In the PC world, Razer has been a legendary brand as long as I can remember. What kicked off what we now know as "Razer" actually was a product by a company called Karna- The Razer Boomslang mouse. The Boomslang was unlike anything else available at the time, as the level of precision you could get playing games with it really made having the mouse feel like cheating at times. It didn't take long for loads of PC gamers in the late 90's to buy the mouse, as it was basically required equipment for anyone at a LAN party. The Razer brand was rebooted in 2005, but the overall theme of the company has remained unchanged: By gamers, for gamers, even if the specs seem weird or otherwise out of line with what the rest of the market is offering and that definitely seems to be the case with the "leaked" specs of their upcoming gamer-centric smartphone.

So far the most gamer-y thing of the specs that have leaked is the 120hz screen. The most recent iPad Pro has a 120hz screen and the hype is real, it makes a massive difference for gaming. What's going to be interesting is whether or not Android games end up supporting this screen in any meaningful amount. In the Apple world, it's still news when a game gets 120hz support as there's so few of them. Considering reluctance to put much effort towards supporting an Apple flagship product inside the iOS ecosystem, it'd hard to really imagine many Android developers doing the same for one specific phone.

The full announcement comes tomorrow, which we're going to be keeping our eyes on. I'd love there to be more dedicated gaming hardware in the mobile games world, but it seems like every gamer-centric device has floundered, including those backed by much larger companies by Razer.

I still want them to release the dang Razer Junglecat.

[via Android Police]

  • curtneedsaride

    Is there an option to turn the 120hz refresh off on the newer iPads? I've got an older iPad Pro, and I can't imagine trying to watch shows/movies with that. I can't stand high refresh rates for viewing content. I'm sure it's great for gaming, though.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      It can dynamically shift its refresh rate to match whatever content its displaying, it doesn't have forced motion smoothing to make 24fps movies 120fps like some TV's.

      • curtneedsaride

        Nice! The way it should be.

      • Nicholas Zimmerman

        Running at a high refresh rate isn’t bad for movies or TV content, what’s bad is motion interpolation. When running 24p content on a 120hz TV without interpolation, it simply shows the same frame five times, keeping it perfectly 24p. Interpolation is the process of creating fake frames, and that’s what destroys TV/Film content.

  • GalDrogo

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • HelperMonkey

    So much RAM, too.
    Yeah.. What are they intending this to be used for?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I think you need that much RAM just to run modern versions of Android?

      • zergslayer69

        My galaxy s8+ seems to do fine with 4 gigs but yea for sloppy devices with bloat the more ram the merrier

  • Quadzilla

    This is DOA. Who is the audience for this phone ? How many do they have to sell to call it a success ? Without a real gimmick like built in controller this Phone will convince so few people to switch over from Apple or Samsung. Razer support is some of the worst there is so imagine trying to get support for phones. Oh you have problem ? Mail it in and we'll get it fixed in a week or 2. Hey wait this is my phone.

    Seriously companies like this trying to get into the phone business in 2017 do everyone a favor and donate the millions of dollars for R&D to homeless, Puerto Rico, Texas or some other worthwhile cause.

    • GalDrogo

      Thats what I thought. Unless its a Razer Steam phone I could play Steam games on, its not gonna work.

    • yourmomsbox

      i'd rather see this phone then to see some homeless puto rico getting high

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I'm not sure he's suggesting they get high as much as maybe they just get electric and running water?