Gaming company Razer launches smartphone for 'gamers'

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Razer has unveiled the Razer Phone, an Android smartphone which features a 120Hz UltraMotion screen and powerful performance.

This high refresh rate is a technology Razer uses in its gaming laptops, and is now making its way into a mobile device.

The cell phone is said to brandish 5.72-inch IGZO show with 120Hz invigorate rate and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) bolster.

Meanwhile, there's a THX-certified adapter for the USB-C port which will convert to 24-bit digital sound, which is going to just sound insane through headphones.

Inside of the device you've got Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor and a monumental 8GB RAM (that's more than my ageing MacBook Pro). It comes with Android Nougat and will receive the Android Oreo upgrade in spring 2018. In that position, the Razer Phone's width make it ergonomically efficient, giving me a good, stable grip while rotating the phone around in racing game Asphalt 8 or tapping about in fighting game Tekken. The entire package is kept running by a enormous 4,000mAh battery, one of the largest units available in a phone.

Razer's first smartphone sticks to what the company knows best: gaming.

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The Razer Phone will retail for US$699.99 (S$950), with the first wave of countries, such as the United States and select Europe markets, getting it on Nov 17. It packs high-end specs into an Android-based device that's focused on mobile gaming. Now it's a distinct reality, and at $US699, the new gaming-focused Razer Phone could one day be a solid alternative for people exhausted of slick glass-backed OLED phones like the iPhone X and Galaxy S8. The LCD on the Razer Phone doesn't appear to have that problem.

Razer was founded by Min-Liang Tan and Robert Krakoff and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. It also has no headphone jack and enormous bezels, though the speaker quality is reportedly excellent.

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Looking at those, it's clear the Razer Phone was made for specs-craving gamers because it doesn't appeal much elsewhere.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three UK, said: "My ambition is always to innovate in ways that deliver better experiences to our customers and a partnership with Razer is a flawless fit". The speakers are mounted in a way that won't be obstructed by the user's hand when they're gaming.

Mark Gardiner, head of products, services and logistics at Three, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Razer to be the only network in Ireland offering this premium gaming handset".