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Razer Phone Review – 120Hz £699 smartphone for gamers

Rating: 8.5.

After months of rumours, leaks and teasers, the Razer Phone was officially announced on Wednesday 1st November. We’ve been using the phone since then and can now present our full review – including a low-down on the 120Hz adaptive refresh-rate display and the camera — as well as overall performance. Excited? You should be.

With plenty of standout features – including that 120Hz display, big front-facing stereo speakers and a 4000mAh battery – it is fair to say Razer did not play it safe with its first mobile device, the Razer Phone. Aimed squarely at gamers, and with a £699 price tag, could this be your dream phone?


Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform
System Memory 8GB dual channel (LPDDR4, 1600MHz)
Storage Internal: 64GB UFS

External: microSD (class 10, 2TB max.)

Display 5.72-inch IGZO LCD 1440 x 2560 – 120 Hz, Wide Color Gamut (WCG)

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Rear Cameras 12MP AF f1.75 Wide12MP AF f2.6 Zoom

Dual PDAF

Dual tone, dual LED flash

Front Camera 8MP FF f2.0
Sound Stereo Front facing speakers

Dual Amplifiers

Audio Adapter with THX certified DAC

Power 4000 mAh lithium-ion battery

Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+

Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth 4.2

NFC

Bands GSM: Quad-band GSM UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8

LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66

TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39

Size 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31 in

197g

Android Version Nougat 7.1.1

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  • Cheong Kian Kok

    The only flagship with 4000mAh. Winrar!

  • Nikolas Karampelas

    doesn’t seem to be a big deal, I could be impressed if they could get out something like the sony xperia play with the slide in/out game pad. That could be a gamer phone.
    Other than that it seem to be a good enough flagship phone but just that. Maybe it is just me here because camera is a big factor for me, but I don’t see anything to justify the cost of that phone.

  • Ziio

    I love the design and features of this phone. My only issue right now is the lack of aftermarket cases. Razer has 2 on its website, but neither is what I would call high impact resistant. I tend to like to keep my phone is the highest quality cases; Griffin Survivor, OttorBox Defender, Lifeproof, etc. As of yet I can’t find any manufacturers producing aftermarket cases for this phone, and that’s a deal breaker for me, as much as I like it. I hope this changes after release, cause I’m still rocking an S6. It’s survived hundreds of drops and is in perfect condition, so a quality case does make a huge difference.

  • before

    According to the review it uses so much more battery that in the end it seems like a standard phone

  • SkyBill40

    If only it were available to be used in Verizon. Such a shame to cut off a huge US market share.

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  • John

    Its a great phone and the key feature is obviously the 120hz panel – no one else does that, so its going to sell to gamers on that point alone. I can’t help but feel however that the Samsung Note 8 is a better overall phone – just for the software alone. Its tough for Razer to jump in and compete with the big guys as they are just working on the first iteration of their software. Samsung have been around for so long in the Android sector, their software is what makes the phone so good.

  • Kevin Grützner

    As someone how is currently using the G6 too. how was your experience going back to the LG and which one would you prefer continue using ignoring the camera fact about the Razer Phone?

  • Dominic Moass

    I’ll start this off by saying the Razer Phone is actually my daily driver now. I’ve not used the LG G6 much since switching, although I do have a few thoughts. The G6 is definitely easier to use one-handed due to the form-factor – it is not as wide as the Razer Phone, so reaching across is much easier. the G6’s 3.5mm jack is definitely in its favour, and it’s overall a bit smaller and more pocket-friendly. The Razer phone has better screen, better sound and better performance, though, while the battery life is probably similar. Razer Phone all day for me

  • Kevin Grützner

    Sounds Gr8 ordered mine earlier today. One big concern I’ve got tho how long did it take you to get used to the lock button on the right? I can’t imagine right now having it not on the back. Only used LG phones for the last couple year starting with the G2. And I’m so used to it that sometimes it forget that I have my buddies iPhone in my hand and wonder where the damn button went 😀

  • Dominic Moass

    I got used to it pretty fast. As a right hander you’re thumb rests there naturally I think so it didn’t take long at all. Similarly intuitive to the G6 I’d say

  • Kevin Grützner

    Alright, thanks alot for your effort and this well written guide.

  • Dominic Moass

    welcome 🙂