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.
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).
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.
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.