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Razer lays off people, Razer Phone 3 could be cancelled

By Cookie Monster - on 20 Feb 2019, 8:30am

Razer lays off 2% of workforce, Razer Phone 3 could be cancelled

The Razer Phone 2.

Razer has embarked on a restructuring process which could see the end of its phone division. 

Droid-Life received an anonymous tip that Razer has laid off a bulk of its mobile device and hardware engineer staff as well as some in marketing. While some staff will remain to work on updates for the Razer Phone 2, its successor has been canceled. 

The publication went to investigate the tip and reportedly found several engineers who left Razer this month. Apparently, many of them worked on the Razer Phone and Razer Phone 2. Droid-Life then reached out to Razer for comments and received the following statements: 

Razer has made changes to realign our organization and strengthen our path to growth. We will centralize our resources to focus on key projects and improve our profitability. As part of the realignment, we shut down several projects and unfortunately had to part ways with about 30 employees (about 2% of our total workforce). Other employees of the affected projects will be moved to different parts of Razer to work on other key focus projects and initiatives which will continue to scale and hire.

Razer unveiled the Razer Phone 2 in October last year with mostly specs upgrades such as IP67 water/dust resistance, OIS for the wide-angle lens, a brighter display and wireless charging support.

Updated at 8pm, 20th March 2019

For those concerned of the current state of Razer Phone 2 and of its future, here's the official statement from a local Razer representative:-

In our mobile division, there were some staff members who were let go, and others who were reassigned to other new projects. We see great opportunities in the mobile gaming space that we created with the Razer Phone and will continue to invest in this category through a combination of hardware and software initiatives. We are working on new exciting mobile projects and will share the news when we are ready. The Razer Phone 2 will continue to be on sale and we are committed to supporting it with the latest updates and features.

Source: Droid-Life, and further reporting from Razer.

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