Like other 2017 flagships, the Razer Phone doesn't have a headset jack, but a USB-C audio adapter which contains a THX-certified 24-bit DAC is included within a single box. For those who would prefer to not use a adapter, Razer isn't including headphones at the package, but will provide standalone Hammerhead USB-C headset using a 24-bit DAC which are available for purchase separately at a cost of $79.99. The Razer Phone is powered with a flagship specs list which comprises a Snapdragon 835 chip, Adreno 540 GPU, 64 GB of expandable storage (with adoptive storage to the microSD card) and 8 GB of RAM.
The Razer Phone makes all 8 GB usable by an individual, unlike other devices, that tend to book a proportion of RAM for system procedures. The processor can also be overclocked over the flat-rate rate, for those who wish to really push this specific phone to its own constraints.
The entire package is powered with way of a monster 4,000 mAh battery, coupled together with computer software optimisation, which promises to continue to keep you motivated for days. The optimizations consist of clocking down the framerate on your home screen depending on your usage. While we weren't able to test the battery lifetime, the power is undoubtedly on the higher side of flagship devices and we'd expect this to endure for much longer than many others, especially if gaming.
Additionally there is an inner heating pipe that helps to maintain the thermal temperature lower when gaming and Razer asserts this phone gets got the most useful thermals at high performance of any Snapdragon 835-powered smartphone. It's a bold claim and while we've not managed to test drive it, it's definitely one we'll be covering in our full review. The phone includes a large 24-watt charger, it the first smartphone to support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+.
Like most modern flagships, the Razer Phone comes with double 1-2 MP back cameras; yet one wide and one telephoto. The wide angle lens comes with f/1.75 aperture as the telephoto lens offers f/2.6 aperture. Both lenses arrive with Phase Detection Autofocus and there's also a dual tone LED flash. On the application front, the Razer Phone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a projected upgrade to Oreo set to land in spring 2018. Considering that the past history of updates from Nextbit, it's not surprising that the Razer Phone isn't running the hottest Android OS, however we're trusting the upgrade will not be too far behind.
That said, the device runs as near stock Android as you possibly can with several customizations to get the most out of the exceptional hardware. These include the ability to specify a framework speed cap of 60, 90 or 120 Hz as well as change the display resolution to 720p, 1080p or the complete QHD. There's also a Game Booster app that enables you to customize the framerate, resolution and processor clock rate on a per-app basis which means that you may fully tweak the ability for every one of your favourite programs without making global changes which influence the total adventure.
The largest software change is a partnership with popular launcher Nova. The Razer Phone comes with the top edition of Nova Launcher pre-loaded with no charge, also Razer has now tweaked the experience for its phone. This version of Nova Launcher comes with Google Assistant and the Google Now home-page built in.
Razer also plans to launch a fresh theme store that brings more customization compared to conventional motifs. Once found, the new topics will allow designers to customize the dialer, icons, quick settings, background, ringtones, telling settings, clock, calculator, pub packs and most of the default preloaded non-Google apps. The motif store can also apply motifs to Nova launcher.