The Razer Phone is now available to order

The Razer Phone, the gaming company's first step into the smartphone arena, is now on sale. The phone for gamers, as Razer calls it, is available to order now directly from Razer for $699.99.

Borne out of Razer's acquisition of smartphone startup Nextbit, the Razer Phone is meant to carry Razer's gaming gravitas into the mobile world. The highlight of that effort is the device's 5.72-inch 2560 x 1440 display, which boasts a 120Hz refresh rate and a wide color gamut. That means the Razer Phone can support higher framerates throughout the interface and while playing games, making the whole thing feel smoother than most other devices.

In terms of specs, the Razer Phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. Support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ is here, allowing the 4,000 mAh battery to be charged up in a flash. Two stereo speakers are mounted on the front, each with a discrete amplifier powered by Dolby Atmos. The Razer Phone lacks a headphone jack, but it does include a USB Type-C dongle that packs a THX-certified DAC for an extra boost to sound quality.

Rounding things out is a dual 12MP camera setup around back, an 8MP shooter up front, and a fingerprint scanner on the side power button. In terms of games, Razer has included a "game booster" that it says will help you squeeze out every drop of performance while gaming. The company has also teamed up with developers behind games like Final Fantasy XV Pocket Editions and World of Tanks Blitz to ensure they are optimized for the device.

If you're eager to snag a Razer Phone, you can pick one up now directly from Razer. And if you're on the fence, be sure to give our hands-on a look.

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  • It's not water proof right?
  • Nope, it's not due to the large front facing speakers. The only niggle for me about the phone is the lack of headphone jack, LG managed to cram one into the V30 along with a DAC. I am waiting to see what the devs at XDA can do with the unlockable bootloader.
  • The lack of audio jack is common and will continue: The 3.5mm jack is over 50-years-old and doesn't do much besides carry an audio signal. It needs its own power amplifier and digital audio converter, which can be built into headphones, so removing the jack makes room for other things, such as a second speaker. Maintaining an ancient, single-purpose, analogue, big connector doesn't make sense because that space is at a premium.
  • Cars still a use a ancient 150 year technology, the engine.
  • I will never buy a smartphone without a headphone jack. That trend can f... right off.
  • @Kadcidxa same. I had a G1 before it was google branded and that did not have a headphone jack and Nokia E61. After that experience I have never used a phone without a headphone jack. Plus without the headphone jack there is no way you can use the built in FM radio on your phone.
  • @Razerdave, you are incorrect I had a sendo M550 it had one port - a 3.5mm headphone jack, it carried audio and was also used to charged the phone. Engineering is a malleable art form, if you see limitations, you will only see obstacles. If you see potential, you see opportunity.
  • It has a modern USB-C headphone jack if you are still using antiquated, wired headphones. Having a handheld device weighed down with uneccessary wires doesn't make sense. Bluetooth headphones sound great these days and playing games or doing anything is annoying with all these wires connected and getting in the way of your hand placement.
  • "Antiquated wired headphones"? Are there wireless headphones capable of playing uncompressed 96khz/24bit or higher audio signals without any downsampling or loss in signal quality?
  • That dont need to be charged ever? I'll take two pairs.
  • You're funny. You do know right that the best sound comes over a wire. Just like the fastest download speeds come over ethernet, not wifi. I have the Razer Phone. Wireless headphones sound like crap compared to plugging in a pair of good wired headphones to that dongle.
  • I'm considering buying the phone but I'm worried about the outdoor brightness and battery life. What has been your experience with both?
  • This is an absolute idiotic comment.  
  • Yeah right, just going to throw away mine antiquated Shure SE846 earphones
  • @bleached. Unnecessary wires??? Lol
    A dongle is a unnecessary wire, it's a absolute hindrance. But sure, use your usb c adapter whilst I use my phone, listen to music using the headphone jack, whilst transferring data via bluetooth whilst I charge my phone.
  • double
  • Got to order mine on wednesday, but they didn't ship it out until today, straight from Hongkong.  I won't get it until tuesday.  I checked with my local Microsoft Store (Houston The Woodlands) and they didn't have any either, just a display. 
  • Would have bought this over my note if I hadn't ready bought my note. Looking forward to second edition.