Consumer electronics manufacturer Razer just debuted its first smartphone based on its proprietary technology and assets from phone maker Nextbit acquired by the company in early 2017. The Razer Phone is unsurprisingly an extremely gaming-oriented device but also strives to provide users with an all-around great experience in order to justify its $700 price tag and offer more than just high-end gaming capabilities in a highly portable form factor. One of the many aspects in which the Razer Phone seeks to excel is battery life, with the San Francisco, California-based company claiming that it's looking to compete for the highest screen-on time in the mobile industry.
The Razer Phone hence boasts a 4,000mAh lithium-ion battery that should be more than capable of getting the handset through the day on a single charge, the company claims. The 5.72-inch display panel of the device is Sharp's IGZO LCD which is one of the most energy-efficient small-sized modules in the industry, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 is another extremely energy-conscious component of Razer's newly announced product. Possibly the most notable detail about the Razer Phone in terms of battery life is its support for Quick Charge 4.0+, Qualcomm's proprietary fast charging technology that's now officially debuting inside the Razer Phone. While the Nubia Z17 was technically the first smartphone with Quick Charge 4.0+ capabilities, this technology will work on the Razer Phone out of the box with no fine print clauses. Qualcomm describes its latest solution as being able to deliver 15 percent faster charging speeds than its predecessor or be up to 30 percent more efficient in general. In practice, you should be able to get the Razer Phone's battery from zero to 50 percent in just over half an hour which is an unprecedented achievement in the context of consumer-oriented smartphones.
The battery of the Razer Phone isn't removable and it remains to be seen how much replacement units will cost, as well as whether the device ends up being relatively easy to disassemble. The company's first handset will be up for pre-orders later today and is set to hit the market in North America and Europe on November 17th. No specific sales goals were given by the tech firm, though the gadget itself is likely to position itself as a niche product that won't have a wider appeal.