Razer Phone Review
- Unique, handsome design
- Display and Ultramotion are gorgeous
- Great sound quality
- Long battery life
- Included DAC makes wired headphones sound great
- Camera is only average
- Not water resistant
- No headphone jack
- Too big for one-handed use
- Display isn't great under sunny conditions
Razer Phone Review – The Smartphone for Gamers.
The Razer Phone is the first smartphone to support BOTH Netflix HDR and 5.1 surround sound content, and is the best way to watch your favorite shows on-the-go.
A stunning 120 Hz display backed by top-of-the-line performance and battery, the Razer Phone is a smartphone for gamers and the ultimate in mobile entertainment.
Enjoy a stunning screen backed by UltraMotion™ technology that delivers refresh rates up to 120 Hz. This means, zero lag or stuttering—just fluid, buttery smooth motion content for you to enjoy. And with a Quad HD display boasting wide color gamut, everything looks vibrant and sharp.
With Dolby Atmos, enjoy a cinematic sound experience all around you reproduced through front-firing speakers and dual amplifiers. And when you’re listening with headphones, hardware certified by THX guarantees audiophile quality sound for your entertainment.
Powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 8GB RAM, get the ultimate viewing and gaming experience, backed by superior battery life for longer enjoyment. Fine tune your experience with Game Booster, confident that best-in-class thermal design produces less throttling to fully maximize the phone’s power and performance.
With 12MP dual cameras, you have complete versatility whether you’re snapping a group shot or zooming in on the action. Smoothly transition from the f1.7 wide angle lens to 2x telephoto to frame the perfect shot. And with a dual tone flash, colors always look balanced and natural.
Equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery — one of the largest capacities found in any smartphone — the Razer Phone provides the absolute freedom to watch, listen and play as much as you want without ever being caught with a red battery bar.
|Dimensions||158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm (6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||197 g (6.95 oz)|
|Display||IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|5.7 inches, 89.6 cm2 (~72.7% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~515 ppi density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|- Wide Colour Gamut|
|- 120 Hz|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB|
|Internal Memory||64 GB, 8 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 25mm) + 12 MP (f/2.6), 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash, check quality|
|Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR|
|Video||[email protected], check quality|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, f/2.0|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with Dolby Atmos stereo speakers (THX-certified amplifiers)|
|- 24-bit/192kHz audio|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.2, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery|
|Disclaimer||If you see any error or incomplete data, please Contact Us.|
The Razer Phone is, in a word, a powerhouse. As one of two phones boasting the best specifications in the Android space (the OnePlus 5T shares them), there are only a few reasons to discount it. The lack of a headphone jack is still contentious for many users and the size of the overall device makes it less than ideal for those who need a powerful phone that is still at least somewhat easy to use.
But the biggest issue with this phone might be best described in gaming terms: the uncanny valley— where something designed and modeled to look human seems just “off” enough, be it from mechanical animation or dead looking eyes, to seem fake. The Razer Phone seems like a flagship to compete with any other phone, until it doesn’t.
The Razer Phone looks like a beloved smartphone of days past and performs just like a true flagship. It fills a niche perfectly due to the wonderful display. Heck, it even manages to outclass its headphone-jack-lacking competition. But once you experience the camera’s shortcomings, it’s all tarnished.
Razer made one hell of a start in the smartphone space. It might have started a revolution in display technology by introducing Ultramotion. It feels like a real flagship, but the camera only gave us a glimpse uncanny valley.
Razer definitely nailed the “phone for gamers” ethos, with its beautiful display, buttery smooth performance and ear-tingling speakers. Its performance as a regular ol’ phone isn’t too bad either, as those same qualities are great for other fun activities like watching videos and listening to tunes. Plus, battery life is stellar, which is great news for gamers and non-gamers alike. That said, if you wanted a stylish phone with a good camera and a display that works great outdoors, we’d advise you to look elsewhere. For those who care about gaming above all else, though, Razer has your back yet again.
The Razer Phone is a brilliant mobile gaming device, just not a brilliant smartphone all-rounder. It’s not good news in a year when so many amazing smartphones are yours to buy for around the same price.
Are there any better alternatives? The gaming experience on the Razer Phone beats other devices hands down, as does the audio performance from those massive front speakers. If gaming is the reason you’re buying the phone — and if you’re looking at the Razer Phone, it should be — then it occupies that niche all by itself for now.
If you’re looking for a well-rounded phone, then its competition is much stiffer. Based on price, the Razer Phone is competing with some of the major smartphone releases of 2017. The Galaxy S8 can be purchased for less, while the LG V30 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro may cost a little more; but the sum of their parts are considerably better than the Razer Phone. The Google Pixel 2 XL is $150 more, but has a superior camera, a better design, and it gets fast Android updates. The OnePlus 5T is $200 less, has a more attractive design, and the camera is more capable too.
How long will it last? It’s built like a tank, so you’ll need some heavy artillery to damage the body. Sadly, unlike most flagship smartphones it’s not water resistant. The latest processor and plenty of RAM means it will be powerful enough to last several years. The design looks old now, and will likely look even more aged in 2018, and Razer has no track record with delivering timely Android software updates. We’ll have to see how soon it can deliver Android 8.0 Oreo.
Should you buy it? No. It’s actually with regret we say this, because when you only count gaming, the Razer Phone is an unprecedented success. However, we don’t play games constantly on our phones. We take photos, need the phone to have a visible screen in bright sunlight, and fit in our pockets. The Razer Phone is chunky, the camera’s unfinished, and the screen is a bit too dim. Like the Essential Phone, it seems the Razer Phone is out a couple of months before it’s actually ready. We look forward to camera improvements, which will help increase its appeal; but at the moment the Razer Phone is indeed a niche device with niche appeal.
For all the hype, the Razer Phone really does deliver when it comes to gaming. While performance isn’t a huge leap beyond anything we’ve seen to date, the high-refresh-rate screen makes even familiar games look all the more impressive, and the very configurable Game Booster easily allows users to tweak advanced settings to strike some informed performance/battery life trade-offs.
The idea of a powerful, no-nonsense smartphone running nearly stock Android sounds like an appealing one, and it would be were it not for a number of missteps. We seriously can’t get over how poorly executed the phone’s camera is. And for as aware we are that a litany of fixes and improvements are in the works, it’s somewhere between embarrassing and insulting that a $700 phone actually shipped with this sorry excuse for a camera experience.
We’re also a little sore about what’s missing here. Building a flagship smartphone at this stage without even a hint of waterproofing is just tone-deaf. And while a growing number of smartphones are ditching analog headphone jacks for various reasons, that such a traditionally designed, to say nothing of physically large phone decides to skip the feature feels less like “we’re doing this to deliver the best audio experience possible” and more like “please buy our $80 USB headphones.”
Right now, the Razer Phone just isn’t worth it. It’s got some great ideas in there, but even the smoothest display in the world couldn’t make up for all the other loose ends scattered about. Will software updates landing in the next few months transform the Razer Phone into one that’s finally worthy recommending? We’re optimistic, but $700 is a big price to pay for being a beta tester, and if you buy the Razer Phone now, that’s exactly what you’ll feel like.
The Good The Razer Phone is the smoothest Android experience yet. It’s built like a tank, and its twin Dolby-powered speakers blow away the competition.
The Bad Big, speaker-filled bezels make for a bulky phone with no water resistance or headphone jack. No-frills camera takes iffy photos in low light, among other camera quirks.
The Bottom Line Razer Phone sets a new bar for mobile performance (and game responsiveness) with its 120Hz screen and loud speakers, but it’s not a top-tier phone in any other way.
The Razer Phone is one of the most innovative and interesting flagship smartphones on the market. Its design may not be eye-catching, its camera may be run-of-the-mill and the lack of a headphone jack will irk, but it’s the only phone pushing mobile gaming to the forefront.
It’s easy to appreciate the excellent audio and smooth gaming experience. The 120Hz refresh-rate screen and dual-amplified stereo speakers are features we’d like to see on more phones, and currently no one does these specific features better than Razer.
The gaming brand has a legion of fans, so perhaps this phone will really speak to them – but while its gaming credentials may be applauded it doesn’t feel like the definitive answer to mobile gaming we’ve been waiting for.
There are better all-round devices on the market for a similar price, which can provide a strong gaming experience alongside excellent cameras and general usability. Then there’s the fact that the Razer Phone feels a little light on actual games.
There’s the promise of more titles fine-tuned for the handset in the coming months, but as it stands it doesn’t feel like it works hard enough to push the best titles to your screen.
If you’re a Razer fan on the market for a phone to match your gaming laptop and accessories, the company’s first handset is a must-have.
Offering super-fast performance, near-clean Android OS, a cutting-edge screen and the best speakers I’ve tested on a smartphone, the Razer Phone is also a solid choice for many non-gamers – especially when you consider the fact it’s a good £100 cheaper than most 2017 flagships.
Its only real shortcoming is its sluggish camera, which doesn’t match that of significantly cheaper phones such as the OnePlus 5, let alone a 2017 flagship such as the iPhone X and Galaxy S8. Considering the number of folk using their phone as their primary camera these days, this is a big sticking point that will likely put many buyers off the otherwise excellent Razer Phone.
Hopefully, this issue will be addressed in the near future via an over-the-air update.
After several days with the Razer Phone, I’m still not totally convinced that I need a bona fide gaming phone. But Razer makes a pretty strong case with its Ultramotion display, great frame rates and stunning audio.. However, this $699 handset has some drawbacks, including a camera that’s poor in low light, the lack of a headphone jack and a screen that simply doesn’t dazzle like OLED. And while I was relieved to see the phone’s battery life can be extended by adjusting the refresh rate, I’m not sure most people will remember or bother to do it.
If you’re in the market for an unlocked phone and want snappy performance for an affordable price, we would suggest holding out for the OnePlus 5T, which debuts Nov. 16. The Galaxy S8+ isn’t as fast when gaming, but it offers better cameras, a more dazzling Infinity Display and longer endurance. Overall, the Razer Phone is a bold first step for the company, but it’s not a slam dunk.
The gaming specialist has recognized that the brand’s demanding fanbase don’t just need headsets, keyboards, mice and other peripherals, but that they are also playing more and more mobile games. Hence the need for a smartphone with the snake logo.
The Razer Phone also confirms after our final test that it is well tuned to the needs of the gamer community: a large display with high resolution and 120 Hertz refresh rate, stereo speakers with plenty of power and virtual 3D sound with Dolby Atmos certification. Under the hood you get top-of-the-range hardware, which can’t be pushed to the limit by gaming apps. For the entire package, Razer then charges a list price of $700 euros, which is acceptable for today’s standards.
Unfortunately, there is (still) an irritating flaw in the gamer smartphone, which was developed by gamers: The double main camera is basically wasted with the current status of the camera software despite the IMX260 sensor from the Galaxy S7. The Razer gaming fan who tries to capture the mood at their LAN party will likely be disappointed in low light conditions. That’s why we currently have to deduct a half star from the actual 4-star rating for the Razer Phone.
At present, the Razer Phone is a very mixed bag. The camera, obviously, is a big miss, and for me, the biggest reason not to buy this phone. It’ll probably get better with time, but it’s shipping this month, and right now the camera is nowhere near ready.
It’s also weird to see an enthusiast-focused phone missing important enthusiast features, like a headphone jack and an up-to-date OS.
That’s aside from table-stakes things like water resistance and a screen that looks great outdoors as well as indoors. These are things that just about every other $700 phone worth buying does that the Razer Phone does not.
The Razer Phone, overall, is a great, high-performance portable gaming-slash-entertainment gadget. But it does that at the cost of being a great all-around phone, which right now it is not. The main reason for that is the camera, but it’s also not helped by these other feature omissions. Mainstream-focused competitors like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro lack Razer’s fancy speakers and display, but are far more balanced overall, with great performance, long battery life, a more up-to-date OS, a phenomenal camera and water resistance.
That said, I don’t think the Razer Phone has fallen into the same trap as the N-Gage or the Xperia Play. Those two examples of failed gaming phones were doomed from the outset. With the Razer Phone, the idea isn’t fundamentally flawed, but the feature set is incomplete, and the execution — particularly the camera — isn’t quite there yet. There’s the core of a great product here, if Razer keeps working at it — which I sincerely hope it will.
Until then, the Razer Phone is a quirky little device with probably quite a limited audience. Unless you absolutely must experience Android games on a 120Hz display, I’d recommend you wait and see what the first few rounds of software updates do for the phone’s camera before parting with your cash.
So, is the Razer Phone the revolutionary device that will finally shake the smartphone industry, rearrange priorities and change the rules? No. Realistically, it can probably hope to match or best the sales of its Nextbit Robin ancestor and gain some traction with loyal brand fans.
That being said, unless you belong to that group, the shortcomings of the Razer Phone seem to currently vastly outweigh its dubious benefits, making it unfit for a daily driver recommendation for most. In many ways, buying the Razer Phone is similar to picking up a high-end Razer Blade Pro laptop, a first generation one at that: It’s a luxury, niche item you want to own, not necessarily one you need, nor the most optimal and functional choice.
Still, we have high hopes that the Razer Phone will be extremely important in its own right as a catalyst for future mobile gaming tech. None of its growing pains are really insurmountable. So, who knows, we just might be lucky enough to be standing on the brink of the next big smartphone trend.