Razer Phones review

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INTRODUCTION

Without a doubt, the gaming world will always recognize the Razer brand for the types of products it offers for this category. However, they never imagined that this manufacturer would launch a smartphone specifically for video games.

So in November 2017, we were all shocked when they introduced the new Razer Phone, a powerful smartphone that will make full use of the full catalog of games available for the Android operating system.

But to stand out from the rest of the competition, they not only combined the most powerful processors that currently exist, but also complemented the screen of the team with the ability to have a refresh rate of 120Hz to achieve greater fluidity than what we currently have with 60Hz, plus a large battery and powerful front stereo speakers.

Thanks to our great friends at ProMovil, we can test the new Razer Cellphone, which of course has a lot to show us. Let the review begin!

  

TECHNICAL DETAILS OF THE TESTED UNIT

MANUFACTURERS, MODELS AND DATA REVISIONS
– Razer– Telephone– Initial status: New– Author: Jonathan Munizaga– Team photo: Nelson Salazar– Trial period: January 18 – January 23
MOBILE NETWORK
– 3G: 850/900/1700 AWS / 1800/1900 / 2100 – 4G LTE: B1, B2 CHILE, B3, B4 AWS, B5, B7, CHILE, B8, B12, B17, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28 CHILE, B29, B30, B38, B39, B40, B41, B66.- LTE Categories (INFORMATION NOT AVAILABLE) – Compatible with 4G + – Works natively with Entel, WOM, Movistar and Claro
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
– 5.7-inch IGZO LCD screen with 2K 1440 × 2560, 16: 9 and 120Hz refresh rate – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 eight-core processor – 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and expandable 64GB UGB internal storage with MicroSD – Graphics processor Adreno 540 – Front stereo and 24-bit / 192kHz audio speakers with Dolby ATMOS technology and THX certified – Bluetooth 4.2 – GPS – AGPS – USB Type-C – Side fingerprint reader – Dual main camera, 12 MP with f / aperture 1.8 / / 12 MP f / 2.6, 4K Video at 30 fps – 8 MP front camera with f / 2.0 aperture, Full HD Video at 30 fps – Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system (expandable to Android Oreo) – 4000 mAh battery with fast charge Quick charge 4+

DESIGN AND DISPLAY

Our protagonist has a striking design for how square it is, which reminds us a bit of the design of the Sony Xperia, although at the same time it gives us greater comfort by having equipment in landscape mode, especially when we enjoy some game or multimedia content.

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Surely you imagine that the equipment is large, heavy and uncomfortable, even I also think the same. However, it is not heavy at all, which helps when we play, what can be a little annoying is when we carry it in our pocket and the square edges can be annoying.

The dimensions are 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm, although it weighs up to 197 grams and the body is clearly made of aluminum, and as expected in this type of equipment, it is not certified for resistance to water and / or dust. Its fingerprint reader is located on the right side of the device as it is on the Sony Xperia, which is located on the power button.

IGZO LCD DISPLAY

The screen is expected to be very good on this Razer Mobile because it becomes a smartphone dedicated to the gaming world, obviously the game should be seen on the best screen. That is why the manufacturer decided to integrate 5.7-inch IGZO LCD-type screens with a resolution of 2K QHD 1440 × 2560 pixels.

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But not only that, it also decided to provide an image refresh rate of 120Hz, far exceeding the 60Hz used by most smartphones. That will help the Android interface and the game look smoother and I must say it really shows a lot of things, especially when we look at the animations of the operating system.

But there is something that I do not like at all about this screen and it is precisely the level of brightness that I find low when I raise it to the maximum and also the tone that I find is somewhat yellowish. Perhaps with future software updates they can complete two details that I have noticed and that I do not like at all.

The good news is that at CES 2018 step, Razer along with Netflix announced that the Razer phone will be the first smartphone to support streaming on Netflix Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 HDR and audio. Therefore, we are in front of an HDR screen, but for now this technology is not activated and will be active in future updates.

WELL ????????

  • Although the design may not be like some, it is quite comfortable for when we are playing or enjoying our multimedia content.
  • The quality of the ingredients seems good.
  • This is not heavy equipment as seen in the photo
  • Very good screen definition
  • Nice colour
  • HDR supported in an upcoming update
  • The screen works at 120Hz.
  • Various options to improve the screen.
  • User controlled screen resolution

Evil ????????

  • The box design may irritate some people.
  • Low brightness display
  • Pretty yellowish shaded screen
  • The screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3version 5 that exists

CAMERAS

In this part of the insurance, you will believe that the team will stand out like the others, but in my opinion it is not your business. As the main camera we will find multiple photographic sensors, both 12 megapixels but one with f / 1.8 aperture and one more f / 2.6 has the possibility of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second and is accompanied by an LED flash.

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On the front we will find an 8 megapixel camera with f / 2.0 aperture that is also capable of recording video in Full HD quality at 30 frames per second.

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Here we have the basic interface that we will find when using the Razer Mobile camera, which offers functions that we see in all smartphones Even the most basic. However, we do not see the professional mode or the possibility of taking pictures in portrait or angle mode … nothing.

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In the following video you can see this camera application in action so you can discover it in more detail:

Finally here I leave you with some photos taken with the equipment at maximum resolution and with the configuration of the automatic mode:

And here I leave you with two videos taken with the Razer Cellphone, one in Full HD at 30 frames per second (without recording at 60 fps) and the other in 4K quality at 30 fps. Look closely at the 4K videos, you will see that they are recorded in more colors than usual, which I suspect is a software flaw.

30 fps Full HD video

4K video at 30 fps

WELL ????????

  • Quality photos and videos that can be received in good light conditions
  • The camera is very easy to use.

Evil ????????

  • The camera is too basic for a high-end smartphone.
  • Too much noise in an underexposed photo
  • 4K quality video has more color than usual
  • There is no professional mode, nor does it allow you to take photos in portrait mode.
  • Do not record videos at 60 frames per second
  • It doesn't have some kind of image stabilization.
  • Low quality digital zoom.

SOFTWARE, BATTERIES AND MULTIMEDIA

The Razer phone comes from a factory with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and 90% of the interface is native to Pure Android, except that it includes the famous and popular Nova Launcher, something that many people will like and it will work very well in the computer. For now waiting to be updated to Android 8.0 Oreos we do not know when they will arrive. This phone integrates the Android security patch in September 2017.

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There is nothing to criticize here, due to this performance. smartphones It is spectacular, it works very fast, the delay does not exist and if we activate the 120Hz option on the screen, the Android animation looks very fluid, it is really luxurious.

In this video, I leave you below, you will be able to know part of the operating system and some functions, as well as appreciate the fluidity of the system. Remember to enable playback at 60 frames per second in YouTube.

Games

To have a better experience while playing, we will have access to a special application called "Game Booster", which will allow you to adjust various parameters of the equipment to take advantage of the game you install.

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For example, you can change the processor speed, screen resolution, refresh rate, and apply contour leveling to the games you have installed on your computer. When you open this app, it will automatically load compatible games, but if it doesn't appear in that list, you can add it manually at your own risk.

Unfortunately I'm not a person players, Still in the era of Nintendo 64, Play Station 1 … etc, but I can try some of the games that Google Play recommends as Asphalt 8, N.O.V.A. Legacy, Dead Effect 2, Modern Combat 5 … among other things, and they all ran really well on Razer's cell phone. However, the team got very active right behind where the Razer logo was located, especially with the Modern Combat game. However, it is not an obstacle to continue playing without losing the frame, nor do I have a high temperature shutdown or warning.

BATTERY

In this section of the battery, the Razer Cellphone is not far behind, because we will find a capacity of 4000 mAh, which allows us to have greater autonomy when playing.

And if we run out of power and want to play again as soon as possible, our protagonist is compatible with Qualcomm's fast charging system, which we know as fast charging 4+

We test the equipment as if it were ours and with daily use, so we detail:

Application used (regardless of the game): Twitter, Facebook, MessengerGoogle Chrome, Google Now, Google Asistant, Apple Music, Gmail, YouTube, Net Monitor Lite, FAST, Speedtest, Chili Alert, Instagram and telegram.
Connected clothing products: Nothing
Active connectivity: Wi-Fi (5GHz), 4G +, Bluetooth and A-GPS
Brightness of the screen: Automatic

With the use described above, Razer Telephone managed to give me a number 31 hours and around 8 clock on the screen

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MULTIMEDIA

Here the computer looks like a game, because it has everything you need to fully enjoy our multimedia content. We start with the Dolby Atmos mount and the prestigious THX brand certification.

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Although we lost the headphone jack, this device has a .5mm USB Type-C adapter for 3Jack is THX certified so we can connect our favorite headphones and enjoy the best audio quality.

Then we have Dolby Atmos, an application that will allow us to significantly improve the overall sound quality that we have through wired headphones, Bluetooth stereo headphones and in their own speakers with audio effects and an equalizer that you can fully customize.

All of these enhancements apply to general audio equipment, which means you can use it with any application that outputs audio, even when playing or watching videos. And obviously that also applies to Bluetooth headsets, it also applies to Apt-X HD, Apt-X and AAC audio codecs.

AUDIO

The team did not bring my own headphones, so I used the Xiaomi Piston 2 myself and the sound quality is outstanding, the quality is very good in bass, treble and mid, in addition to having a high volume of power. The experience is exactly the same as I had when I used my LG HBS-730 Bluetooth headphones, where I can also take advantage of the quality provided by the Apt-X codec.

But the good thing does not end here, dear reader, because here we will find two front speakers that have a high volume of power, they are really strong. However, I expected to find some serious, but what surprised me was not.

I'm not saying it sounds bad, on the contrary, it sounds super good, but it doesn't have a bit of bass, although it does have a very good definition in audio and, due to its front location, they can give it sound. surrounds In closing, for something that comes with Dolby Atmos.

In fact, with this latest app you can significantly boost the bass sound from your speakers to a slightly impressive level. However, when raising the bass, the intensity of the volume is somewhat limited to protect it from the saturation of the sound.

WELL ????????

  • Excellent performance, everything is very fast and smooth
  • Is Android almost pure?
  • Application to optimize game performance.
  • The battery life is very good.
  • Amazing experience in the audio field.
  • Compatible with all Chilean networks, including 4G +
  • Dolby Atmos support and THX certification
  • It will soon support HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio with Netflix (and that will be the only thing… they say)
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Comes with Nova Launcher

Evil ????????

  • Must have been upgraded to Android Oreo
  • Outdated Android security patch (September 2017)
  • Does not have FM Radio (?)

CONCLUSION

After Sony Xperia Play, I never thought we would see a special smartphone again players, and less come from brands dedicated to this market such as Razer, so from the beginning I believed that this team would not disappoint me with the theme it created … the game, and I am not mistaken.

The Razer phone not only gives you amazing performance to run everything you find on Android perfectly, but it also offers an amazing experience when playing our favorite games available for Android. And I praise the good idea of ​​integrating a screen that can be with 120Hz update ????????

Obviously, for gamers, it's not just about the performance that matters, the audio is important and they shine here, and placing the two powerful front speakers is a great success, and even more so if they are compatible with Dolby Atmos technology.

I find the camera very basic, maybe the Razer people believe that the players do not leave their rooms and cannot take photos. That is why I did not find a broader explanation for putting a dual rear camera, but with the basic software as we saw, and the image quality no longer exists …

By the way, if you are a gamer and you like video games, this smartphone is definitely for you. If you like photos, it is certainly not for you, but if you also like the multimedia world, this tool is also for you. Also, if you want to create online games when you are away from home, Razer Phone supports all Chilean networks including 4G +, so if you provide it with a good data plan, you will get the best of it.

AVAILABILITY

Ok, I want to play in this miracle. Where can I get it? Obviously you can find it ProMovil.cl, There you will find it at CLP $ 578,900 for the 64GB and 8GB RAM version. However, if you say that you are from the comments you see on Pisapapeles.net, the final price will be CLP $ 538,900 I left the link ????

Call Razer on ProMovil

I take this opportunity to thank our great friends. ProMovil which gave me a chance to try out this great smartphone and thus provide you with this comprehensive review.

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