24 April 2019
Earlier this year, reports had surfaced that Razer had laid off approximately 2% of its employees, and its next-generation phone was also killed off. A number of rumours had surfaced stating that the Razer Phone 3 had got the axe, as the niche market of the phone hadn’t really taken off. However, now a new report has surfaced which states that the third-generation Razer Phone is still alive and will be launched in 2019.
The report adds that a number of companies are interested in launching similar devices including Nintendo which wants to develop a smartphone that would have Switch integration. The device would be aimed at gamers and would compete against models from Vivo and Xiaomi. There is no news about when Nintendo could take the wraps off its own model.
Asustek Computer and Razer are in an advanced phase of negotiations with Tencent to expand in the digital gaming market in China, which will be the main market. However, investing in gaming smartphones has been risky, and the number of sales has been lesser than expected.
Global shipments of gaming phones have barely reached 100,000 units a year, and the Razer Phone isn’t the best-selling device till now. Asus is currently leading the market, however, with a number of companies launching similar models in the coming months, the competition will heat up.
The new foldable RAZR codenamed “Voyager” will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset which aims to bring “premium tier” features to more affordable phones. The chipset users Qualcomm’s Kryo 360 architecture and Adreno 615 graphics. It could come with 4GB or 6GB of memory, and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. The device is expected to be priced at approx. $1500 which would be very steep and we will have to see if it will have any takers.