Razer has confirmed that it’s working on a mobile device set to be unveiled later this year.
Best known for making computers and gaming peripherals, Razer bought out smartphone-maker Nextbit in January that led to speculation it was about to make its own Razer-branded mobile device. In the months since the acquisition, Razer kept mum on the subject, but its CEO has opened up on the subject.
In an interview with CNBC’s Managing Asia, CEO Min-Lian Tan talked about Razer’s roadmap for the remainder of 2017, in particular the company’s plans for a mobile device.
“One of the most hotly rumored things about Razer is that we’re coming up with a mobile device,” responded Tan. “And I can say that we are coming up with a mobile device specifically geared toward gamers and entertainment. We’re hoping to have it come … by the end of the year, so that’s something we’re working on.”
So what does a mobile device mean? It might mean a couple of things: Possibly a smartphone with specific integration with Razer’s products or even a mobile gaming device in line with Nintendo’s Switch. Tan didn’t get into specifics about the mobile device he mentioned, just that there is a big market out there for it and it may arrive by the end of the year.
Razer already makes some of the best computers out there. Jumping into smartphones seems like the next logical step in the process, especially considering it acquired Nextbit. But the company is still playing coy with its mobile plans.
We should hear more concrete details soon about Razer’s mysterious mobile device.