Razer’s Android-Powered Gaming Phone Sighted With 8GB Of RAM

October 12, 2017 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak

An apparent Android phablet from Razer that’s believed to be its upcoming gaming phone was spotted in the database of mobile benchmarking tool GFXBench earlier today, with its listing detailing many possible specs of the device expected to target a rather niche segment of the handset market. According to the GFXBench profile that can be seen below, the “Razer Phone” — which is possibly a tentative name — will be powered by the Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 835, the latest and most capable SoC to date from the U.S. semiconductor manufacturer. The device is also listed as packing 8GB of RAM and 64GB of internal flash memory, though it’s currently unclear whether it will ship with a microSD card slot.

The benchmark identified the screen of the Razer Phone as a 5.7-inch panel with a QHD resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, indicating that the thereof will have a conventional widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9. The rear plate of the Razer Phone will accommodate a 12-megapixel camera with 4K recording capabilities, autofocus, touch focus, HDR, and phase detection support, with the module itself being accompanied by an unspecified flash unit, according to the listing. The secondary imaging system of the upcoming smartphone will apparently be an 8-megapixel sensor, GFXBench suggests. The Razer Phone was benchmarked running the “Razer Edition” of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, indicating that the San Francisco, California-based gaming company created its own mobile software suite for the upcoming device. NFC and GPS also appear to be part of the package, as well as support for an unspecified Bluetooth standard, with the Razer Phone apparently only accepting a single SIM card.

Razer recently confirmed that it’s scheduled to hold a product event on November 1st when its mysterious smartphone is expected to be officially unveiled. Given the timing of its possible announcement, it seems that the device will be aiming for a release just in time for the holiday season, traditionally the most profitable period for most consumer electronics manufacturers. The gaming-oriented device was likely (partially) developed by Nextbit, an American startup which created the Robin smartphone and was acquired by Razer this January. The upcoming device is likely to be sold in the United States and some other Western countries and presumably feature a premium price tag.