Razer recently launched a new smartphone that is being hailed as a device specially created for mobile gaming, simply called the Razer Phone. Being marketed as a device targeted at gamers, the handset packs a powerful set of innards to meet the demands of hardcore mobile gamers.
The Razer Phone gets powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor bundled with a hefty 8GB of RAM. It also sports a 5.7-inch 1440p IGZO LCD 120Hz display panel to make gaming and UI transitions smooth and stutter-free. Not to mention, the Razer Phone packs THX-certified stereo speakers on the front, both speakers house an amplifier to offer that immersive audio experience while gaming.
Hence, for a device with such powerful innards one can’t really have any complaints when it comes to its real-world performance. However, there is one glaring flaw with the device. The handset’s 12MP dual-lens setup hasn’t lived up to expectations, as publications and reviewers have taken a jab at its camera capabilities. Key sources have revealed that the handset’s shutter speed is painfully slow and HDR further adds to the misery.
Though, there’s some good news as Razer seeks to address these flaws in an upcoming software update. CEO and co-founder of Razer Min-Liang Tan confirmed on his Facebook page that minor changes will be available to Razer Phone owners that should improve the handset’s camera experience.
“At this time, we are working to update features such as shutter speed, low light and many other optimizations to the current software. These fixes and optimizations will be progressively released over the next few weeks. Further, in future updates over the next few months, we have new camera features planned. The next major camera app release will add some new features like the new instazoom button. This will help users immediately jump to the optimal zoom with the telephoto lens. This feature was requested by nearly all reviewers. We will very likely be adding 4x slo motion recording as well. Features like portrait mode, 60 fps video, and additional speed improvements will be coming in late Q1 with our Oreo update. We are still investigating additional performance / speed improvements for this time frame as well,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
To recall, Razer acquired smartphone start up NextBit earlier this year to make its entry in the smartphone market. Priced at $699, the Razer Phone is the company’s first smartphone and is now available for purchase via the company’s official website.