Upcoming Razer smartphone said to target “hardcore gamers”


After acquiring Nextbit, the company behind the cloud-oriented Robin smartphone, Razer promised that “unique mobile design and experiences” will come soon. Six months after Razer's initial statement, the company revealed plans to go for a $5 billion IPO in Hong Kong with the purpose of expanding in China.

The public offering will help fund development of its own smartphone among other new gadgets, Bloomberg reports. The handset will be specially designed to appeal to “hardcore gamers,” which comes in line with Razer's recent moves in the smartphone industry.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Razer aims to list sometime in October. The company's IPO would be among the biggest tech debuts in the Asian financial market in a long time.

Back in May, Razer and mobile carrier 3 signed a partnership that would allow the former to reach out to the gaming community and youth audience with the help of phone plans and co-branding.

Razer is also developing its own virtual currency called zGold, which is distributing to gamers through its software platform now serving more than 35 million users.

Obviously, Razer's smartphone plans could go completely off the rails if the IPO ends up badly. But let's not assume the worst and hope for the best instead.

source: Bloomberg

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22 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

There's no hardcore in smartphone gaming.

2. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Not yet. This just might be a Windows 10 on ARM Smartphone, then we're talking, similar to what the GPD Win offered but with a more practical UI: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gpd-win-intel-z8700-win-10-os-game-console-laptop Only time will tell.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That device is good but desktop gaming on an Intel Atom is a joke.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, its the same GPU as the old Surface 3http://www.anandtech.com/show/9219/the-surface-3-review/6 GFXBench on Windows is FP32, generously assuming its FP16 performance is double its FP32 (might not be, lazy to check), its about on par with A9, A8X and K1

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True that. But I would love to see something similar to the Xperia Play.

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Same here. Wish I got to experience the Xperia Play myself too.

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

My experience with it was really good, stereo speakers were great, slide out gamepad is a Godsend, specially if you love emulators. Battery life was mediocre though. Still planning on buying a refurbished one in the future, for old times' sake.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They could try and offer something like GeForce Now or LiquidSky. Still not really hardcore, but more hardcore than smartphone games. They did buy NextBit who uses apps in the cloud sorta

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2427; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think if they were to be successful in bringing a gaming smartphone device they would have to become like a Nintendo 3DS. As someone else mentioned, it would have to almost be like the reincarnation of the Xperia Play. And, most importantly, you need real gaming content. For this, they would have to partner with a company like Ubisoft or Square Enix or even Microsoft. And they would have to bring over something that is NOT just your typical smartphone game or could even be played on another smartphone. It would have to be exclusive to this device so that people would want to buy it in order to play. But, I don't foresee that happening and instead I foresee an overpriced smartphone that has a niche audience.

5. Trickzter

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Even if they just released a flagship spec phone with great design and the Razer branding, it would sell well IMO. I would be interested in buying it as I'm a big Razer fan.

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It most likely sell as well alas the Amazon Fire Phone did... No hardcore gamer will ditch their desktop or laptop for a mobile device even it was made by Razer.

21. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You don't have to ditch your PC to enjoy a phone. Did you ever ditch your desktop for an iPhone?

6. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

What I mostly see for this is a smartphone dedicated for mobile gaming. Razer's objective may be to compete with the Nintendo Switch and to the smartphone be able to play pc games OTG. The easiest thing for Razer to do is to launch a streaming service that allows a person to stream high resolution and high fps games and be able to play them. The problem with this is that streaming games would kill a person's mobile data. PC games such as GTA V go over 60gb of storage. This means that game storage is difficult, not to mention smartphone gpu's are weak compared to high-end PC. The only thing I can envision Razer doing is releasing new first party or exclusive games for this smartphone.

7. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Am i hearing "big batteries"? That's the only reason I'd care

8. cheetah2k

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Could be a rebadged Nvidia device... ? Never know!

12. Xilam unregistered

I thought ASUS phones were making devices inclined for mobile gamers.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I don't see the point for an Android smartphone dedicated to gaming... Especially when there are add-ons like various types of game controllers and keyboards which can be connected to a smartphone, either wired or wireless.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

probably just 6inch phone with FF stereo speaker, huge battery, SD625, and BT gamepad as bonus.. and don't expect competitive price from this brand, lol... (and probably this phone will get RGB bezels..)

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do like their gaming laptop designs and top of the bill internals, still waiting to order the Razer Blade Pro (2107). If they can translate such a design to a smartphone, it might be very interesting.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

2107? How did WW3 go?

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Hahaha sorry 2017 of course hahaha

22. Silverfox

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Don't forget about the Nvidia shield tablet

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