Hands-on with Razer’s first smartphone

Razer isn’t a company that likes to be pigeon holed. Over the years it’s broken out from its traditional PC peripheral roots to create everything from full-on laptops to wearables. Some of the gambles have paid off to great effect, like Razer’s stellar series of gaming notebooks, but others have been outright stinkers – remember the Razer Nabu watch?

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That’s why you may be skeptical about this latest expansion into the phone market. After all, with former heavyweights like HTC and BlackBerry struggling, what could Razer actually bring to the table that others haven’t? If you’re willing to look under the slightly old-school aesthetics, quite a lot as it turns out.

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Razer claims it worked to create a common look between its phone and existing laptops. Whether this is a positive or a negative will depend largely on personal taste. Some will love the phone’s solid metal, black chassis and pristinely cut sides. But others, like me, will see the design as being slightly retro. I personally think it looks a little like the mongrel spawn of an HTC One and Sony Xperia.

Whatever side you fall, there’s one thing you can’t deny: the Razer Phone is a cutting edge handset from a hardware perspective in pretty much every way.

The metal frame features a USB-C charging port and, like many modern phones, doesn’t feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. Curse you, Apple, for making my Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 useless during the morning commute without a dongle.

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