New Razer Phone

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Diamond in the Rough or Another Phone-y Failure?

Samantha Stirmel/Staff Reporter

Issue five of the Avion included the impending launch of gaming company Razer’s new cellphone modeled specifically for gamers. On Nov. 1, trailers for the phone came out, and the internet was barraged with information about the impending technological device that starts off at $699 unlocked. A release date of Nov. 17 has been proposed, and the phone will show up in stores in the UK and various Microsoft Stores in the US.

The Razer phone has the concept of being a black rectangle with the famous Razer insignia on the back. On the front is an impressive screen of 16:9 with dual facing speakers on the top and bottom. Like an LG, there will be no real button on the bottom for control, but there will be a pop-up bar with back, exit, and applications buttons. The screen surprisingly reaches 120Hz and is the first mobile device to do so. This means that the lag rate on the screen is almost completely diminished and gamers can play games such as the new Final Fantasy XV Mobile Edition without worrying about lag. Most phones these days are capable of between 30-60Hz; Facebook itself usually takes about 30Hz on most phones. Another note about the outside of the phone is the lack of a headphone jack, just like big brother Apple. The company claims it makes up for it by including a high-quality adapter to be plugged into the charging port.

So far, the company has established that it will be providing an Oreo update for the Android software that the phone will be using. As of now, it is running on a highly hacked version of Android 7.1.1. Another internal additive is the “under throttled” Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor allowing for a gaming-centered core. To supply this powerful battery-draining screen and software, a 4,000 mAh battery has been included to compensate. One can rest easy by knowing that Razer offers settings to select which apps receive how much attention and power. The real issue for most users might be the inability of the phone to use CDMA, meaning it will not work for Sprint or Verizon customers, possibly knocking out a part of Razer’s market. Consumers will have to hope that the company will eventually launch a phone that will support this radio system. To sweeten the deal of losing those networks, Razer’s phone has 64 GB of internal storage with space for a microSD card that allows for
expandable storage.

What is special about the RAM on this device is the adaptability which allows all 8 GB to be used rather than some space being taken up by system processes. Secondly, the processor can be over-clocked allowing for faster running speeds for those who want to push its limits.

Razer is a company known for its gaming products that impact gameplay and mean the difference between dying from a stray laser or getting the final kill. To improve on everything phones have lacked in the past, Razer has expanded into the cellphone market to see if they can succeed where others have failed.