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18th of October 2017

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Razer's smartphone breaks cover with dual cameras and an LED flash

Why it matters to you

If you're a gamer, you might like what Razer has to offer in its first smartphone.

Razer — the gaming company known for its computers, keyboards, and mice — is getting into the smartphone game. The company has long been rumored to be working on a phone, rumblings that were only amplified when it announced the acquisition of Nextbit. Now, Razer has launched a teaser for its smartphone, which will be unveiled at a November 1 event.

So what can we expect from Razer’s first smartphone? Here’s everything we know so far.

Design razer smartphone

While the bulk of Razer’s phone remains a mystery, we might know what it will look like — at least from the back. It allegedly broke cover for the first time in mid-October, when TechByte published a photo of its rear camera.

The pic shows a rectangular design with a two-button volume rocker, a dual-sensor camera, and an LED flash. It appears to have matte finish, and potentially a green Razer logo in the center (not pictured).

Specs

So what’s inside the Razer phone? That’s thanks to a  listing on GFXBench, we something of an idea.

According to the listing, the phone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 — the same chip in the Galaxy S8 Plus and LG V30 — along with 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 5.7-inch 2,560 x 1,440 display. In terms of cameras, it might ship with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing sensor.

Those are some pretty impressive specs. While most of them are standard for a 2017 flagship device, Razer’s phone would be one of the very few to offer 8GB of RAM, which could appeal to the company’s gaming demographic.

There’s a lot we don’t know about the phone, but given the fact that it’s being launched by Razer, it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that it will be gaming-focused. What does that mean? Well, it’ll probably place an emphasis on display quality, performance, and sound quality — especially given the “watch, play, listen” mantra in the teasers.

Previous rumors indicated that it would be targeted at “hardcore gamers,” though we have yet to learn exactly what that means. It’s possible the company could follow Sony’s lead in letting gamers stream games from their laptops. Considering Nextbit’s experience with phone storage and offloading little-used apps to the cloud, it’s possible that the phone could have some of those unique features, too.

Nextbit’s foray into the smartphone world came in the form of the Robin, an Android phone that featured a unique design, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button, and some pretty neat design choices. While the Robin was a short-lived experiment, it will be interesting to see how Robin-influenced Razer’s smartphone is.

Price and release date razer smartphone news

We did already know that Razer was planning a phone — Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan confirmed a few weeks ago that the company would launch a phone before the end of 2017. Then, a Twitter post by Tim Moss, head of Razer’s mobile division, saw Moss and Tan standing together with a Razer-branded device in his pocket (pictured above), which many assumed to be the new phone (or at least a teaser for it).

Whatever ends up being unveiled, it will take center stage at the November 1 Razer event, which will be live-streamed on the Razer website.

Update: Added leaked renders and pics of the upcoming Razer smartphone.

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