Razer CEO hints that 5G might be the reason for Razer Phone 3 delay

  • In a new interview, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan suggests that 5G might be the reason for the delay of the Razer Phone 3.
  • Tan suggested that buying a non-5G phone now is not a wise investment, and buying a 5G-capable phone isn’t a good idea either.
  • It’s possible Razer is waiting for 5G to mature before launching a Razer Phone 3.

Although we don’t know much for certain, we’re relatively sure that the Razer Phone 3 has been at the very least delayed — and at the very worst canceled altogether. We’re not quite sure why this is, but there’s plenty of evidence to back the suggestion.

In a new interview with Engadget, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan may have hinted to at least part of the reasoning behind the supposed Razer Phone 3 delay.

In the interview, Tan references the inevitable arrival of widespread 5G network access and suggests that buying a smartphone now — especially a gaming phone — might not be the best move for consumers to make. Check out the quote below:

“If I buy a phone this year as a gamer, I want to buy a 5G phone, but if I buy a 5G phone, there’s no network to use it on.”

While Tan doesn’t mention the Razer Phone line in this statement, it’s not too hard to read between the lines. Tan seems to be suggesting that it’s not in consumers best interests to buy a high-quality gaming phone right now, as the device will likely lack the ability to access the 5G networks of the future.

He also suggests that buying a 5G-capable phone right now isn’t a good idea either, as 5G isn’t prominent enough to make that purchase worth it.

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Therefore, it could be that Tan and his team are going to wait to release a Razer Phone 3 until 5G is a bit more mature. If that were the case, the Razer Phone 3 would then likely be 5G-capable, if and when it ever launches.

Razer is in a unique position within the smartphone industry considering the majority of its revenue doesn’t come from the Razer Phone or the Razer Phone 2. With that being the case, Razer can take its time to develop the Razer Phone 3 and release it when it makes the most sense. In the meantime, it doesn’t have to worry about creating new mobile products and can comfortably put the whole team on hold.

Of course, Tan didn’t divulge any concrete info about the Razer Phone 3 in the interview, so we’re operating on speculation here.

What do you think? Are you happy to wait for a Razer Phone 3 assuming it will be 5G-capable? Or is Razer making a mistake by delaying the launch? Let us know your opinions in the comments.

Also, don’t forget that the Razer Phone 2 is still only $500.

NEXT: Razer CEO talks big about Razer Phone innovation, mum on Razer Phone 3

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Deal: Reminder that the Razer Phone 2 is still only $500

Deal on the Razer Phone 2 on Amazon.

With MWC 2019 blessing us with a gigantic platter of new smartphones, it’s easy to forget that the Razer Phone 2 was selling for $499.99 near the end of February. The good news is that the gamer-centric smartphone is still selling for $499.99 across several retailers, including Razer’s online store.

Some might feel wary of buying the Razer Phone 2 due to recent layoffs that affected Razer’s mobile division. That said, the company said it’ll continue to invest in new mobile projects. Also, how often do you come across a powerhouse like the Razer Phone 2 that runs Android 9 Pie for a penny under $500?

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To recap, the Razer Phone 2 features a 5.7-inch QHD IPS display with a 120Hz refresh rate, dual rear 12-megapixel cameras, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. The gaming experience is excellent, but we thought that the Razer Phone 2 was also an all-around good smartphone.

Also present are the two front-facing stereo speakers that almost take away the sting from the absent headphone jack, wireless charging, and the nifty Razer logo around back that lights up.

You can pick up the Razer Phone 2 at the links below. AT&T is also holding a deal on the Razer Phone 2 that takes $250 off the price when you trade in an eligible smartphone.

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Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Specs comparison

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - speaker grills

Razer has just unveiled the Razer Phone 2 and — as expected — it is a real powerhouse. The specs on the first Razer Phone are still pretty impressive, however. Let’s take a look to see how the Razer Phone 2 improves upon the original so you can decide whether or not it is worth upgrading.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Design

As you can see from the pictures, the Razer Phone 2 has a very similar design to the Razer Phone. They both have a boxy chassis which clearly marks them out as Razer Phones.

The Razer Phone 2 has almost the exact same dimensions and display size as the original phone. The large bezels found on the original phone are also still present. While this means the Razer Phone 2 doesn’t have the sleekest design, it does keep the two huge front facing speakers that were housed in the bezels of the first phone.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - rear

The biggest design difference is that the Razer logo on the rear of the Razer Phone 2 illuminates. You can even change the color. The phone also changes color when you get a notification, though at the moment the color of the notification cannot be set by the phone owner.

This may not be the biggest design change but it could still be pretty useful to ensure you don’t miss notifications when your phone is placed face down on a surface. It will also likely be a well-received addition by people who are already fans of Razer and the Chroma LED effects built into its other products.

The Razer Phone 2’s LED lights are sure to appeal to existing fans of Razer products.

The other main design difference between the two phones is that the rear dual-camera setup has been moved from the top corner into the center of the phone.  This gives the Razer Phone 2 a slightly more symmetrical look and, according to Razer, improves the phone’s portrait mode.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Display and performance

When it comes to display and performance, there are some similarities between the two phones and also a few ways in which the Razer Phone 2 is better than the original.

Both phones have a 5.72-inch 120Hz LCD display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. However, with a maximum of 645 nits, the display on the Razer Phone 2 is 50 percent brighter than the original phone. This is great news as one of our complaints about the first phone was that the screen was a little too dim.

Additionally, the newer phone uses Gorilla Glass 5 while the older phone uses Gorilla Glass 3.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - home screen

The biggest performance difference is that the Razer Phone 2 has a Snapdragon 845 processor, while the Razer Phone uses a Snapdragon 835. Having said that, this may not make the biggest difference in day-to-day use. While the Snapdragon 845 is the latest unit, the Snapdragon 835 is still a more than capable chipset that should be able to handle pretty much whatever you throw at it.

When the Razer Phone was first unveiled, it was one of the first devices to get 8GB RAM. The Razer Phone 2 also comes with 8GB RAM. While phones with 8GB RAM may not be quite as rare as when the first Razer phone was released, it is still far more than enough to power the phone.

The Razor Phone 2 is a powerhouse. It comes with 8GB RAM and the latest Snapdragon processor.

The RAM size may be the same but there is a difference in the type of RAM used. The Razer Phone uses LPDDR4 RAM while the Razer Phone 2 uses LPDDR4x RAM. The latter is more power efficient and could result in the phone having better battery life.

While the original Razer Phone came with 64GB storage, Razer has unveiled both 64GB and 128GB versions of the Razer Phone 2. Both phones have an SD card slot so you can add more storage if needed.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Camera

Like the Razer Phone, the Razer Phone 2 has a rear dual-camera setup with a 12MP wide-angle lens with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. On the front, both versions of the Razer Phone have an 8MP f/2.0 selfie shooter.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - FFC and speaker grill

On paper, it all sounds familiar but there are some differences. This time around the wide sensor has Optical Image Stabilization and the sensors are made by Sony. The position of the rear cameras has also changed which should help improve the phone’s portrait mode. Finally, Razer has made adjustments to the camera app’s UI which, it says, will make the app more intuitive.

Overall, Razer says that this means the newer phone has a much better camera than the older version.

Razer thinks the camera on the Razer Phone 2 is a big improvement on the first phone.

When the Razer Phone was first released, the camera was poorly received. If the camera on the Razer Phone 2 is much better — we’ll have to wait for our review to find out if it truly is — it would certainly help make the phone seem like a more attractive proposition to those who want a device with features that go beyond gaming.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Audio

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - speaker grills

The dual front-facing speakers on the Razer Phone were praised highly upon the phone’s release. In our review, we said they were louder than pretty much any other phone.

Fortunately, these speakers are set to make a return on the Razer Phone 2. Like the first Razer Phone, the Razer Phone 2 does not have a headphone jack, although it does come with a USB-C adapter with 24-bit DAC.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Battery

There is little to separate the battery found in the Razer Phone and the Razer Phone 2. Both are 4,000mAh and support Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4 technology.

The only thing that might make a difference to battery life is the Razer Phone 2 has more efficient RAM and a newer Snapdragon processor. We’ll have to wait until we test out the newer phone’s battery to see how much of a difference it makes (if any) to regular use.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Extras

One huge extra is that the Razer Phone 2 is IP67 water resistant. This is quite impressive considering the huge speaker grills on the front of the phone. The original Razer Phone had no IP rating.

The Razer Phone 2 will ship with Android 8.1, the same version of Android that the Razer Phone currently uses. However, Razer says the Razer Phone 2 will soon get Android Pie. While the company has not yet said whether or not the original phone will also get a Pie upgrade, it would be pretty surprising if it doesn’t.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Price

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - logo

The Razer Phone 2 costs either $799 for the 64GB version or $899 for the 128GB version. This is a $100 increase on the price of the first Razer Phone upon its release.

As it is now a year old, you may be able to find the first phone for significantly less than this. While it is currently listed as sold out on the Razer website, the Razer Phone can still be found for a discounted price on Amazon.

  Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
System Memory 8GB (LPDDR4X) 8 GB (LPDDR4)
Storage Internal: 64GB or 128GB
External: Micro SD slot (up to 2TB)
Internal: 64GB
External: Micro SD slot (up to 2TB)
Display 5.72-inch IGZO LCD
1440 x 2560
120Hz
16:9 aspect ratio
Wide Color Gamut
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
645 nits
5.72-inch IGZO LCD
1440 x 2560
120Hz
16:9 aspect ratio
120 Hz
Wide Color Gamut
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Rear Cameras 12MP wide-angle Sony sensor with f/1.75 aperture and OIS
12MP zoom sensor with autofocus f/2.6 aperture
Dual PDAF (Phase detection Autofocus)
Dual tone, dual LED flash
Video 160p@60fps
1080p@120fps
stereo sound recording
12 MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.75 aperture, PDAF
12 MP zoom sensor with f/2.6 aperture
PDAF
Dual tone, dual LED flash
Front Camera 8MP fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Video 1080p@60fps
8 MP fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Sound Stereo Front facing speakers
Dual Amplifiers/Dolby Atmos
Audio Adapter with 24-bit DAC
Stereo front-facing speakers
Dual amplifiers
Audio adapter with 24-bit DAC
Power 4000mAh battery
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
4,000mAh battery
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Dual-band (MIMO), Antennae 2×2
Bluetooth 5.0 minimum, A2DP, LE, LE Data Length
Extension
NFC
A-GPS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
Logo Illuminated Non-ulluminated
Size 158.5 x 78.99 x 8.5 mm 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm
Android version Android 8.1 (upgraded soon) Android 8.1
Network GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 1/2/3/4/5/8
FDD-LTE:
1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/18/19/20/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
TDD LTE: 38/39/40/41/48
TD-SCDMA: 34/39
LAA: 46
4×4 MIMO: 1/2/3/4/7/30/38/48/66
GSM: Quad-band GSM
UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8 LTE:B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: B34/39

So, which one should I choose?

If you already own the Razer Phone, then you may not find the changes Razer made to its latest model to be enough to warrant an upgrade.

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However, if you don’t own either phone, then the Razer Phone 2 is the better device. It has a newer processor, an upgraded camera, and a cool new lighting effect. The brighter screen will also be something that you will likely notice when using the phone.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - USB Type-C port

The Razer Phone 2 has also kept a lot about what made the original such an enticing proposition, such as its 120hz display and its dual front-facing speakers.

The Razer Phone 2 is more expensive than the Razer Phone so if you can find a good deal on the original phone, then you will have to factor this into your decision. However, if you are just looking for the better phone, then the updated version is the way to go.

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