Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to take a look at Razer Phone Review. Razer is a company known for PC gaming hardware but a couple of weeks ago Razor shocked a lot of people when they announced their brand-new Specs out a smartphone that they are calling the Razer Phone. So, I’ve been using the Razer Phone for a couple of weeks at this point and I wanted to share my experiences of using this phone with you guys. So, a lot of people are interested in this phone because it’s such a different looking phone from a lot of other Android offerings especially with that 120 Herts screen. So, let’s start-
Design & Build: –
The Razer phone is built like a tank. It’s aluminium, it’s not like special materials or anything. But the design of it is just so boxy and so just industrial feeling and industrial looking, it’s a really solid phone. It looks sharp with hard lines and squared off corners a bit different from the curvier phones.
It’s not following the bezel-less trend either the screen is framed by rather large bezels that has a stereo speaker setup. The speaker grilles make the phone look bit awful like and or a bit of a dust magnet. But they are THX certified with Dolby Atmos technology, they’re seriously loud and put out some really crisp and clear audio. I also don’t like that this phone doesn’t have a headphone jack now a lot of phones don’t have headphone jacks in 2017. But this one, in particular, I feel like it really should have had one, it’s a gamer-oriented phone. But don’t worry there’s a USB type-C adapter included in the box. Sound output through headphone is loud but not as impressive as other flagships.
The button placement takes a while to get used to, the power switch is good. But the volume rockers are just, I don’t know they’re a little bit lower than I’m used to. The fingerprint reader is mounted on the side and it’s a physical button. So, you’ll have to press it down to activate it’s reliable but not fastest. On the back, there is Dual camera setup and an engraved Razer logo.
Razer has IGZO IPS LCD 5.7-inch display with 1440 x 2560p and 515 PPI pixel density. It might be a unique feature of this phone and as a native QHD resolution in a 16 by 9 aspect ratio. This is the world’s first 120 Hertz Ultra Motion smartphone display. It’s about twice the refresh rate of what you get on other phones and since this variable will keep up perfectly with the frame rate put out by the GPU. It’s a really nice looking screen 120 Hertz very fluid, very colour accurate and the display looks super smooth. It makes you feel as if there is more processing power preventing any lag scrolling webpage feels delightful and stays sharp with no blurring or tearing at all.
My biggest complaint is the brightness, it’s not super dim or anything like that. I think it measures at around 300 nits but because of how bright other smartphones can get at this $700 price point. It just feels like it’s dimmer than it could or should be.
Now, the screen is nice for games but the contrast is an on par with other flagships and neither is sunlight legibility. So, don’t count on a great gaming experience outdoors, colour accuracy is good though.
They have sound amazing but it just the clarity if he sounds so clear when you’re playing games listening to music just anything that has sound. Sounds abnormally clean coming out of these speakers. It’s weird hearing this kind of audio from a smartphone. It is, unfortunately, one of those things that you have to experience in real life and the same thing with the screen you can’t like this video is not going to do it justice. The screen and the speakers are something you have to experience in a real life.
Now, one complaint I had about the speakers it’s that when you lower the volume, the bass and the mids disappear way quicker than the higher frequencies. It had to install some EQ software just to make it sound the way I want but really good speakers overall.
The Razer Phone’s cameras are disappointing. It’s a 12-megapixel Dual camera setup with one f/1.75 wide angle and depth f/2.6 telephoto. The camera interface is pretty bare-bones, you get no modes, panoramas and no filters. There is HDR mode but it’s not automatic, you have to toggle it every single time.
The camera’s native dynamic range is far from stellar and the Razer phone really struggles with exposure. Sunlight can cause a lot of problems in the shot, using the telephoto zoom can be frustrating as well. The phone uses a feature called seamless zoom work is switching between a telephoto and a crop of the main camera as you zoom in and out.
In low-light even when you’re not zooming everything is pretty underwhelming especially for a flagship phone.
The 8-megapixel selfie camera is okay but not impressive. The focus is fixed so shots may come out blurry from time to time and good lighting is definitely recommended.
The 4K videos come out really sharp but not as detail rich as other flagships. There are still exposure problems sometimes and no stabilization. 1080p videos aren’t a major step down from 4K but the exposure still has problems. There is no 60 fps mode here.
Performance & Memory: –
The Razer Phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which clocked at Octa-Core up to 2.36GHz Processor. It does have 8 gigabytes of RAM but not sure if it can all be utilized by Android. In benchmarks, it performs near the upper end of this year’s Snapdragon 835 devices and graphics wise. It’s on par with a flagships competition with this Adreno 540, it did get hot during testing but never started to throttle.
This heat could become uncomfortable during long gaming sessions with certain titles. You can just go hands-off with a third-party Bluetooth controller, it really is a shame that Razer isn’t offering any such accessories of its own at least not yet that is. But now on to the gaming experience, itself game booster offers convenient controls over CPU speeds, resolution and FPS caps on a per-app basis. Just make sure that the game’s resolution matches the system-wide one or there will be problems but even if you start tweaking on a per title level. Most game engines can’t really come close to 120 fps mark by design. The game only managed to get as high as 50 fps on occasion. It’s far from 120 required to saturate the refresh potential of the panel.
The lowering resolution didn’t increase the frame rate either. Gear club is a racing game that comes pre-installed on the Razer phone. We did manage to get higher FPS readings in the 75 range but again literally no change when we messed with resolution. But games capable of pumping out 120 FPS do exist. All the games we tested it behaved the most like a PC title. Lowering the resolution actually helped to keep 120 FPS easily and more comfortably.
The Razer runs a surprisingly clean Nova Launcher/ Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It’s pretty bloat free with a minimal app package. The User Interface does allow for a tremendous amount of customization options. You can tweak almost everything gestures, the app drawer, animations and even how notifications look. There are also a bunch of cool themes available from Razer through the themes, app free of charge.
The Razer Phone has a 4000 milliamp-hours battery. It would last a really long time like a 2 days battery because it’s relatively big but that’s not the case. I’m getting around 6 hours of screen time. It’s basically, a day and a half battery now. It does support quick charge Four Plus which is really fast. I’m getting like 65 % to 70% of a battery of a 30 minutes charge, it’s really impressive.
Overall, great phone for the right person so if you’re someone that if you’re really like photography don’t get this phone. If you just use your phone like most people do for media consumption and stuff and stuff like that this Razer Phone is awesome. This thing wanted to deliver a phone there revolves around the gaming experience and performance always a holds up well against other flagships.
The stereo speaker setup is really impressive and 120 Hertz screen is incredibly smooth but unfortunately, there aren’t that many games out yet and the unique screen is kind of dim and power hungry. So, battery life suffers, the camera on this phone feels sort of like an afterthought too while the shortcoming of the Razer Phone seems to outweigh the benefits.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Razer Phone||Coming Soon||Rs. 54,990|
|Razer Phone||Coming Soon||$ 699.00|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|BODY||Dimensions||158.5 x 77.7 x 8mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IGZO IPS, 1440 x 2560p 16:9 Ratio (515 PPI)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual 12-MP, f/1.8 + 12-MP, f/2.6, 2x Optical Zoom, PDAF, Dual LED Flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Panorama, HDR|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-Core Up to 2.35GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 8GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, GPS & NFC|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker with Dolby Atmos stereo speakers|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 4000 mAh|