Gaming powerhouse Razer might be working on a smartphone

Gaming powerhouse Razer might be working on a smartphone
There have been rumors before that game products manufacturer Razer may be considering building a smartphone, but until now, there's been no hard proof of this. However, a recent tweet sent out by Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan makes us think such a device may now not be that far from materializing.

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?

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32 Comments

1. phonehome

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.

3. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Facebook doesn't make hardware, amazon doesn't make hardware and neither does microsoft. Razer knows their hardware. They can do it.

5. ananthu07 unregistered

what about kindle and Lumia and surface? They may not manufacture it themselves, but neither does Apple, Xiaomi or pretty much any other company without their own manufacturing facility.

8. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Kindle is not exactly smartphone, neither is surface. And about lumias, those made by microsoft suck compared to those made by nokia.

19. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

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.

11. Rydsmith unregistered

Um... Amazon: - Kindle - Kindle Fire Tablets Microsoft: - Surface - Surface Pro - Xbox 360 - Xbox One - Fit Band So yeah.....

15. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

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.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Microsoft doesn't make hardware?Really? So who makes their mice, keyboards, Windows Phone, Surface, Pixelsense, Band, Hololens and Xbox?

29. Brewski

Posts: 660; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

@phonehome, If you've never heard of Razer then you don't deserve to use their gear. Go away n00b.

2. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

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?

4. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Nobody is interested in a 4000$ phone. And the specs you're dreaming aren't possible even on an ultrabook, let alone a phone.

21. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

For someone called sarcastic_nerd, that whole joke went over your head. I'm sorry :/

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL REKT.

28. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

can i up-vote multiple times?! HAHA

31. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Well.....crap. But some idiots make these comments in their full conscience. So it's hard to tell sarcasm from stupid.

30. Brewski

Posts: 660; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

WHOOSH!!

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.... 30mm thick and 250gram weight.. mobile gamers will love this brick

17. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Sounds reasonable

6. TypicalGeek

Posts: 209; 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.

7. TypicalGeek

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

NVM, Atom is dead. Snapdragon it is.

25. Ne0Freedom

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Appearently, Intel is not developing new atom processors any more. (Intel can't keep up with nVidia or Qualcomm)

9. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

they should go for a gaming tablet like nvdia shield tablet

23. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

They made one years ago, had a 3rd gen i7, superbasic NVIDIA graphics card and Windows 8, they should try again.

26. Ne0Freedom

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Maybe Razor will make a Tegra Pascal Android tablet, in 2 yrs :)

12. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

A phone and a tablet would be nice.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Been waiting for a hardcore game company to produce a smart phone. Although I doubt it will be anything like I want.

14. dcwt2010

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

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...

16. legiloca

Posts: 1674; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

GGWP new king of gaming smartphones/tablets right here!

18. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I generally regard their products as junk. Am I being ignorant? I'll always go logitech or corsair

20. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Having another Razer tablet would be cool.

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