Everyone nowadays may already know that there are tons of smartphones available on the current market. In fact, there are so many smartphones in the world today that it’s almost hard to find one that causes a game changer in the market. Ever since the release of the first iPhone on June 29, 2007, things have been pretty relaxed with only very few significant features. Well finally, after so many years, we have a new phone. It may not be as big as the first iPhone launch, but one thing is for sure, this phone will add competition. This phone is the Razer Phone introduced by Razer Inc.

Razer, if you don’t already know, is a gaming company that produces gaming gear, accessories, laptops and now phones for gamers. This firm has been on the gaming line for quite some time ever since 2005 (mainly) and even farther back in 1998. For the first time after 12 years of primarily producing computer and console equipment, the Razer Phone is more than a bold step for the company. However, while most companies haven’t succeeded, Razer nailed it by surprising everyone with a phone of high power.

When you first glance at the phone, some may notice a resemblance from a previous popular phone called the Nextbit Robin. As it turns out, Razer bought-out Nextbit as of January 27th, 2017 and made some massive improvements to the original design from the Nextbit Robin. Three significant changes that some may notice from the previous Nextbit Robin is that the bars covering the top and the bottom portion of the phone now serve as two massive front-facing speakers that some claim to be the loudest and best speakers on a smartphone – ever. Another difference would be the new aluminum back plating which was not present on the Nextbit Robin. Finally, just like the iPhone 7, Razer decided to not include the famous 3.5mm headphone jack because of space that they needed for the battery. Not to worry, they did add a THX certified DAC adapter (very similar to current iPhones). Now two similarities would have to be the touch ID button on the middle right side of the phone along with a SIM card tray on the top right side of the phone. Another similarity would have to be the design of the volume buttons located on the middle left side of the phone. Previously, on the Nextbit Robin, these buttons were made of a lower grade material (plastic), but now, thanks to Razer, these buttons are made of pure aluminum and can withstand way more than the previous plastic material.

Now it’s finally time to discuss the nitty-gritty. One of the significant features of the Razer Phone is the 5.72-inch display with a whopping 120hz which means everything you do on the screen will run seamlessly and seem extremely responsive (Note: for some this does not happen by default and some settings will need tweaking. Also, the feature may turn off sometimes to save battery life which is still not a bad thing because this feature only turns on when you need it the most). This phone is also one of the first phones to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip which is very good for gaming from a tech point-of-view. The Razer Phone consists of 8GB of Ram and 64GB of internal storage with a class 10 microSD expansion slot which holds up to 2TB max. The camera specs include an 8MP (f2.0) front-facing camera and two 12MP (f1.75 wide, f2.6 zoom) rear-facing cameras. Speaking of cameras, for the ones concerned about the flash specs, the Razer Phone has dual tone flash for balanced and natural colors. The Razer Phone also has Bluetooth (4.2) and 802.11a/b/g/n/AC WIFI (stuff for geeks). Finally, you receive the certified Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ feature to charge the 4000 mAh lithium-ion battery for heavy gaming on the go.

Now like all other phones before the Razer Phone, there are still some flaws. One significant feature would be the phone not being dust and water resistant, so make sure to be careful when using this phone or at least buy available protection for it (Razer does have available gear on their website). Another issue would have to be camera quality. according to Engadget, the dual camera was reported to be “not that impressive; however, it is not a deal breaker for Razer’s intended audience.” Sorry photographers.

So there we have it, the first phone produced by Razer Inc. To be honest, this is probably one of the best smartphones ever released to this date. As a personal opinion, the Razer Phone might be one of the best phones on the market today. Aside from the $699 price tag, this phone proves itself to be a game changer and will undoubtedly open bigger doors for even better phones in the future, but for now, this phone is possibly one of the best ones out there, in my opinion. If you are interested, Razer is planning on shipping the phone to North America and Europe locations on November 17, 2017. Will you get the new Razer Phone?