13 October 2018
Razer has officially announced its second-generation smartphone Razer Phone 2. It is a successor to last year's gaming smartphone Razer Phone but with the focus on providing a great regular flagship experience as well. It means while you will still get those gaming specific features and improvements that you would expect from Razer but will also get features and improvements that will make it an equally good contemporary flagship device.
The Razer Phone 2 sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) IGZO LCD display with 120Hz refresh rate like the predecessor but with 50% more brightness. It has the same box-like design with huge top and bottom bezels which also house those loud front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos support.
Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 GPU and 8GB of RAM. It is claimed to offer a 30% better performance than the previous generation offering. Razer has further implemented the vapor chamber cooling system optimized for smartphone cooling.
It has a 12-megapixel dual rear camera setup where primary one is a wide-angle sensor with OIS and f/1.75 aperture and the second one is a telephoto sensor with 2x optical zoom and f/2.6 aperture. Both of these are Sony IMX sensors said to be fine-tuned to perform better even in low-light conditions. On the front, it has an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and support for shooting 1080p videos.
The Razer Phone 2 features back panel made out of glass which is done to ensure that it can offer wireless charging. The Razer logo on the back panel now lights up where the RGB lighting can be customized using the pre-installed software on the smartphone. The same logo also doubles up as a notification LED where it lights up in the color matching the app for which the notification has arrived. It also has the IP67 rating for resistance against dust and water.
The whole package is powered by a 4000mAh battery with support for Qualcomm's QuickCharge 4+. It further features Bluetooth 5.0, no headphone jack, and Android 8.1 Oreo on the software front. It is currently up for preorders via Razer website and has been priced at $799 in the USA, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. There are Mirror Black and Satin Black color variants but the latter one will become available sometime in Q4 2018.