A gaming company just announced a high-powered smartphone geared for games — but its best feature is its price



Gaming company Razer is getting into the smartphone business. 

And, as you might expect from the maker of high-powered gaming laptops, its new phone has outrageous specs and is geared for video games. 

Indeed, judging from its specs, the Razer Phone, which the company announced Wednesday, could handily beat Apple’s iPhone X, Google’s Pixel 2, Samsung’s Galaxy devices, and other top smartphones, when it comes to performance.

But the Razer Phone has another thing going for it that could even tempt non-gamers — its $700 price. That’s a lot cheaper than many other top phones. 

Check out Razer’s new Phone:

The Razer Phone has some seriously impressive power.

Looking purely at its specs, Razer’s phone is one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. It has:

– A 5.7-inch Quad HD (1400p, or 2K resolution) display with a wide color gamut and a 120-hertz refresh rate. 

– An all-aluminum case.

– Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, the same powerful chip found within Google’s Pixel 2 and Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones.

– 8GB of RAM, which is equivalent to the amount of memory that comes in many PCs. By contrast, most phones typically include around 4GB of RAM.

– 64GB of built-in storage. You can also augment that amount with a microSD card. 

– Dual front-facing speakers that are certified to meet Dolby’s Atmos high-end audio standard. Each speaker is powered by its own dedicated amplifier. 

– A large, 4,000mAh battery.

– Fast charging via USB-C.

– A dual-lens rear camera system, with each camera offering 12 megapixels of resolution. The system includes both a standard wide-angle lens and a 2x optical zoom lens, similar to both the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8.

– An 8-megapixel front camera.  

– A fingerprint sensor on the power button, which is located on the side of the device’s.

The Phone has some features that hardcore gamers can appreciate.

Razer is targeting the most discerning gamers with technology that you’d typically find on the highest of high-end gaming PCs.

One of those features is the Phone’s 120-hertz refresh rate. That frequency rates up there with gaming-quality PC monitors. It should yield ultra-smooth video and gameplay and allow you to play games or videos at 120 frames per second.

By contrast, Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X will play games at 60 frames per second, albeit at a higher resolution. Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan said the Phone’s ultra-fast refresh rate will prevent motion lag, stuttering, and ghosting, which is when a screen displays an older and newer image at the same time. 

Tan also boasted about Razer’s Ultramotion feature. Similar to Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync, Ultramotion is a technology that synchronizes the graphics chip in the Phone with its screen, which helps it offer smooth gameplay at high frame rates. That kind of feature is coveted in the PC gaming community. 

Still, the Phone lacks some of the latest features found on other flagship devices.

While Tan touted the Phone’s performance against other flagship phones, the company’s brand-new device is missing a few features found on those gadgets, including:

– Water resistance

– An OLED screen

– Ultra-narrow borders around its display (a sacrifice Razer had to make to include its large dual front-facing speakers)

– Wireless charging

Unfortunately, the Razer has copied its rivals in one way. Like many other recent high-end smartphones, the Phone lacks a standard headphone jack.


See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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