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Razer Phone First Look, Specs and Price

 

Razer is one of the best gaming peripheral manufactures out there.  As you know, Razer acquired Nextbit so we were expecting that Razer is working on a Gaming centered smartphone. So, Here we are with a Razer phone that is packed with a lot of impressive features. Razer worked on the idea of creating the best gaming phone so there are a lot of things that are there to fulfill a Gamers needs.Razer Phone First Look

Design

Razer phone design is very much similar to Nextbit Robin, It features a Blocky Aluminum designs with Matte Black finish with Razer Logo on the back. Razer logo doesn’t have the Chroma lighting or any light at all. It does have a shiny chrome finish. It doesn’t have an edge to edge display unlike most of the smartphones in 2017. Razer Phone has dual stereo speakers on the thick edges. There is no home button. We have the fingerprint scanner and power button on the right edge of the phone, Sim card tray is also located above the power button. There is no headphone jack but it has USB type C port with fast charging. You also get a THX certified adapter for headphones.

Sound

On the opposite edge, we have volume buttons similar to the Nextbit Robin.  Razer phone speakers equipped with Dolby Atmos and You get clear and rocking sound from the speakers. These are also powered by Dual amplifiers certified by THX. Razer has designed this phone keeping the Gamers in mind so everything bit of hardware is gamer centric. Large bezel on top and bottom are somehow helpful in holding the phone while Gaming. Large speaker grills make sure that there is no effect on the sound coming out of them even if you put your thumbs on it.

Display and Battery

As a gamer, you know frame rate matters the most. To get higher frame rate on your display you need a high refresh rate. Razer Phone is the first ever smartphone to features a 120hz display. That is super fast for gaming. Razer Phone features a 5.72in IPS QHD display with 1440x 2560p screen resolutions. It also has the UltraMotion technology so there is no stutter or lag at all. The display also features wide color gamut so everything looks bright, vivid and clear. 120hz display makes sure that you’re getting 120 frames per second while you’re gaming. You can also change that from the setting to save battery life.

Razer phone has a 4000mAh battery, more than any flagship device this year. It also has Qualcomm quick charge 4+, you can recharge to 85% in an hour.

Processor and Ram

Razer phone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core processor and Qualcomm® Adreno™ 540 graphics processor which is used in almost all the flagship devices. It also has the 8GB dual channel LPDDR4, more than any flagship device out there. The heatsink of the phone is designed so the back of the Phone act as the heatsink so we have high frame rate but the temperature will be low. It has 64GB of expandable storage. There are no headphones in the box so might have to get some Razer Kraken V2.

Camera

Razer phone has a dual camera setup at back with dual tone dual LED flash. We have a 13MP F2.6 Zoom camera and 12MP F1.75 Wide angle camera. Nothing special in the camera and we have the normal stock Android camera app. Although unlike other phones you have smooth zooming option in the camera that captures photos using both cameras. At the front, We have 8MP F2.0 camera. I don’t think it has the portrait selfie mode, unlike other smartphones.

Price

Preorders start today at $699, and it ships on November 17. Razer phone will cost around 80000/-PKR in Pakistan.

Gaming Phone

There are not a lot of games in the Google store that feature QHD resolutions and 120 frames per second gameplay. A gaming phone, of course, matters only as much as the games it can play. Lack of truly great, unmissable games on mobile has plagued every so-called “gamer phone”. Razer has is already working with so many game makers. It’s working with the makers of games like Arena of Valor and Final Fantasy to optimize their wares for the Razer Phone’s specs. That would be good for the Razer Phone, and for the Android ecosystem in general.

Conclusion

Razer has done a great job in designing their very first smartphones. Apart from gaming inspired high end specification. We get the stock android with one of the best launcher in google store i.e Nova launcher. There are plenty of customization options. Razer has the theme store to load you Razer phone with gaming featured themes and icon packs. You get a high-end device with the best speaker and display for around 700$ which is pretty good deal. Our only concern is the camera but we have to wait until we get our hands on the phone.

New Dust 2 Map Overview

New Dust 2 Map Overview

As you know, Dust 2 has been one of the widely acclaimed maps on CS. Valve just released the new dust 2 map for public. You can now play casual as well as competitive matchmaking on new dust 2.

Here are the highlighted changes as seen on the website

  1. Improve player readability throughout the map
  2. Refine movement around the world including cover
  3. Upgrade the visuals to be in line with modern maps

The Bombsite B section of the map is now a historic Kasbah under restoration while Bombsite A is a bazaar and hotel. The texture resolution has been quadrupled and a North African prop set established for community mappers to use.

Visual Changes

A number of excessively dark spots in Tunnels have been updated with natural light pouring in through a torn away roof. The broken down car at the bomb site has also been moved a bit, allowing a free player flow around it. The break in the wall, ‘Window’, has now been widened and the movement brushes around it relaxed. Just beyond this, there are no more metal pipes on the floor. In addition, a few electrical poles have been moved outside the play space as to eliminate unnecessary distractions while not taking away visual fidelity. The boxes are replaced by haystacks. There are also slight changes in the comparative scaling of the objects.

With player reads in mind, entry at site A has been refined as there are no dark doorways on the back wall. Corner peeks are also improved with the removal of the irritating drain pipes.

Now there is only one car with the increased player flow around and on it instead of two cars in the previous map. Annoying physics based waste piles have also been replaced with more predictable static prop detail such as weeds and rocks.

The middle section of the map has upgraded lighting in lower Tunnels to eliminate those dark corner campers. Also, the pole in upper mid is placed at a different position with brighter textures.

A number of other dark doorways have been adjusted and ‘neither here nor there’ door cover has been eliminated.

Long doors section now has tall walls so you can’t throw flashes from there.

Terrorist Character models are also updated in the new map. The Leet Krew terrorists have been overhauled to match the map’s visual upgrade.

Conclusion

The map is lighter and brighter throughout, and Valve has removed a series of dark spots where players could camp. Valve has also adjusted some of the map’s geometry, removing or relocating objects that could obscure line of sight or interrupt movement.