out and the Middle East is a possibility later along the line.
Razer Phone display
- 5.7-inch QHD LCD display
- Supports up to 120fps for fluid gaming
The Razer Phone has a 5.72-inch QHD (1440 x 2560) LCD display with a wide color gamut and a 120Hz refresh rate, ensuring that it’s finely tuned for gaming performance.
It’s the only smartphone display in the world to offer this level of refresh rate, but the Razer Phone is smart enough to know when to apply the maximum level and when it can take things a bit easier, which should save on battery life.
The LCD panel has allowed Razer to reach this refresh rate on its first ever smartphone, but it does mean the screen lacks a little of the colorful pop you find in AMOLED panels.
Razer Phone speakers
- Dual stereo, front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos
The Razer Phone comes with two, big front-facing speakers which have been tuned to Dolby Atmos standards for excellent audio performance, and it’s the world’s first phone to be certified by THX.
Each speaker also has its own amp, and together they can provide 3D virtualization of sound, meaning it should sound just as good from behind as in front.
A 24-bit DAC, also certified by THX, is provided for headphone input, to provide boosted audio when you’re not using the built in speakers.
Razer Phone performance
- Snapdragon 835 chipset and 8GB of RAM
- 64GB of storage with a microSD slot
The Razer Phone packs in the latest power with a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 8GB RAM – allowing you to run high-power apps (Twitch, YouTube, game) with no lag/slow down.
It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, but Razer has said it’ll bring Android 8 Oreo to the handset in Q1 of 2018, and there’s 64GB of storage plus a microSD card slot packed in too.
Razer Phone battery
- Big 4,000mAh battery
- Quick charge goes from 0%-85% in one hour
The Razer Phone comes with a big 4,000mAh battery making it one of the biggest batteries around – matching the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Razer claims you can watch 12.5 hours of video on single charge, or 63.5 hours of music playback, or 7 hours of Hearthstone.
It’s also the first phone to offer Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, getting you from 0% to 85% in one hour.
Razer Phone games
The Razer Phone comes with Game Booster, which optimizes the phone for game play. You can choose to up performance, turn off notifications and fine tune game play on a game by game basis.
Razer has worked with a number of game developers to create Quad HD, 120Hz versions of their games to run exclusively on the Razer Phone including Arena of Valor, Tekken and Final Fantasy XV.
The Razer Phone also has its own exclusive, brand new game called Ultra Hunt.
Razer Phone design
- Takes its cues from the Nextbit Robin
- Blocky, bezel-heavy beast of a phone
- No headphone jack
The Razer Phone uses the basic design of the Nextbit Robin, a phone built by a manufacturer Razer acquired earlier in 2017, but it’s made some modifications.
Razer’s iconic black finish from its laptops has been extended to its phone, with a large Razer logo on the back. The front facing speakers have also been given a sizable upgrade, which huge grills above and below the display.
A fingerprint scanner is built into the home button, located on the right side of the handset, while two volume dot keys are on the left.
There’s no headphone jack, with just a USB-C port on the base of the phone, but a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter is included in the box with the Razer Phone.
It measures 158 x 78 x 8mm and tips the scales at 197g – making it lighter than the iPhone 8 Plus.
Razer Phone camera
- 12MP dual rear cameras
- 8MP front facing camera
The Razer Phone comes with dual 12MP cameras on its rear, which offer a seamless zoom between the two lenses.
Slow motion capture, 120Hz video capture and portrait mode will all roll out to the Razer Phone’s camera in the coming months via software updates.