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Newly-announced Razer Phone is a gaming mobile with impressive specs

Razer, the specialist gaming hardware manufacturer with a thing for the colour green, has a new toy – the Razer Phone.

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Razer, the specialist gaming hardware manufacturer with a thing for the colour green, has a new toy – the Razer Phone.

For the last week or so, people have basically known about the impending Razer Phone.

It was accidentally leaked by Three, the UK-based mobile phone network who hold the initial exclusive rights to sell the handset. As it happens, Three is an excellent choice for just such a device; they offer proper all-you-can-eat data plans and the ability to use your contracted allowance abroad (in lots of foreign countries) without charge.

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But what of the Razer Phone itself? It’s now been made official, and we’ve just received the press reveal, direct from Razer, including the following, suitably sizzling announcement video:

More importantly, here are the salient specs of their shiny new device.

Key Razer Phone specs

  • 5.72″ Quad HD IGZO LCD display
  • 120Hz Ultramotion display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform
    • 8-core, 2.45GHz Kryo 280 CPU
    • 710 MHz Adreno 540 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 64GB internal flash storage
  • 10.2TB micro SD capacity
  • Dual rear 12MP cameras
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Android Nougat operating system (Oreo upgrade in Spring 2018)
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge+ technology
  • Dolby Atmos technology for cinematic audio
  • Front-facing speakers with dual amplifiers
  • THX-certified USB-C audio adaptor with a 24-bit digital audio converter

With a near-6″ screen and a 4,000 mAH battery, the Razer Phone sounds like it’s going to be a big old beast. It’s probably creeping up towards the phablet label, but with a total thickness of 8mm and a weight of just 197g, it’s still an impressive construction. The overall dimensions are 158.5 x 77.7 x 8mm, which puts it in the same region as the massive Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+.

It also comes with all of the technological bits and bobs you’d expect from a high-end mobile phone including Bluetooth, NFC and 4G/LTE band support.

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Razer are also keen to announce that the Razer Phone will benefit from partnerships between themselves and a number of publishers, including Square Enix and Tencent. In theory this means games like the brilliant-looking Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition and Tencent’s new MOBA, Arena of Valor, will look and feel extra spiffy on Razer’s new device.

As previously mentioned, the Razer Phone will be exclusive to the Three network in the UK and some European countries (Ireland, Denmark and Sweden) for a limited period. It will also be available across Europe and North America from the Razerzone store, and from Amazon and selected Microsoft stores.

Oh, and if you hadn’t already guessed, it’s going to be properly expensive: the recommended retail price is £699.99 / €749.99 / US $699.99.

Still, looks nice though.

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