The Razer Phone has been specifically made for the hardcore gamers. The device has been packed with incredibly powerful specs, which enable it to run the games of the present times as well as the next 3 years with a stunning graphics and an outstanding FPS. The speakers of the device are very impressive. They are able to generate a buzzing noise. But can it draw the attention of the passionate gamers with its simple look? You will find all the details in Razer Phone review (hands on).
Razer Phone Review (Hands On) – Design
During this year, all the major smartphone manufacturers have followed the trend of building devices with a bezel-less design. However, Razer chooses to do just the opposite. There are thick bezels around the display of its new smartphone. The chamfered edges, the softly rounded sides and the aluminum frame do make the device look a bit attractive. But when you compare the overall look with the edge to edge and bezel-less design of this year’s top smartphones, you will find it really odd. This shouldn’t have happened, as Razer has a great reputation for building nicely designed gaming laptops. So, we expected a much better design in the new smartphone.
We are really disappointed with the overall look. Despite being a gaming device, the Razer phone doesn’t have a gaming look, which is a pretty big issue. We have also found a major issue with the design at this initiate stage of the review. The corners are so sharp that they can tear holes inside your pocket. It is really a shame.
Razer Phone Review (Hands On) – Display
Razer knows that a gorgeous screen is the key to a wonderful gaming experience. That’s why, it has included a super-sharp 5.7-inch IGZP IPS LCD display with the device. It supports a high resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It results in a high pixel density of 515 ppi, which is sufficient for displaying the graphics of the high-end gaming in a stunning way.
The most impressive thing about the 5.7-inch display is the support for the high refresh rate of 120 Hz. Generally, this type of technology is used in gaming laptops. And we are really happy to see it in Razer’s new smartphone. The high refresh rate enables the device to synchronize the GPU and the display. It also reduces lagging significantly and creates an awesome gaming experience. It will also enable the users to scroll through the web pages smoother than ever before. Overall, the 5.7-inch display is one of the best smartphone screens of this year.
Razer Phone Review (Hands On) – Camera
The Razer Phone comes with two 12-MP rear shooters, which support phase-detect autofocus. The main camera, which has f/1.7 lens aperture, features a wide angle sensor. It allows you to bring more people into the frame. The other camera comes with the 2x telephoto lens, which enables you to take great shots from far away.
The rear shooters can capture photos with a fantastic quality during daylight. They can cover a lot of details. The colors look vibrant. However, the shooters are nowhere near to the leading smartphone cameras in terms of maintaining a high color accuracy in the captured images.
The two rear facing cameras support HDR mode. As a result, they can deal with the dark areas of the photos brilliantly. The specific technology also helps the shooters to reduce noise significantly in the images.
The Razer Phone has an 8-MP front facing camera. In most of the cases, it is able to perform really well. But sometimes, you will notice blurs in the selfies, as it doesn’t support auto focus.
Razer Phone Review (Hands On) – Hardware and Performance
Talking about hardware, Razer Phone is an absolute monster. It has been packed with the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor and the highly advanced Adreno 540 GPU. So, it has everything to run all the games with a stunning graphics and pace. It is one of those rare smartphones that feature the massive 8 GB RAM. With such a high RAM capacity, the Razer Phone is able to deliver absolutely lag-free gaming experience.
After getting the device on hand, we examined its performance through the Geekbench 4.1 (multi-core) benchmark test. It manages to set a stunning score of 6728 points, which is one of the highest among the smartphones of this year. The score is quite close to Galaxy Note 8, which manages to set 6784 points.
Razer Phone also shows a good performance in the GFX 3.0 Manhattan gaming benchmark test. It delivers a smooth FPS of 61. But we expected a much better performance from a gaming device. The high end smartphones of this year, including Note 8 and Huawei Mate, which are not specifically made for gaming, deliver a slightly higher frame rate of 63 and 65 FPS respectively. In this sense, the graphics performance is very typical. There is no wow factor.
However, the benchmark results don’t tell the whole story. We played several games, including Titanfall Assault and Riptide GP: Renegade. We were blown away by the super smooth performance and stunning graphics. At the launch, Razer confirmed that several big names in the gaming industry had agreed to bring their games, including Final Fantasy XV, Arena of Valor and Shadow Gun, for the new smartphone. It will be interesting to see how the device performs dealing with these major titles.
Razer Phone Review (Hands On) – Battery and Charging
Razer Phone sports a 4,000 mAh battery. It is massive. In fact, it is one of the largest smartphone batteries that we have seen in 2017. The manufacturer said that it will offer a full-day gaming experience, which we never got from any handset. We will have to analyze the device extensively to ensure its capability. We will cover it in our full Razer Phone review.
Like the other high-end smartphones on the market. Razer’s new gaming device feature the Quick Charge system. However, the technology is used in an upgraded form (4+, rather than 2.0 on Note 8). As a result, you can get the battery charged faster than the other devices. You will see that the device will be topped up to 85% in an hour. At the same amount of time, the battery of the Galaxy Note 8 can be charged up to 75%.
However, the 4,000 mAh battery on the Razer Phone doesn’t support wireless charging. It is really disappointing, as the specific feature is available in almost all the high-end smartphones on the market.
Razer Phone Review (Hands On) – Early Verdict
Razer Phone doesn’t have the gaming design that we were looking for. Its camera is decent, but not outstanding. It also doesn’t set an exceptional score in the benchmark tests. However, the device manages to deliver a flawless gaming performance practically. It is able to exceed the 60 fps limit of all the other Android phones available on the market. The display is gorgeous and very responsive. Its large battery should be able to offer an outstanding backup time. However, we will have to dig deeper into the device to conclude whether it is the best choice for the passionate gamers or not. You will find all the details in our full Razer Phone review. But right now, it looks to be very promising.