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Razer Phone
Play Final Fantasy XV on the new smartphone.

Finally, a smartphone that’s made for gamers. Razer has launched in London the latest high-end smartphone with a focus on mobile gaming.

But what makes this phone different from others in the market? And how does it enhance the mobile gaming experience?

It has a big 5.7-inch 1440p display backed by UltraMotion technology that delivers refresh rates up to 120 Hz for buttery smooth motion. The screen size is the same as several others.

Audio capabilities come from front-facing speakers using Dolby ATMOS and THX certified hardware for headphones but there’s no headphone jack. Sound quality is very important for gamers.

Inside the Razer Phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that is used by many others, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8, and Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL.

Perhaps the standout feature is Game Booster, which lets users fine-tune gaming settings such as prioritising system resources for games. This is somewhat similar to NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience.

At nearly US$700, the Razer Phone is stacked against other top-end smartphones that have cornered their own slices of the market. It will be interesting to see how gamers respond to this new device.