Razer, the popular PC gaming firm, earlier this year said it is working on a smartphone. Now, the approximate launch time of the handset has been revealed. The news was given out by Min-Liang Tan, CEO and co-founder of Razer in an interview with CNBC.
Tan said that the Razer smartphone is scheduled to come before the end of this year, which means the device is expected to see light of the day within next three months.
“One of the most hotly rumored things about Razer is that we’re coming up with a mobile device. And I can say that we are coming up with a mobile device specifically geared toward gamers and entertainment,” he said to the news website. “We’re hoping to have it come … by the end of the year, so that’s something we’re working on,” he added.
It is worth noting that Tan has not yet assured if the smartphone will come before end of this year. It is something the team is working on and there might be a delay if some issue crops up.
“The mobile market is one of those that we’ve taken a long-term view to look at … We realized that a lot of our gamers are also passionate about the mobile gaming market, so we’ve done a couple of moves,” he said talking about the smartphone market and why Razer intends to launch its own handset.
For those unaware, Razer earlier this year acquired NextBit, the startup that made the cloud-based ‘Robin’ smartphone. The gaming firm may use Nextbit resources to make its own smartphone. In addition, since the handset is being made for mobile gamers, we can at least expect a good battery, powerful processor and RAM and an impressive design, something that may take hints from the exiting Razer products.
While Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8 and other flagship smartphones are some of the competitors of the upcoming Razer smartphone, other companies have come up with accessories to make the handset apt for gamers. For instance, Motorola this year is set to introduce a new Moto Mod called ‘Gamepad’ for its Moto Z smartphones. This has its own battery and docks the handset in the landscape mode with controllers on either side.