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Razer Phone: $699 beast of a phone from the famous gaming manufacturer

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The line between gaming and smartphone will be blurred with Razer joining the fray with its maiden device – a powerhouse aptly called Razer Phone.

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In a surprise move, Singaporean-founded American firm Razer is straight away going for the highest-end market in smartphone territory. That’s probably because they already have legions of fans from the gaming industry, and it won’t take much to convert them into loyal smartphone users.

For those of you who may not have heard of the company, here’s the lowdown of Razer:

“Razer™ is the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers.

The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities.

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With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world’s largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software, and services.

Razer’s award-winning hardware devices range from high-performance gaming peripherals (for the PC and console platforms) to the Razer Blade gaming laptops. Razer’s software platform, with over 35M users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher). Razer services include Razer zGold, one of the world’s largest virtual credit services for gamers, which allows gamers to purchase virtual goods and items from over 2,500 different games.

The company has a global footprint with 9 offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the US, Europe and China.

Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, Razer is backed by institutional investors such as IDG-Accel, Intel Capital and Horizons Ventures.”

With the release date for the Razer Phone set for November 17th, it won’t be that long before we got a taste of the real thing. Here are the outstanding features of the device:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~515 ppi density
  • Aluminum body
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 8GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture + 13 MP, f/2.6 aperture, 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 64GB internal storage + 256GB expansion slot
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Dolby Atmos stereo speakers (THX-certified amplifiers)
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery with fast charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 17th, 2017 release date
  • $699 USD price tag

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Let’s kick things off with the large 5.7-inch Quad HD IGZO IPS screen. It is not your usual stuff, as it comes with UltraMotion™ technology that delivers refresh rates up to 120 Hz. This means there’s zero lag or no stuttering can be found; only fluid, buttery smooth motion content for you to enjoy. And with a Quad HD display boasting wide color gamut, everything looks vibrant and sharp. It also gets the aluminum body treatment that takes the look-and-feel department up a notch.

Performance-wise, Razer Phone will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, a blazingly fast octa-core processor, great graphics and a whopping 8GB RAM combining well to deliver to you only the best of the best. Get the ultimate viewing and gaming experience, backed by superior battery life for longer enjoyment. Fine tune your experience with Game Booster, confident that the best-in-class thermal design produces less throttling to fully maximize the phone’s power and performance.

Apart from being a beast in gaming, you can also have lots of fun snapping photos away with Razer Phone's 12MP+13MP dual primary camera. You have complete versatility whether you’re snapping a group shot or zooming in on the action. It smoothly transitions from the f1.7 wide angle lens to 2x telephoto to frame the perfect shot. Blessed with a dual tone flash, colors always look balanced and natural.

Immerse yourself with true-to-life cinematic audio as you enjoy your favorite games, music or video with Dolby ATMOS. Enjoy a cinematic sound experience all around you reproduced through front-firing speakers and dual amplifiers. And when it is time to put on your headphones, hardware certified by THX guarantees audiophile quality sound for your entertainment.

In terms of storage, the 64GB is just nice to install all your favorite apps and games without any hiccups. Need more space? Just pop in a microSD card and you are on your way to an additional 256GB of space.

Finally, the Razer Phone will be powered by a 4,000 mAh battery which should have no problem supplying the necessary juice to the smartphone for a full day or two in between charging.

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Conclusion:

“For Gamers, By Gamers”, that’s the tagline of Razer and the Razer Phone will be its maiden voyage into the smartphone territory. Judging by the overwhelming response and the fact that it is affordably priced for a flagship of its kind, it will be a sell-out from the word go. Can’t wait for its release.

Razer Phone is expected to be released on November 17th for $699 USD and will be available only in Black color.

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