Gaming powerhouse Razer might be working on a smartphone
posted by Ray S. / May 04, 2016, 10:15 AM
While the company has long been focused exclusively on building peripherals for gamers, it's recently undertaken an expansion towards the mobile consumer electronics market. In addition to the promising Blade Stealth ultrabook, Razer is already offering two fitness band models — Nabu and Nabu X — as well as a sporty smartwatch, called Nabu Watch.
Now, the firm's chief executive has shared the following open position at the company:
The job description includes the following requirements:
- Bachelor's degree in a technical or business discipline.
- Attuned with latest phones, tablets, and mobile devices
- Knowledge of ARM systems and components
While this doesn't immediately mean a Razer smartphone or tablet is in the works, one has to admit the chances don't seem slim at all. As for what such a device may be like, we can speculate that it will be powered by Android; it'll most probably have a custom launcher or at least some sort of gaming-focused functionality (though not to the extreme); and it'll most definitely be a design-conscious product, seeing how this is an area of intense focus for the company.
What are your thoughts on this. Do the prospects of a Razer smartphone intrigue you? Does the company have what it takes to make a dent in the market?
Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014
Did not work for Facebook. Did not work for Amazon. Hardly working for Microsoft. And I have actually heard of those three.
posted on May 04, 2016, 10:49 AM 1
Facebook doesn't make hardware, amazon doesn't make hardware and neither does microsoft. Razer knows their hardware. They can do it.
posted on May 04, 2016, 11:22 AM 3
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950XL is amazing. What sucked is that the launch had a buggy version of windows. Now it has stabilized and is much better. But redstone builds are showing how amazing windows mobile is getting. MS is not putting advertising nor are they making it available to people as it was for the "Fans". They are working on a new product line for spring 2017 which will be part of the surface line. The ultra mobile PC. They can't penetrate the smartphone market so they need to create a new device category. It's tough to get into smart phones. And Razer won't have that much luck because let's face it mobile is not where hardcore gaming happens. If they could release a smart phone that could play actual windows games with a controller attachment, maybe it would sell. Even if it uses a dock to allow gaming on big screen. But it will be another niche. How much power do these mobile games really need.
posted on May 04, 2016, 2:30 PM 0
That's not what I meant. Technically, facebook manufactures oculus rift. But that wouldn't make facebook a hardware company. Similarly you won't call Samsung a software company just because they made make touchwiz. Surface and kindles are to promote amazon store and windows. They are not standalone products like razer makes .Razer is a hardware company at its core. Also, lumias are made for the sole purpose of making windows 10 mobile popular. Hardware not their main business. And none of these products use cutting edge hardware like razer. I know you will reply with: "surface pro is cutting edge." . Save it. The idea is neat, but that's about it. It doesn't use any new or cutting edge tech. Razer on the other hand knows their stuff and brings innovation like razer core and top of the line laptops. I'll call surface pro innovative if they stop using years old slow storage drives, USB 3.0 and other old technology.
posted on May 04, 2016, 1:25 PM 0
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A Razer phone, with Chroma lighting around the whole frame, then all just matte black aluminum with just a shiny black razer logo on the back, discreet stereo speakers, and BOOM; 4K AMOLED screen and a giant 10,000 mAH battery, along with the whole front screen being a fingerprint reader, and two c plugs which support running full WIndows 10 on an external monitor for gaming on the go, and inside the phone is a 16GB ddr4 and dGPU for gaming on the go. Maybe perhaps a free case in the box, too. Otherwise what's the point?
posted on May 04, 2016, 11:16 AM 2
Nobody is interested in a 4000$ phone. And the specs you're dreaming aren't possible even on an ultrabook, let alone a phone.
posted on May 04, 2016, 11:23 AM 1
Posts: 211; Member since: Feb 19, 2015
They can tap their friend at Intel to speed up the release of the next gen Atom. Zenfone 2 has been very successful for Asus. If Razer one ups Asus on spec and still stay at mid-high end price tag, they will have a chance of success. Weaknesses of Zenfone 2 are Camera, Battery life, display, Zen UI (bloatware), speaker and design. Ideal spec: Next Gen Atom, 6GB DDR4 RAM, 32-64GB ROM (SD card slot), 5.5" to 6" 2K display, 3500-3800mah, Sony camera sensor, Google Vanilla UI at $400-450, dual speakers, I will give it a shot.
posted on May 04, 2016, 11:49 AM 0
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they should go for a gaming tablet like nvdia shield tablet
posted on May 04, 2016, 12:10 PM 5
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Smartphones have reached their peak in terms of population penetration... it will be a bit like the tv department where the margins get squeezed so much. In fact, the stats say that only Apple and Samsung actually make a decent profit...
posted on May 04, 2016, 12:55 PM 0
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