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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The Razer Raiju Mobile controller is amazing(ly expensive)

This is the featured image for the Razer Raiju Mobile review

Mobile gaming is still finding its way. We’re definitely getting higher caliber mobile games than we’ve ever had. However, there is still a long way to go. Software controls are still a little clunky with a lot of genres, particularly shooters and platformers. It is still more preferable to play with a hardware controller over software controls.

The Razer Raiju Mobile controller may be a positive step in that direction. We had the opportunity to play with Razer’s latest piece of mobile gaming hardware over the weekend and we’d like to share our thoughts with you.

Razer Rajiu Mobile controller front

The front of the controller has a very standard layout for a modern hardware controller.

The basics

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The Razer Raiju Mobile is a mobile gaming controller with a cradle for your smartphone along with both wired and wireless options. The front is your standard modern controller layout with a d-pad, two joysticks, and four buttons. The bottom-center of the front houses four more buttons, including the typical start and select buttons as well as a home and back button for controlling your Android phone. Moving around the back shows two hidden buttons right around where your fingers rest while holding the controller. There is also a switch back there where players can switch between two Bluetooth modes or wired mode. The top houses a ridiculous six shoulder buttons — four normal buttons and two triggers.

The top-center of the device houses a phone cradle that tilts up to 60 degrees, while a phone is actively resting in the cradle. The controller is housed in textured plastic, which actually feels really nice. Obviously we don’t recommend dropping this from any height onto any surface, especially with the added heft of a phone in the cradle. Like any plastic controller, we imagine that it does not have good relationships with hardwood floors.

The controller had no problems holding any of our tester devices in its little cradle.

The Razer Raiju Controller comes with two USB Type-C cables in the box. The first is a longer cable for connecting your controller to a power source. You also get a shorter cable for direct connections to your phone for use in wired mode. Both cables come with some snazzy caps for dust prevention. Razer claims the device gets up to 23 hours per charge with up to a four hour charge time.

There are two modes for the Razer Raiju Controller, the first of which is your standard Bluetooth mode. The controller can remember two total devices, and you can switch between those two with the switch on the back. The pairing sequence is simple enough and works exactly like Bluetooth headphones. Just hit the home and start buttons to initialize pairing mode and you’re off to the races.

The Bluetooth pairing worked on the first try without any difficulties. We did notice that switching from wired to Bluetooth and back again — as one is wont to do during testing — can mess up the connection. However, turning the device off and back on again always fixed it. There is also an official app for the Razer Raiju Mobile controller. It allows you to re-map several of the controller’s buttons and adjust the sensitivity of the joysticks. It’s super basic, but it worked well and we thought it was a nice touch.

Razer Raiju Mobile controller vs xbox one and PS4

The controller is comparable in size to the Xbox One controller and slightly larger than the PlayStation 4 controller.

The feel

The Razer Raiju Mobile controller has an excellent feel. Most of the controller is covered in a textured plastic and it adds some grip. Each joystick has a rougher, rubberized coating for even better grip and all of the individual buttons are glossy plastic. The back of the controller is textured differently for better grip. You can see from the image above that it’s about as big as an Xbox One controller and a little larger than a PlayStation 4 controller. It has a good weight to it, even with a phone as large as the Galaxy Note 9 nestled in its cradle.

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The cradle itself has no noticeable problems. It clicks as you adjust it and stays wherever you leave it. It fit all of our tester devices without any problems, although the Galaxy Note 9 was a bit of a squeeze. Once the phone is in the cradle, you can move the cradle forward to change the angle if you need to. Each button has a light, satisfying click that leaves no doubts that you actually hit the button. The triggers have a smooth pull very similar to the second generation Xbox One controllers. There is also an optional hair-trigger mode for actuating the triggers more quickly. The switches for that mode are on the back of the controller.

Holding the controller is simply delightful. I am a 5’10” male with mostly average measurements. My hands fit firmly around this thing and I experienced no noticeable discomfort, even over a longer playing session. If I had nitpicks, I’d say that I prefer the more meaty button presses of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers versus the light click of the Razer Raiju Mobile buttons, but this is just a preference.

Razer Raiju Mobile Final Fantasy IV

Supported games play with no discernible issues on the Razer Raiju Mobile.

The gaming

We played a few games from Razer’s list of supported games. including Riptide GP Renegade, Final Fantasy IV, and Alto’s Odyssey. For kicks, we also tried out the ePSXe emulator as well as the unsupported Gunstar Heroes, just to see how it’d react. Here are our observations:

  • Games with official support use the controller beautifully with no discernible issues. The button layouts were generally logical and it never took long to figure out the controls. Some games seem to like to use multiple buttons for the same action, but this wasn’t a problem during our testing.
  • Games and emulators not on Razer’s compatibility list are a mixed bag. Gunstar Heroes failed conclusively while ePSXe worked, but it required quite a bit of tedious configuration. Straying outside of Razer’s compatibility list results in a mixed experience overall.
  • We found that we frequently hit buttons on accident. In particular, the two paddle buttons in the back are super easy to press as are the non-trigger shoulder buttons. Thankfully, those buttons don’t really do much in any of the games we tested, but this thing is seriously covered in buttons.
  • Speaking of the paddle buttons, they actually don’t get use from the games. They let you adjust the sensitivity of the joysticks on the fly. This is configurable in the Razer Raiju Mobile app, although we really only noticed a difference when our paddles were set to a very different sensitivity from our default setting. These are definitely better for quick, large adjustments rather than subtle ones. Additionally, two of the shoulder buttons as well as the start and select buttons are configurable in the mobile app as well.
  • The hair trigger setting on the controller also worked as expected.
  • It doesn’t just work for the Razer Phone 2. We tested it with a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as well as a Pixel XL and it worked fine.

It feels like we should have said more here. However, there just isn’t much to say. When the game supported the controller and everything connected properly, the experience was basically flawless. It’s not a panacea for mobile gaming’s horrible record of controller support, but that’s hardly Razer’s fault.

Razer Raiju Mobile box contents

This is everything you get in the box with a Razer Raiju Mobile. We like the stickers and braided USB Type-C cables a lot.

Recommendations and price

We’re going to just pull the band-aid off quickly. This thing costs $159.99. The Xbox One controller (pictured above) was $99.99 and a PlayStation 4 controller runs for $59.99. Then again, the Xbox One Elite controller with hair trigger locks also costs $149.99 so there is some context to support the Raiju Mobile’s price tag. Even so, it’s difficult to recommend this to casual players at that price. There are a few instances where we might recommend this to someone:

  • Those with multiple devices who also play a bunch of games. For instance, this controller should work well with Android TV as well as most mobile and tablet devices. One game controller for all of your devices may be worth the investment to some people.
  • Hardcore mobile gamers who want a controller with uncommon features like button re-mapping and hardware hair trigger locks.
  • Anyone who plays a sizable number of the games on Razer’s supported games list and wants a controller they are sure will work with those titles.

Of course, this is basically a first impressions post, so we can’t comment on anything like long term durability. The uncommon features, sleek looks, plentiful buttons, and excellent feel while gaming make a compelling case for the more hardcore mobile gamer much like the Xbox One Elite controller does for Xbox’s more hardware player base. For better or worse, Razer knows exactly what kind of consumer they’re targeting with those features at that price. Casual mobile gamers may want to try something a little bit cheaper.

The back of the Raiju Mobile houses the hair trigger lock switches (top), the Bluetooth/wired switch (middle), and the two paddle buttons (bottom). A surprisingly busy back of a controller.

The Razer Raiju Controller is definitely a positive force in the mobile gaming industry. It’s also priced outside of the sensibilities of most casual mobile gamers. Still, this is an excellent controller with no major flaws out of the box with an excellent feel and experience. Of course, we can’t comment on the long term durability of it because we only had it a few days. If you happen to be one of the folks that don’t mind the price, you can learn more from Razer’s website!

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

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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

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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
16:9 aspect ratio
Wide Color Gamut
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
645 nits
5.72-inch IGZO LCD
1440 x 2560
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
stereo sound recording
12 MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.75 aperture, PDAF
12 MP zoom sensor with f/2.6 aperture
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
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
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
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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