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Razer Phone gets Netflix HDR, camera fixes, and Meltdown, Spectre patches

Razer is pushing out a new firmware and patch update for its gaming-focused Razer Phone.

Coming in at 249MB the update brings Netflix HDR, Dolby 5.1 audio playback through a new customized Netflix application for the Razer Phone (which is now baked into the ROM).

Announced at CES 2018 Razer is currently the only phone in the world that supports Netflix HDR, which when combined with the 120Hz display and easily the loudest speakers on the market make for an excellent movie watching experience.

Also, Razer (as promised) is continuing to tweak its camera, which was heavily criticized when initially launched. While the camera hardware is solid, the software and algorithms need work. Today's update builds on an earlier one to keep improving that camera.

Finally, there are the usual Android security fixes, which jumps from October's security patch to January's keeping the phone up to date. The Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities are also patched as those affect ARM processors as well.

Here is the full changelog:

Razer Phone January update

Netflix Enhancements

  • Netflix now included with Razer Phone!
  • Enabled HDR content playback support.
  • Enhanced Dolby 5.1 audio playback support.

Camera improvements

  • Fixed an issue where some images would appear yellow.
  • Tuning and image quality improvement.
  • Crushed bugs and performance improvements.

Security fixes

  • January 2018 Android security patches.
  • Fix for Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability.

The Razer Phone is still running Android 7.1.1, but Razer is committed to delivering 8.0 this quarter.

Razer Phone review by Windows Central

To update the Razer Phone merely head to Settings > About phone > System update to get started. The process should take about 20 minutes. Owners will also want to get the corresponding Camera app update from the Google Play Store to go with the new firmware.

Daniel Rubino
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  • Except one big problem, is no headphone jack, and no hifi audio for headphones. Who the hell wants to watch Netflix on a tiny 6inch screen anyway? I'd rather cast Netflix to my TV. The Razor phone could have been my next phone, but they screwed over us music lovers. I'll stick with my V20 for now.
  • "and no hifi audio for headphones"
    It has a THX-certified DAC in the box.
  • Only for it's speakers. Doesn't matter for headphones tho. It would be the headphone/USBC to 3.5mm adapter that would be the DAC at that point.
  • I'm not following. The THX DAC is for headphones, it's a USB C to 3.5 converter. It's pretty great audio and didn't sound very different than my LG G6 (Korea model) with DAC. The speakers on the Razer Phone are monsters that sound amazing, which is also important.
  • Dan, I don't have a Razer Phone to compare but do the speakers on the Razer phone sound better than the Idol 4s with Windows 10's speakers? I have the Idol 4s and I hear nothing but praise about it's speakers on some sites, some writers even calling them the best smartphone speakers. Those comments were made prior to the release of the Razer phone so I wanted to check with you since you have both phones.
  • Idol 4S speakers are very, very nice, but yes, these are better/louder.
  • Gotta love it when people that don't own something go only and spread misinformation as fact? The Razer Phone's usb-c to headphone adatpter's DAC is quite awesome. And, while I keep forgetting to test it on other devices, Razer does sell it on its own for $20
  • Fyi, just tried my razer phone's headphone dongle on my LG g5, and it works.
  • I thought the LG G6 supported HDR and Dolby Vision, is Netflix not setup for that on this phone? I have US version. Funny because I thought it never made a difference and now that's make sense
  • Right and it comes with a special adapter with the DAC built in for analog headphones. See the CEO's quote below.
  • Can the DAC adapter be used with other USB-C phones?
  • yes. tried with both my LG G5 and Lumia 950
  • Directly from Razer's CEO: "By removing the headphone jack - we were able to increase the battery size significantly (I estimate we added 500maH more), improve thermals for performance and a whole lot more. The trade off was not having the jack - but what sealed it for me was that we were able to get audiophile quality sound with the dedicated 24-Bit THX Certified DAC adapter - and I made sure we included that with every phone. Which basically means we give even better quality headphone audio for those who want to hold on to their analog headphones."
  • *Razer
  • What does this article have to do with Windows or Microsoft? 
  • It's the phone a few of us here as ex-WP users recommend. Also, the Microsoft Store sells it. I also wrote an entire article explaining why we cover it.
  • Any of you guys going to get your hands on the RED Hydrogen One Daniel?
  • No immediate plans, but we'll see.
  • Daniel.. Can you guys please do a thorough comparison between this phone, the OnePlus, and the Pixel 2?
  • I have a video coming out today on that topic...
  • Greatness. Thanks.
  • How long are Razer committed to supporting the phone with updates? (Androids biggest weakness)
  • Being that this is Razer's only phone and it's carrier unlocked it's not very hard to support. Whatever they do for this phone bleeds into the next version.
  • One issue about this patch is whether it can improve the camera quality from 'mediocre' to 'above average'.
  • Nice! That Netflix experience must be amazing now...
  • For those missing their analog headphone jack and still want really good specs for a phone with hires audio for both wired and bluetooh connections, might I suggest the Sony XZ Premium. It doesn't have a 120hz screen refresh reate but it does have a 4k HDR display with Amazon Prime HDR video content. I would assume at some point Netflix will happen also. It is also, already running Andriod 8.0.
  • The Razer Phone is the first phone with Netflix HDR with Dolby Surround 5.1. The Sony Xperia Xz Premium is Netflix HDR 10 compatible already.
  • In real life, how has the camera improved? I suppose you will need time to play around with it, but that is something important to me as I was thinking of getting this phone, but a decent camera is important.
  • I've been posting a few samples on Twitter. It's honestly pretty good. Just depends on your expectations.
  • I like the idea of it, but are now looking at the Pixel 2 XL. Just have concerns about the screen. The Razer is good, but the camera on the Pixel 2 xl is great.
  • "Razer is currently the only phone in the world that supports Netflix HDR, which when combined with the 120Hz display and easily the loudest speakers on the market make for an excellent movie watching experience."
    Ok. Why? Yeah, because when I think HDR, I'm of course thinking mobile device. "Wow you should see how that looks compared to my 55" OLED TV. Magical!" Like 1080p is useless for sets below 47", HDR is the same.
  • All HDR is here is a wider, more dynamic range of contrast. Unlike resolutions, it looks good no matter what the screen size.
    "Like 1080p is useless for sets below 47", HDR is the same."
    You must be new to TVs or simply do not have one that is capable of HDR10/Dolby Vision.
    "Yeah, because when I think HDR, I'm of course thinking mobile device."
    Your perceptions/expectations are your own. If you don't want HDR on PCs and phones, that's fine. Just do not assume that everyone agrees with you. An alternative question is "How is HDR bad on a phone and why?"
  • Doesn't the note 8 support Netflix hdr...
  • ...but not Dolby 5.1
  • Covering Android phones so much, Android Central and windows Central are eventually going to have to merge
  • Naw, this site will become Enterprise Central or maybe Xbox Central. Then they can cover Android in those capacities.
  • "Covering Android phones so much, Android Central and windows Central are eventually going to have to merge"
    Last time we mentioned Razer Phone on this site was 3 weeks ago (CES) and then 2 months earlier. I love when the whiney brigade comes out. Yes, one out of every 200 articles is on Android. CLEARLY we're becoming the same. This is simply perception bias. You're just tuned to be outraged at Android articles more than Windows/Microsoft/Gaming ones.
  • Cute. Nice try, Daniel. Out of my cold dead hands.