Razer confirms staff layoffs, future of Razer Phone 3 is uncertain

Judy Cobb
February 22, 2019

Droid Life was able to get a vague comment from Razer regarding the layoff/Razer Phone 3 rumors.

The Razer Phone was a technical unicorn when it first launched: a mobile phone complete with 120Hz screen, top-of-the-line CPU, and a hefty battery for long gaming sessions. It is now being speculated that it could be the reason behind the cancellation of Razer Phone 3. Sources now hint that trouble is brewing for Razer's phone division but, fortunately, that's not going to stop the Razer Phone 2 from getting its pie. It's unclear if Razer has plans to move on to a third Razer phone.

Today Razer has announced that the update to Android 9 Pie is headed to the Razer Phone 2 next week, on February 27 to be precise. According to the company, the changes had been implemented "to realign our organization and strengthen our path to growth". Earlier this week, Razer also shut down it Game Store after just ten months of operations. He added that the company will continue to invest in this category through a combination of hardware and software initiatives.

In response to the report, Razer did not confirm that the mobile side of the business had encountered substantial layoffs, but did confirm that the workforce had been downsized by about 2-percent overall and "several projects" had been canned.

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Then again, the PC gaming hardware specialist is rumored to be leaving the smartphone market after experimenting with the Razer Phone 1 and 2, so we should probably be happy about any software update delivered from this point on.

The Razer Phone 2 is equipped with Dolby Atmos support for its dual front-firing speakers and each of them is equipped with a dedicated amplifier.

As has been made clear in recent years, it's hard to sell phones.

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