Razer just dropped its new smartphone in Singapore that’s made for gamers – here’s what it’s like

Business Insider\Aqilah Allaudeen

Singapore gaming hardware company Razer officially launched its Razer Phone here for pre-orders today (Nov 23), through an exclusive partnership with local telco Singtel.

The launch event was held at the Singtel booth at consumer electronics fair Sitex 2017, at Singapore Expo, a week after its global launch in the United States and Europe.

Razer, which is known for its high-end gaming laptops and mice, unveiled its first-ever smartphone on Nov 1 and Singapore is the first country in Asia to have it.

Speaking at the event, Razer CEO Tan Min-Liang said: “We were looking to launch the Razer Phone only in the US and Europe. Asia was a little later down the line, but Moon (Singtel CEO Mr Yuen Kuan Moon) has been incredibly persuasive”.

Mr Yuen told Business Insider that the Razer tie-up with Singtel took a month to sort out and that he is confident the smartphone will appeal to millennials who are into gaming, which is seen as a growing market.

Business Insider also had an opportunity to get our hands on one of a handful of Razer Phones for the media to try out.

Here’s what it was like:


My first impression? I liked the sturdy, squarish look of the Razer Phone and its simple, no-nonsense design. 

Oh, and the front facing speakers were a nice touch too. 

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The logo at the back added to the whole ‘gamer vibe’ of the smartphone, but it also looked a little like a sticker that could be scratched off (it’s actually engraved). 

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On to what actually matters. Almost all smartphones refresh at 60Hz, which is how often a display changes the frames/image per second.

The Razer Phone brags a superior refresh rate of 120Hz, much like the iPad Pro, which means you get really stunning graphics with less lag on its 5.7-inch display. One word to describe this: Fluid.

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So I put it to the true test, and tried out a game on the device. The graphics seemed clear and loaded quickly. 

Here’s how it looked like:

 

And it barely took any time to launch and load a YouTube video from an unlocked screen: 

 

While I was generally impressed, its camera could do with some upgrading and Mr Tan acknowledged this at the event too.  The photos and videos I managed to take weren’t bad or unclear, but having a faster shutter speed would’ve made filming especially, a whole lot smoother.

One thing to note: The Razer Phone doesn’t come with 3.5mm headphone jack much like the newer iPhones but this may not be a deal-breaker for gamers accustomed to wireless bluetooth headphones.

To sum it all up, these are some of the features that make the Razer Phone stand out:

  • 8GB RAM (compared to 3GB RAM on the iPhone 8+, and 4GB RAM on the Samsung S8+).
  • 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ charger that can reach 85% battery charge in an hour.
  • Razer theme store (it’s an option on the phone) that allows you to customise your display with your favourite game themes.
  • Dual stereo speakers, each one independently amplified and fine-tuned by Dolby Atmos.

Find out more about Singtel’s pricing plans here.