We recently covered rumors regarding a prototype Razer Android smartphone that Min-Liang Tan has reportedly been using recently. Now, a leaked image of what may be the final prototype for the Razer smartphone has also surfaced online, courtesy of TechByte.
Razer has been teasing this device as hard as they physically can without plastering an image of the device in front of our faces over the last few weeks, and this leak has only added fuel to the flames. The image shows the phone housing a dual-camera and flash setup at the top left of the device, as well as carrying elements of Nexbit's squared-off, blocky design traits.
Notably, this image differs significantly from the phone Min-Liang Tan was seen with a few days ago; however suggesting that it may be closer to a final prototype may not be an outlandish suggestion. This design seems much more refined and mature in comparison to the one pictured in earlier images, which had a bright neon-green Razer logo stamped in the middle of it. This understated take on their signature snake emblem makes the phone much less gamer-y and more like a flagship smartphone option that more people would be willing to genuinely consider.
We're expecting them to unveil the device on November 1st, based on this tweet that seems to show a gamer interacting with a small, handheld device.
It's safe to assume, given that it is Razer we are talking about, that this device will be geared towards gamers and will pack additional functionality to entice them to pick up this device. Furthermore, it's worth remembering that Razer acquired the ill-fated Ouya Android-based gaming console back in 2015, so we'd imagine members of that team used their expertise in Android gaming to ensure that the best Android gaming experience possible will be available on this device.
The phone is reported to pack a 5.7-inch, 16:9 QHD display, Snapdragon 835, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage according to benchmarks from GFXBench, although it is worth noting that the authenticity of benchmarks pre-release are often called into question due to how easy they are to fabricate. We'll leave judgment as to the authenticity of the leaks up to you, but if this is what Razer is bringing to the market, we're definitely excited.
In case you don't remember, Razer acquired smartphone startup Nexbit, the creators of the well-received Nexbit Robin in 2015, earlier this year; and at CES, they confirmed that they were working on a mobile device of some description. They also shot for a Hong Kong IPO to secure funding to develop this smartphone in July, indicating to their shareholders that they mean business as far as their approach to the ever-more-oversaturated smartphone market is concerned. Seeing as Razer have been gearing up for this launch for quite some time, it seems as if we can expect a solid product from them in a couple of weeks.
What do you guys think? Do you have high hopes for the Razer phone? How much RGB do you think it will house? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.