The Razer Phone is Official and The Specs are Impressive

After weeks of rumors and speculation, the Razer Phone is official.  Razer, who acquired Android phone maker startup Nextbit earlier this year, makes their first named device in the Android space and it spectacular from a specifications perspective.  The phone will be $699 and pre-orders are being accepted starting Friday.  And, get this, it will be in Microsoft stores nationally.

Okay, to the nitty-gritty.  The Razer Phone is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC, has an impressive 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.  The phone will support a MicroSD card so you can expand that storage up to 256GB.  Display wise, it is a 5.7″ LCD that renders at 2560 x 1440 at, wait for it, 120Hz.

If you haven’t put it together yet, this phone is squarely aimed at being an entertainment device, both for gaming and for video watching.

Camera wise, the rear camera configuration is a dual camera with a 12MP f/1.75 wide angle shooter and a 13MP f/2.6 normal with both supported by PDAF.

Powering all of this is a 4000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4 technology.

Audio wise, you have DOLBY ATMOS stereo front-facing speakers with dual amplifiers.  The Audio adapter is THX certified DAC too.  No, there is not a 3.5mm headphone jack

The phone is being sold unlocked and will support GSM carriers here in the US.  Here are the available bands:

  • GSM UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8
  • LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66

The phone will ship with Android Nougat 7.1 which is a bit of a disappointment but the company has promised an Oreo update in the first quarter of 2018.

When you look at the Razer Phone, it is not hard to see the Nextbit designs shining through a bit.  I was a big fan of the Robin and I’m glad to see it didn’t completely go away.

You can reserve your phone today but pre-orders don’t start until Friday.  The phone will be $699