Razer Phone gets new update with camera, audio, and other improvements, see what's new


About a month ago, Razer announced that it will improve the camera of the Razer Phone through a series of software upgrades. The gaming is indeed delivering on that promise, as a new update is now making its way to owners around the globe. 

With a size of 97MB, the patch introduces a number of camera and audio improvements in addition to various other tweaks and fixes. Here are the highlighted changes in this build:

Camera improvements:
  • Improved shutter speed in low light and when using HDR
  • Reduced noise and clearer shadows
  • Improved picture quality with better color cast
  • Crushed bugs and performance improvements

Audio improvements:

  • "Tweaked the knobs" for greater clarity during playback
  • Improved call quality for HD Audio
  • Fixed some issues with Dolby audio

Other:
  • Smoothed out the auto-brightness luminosity
  • Updated Arrival theme icons to a dark style
  • Various other bug fixes

The update is available OTA, but it might need some time to reach all compatible devices. As always, make sure that your phone is sufficiently charged before proceeding.

Other changes that you should expect to see in the following months include further improvements to low-light performance, the inclusion of an "instazoom button", and "4x slow motion" (120p) video recording capabilities. In the first quarter of 2018, the Razer Phone will be updated to Android 8 Oreo. This update will include even more camera improvements, like portrait mode, 60p video recording, and increased overall speed.


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15 Comments

1. So-min

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 07, 2017

Don't even dare to touch that ugly disgusting logo. Razer is just overrated, nothing is special about it.

3. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

It has a 4000mAh capacity but it is one of the phones with the worst battery life. What a joke.

5. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

funny that MKBHD said it has the best battery life for 2017 huh..

6. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Funny too that he labeled the iPhone 8 as the best compact smartphone. He seems so credible.

7. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

If you weren't one of those anti-apple wankers who hate apple out of fanboyism, you'd realise that the iPhone 8 is indeed a pretty good phone itself. The other very good compact phone the comes to mind is the Sony Xperia XZ1 compact, but I guess you probably hate Sony as well because it isn't one of those big players? And you're probably going to say the Pixel 2 or the massive S8 or the V30 is a best "compact" phone?

9. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I owned the original Z and the Z2 and i currently have the S8. I also use the macbook air 2016 and the razer blade stealth as my daily driver. don't assume people are "fanboys" just because they claimed a personal opinion. That iPhone 8 doesn't deserve any rewards or what based on its "features to price" ratio.

11. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

The battery life is normal if not better than average when using it normally and adjusting the refresh rate. But if you crank it up to 120hz and do some gaming sessions, obviously it's going to burn out fast. Please read reviews or watch them, top reviewers state the battery life lasts a day and a half on normal usage.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"Crushed bugs..." I can virtually hear bugs under my shoes getting crushed.

4. quintessential

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Do not get this phone. My friend who foolishly who ordered it from the Razer store is now having nightmares with the phone. He says its Trashy and Lousy with many hardware problems. The phone's display freezes occasionally for 5-10 seconds, the microphone is erratic and people can sometimes hear and not hear him during conversations over the phone. And the bundled headset when plugged in to the USB-C port can't be detected about 50% of the time. The worst part is the after-sales service. He rang up the local Razer support to report the problems, only to be told they would get back to him. After 3 days of waiting with no return of a response, he called again, and he got the same old excuse and said they are still waiting for an email from Razer headquarters. Which means the local support is as good as redundant. Horrible hardware and service experience.

8. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I don't care how bad the camera might be, I'll go with any manufacturer who's at least working hard to deliver continuous updates to the areas that need it most. I like to see a manufacturer that acknowledges they need to improve their software and actually gets to work in doing so.

13. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

It's always great to see manufacturers standing behind their product, acknowledging mistakes/weaknesses, and working hard to fix them as much as they can via frequent updates. Best example of this I feel is Essential. They launched a product riddled with bugs and sub par software, but rather than giving up with the excuse of "it's our first device", they pushed out over a dozen massive updates since launch and fixed many of the issues. Now, especially at the current price, it's a great buy! This is an excellent way to build trust in your brand regardles of who you are. Knowing that if it isn't right, they'll work hard to deliver fixes in a timely manner.

10. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

I love how every comment on this website is either, "THIS IS THE BEST PHONE EVER" or "THIS IS HORRIBLE MY FRIEND BOUGHT IT AND HAD ALL THESE PROBLEMS, WORST PHONE EVER" Do you realize that even the best phones have faulty models, Samsungs, iPhones, etc? Just because your friend bought a phone and is having issues with it, doesn't mean every single person is going to have those issues.

12. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

True.

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It's great to see Razer improving their software.

15. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Baby steps they deserve some leeway imho and I don't even use Razer products. All they need to do now is to get code stronger, find the right people for it and keep at it. Maybe even put out some dev editions and get outside help.

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