Gaming goes mobile

 

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BY OSCAR NAVARRETE

TECHNOLOGY EDITOR

Video game hardware company Razer has entered the mobile phone market with the introduction of the Razer Phone, a phone designed for gaming.

The Razer phone is Razer’s first phone. The Razer phone has a 5.7 2560 x 1440p display.  What sets the phone apart from the others is its 120 Hz refresh rate on its screen, with allows the phone to display 120 frames per second. This is the first smartphone with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Razer will be working with more developers to provide more games available with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

The Razer phone is quite unlike many phones on the market today. It features large bezels and it has no curve on the edges. It is essentially brick shaped, a sharp contrast to other phones on the market that are more curved and feature curved displays. However what it lacks in styling makes up for practicality. The Razer phone features 2 large front facing speakers  with Dolby ATMOS sound.

The phone does not have a headphone jack, but it features a usb-c adapter. The phone features a Snapdragon 835 octacore processor, and to keep it cooled Razer has added heat pipes to disperse heat, similar to the systems on gaming laptops. The phone has 8 gigabytes of ram and it includes 64 gigabytes of storage. It supports microSD cards up to 2TB. While the Razer phone does not include a headphone jack, it will come shipped with an adapter that is THX certified.

The razor phone also features a very large 4,000 mAh battery. This large battery will easily last a day, and with Quickcharge 4+ technology, the phone can be changed from 0 to 85% percent in an hour. Dual 12mp cameras are on the back of the Razer phone, but is  quite simple with little options.  The Razer phone will come with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The appearance is almost stock Android, meaning there is no custom interface from the manufacture. It will include the premium version of Nova launcher, which will provide a high level of customization available to the user. Normally the application costs money to be downloaded, but it will be available free of charge on the Razer phone. Razer will also provide a theme store, allowing different types of themes to be dowloaded to change the appearance of the phone.  Razer has promised to provide software support for the next 2 years, with Android 8 Oreo releasing early 2018.

Despite having high end specs, the Razer phone is priced quite competitively, being priced at around $699 dollars. Razor is also selling various accessories for their phone. The Razer phone is only available for GSM carriers however, it will not support CDMA carriers such as Sprint or Verizon. The Razer phone will be available November 17.

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