rAge 2018: Razer’s phone will be ringing off the hook

It’s been a little while since the Razer Phone launched internationally, but until now it’s not been available in South Africa and there’s been some worry among local Razer fans that it would never arrive. Well I’m happy to tell you that things will be a little greener inside rAge this year, because Razer is set to have a full lineup at rAge next month, with a hands-on experience with their first phone. And their other products, obviously, even though we’re all interested in dat 120Hz feel.

For those of you out of the loop, the Razer Phone is one of the first mobile phones to feature a 120Hz display, which makes it somewhat special. Apple is the only other company with a 120Hz display on a mobile device, and it is tablet-sized and absolutely unpocketable. The Razer Phone, meanwhile, is only a little larger than the 5.7-inch IGZO display that it houses. This is a 120Hz-capable variable refresh display, the first of its kind on any mobile device. It can display content at as low as 11 frames per second (doubled or tripled in terms of the actual refresh rate to maintain colour accuracy), and will intelligently select the right display rate for the content you’re viewing at the time.

The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8GB of DDR4 memory, 64GB of internal storage, Android 8.0 with a Nova Launcher Prime license, a 4000mAh battery, Qualcomm Quick-Charge 3.0 capability, and USB-C connectivity for your charging and headphone audio needs.

For mechanical keyboard enthusiasts, you might want to make a turn at the Apex Interactive stand to get a hands-on with the new Razer Huntsman and Huntsman Elite. Named after the absolutely terrifying Huntsman spider (seriously, they run faster than Red Romans!), this is Razer’s fastest keyboard to date. It features optical switches with a mechanical feel, using a custom switch design by Razer, with an infinitely variable actuation point. The switch is meant to be in the middle of a Cherry Blue and Red in terms of the resistance and overall feel, but you’ll still get the familiar click characteristic of a Blue switch.

Razer doesn’t call it what it rightly is: a chimera of every mechanical switch they’ve ever made. Now all they need is a buckling spring version of the Opto-Mechanical switch, and they’ll have the best of all worlds. If you’re a keyboard nut, make sure you stop at the stand to get a hands-on feel of the Huntsman and see if it’s for you. Also on the stand will be the Mamba Elite, the even more RGB-fied version of the original Mamba Wireless mouse, as well as the new Kraken Tournament Edition headset.

Now all we need is a hands-on with Project Linda. Don’t forget, rAge 2018 takes place from 5-7 October at the Ticketpro Dome!

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