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Hardware Breakdown Presents: The Razer Smartphone


Razer make some of best gaming hardware on the planet, but now they're venturing into an entirely new platform, that is mobile technology. The company have just recently released its very first smartphone that's supposedly be geared towards gaming, dubbed simply, the Razer smartphone. 

The smartphones rectangular sharp design and immense size is certainly eye catching, eternally though it's the hardware that's peaked my interest. Oh and that display? Its rocking a 120Hz refresh rate, first ever to be implemented on a smartphone, but we'll examine the display in detail later on in this post.

Like with many devices that baffles me with intense curiosity, it's the components within that gains my attention and subjected to the monthly installment of Hardware Breakdown. 

Read along while as I virtually crack open this Razer smartphone and examine each core components that operates this device.


The Processor and Chipset


 As with most smartphones on the market, Razer goes with what seems to be standard when it comes to chipset and processors, its embedded with a QulacommMSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, an Octa-core CPU ( 4 x2.35 GHzKyro & 4 x1.9 GHz Kyro). Handling the smartphones graphics is the Adreno 540 GPU. 


The Memory and Storage


Razer smartphone joins an elite group of flagship devices that touches the 8GB barrier which users should see an significant increase in overall performance. On the storage front, the smartphone maxes out at 64GB which is the only variant available for consumers. You do have the option to expand the storage via microSD to an astounding 2TB at max. 


 The Camera


On paper the camera specs on the Razer smartphone is decent enough to rival most flagship device that's currently on the market. How the camera holds up in terms of image quality is the question. The smartphone comes fully loaded with rear Dual cameras, one having 12MP, f /1.8 aperture with an wide angle lens while the other is 12MP, f / 2.7 aperture with a telphoto lens. Front facing camera features a 8MP sensor. 


The Battery 


With the size of the Razer being somewhat immense, its no surprise that the smartphone is powered by a non-removable Li-ion 4000 mAh battery, making it one the few smartphones on the market that have such massive size battery. At 4000 mAh, you should get a full day usage, but setting your display to refresh at 120 Hz will certainly rapidly deplete the battery power.


That Display


By far the star feature on the Razer smartphone is the display, its unique in that its the first of its kind who's  display is capable of refreshing at 120Hz. Unlike most flagship smartphones that uses AMOLED technology, Razer implements a IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology, which is a new type of liquid crystal display. There advantages in using such technology one of being electrons move much faster due to actual transistors being much smaller. Smaller transistors allows pixels to be crammed in per inch making it much smaller. It's worth noting that the Razer have a 2560 x 1440 resolution.

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