The Razer Phone, the first foray by the gaming-focused company into the smartphone market, is being targeted at Razer's own primary user base; enthusiasts. However, a controversial decision made by Razer when making this device, especially considering their enthusiast pedigree, was the omission of the 3.5mm headphone jack. As this is a feature many a vocal enthusiast clamor for and is the reason many are opting for options such as the OnePlus 5T, many users remain baffled as to why Razer opted not to include this hallmark enthusiast demand in their smartphone.
Recently, Min-Liang Tan has begun communicating more with fans of the brand regarding the Razer Phone, its design process and the tradeoffs made when designing the device over on his Facebook page. He recently shed light on the device's lackluster camera and has now elaborated further on the reasons for the omission of the beloved headphone jack.
By removing the headphone jack - we were able to increase the battery size significantly (I estimate we added 500maH more), improve thermals for performance and a whole lot more.
The tradeoff was not having the jack - but what sealed it for me was that we were able to get audiophile quality sound with the dedicated 24-Bit THX Certified DAC adapter - and I made sure we included that with every phone. Which basically means we give even better quality headphone audio for those who want to hold on to their analog headphones.
Razer seems to think that the compromise of the jack is worth the performance and battery benefits to the device; and given the monstrous 120HZ display it's pushing, we won't call that into question. However, your opinions on whether this compromise was worth the lack of the headphone jack kay differ, so be sure to post below in the comments and tell us what you think.
If you want to find out more about the Razer Phone you can head over to our friends at Android Central to read their review; or, if YouTube is your cup of tea, take a look at MrMobile's thoughts on the Razer Phone.