After acquiring Nextbit, Razer teases the launch of its first smartphone

October 11, 2017
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, rumors 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.

While little was known about the upcoming device when the teaser first came out, we know could have our first leak of the device’s specs thanks to a listing on GFXBench, which includes the name Razer Phone, and shows off a device with some pretty impressive specs.

According to the listing, the phone will offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 — which is the latest and greatest version of the chip — along with 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 5.7-inch 2,560 x 1,440 display. It seems like the phone will also feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Those are some pretty impressive specs. While most of them are standard for a 2017 flagship device, the phone would be one of the very few to offer 8GB of RAM, which could help make the device a better option for gamers out there — depending on how the device has been optimized.

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, the device will likely have an emphasis on display quality, performance, and sound quality — especially given the “watch, play, listen” mantra in the teasers.

While we didn’t have any details, 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 — which many assumed to be the new phone or at least a teaser for it.

Previous rumors indicated that the phone would be targeted at “hardcore gamers,” though we have yet to learn exactly what that means. It’s possible that the company could follow Sony’s lead in allowing gamers to 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 feature some of those unique features, too.

Nextbit’s own foray into the mobile 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. Given the Nextbit acquisition, we would expect the Razer to be Android-powered.

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: The Razer phone has shown up on GFXBench with 8GB of RAM.

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