The second developer preview software for Android 12 was released today by Google. This new version delivers a proper “12” logo and adds support for rounded corners… along with a few other important features. This software should be available to you, the developer, so long as you’re out here with a Google Pixel smartphone made in the last couple of … Continue reading
It looks like OnePlus might finally make 120Hz smartphones more affordable — because its upcoming OnePlus 8T will include that higher refresh rate, the company confirmed today. The T-series of OnePlus phones typically serve as a half-step between its numbered phones, but bring premium features from the company’s Pro models, like that 120Hz screen, to a lower price. The OnePlus 7T did the same thing last year, by bringing the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 90Hz screen to $599.
While we don’t know quite how much the OnePlus 8T will cost, 120Hz screens typically come at a premium: the OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S20 each cost $1,000 to start; gaming phones such as Asus’ $900 ROG Phone II and the $800 Razer Phone 2 also have 120Hz screens, but to...
Remember the Razer Phone? The not so unexpected smartphone from the gaming giant can be credit for having carved out a niche gaming smartphone market. Unlike the ones that followed its lead, however, Razer has failed to continue what it started, stopping at the Razer Phone 2 from 2018. Razer laid the blame of the Razer Phone 3’s delay on … Continue reading
Razer hasn't had a phone on the market since 2018's Razer Phone 2, but that isn't silencing talk about a third model.
Razer is a very popular brand especially known for the gaming peripherals. It was also one of the first ones to enter the smartphone business ...
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We’ve seen foldable screens in a few devices like the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, but while those are meant to double as tablets, Razr’s here to bring the more pocketable clamshell form factor back to the modern smartphone era.As a 90’s kid whose first phone was a flip phone, I saw many Razrs “back in the day,” and it is a neat bit of nostalgia to open and close a phone old-school.From its external display, to the Razr thinness, and even the distinctive chin which now houses the antenna and a speaker, the new Razr is reminiscent of the classic when closed.The screen has a nano-coating for splash-resistance, but there’s no IP rating on the Razr for dust or water resistance.That worries me a bit, and makes me think I might want to limit how often I open the screen, as I have no reference for how many cycles it can go through.The company did describe the hinge’s bi-stable, “zero-gap” design, which Motorola says it aimed to make “assistive, reliable, and durable.” The moving pieces in the hinge make the Razr feel stable when closed and when open.
Attaching a game controller to your phone while on the go can be a clunky, annoying production, and many mobile games can feel nonresponsive, awkward or just impossible when you're chronically fatfingered.Razer hopes to solve that problem with its new Junglecat, which provides Nintendo Switch Joy-Con-like controllers for Android phones.Initially, the $100 gamepad will only work via side attachment with the Razer Phone 2, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy Note 9 (and the Huawei P30 Pro, which sells outside the US) using one of the bundled cases.You can use it as a standard handheld controller with any device via Bluetooth.The gamepad has all the requisite controls -- left and right thumbsticks, D-pad and Xbox-like ABXY buttons, right and left buttons and triggers -- but they're arranged in a nonstandard way, with both thumbsticks above the buttons rather than staggered (like the Xbox's or Nintendo's) or both below (like the DualShock 4).Even when physically attached to the phone, the controller connects via Bluetooth, and Razer claims it has sufficiently low latency to feel responsive while playing.
Today a leak from China reported information on the next iPhone, suggesting Apple would show a drastically improved screen.The big change will apparently follow industry first companies like Razer and OnePlus with their higher image refresh rate displays for smartphones.Such a display on an iPhone would also follow along with the only tablets to bring such a feature to the wider market – the iPad Pro, with it’s branded “ProMotion” display.If you have heard “120Hz touch-sensing” as an iPhone feature term before – you’re one of the few who pays very close attention to Apple keynote details.That happened with iPhone Xs Max in 2018 – and it’s still in place right now.Touch sampling on the iPhone right now makes certain that the device checks the position of your finger on the display at a max speed of 120 times per second.
Even as “normal” premium phones get more powerful and also more expensive, the niche market of gaming-oriented smartphones continues to push forward with a curious offer.They offer nearly the same performance benefits often at a much lower price point than their regular flagship rivals.The price you pay is that there will no hiding the fact that it’s a gaming smartphone.Of course, some mobile gamers might actually want that and for that market, nubia’s Red Magic 3S is coming with just one upgrade that thankfully doesn’t change that sweet price.Red Magic popped up in the wake of gaming brand Razer putting out its popular Razer Phone.It grew up along with Xiaomi’s Black Shark and ASUS’ ROG Phone but, judging by device launches and press releases, it seems that that market has dwindled down to two.
Apple has just launched the iPhone 11 line, and with it comes the usual race to be among the first manufacturers to offer a protective case for the new phones.Rarely do these excite, but gaming peripheral giant Razer may have something a little bit different up its sleeve.Razer is releasing a few gaming-oriented cases (the Arctech Slim and Arctech Pro) in multiple colors, which are designed to work with iPhones from 2018 and later (including the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max), as well as the Razer Phone 2.The key selling point with Razer's cases is that where some phone cases insulate the device, the Razer cases should keep your handset cool, even when going through an intense gaming session.Apple Arcade: release date, price and everything you need to knowApple Watch 5: release date, price and features
Smartphones that can handle being dropped in a bucket of water or getting caught in the rain aren’t as rare as they used to be.While technically no phone is completely waterproof, a lot of them will survive a dip in a pool for as long as 30 minutes.Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best waterproof phones regularly as new devices launch.As for other major differences between the two phones, the Note 10 Plus has a larger, sharper screen (6.8-inch QHD+ versus the Note 10’s 6.3-inch FHD+ panel), a bigger battery (4,300mAh versus 3,500mAh), and an optional 512GB variant.The Galaxy Note 10 doesn’t have a microSD card slot, while both devices lack a headphone jack.The P30 Pro is currently the best phone is Huawei’s lineup, sporting a large 6.47-inch display with curved edges, the Kirin 980 chipset, and as much as 8GB of RAM.
In 2019 mobile gamers have access to a wide array of phones to choose from like the Asus ROG, Razer Phone 2, Nubia Red Magic Mars, and Xiaomi Black Shark and Redmi Note 7 Pro.The specs on these mobile phone options match higher-priced flagships like the Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T, just not the price.Fortunately for consumers, the four phones for gaming reviewed here have prices ranging from $385 to $900: the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Xiaomi Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic Mars.But the phone you'll buy will most likely depend on your budget.Best overall gaming phone: Asus ROGThe Asus ROG phone (which stands for Republic of Gamers) offers the most power, the best ergonomics and the most thoughtful design.
Today the “leading global lifestyle brand for gamers” Razer launched a program they called Razer Customs.This system was launched by Razer’s official website “offering exclusive case designs for a range of popular smartphones.” If you’ve been following mobile tech news for the past few years, you might already be able to guess the twist, here – or you might not believe it could be true, but… Razer Customs works with a range of phones, includes iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and even a Huawei phone, but not Razer’s own Razer Phone.The lay person might ask, why would a company create a smartphone case-making service but not include their own phones in said service?The answer lies in the way Razer conducts its multiple lines of business.One part of the company, apparently, does not necessarily need to serve the ultimate goals of the other.The Razer Customs system will initially launch with cases for iPhone X, iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, Google Pixel 2 XL, and Huawei P10 Plus.
Here’s a look at the best Razer Phone 2 cases you can buy at the moment so you can keep your new purchase safe from harm and you can keep gaming on it for years to come.Razer Phone 2 Thin CaseRazer made four of its own cases for the Razer Phone 2, including this thin case for people who want to protect their phone without bulking up the overall design.The thin and light polycarbonate case was made mostly to keep the back of the phone safe from scratches.It’s now available on the Razer online store for $24.99.Razer Phone 2 Word Case
Razer has recently taken some flack over its half-hearted commitment to supporting its existing Android phones, especially its first Android phone.The company has seemingly finally heard those cries and has started rolling out Android 9 Pie for the Razer Phone 1.Unfortunately, despite the long wait, it seems that Razer may have still let a major bug through, forcing it to halt what should have been good news for the phone’s owners.After acquiring Nextbit, the makers of the somewhat modular smartphone Robin, it was pretty clear that Razer was going to launch a smartphone of its own.That finally happened in late 2017 when it launched the Razer Phone.It enticed gamers with its unique design and very unique 120 Hz display, giving birth to a still niche and still small gaming smartphone market.
Razer can be credited for having carved out the niche gaming smartphone market but if rumors are correct, it is also the first one to silently bow out.We are nearing the point that a Razer Phone 3 should be announced but there is not even a shadow of a rumor about it.What we,re getting instead is an odd sighting of a Razer Phone 2 but one with rather considerable differences that it could, perhaps, be called the Razer Phone 2.5.The Razer Phone 2 was an incremental upgrade from the company’s first attempt at making a smartphone after acquiring startup Nextbit.It offered 64 GB or 128 GB of storage for a phone with a 120 Hz refresh rate screen.That last part, in addition to its forward-facing stereo speakers, have been the key advantages of the phone.
Google is apparently stepping up its game when it comes to the screen for its next flagship handset.The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will have 5.7- and 6.3-inch OLED displays, respectively, that feature a 90Hz refresh rate, according to 9to5Google.This higher refresh rate, which Google is reportedly calling "Smooth Display," puts the Pixel 4 in the same league as OnePlus 7 and the Razer Phone 2.The success of the Pixel 4 would be crucial for Google.The Pixel 3 and 3 XL aren't selling very well despite their exceptional cameras and critical acclaim.This could be because the phones are exclusive to Verizon (though they work on other US carriers), plus the fact that people in general aren't buying phones as much as they used to.
The mobile gaming trend has only grown stronger in the last few years, especially with the release of more demanding Android games and emulator software that can run games from other platforms using only a smartphone.With its cutting-edge technology, the best gaming smartphones often are expensive, but the Razer Phone 2 is heavily discounted on Amazon right now.Originally priced at $800, it was reduced by 50% making it possibly the best smartphone deal out there right now — other than the Google Pixel 2XL discount.Its 5.72-inch LCD IGZO screen supports HDR10 content and the front stereo speakers are Dolby Atmos-certified, giving you a full entertainment experience.This was one of the most notable features of the original Razer Phone, and the quick refresh rate produced incredibly smooth gaming in everyday usage.It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and is backed by 8GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, with a MicroSD slot up to 2TB.
The smartphone market has responded to passionate gamers, releasing gamer-oriented phones that are picking up steam.Just this week, Asus launched the ROG Phone 2, the most spec-heavy gaming phone you’ll find.Equipped with the latest SnapDragon 855+, 12GB RAM, a 120Hz screen and battery for days, it’s seriously pushing hard to be the final word in mobile gaming.So are phones of its type worth the upgrade?Do gaming phones really give you an advantage?Along with content creation, video games are some of the most processor-intensive activities phones have to muscle through – tip-top specs are of utmost importance.
Whether it was the unveiling of the Razer Phone 2, the Asus ROG Phone, or my review of the latter, there was something that always popped up: these are going to be niche devices.So, considering two-million units of Asus‘ ROG Phone II was just pre-ordered in China (according to Android Police), I probably should eat my hat.As the name suggests, this is the second iteration of the, uh, Asus ROG Phone.Thing is, although it costs as much flagships from Apple and Samsung, it just isn’t quite as… good.This time round, the pile-of-empty-energy-drink-cans vibe hasn’t changed:As you’d expect from a souped-up phone designed for gamers, these are meatier than a BBQ convention.