Razers first delve into the smartphone market has been fairly well received. Reviewers are praising the Razer Phone for its performance, battery life and it’s buttery smooth 120Hz Quad HD display. For a first attempt (not including the Nextbit Robin), it’s a pretty darn good phone. That being said, however, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for Razer. Almost every Razer Phone review comments on the Razer Phone’s questionable lack a headphone jack.
The dismissal of the headphone jack has been a popular trend among smartphone manufactures this year. Apple, Motorola, HTC and Google are just some of the manufacturers leaving out the much-loved component. I’m yet to see a single review online that approves of the missing headphone jack, let alone a single good reason to remove it in the first place.
So why did Razer remove the headphone jack?
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan took to Facebook to explain the reasoning behind this design decision. To be completely honest, I like what he has to say. He writes a number of paragraphs to detail this, but he summarizes this at the end:
‘So in short, removing the headphone jack gave better performance, more battery – and on top of that, better headphone audio performance with existing headphones and the option to go completely wireless or jacked in via USB.’
He states earlier in the Facebook post, that if Razer were to include the headphone jack, it would have sacrificed 500mAh of the 4000mAh battery. Whether you’d prefer extended battery over a headphone jack is completely up to you. I personally think that it’s the right decision. Given that this is a gaming orientated phone, battery life is crucial. Games can be particularly stressful on the battery, meaning that Razer needed to do whatever it took to fit a large battery inside.
The bigger battery is one thing, but Min-Liang Tan also states that it improves performance. But how exactly? He claims that removing the headphone jack improves the thermals of the device. Any gamer out there especially knows how important thermals are to performance. Better thermals equal better performance. That’s a very basic way of describing it, but it holds true in most cases.
The Razer Phone also has better audio quality
Now, this is something that I think is really cool. Typically when smartphone manufacturers remove the headphone jack, they include a dongle in the box. This allows users to connect their favourite pair of 3.5mm headphones. That’s all well and good, but the sound quality isn’t often something that’s considered when including a dongle. The USB type C to 3.5mm headphone dongle that Razer includes, however, has a built-in 24-Bit THX Certified DAC adapter.
Basically what this means is, you’ll get much better audio quality through headphones than you typically would from devices such as the Google Pixel 2 or iPhone X. Both of which have a fairly standard dongle in the box. Considering that the Razer Phone already has some of the best smartphone speakers on the market, having quality audio from headphones as well is a great bonus.
Better Battery, Performance and Sound Quality
So there you have it, that’s why Razer Removed the headphone jack from the Razer Phone. At first, I was just like everybody else; disappointed that another smartphone manufacturer chose to leave out such a beloved piece of technology. However, having heard what Razer CEO, Min-Liang Tan, had to say, I’m happy that they made this decision.
Source: Min-Liang Tan – Facebook