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Weekly poll: Razer Phone, hot or not?

Gaming phones have a tragic history the failure of Nokias N-Gage and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play is like an albatross around the neck of each and every new game-centric phone. Is it time to put that past failures to rest? Its been 14 years since the first of those and nearly 7 since the Xperia now.

The Razer Phone comes from a company best-known for its gaming hardware computers, laptops, accessories, if it has RGB lights, Razer sells it. And their tagline is For gamers. By gamers.

Still, we think theres more to this phone than games. The one feature that is strictly gaming-related is the Ultramotion screen with its 120Hz refresh rate. 120Hz and 144Hz are a big thing among twitch gamers FPS, sport and other games where you live or die on reaction time.

That might be a bit close-minded, the iPad Pro has a 120Hz ProMotion display and its not (only) for games. No, the faster reaction time of the screen makes the Apple Pencil feel more like a lower case pencil.

The Snapdragon 835 chipset with 8GB of RAM is certainly a boon for gaming, but also not uncommon among late 2017 flagships. The powerful stereo speakers (THX certified) and large 4,000mAh battery are similarly great for gaming, but watching a video or browsing the web are also enhanced.

The all aluminum body and dual camera are wholly unrelated to gaming they are just 2017 flagship features. You can check out camera samples from the camera, if youre curious.

Keep in mind that the Razer Phone is a $700/750/700 phone. Compare that to a 800 Huawei Mate 10 Pro, a 830 or so Galaxy Note8, 900 LG V30. The Razer is not cheap, but it undercuts other flagships.

Are you getting one for gaming or just for the reasonably-priced flagship specs?