Razer Remains Quiet On Future Mobile Ambitions

May 5, 2017 - Written By Justin Diaz

Razer is remaining quiet on their future mobile ambitions. While it’s clear that Razer has plans to continue with the mobile market in one way or another, the finer details are all but known. Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan recently spoke about how important he believes the mobile industry is and that the company shares this vision, saying that the “mobile category is incredibly important to Razer,” albeit without really mentioning why it’s incredibly important beyond stating that it’s one of the biggest segments in gaming right now.

Razer has had their foot in the door of the mobile space for some time though on a fairly small scale as they offer a handful of mobile-related products with things like the Kraken Mobile headphones, the newly released Razer Hammerhead BT earbuds, the Nabu fitness trackers and Nabu Smartwatch, and even the Forge Android TV unit, but Razer doesn’t actually offer any mobile devices like smartphones or tablets that run on a mobile OS. Some speculate that this will change now that Razer has purchased Nextbit, the company behind the famed Robin smartphone which was their one and only device, but whether or not Razer is planning on moving in that direction is anyone’s guess as Razer isn’t sharing any specific information.

Tan has said that Razer does plan to continue with expansion outside of the company’s normal area of expertise, which includes all sorts of gaming peripherals like keyboards, mice, and mouse mats, as well as laptops and other gaming gear accessories. Tan also highlighted that Razer is putting investments into the future of virtual reality technology and that VR and AR have huge growth potential. Razer has already dipped their toes in the VR waters too. The OSVR headset in dev kit versions 1.4 and 2.0 can currently be purchased on the Razer Store website for $299 and $399, so continued expansion here wouldn’t be outside of the Razer’s wheelhouse. While Razer might be quiet on what they have planned in regards to mobile-related products for the future, plans are certainly in motion which seems evident by Razer’s recent closure of the Nextbit community website earlier this week, a place where Robin owners could go to discuss different topics in relation to the phone.