Pocket mon­ster


Gam­ing spe­cial­ist Razer has paused its PC an­tics to dive head-first into the high-end smart­phone mar­ket

£700 / stuff.tv/raz­er­phone ■ This is the first smart­phone with a 120Hz screen – and that mat­ters, be­cause it’s a pocket de­vice aimed squarely at gamers. While most phone screens re­fresh at 60Hz, dou­bling that means the Razer Phone’s dis­play can keep up with but­tery-smooth frame-rates.

■ This phone is a thin brick of alu­minium with a soft-touch sur­face. It feels solid and looks smart, but isn’t a match for some of the pret­ti­est phones around. Those sharp edges make it feel larger than it re­ally is.

■ In­side you’ll find a top-end Snap­dragon 835 and a mam­moth 8GB of RAM. You also get 64GB of stor­age – well, any­thing less would be a slap in the face at this price.

■ It might have a 4000mah bat­tery, but force the Razer’s screen to run con­stantly at 120Hz and stamina will be re­duced to merely av­er­age – it’s easy to drain the phone in a day play­ing games. Luck­ily, you can ex­tend that by drop­ping the rate right down to 20Hz be­tween frag-fests.

■ There’s a dual 12MP sen­sor setup on the back – one with a nor­mal lens and the other with a 2x zoomed-in view, like the iphone X. Looks good on pa­per, but it just doesn’t have the pro­cess­ing smarts to deal with dark scenes like other flag­ship phones’ cam­eras can.

Tech specs

Screen 5.7in 2560x1440 LCD Pro­ces­sor Snap­dragon 835 RAM 8GB OS An­droid 7.1 Cam­eras Dual 12MP rear, 8MP front Bat­tery 4000mah Stor­age 64GB, ex­pand­able via mi­crosd Di­men­sions 159x78x8mm, 197g

The fast and the spu­ri­ous Razer’s ded­i­cated Game Booster app lets you choose the frame rate used by your games – as well as the res­o­lu­tion and CPU clock speed. Sadly, games aren’t al­ways su­per-op­ti­mised to make use of this beefed-up hard­ware. With 2540x1440 res­o­lu­tion, the 5.7in IGZO IPD panel puts the Razer Phone right up there with the best LCDS, with great colour and con­trast.

The sound and the fury The big ex­panses of black above and be­low the screen give you some­where to put your fin­gers… but they also hold the speak­ers, which are very loud in­deed. That’s just as well, as there’s no head­phone jack.

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