Razer Phone: Price, release date, and everything you need to know

The Razer Phone is the ultimate smartphone for gamers, we've gone hands on

Not everyone uses their phone to play games, but everyone who owns a smartphone has access to tens of thousands of games at a moment's notice, whether they're on Android or iOS.

We'll have to check out the Razer Phone for ourselves before reaching any firm conclusions about what it's like to use such a powerful device to play mobile games.

With the backing of the rest of the Razer business, which has 35 million registered users of its software alone, success for its new smartphone business will be measured quite differently.

You get a 120hz display a massive battery, 8GB of RAM and the latest Qualcomm 835 processor.

Razer has partnered with gaming companies, such as Tencent and Square Enix, to optimise their gaming apps such as Arena of Valor and Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition respectively for the Razer Phone's display. On Wednesday, it took the wraps off its first smartphone, a $700 model created to appeal to customers who use their phones primarily to play games and stream video.

Razer's product lines are ever-expanding, and today the company added another category to its arsenal: smartphones. Actual shipping date is on November 17.

When we look at the actual hardware components though, this is where things really start to drift away from the Robin. There are only about 1000 units available and they will be sold in Razer stores, select Microsoft stores in San Francisco, and Three stores in Europe. It's a serious-looking black slab, with the Razer logo on the back.

With GSM and LTE, but no CDMA, the phone is well-banded for AT&T and T-Mobile, and in fact, it could work on Sprint and Verizon if those carriers allowed for unapproved, LTE-only devices, which they don't. It is not on sale at any USA carriers at this time. Just two weeks ago, a picture of the alleged Razer device leaked showing off its dual cameras.

The Razer Phone is now official. In fact, the 3G United Kingdom press release goes as far as to say, "We may even see Razer-branded handsets exclusively on Three, offering all the power needed by gamers". The manufacturer presented a similar display at the IFA only recently.

The 5.7-inch Razer Phone sports a 2K (2840 x 1080) LCD display, similar to the panel you'd find on the 14-inch Blade laptop. We have dual Dolby ATMOS speakers with dual amplifiers driving a proper cinematic experience, and ensured headphone use is flawless with the help of THX. Like the new Apple iPhones, the Razer Phone will not have a 3.5mm audio jack, but it will come with a USB-C adapter. There's also an 8-megapixel camera on the front of the Razer Phone for all of your selfie needs.

As for other odds and ends, 64GB of internal storage is included, but you can expand it with the included microSD slot. The company's philosophy with the Razer Phone was to make a great device that will excite their core fanbase: Gamers. That means you can charge up to 50% of that huge battery in 30 minutes.

But you don't need Qualcomm's most powerful system-on-a-chip to do that.

The rear camera setup - which pairs separate wide-angle and telephoto lenses with two Samsung 12-megapixel sensors - also follows the standard dual-sensor strategy that's now in vogue.

The device has two volume buttons on one side with the power button on the other side. The phone runs a mostly clean version of Android Nougat with the Nova Prime launcher pre-loaded, giving people extensive customization options right out of the gate. There will be a Razer Theme Store that delivers gaming themes for the phone with themes that change your icons and system style to match popular games.

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