Razer lays off most of its mobile division staff, cancels Razer Phone 3
by Cosmin Vasile / Feb 19, 2019, 12:18 PM
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.
Posts: 1534; Member since: Aug 15, 2011
Great phone just not affordable to teen. And most adults who have job can’t seat around play game.
posted on Feb 19, 2019, 12:25 PM 0
Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 31, 2017
Great phone? No, not even a good phone. For the price this launched at, you could have gotten far better phones with far better cameras and optimization.
posted on Feb 19, 2019, 12:38 PM 8
Posts: 284; 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.
posted on Feb 19, 2019, 12:53 PM 2
Posts: 422; 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.
posted on Feb 19, 2019, 1:11 PM 6
Posts: 284; 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.
posted on Feb 19, 2019, 4:42 PM 2
Posts: 245; 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 :(
posted on Feb 20, 2019, 7:48 AM 0
Posts: 1248; 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.
posted on Feb 19, 2019, 2:00 PM 2
Posts: 164; 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.
posted on Feb 19, 2019, 2:03 PM 0
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