Razer Phone goes on pre-order for US$699

Razer today unveiled the Razer Phone, an Android smartphone with groundbreaking audiovisual technologies and processing muscle that takes personal entertainment to the next level. The device is a first for Razer’s mobile division.

The Razer Phone ensures the ultimate viewing and gaming experience with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform and a massive 8GB of RAM. A key highlight lies in what the company claims to be the world’s first 120 Hz UltraMotion display on the phone.

UltraMotion’s adaptive refresh technology synchronizes the GPU and display to remove image tearing or lag while driving efficient power usage. The phone also features;

  • 5.72-inch Quad HD IGZO LCD display
  • Dolby Atmos technology for cinematic audio
  • THX-certified USB-C audio adapter
  • 4,000 mAh battery and Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+
  • Dual rear 12 MP cameras

Premium feeling at a budget price

The Razer Phone comes in a sleek, 8-mm-thin aluminum body running Android Nougat, although a Oreo upgrade is intended sometime in the first half of 2018.

It also comes with the Nova Launcher Prime with Google Assistant Integration. A wildly popular launcher, Nova Launcher Prime offers extreme customizability of the Android experience to suit every taste and need.

“It’s common knowledge that I’m obsessed with my smartphones, I play a ton of games on them, and they’re my go-to for streaming content,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We have wanted to make a phone with gaming-level tech for years, and the Razer Phone delivers in every way we imagined.”

Built for gaming

Razer has partnered with some of the world’s top gaming companies, including Tencent and Square Enix. Mobile games are being optimized by partners for Razer Phone’s UltraMotion display with frame rates of up to 120 frames per second.

“Arena of Valor,” which Tencent is launching soon in North America, is the world’s most popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). Players battling on the Razer Phone will engage in overclocked action and turbocharged team fights, thanks to the device’s powerful gaming capabilities.

“The future of gaming is rapidly expanding to mobile devices, and both Razer and Tencent are at the forefront of fast-tracking development,” said Vincent Gao, global marketing director at Tencent Games. “Arena of Valor brings gamers a fast-paced, competitive experience, and the Razer phone was built to handle the visuals, sound and quick-reflex mechanics of the game. This partnership sets the standard for the next generation of mobile screen play.”

Other partnerships for gaming include:

  • “Final Fantasy® XV Pocket Edition” from Square Enix
  • “Gear.Club” from Eden Games
  • “Lineage 2: Revolution” from Netmarble Games Corporation
  • “Old School RuneScape™” from Jagex Limited
  • “RuneScape™” from Jagex Limited
  • “Shadowgun Legends™” from Madfinger Games
  • “Tekken™” from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe
  • “Titanfall™: Assault” from NEXON Co., Ltd. and Particle City, Inc.
  • “World of Tanks Blitz” from Wargaming Group Limited
  • The Razer Theme Store

The Razer Theme Store allows gamers to customize their phone, changing wallpapers, icon packs and colors throughout the phone. It includes custom ringtones by Razer DJs and custom wallpapers inspired by the world’s top gaming titles, such as “Shadowgun Legends”.

Pricing and Availability

The Razer Phone comes at a recommended pricing of US$699.99. Unfortunately, launch countries include North America, Canada, and a few countries in Europe. No word yet on any Asia region release, so if you’re hoping to get one, your best bet would be through Amazon.com

Pre-orders begin now with sales to commence in launch countries from November 17, 2017.

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