Razer lays off most of its mobile division staff, cancels Razer Phone 3

Razer lays off most of its mobile division staff, cancels Razer Phone 3
UPDATE: Razer has contacted us with another statement, which, once again, confirms that some of the mobile division's staff has been laid off. In addition, the company says it will continue to support the Razer Phone 2, which will receive the highly-anticipated Android 9 Pie update in less than a week. You can read everything below:


Truth be told, we're not sure what Razer would have expected from a niche product like the Razer Phone. Advertised as a gaming phone, the top-tier device faced fierce competition from flagships coming from major smartphone companies. 

Apparently, the Razer Phone and its sequel didn't sell that well, which forced the company to take action. Instead of announcing its third smartphone, Razer has decided to lay off most of its mobile device and hardware engineer staff last week, Droid-life reports.

According to a tip, the Razer Phone 3 has been canceled as well and those remaining will be moved to different parts of the company. An official statement from Razer confirms 2% of its total workforce (30 people) were laid off as part of the company's reorganization.


Although it's hard to tell from the statement that the people laid off were part of the mobile division, it wouldn't be surprising for Razer to cut its losses. Making smartphones is expensive, but making flagships is even more expensive, so if you don't manage to sell them to cover your costs, you're going to lose quite a lot of money.

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18 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Great phone just not affordable to teen. And most adults who have job can’t seat around play game.

2. JayBEE

Posts: 181; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Welp...

4. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Bummer

5. libra89

Posts: 2297; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ouch, that's unfortunate.

6. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Would have been interesting to see what could of been...

7. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I'm enjoying mine. Even if they don't make anymore and they were losing money, its still a mobile gaming beast. Oh well, guess I'll use it until they don't update it anymore and put it with my Xperia Play and NGage.

8. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

i mean compared to other snap 845 phones, how much of a difference is it to the average gamer? i couldn't imagine it being a deciding factor against other phones.

15. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

no throttling, no frame drops and pretty much a beast with emulation. Other phones have similar specs but that vapor chamber keeps the phone from overheating.

21. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

i have really zero issues like that on my s9+ especially set at 1080p

22. civicsr2cool

Posts: 273; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Thats a lie. I play pubg mobile a few hours a day and the razer has absolutely zero advantage over any other phone gaming wise but still has all of the other compromises in specs. There are little to no games that can take advantage of the higher refresh rate, and its not always 120hz either, its usually 60-90hz. There are no flagship android phones that have overheating problems for gaming to warrant this phones "vapor chamber" either. S9, pixel 3, op6t all run 60hz 1080p games just fine if not better than the razer phones :(

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Unsurprising, Razer is know for poor quality products that they can advertise as "gaming stuff" on the other Hand it's much more difficult to be successful on a mobile phone market. At least they gave us pretty decent phone while Nextbit influence was felt.

10. Nionx

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

So price drop for Razer phone 2 coming soon then. Sweet. I still use my original Razer as my visual media device. The 120hrz refresh rate Is really just that good.

13. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Visual media device ... media that is 30 or 60Hz, that 120Hz screen will surelly help with that ... Not mention lack of propper HDR support. Bigger number means better! /s

11. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

They should have launch with the NextBit Robin 2, maybe called it the Razer Robin 2, aimed for gamers at a discounted price.

14. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Disappointing news

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Yup.. mediocre design. Hefty price tag.. good luck with that razar . Fire sale?

19. Chrusti

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Of course it didn't sell well. Why would you release a gaming phone months before a new CPU is available? Just stupid.

20. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

uhm, is Razer going down hill? first razer game store and now this :/

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