Razer Phone’s Camera Shortcomings Will be Addressed with Future Software Updates
The Razer Phone, the result of Nextbit’s adquisition by Razer earlier this year, is now officially out. This “gamer phone” brings a solid specification package (Snapdragon 835, 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a 120Hz IGZO LCD panel), a close-to-stock Android 7.1 Nougat experience, a 4000 mAh battery and a sharp-edged square metal body with design cues from its predecessor, the Nextbit Robin, for a $700 price tag.
However, it has one big shortcoming that some reviewers have even called a dealbreaker: disappointing camera performance. Indeed, while the Razer Phone packs decent camera hardware, photos taken with it have been less than stellar, especially considering the performance of other devices in the same price ballpark, like the HTC U11 and the Galaxy S8.
The good news? It appears that some of those shortcomings will be mitigated with future updates. Razer’s CEO, Mr. Min-Liang Tan took to his Facebook profile to give a statement regarding the Razer Phone’s camera. According to Mr. Tan, the software team is working on improvements for the camera app, improving in aspects like shutter speed, low light, and other improvements.
Furthermore, these updates will also bring over new features together with said improvements. The next major camera app update will bring over the insta-zoom feature, which will allow to switch to optical zoom with the telephoto lens immediately. Other features coming over in future updates are 4x slo-mo video recording, portrait mode, and 60fps video recording.
It is expected that many of these features will come over to the Razer phone with the Android Oreo update, which is expected to roll out in Q1 2018, and the team is still investigating further improvements. The Google Camera HDR+ port has proved that lacking camera performance on a device can be considerably improved with software, so we are hopeful that Razer will improve, at least somewhat, the current camera performance of their device.