Razer Phone Update Adds Netflix HDR Support And Security Patches For Spectre-Meltdown

The Razer Phone launched back in November and it packed some of the best hardware to be crammed inside a smartphone in recent memory. Razer has now launched a software update for the smartphone that brings some nice new features for owners. The new features might also push some who have been thinking about buying the device off the fence.

The update is a big one clocking in at 249MB and brings with its HDR support in Netflix. This feature makes the Razer Phone one of the few smartphones in the world to support Netflix HDR. 

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The update also brings with it updates for the cameras on the phone to improve performance and image quality. An issue where the phone would capture images with a yellow tint has also been corrected. Razer integrated 12MP and 13MP rear cameras into the device with f/1.8 and f/2.6 apertures. After you apply the new update for the smartphone, you have to shoot over to the Google Play Store and download the updated Razer Camera app.

The update for the smartphone also includes the January Android security patch which helps to protect the device against Meltdown and Spectre. If you were hoping that his update brought with it Android 8.0, you are out of luck. The OS is still Android 7.1.1 for now, but Android 8.0 is expected to land for the device this quarter. The update should roll out OTA, but those who want it now can start manually in Settings - About Phone - System update.

If you are unfamiliar with the $699 Razer Phone, its HDR capable 120Hz screen measures 5.7-inches, has a native resolution of 2560x1440, and is manufactured by Sharp. The smartphone has dual stereo speakers with dedicated amps, supports Dolby ATMOS, and is THX certified. The chip running the show is a Snapdragon 835 paired up with 8GB of RAM. Power comes from a 4,000 mAh battery and the smartphone has 64GB of internal storage.