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Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: What's changed in a year?

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The October is full of fun for tech geeks because so far we have seen a number of new phones and many more to come in the next few days. LG kicked off the year with the announcement of V40 ThinQ as the latest phablet offering. Later on Oct 9th, Google took the stage to announce a number of products including the Pixel 3 phones. Today Razer unveiled the second gen of Razer phone with a number of improvements.

Last year Razer phone was a trendsetter as it came as a surprise when no one was expecting it. The Razer phone emerges as one of the best options for gaming lovers. The huge success of Razer phone prompted other OEMs to bring new gaming phones this year. This year we have a number of new gaming phones including Asus Rog phone, Xiaomi Black Shark and Nubia red magic. Now Razer is back with another gaming phone, it brings improvements in the gaming experience, traditional hardware upgrade and also resolves shortcomings of the first gen phone.

Today we will put the latest Razer Phone 2 in a head-to-head comparison against the first gen Razer phone to know the differences and similarities between the two devices. Our comparison will certainly help if you are amongst those who already own the Razer phone and looking forward to grabbing the Razer Phone 2. On paper, the new Razer 2 is bringing a lot of goodies including wireless charging support, improved cameras, better hardware and display, water and dust resistance is also something which wasn't available on last year's phone. Without any further delay, let's kickoff with the design aspects.

79 x 158.5 x 8.5 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
77.7 x 158.5 x 8 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Design


Well, it seems like Razer isn't interested in the latest design trends because they stick with what they introduced last year a thick square metal box. One of the reason behind thick bezels chunky design could be Razer wants to bring sturdier phone which can bear accidental drops easily. However this year Razer brings elegance by introducing glass rear, however, the front-facing design remains similar to the predecessor.

The second gen's phone rear snake logo glows and also it doubles as app notifications light. The good thing is light is customizable and shows notification lights matching your app icon color. For sure it looks quite attractive and eye-catching. The rear side once again has dual cameras. The Razer phone has dual sensors on the top left corner with LED flashlight on the left side whereas the Razer Phone 2's dual rear sensors are aligned horizontally in the center with LED flashlight between the sensors. The new placement of sensors further refines its looks.

The fingerprint scanner on both the devices is embedded under the power button placed on the right edge. From the front-facing side, you may not find the latest Razer phone different from the predecessor. Both have thick bezels on top and bottom of the display. The bezels feature stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support.

The first gen of Razer phone was quite durable but that's not the case with the Razer Phone 2 due to glass and metal sandwich design. The Razer Phone 2 is IP67 certified which means it can resist under 1-meter deep water up to 30 minutes without any damage. However, the original Razer phone lacks water and dust resistance. The Razer Phone dimensions are 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm and weigh 197g whereas the latest Razer Phone 2 is slightly wider and thicker at 158.5 x 78.9 x 8.5 mm and it is significantly heavier at 220g.

Display


On paper, both the Razer phones have similar display panel but the latest Razer Phone brings one new feature which differentiates it from the predecessor. Last year's Razer phone display was pretty awesome despite the fact it was an LCD panel. The special aspect of Razer Phone display was its refresh rate of 120 HZ.

Both the Razer phones have 5.7-inches IPS LCD display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Due to the 120 HZ refresh rate, you will get the best gaming experience. This year Razer increases the brightness level by 50%.

Hardware


Under the hood, the Razer Phone 2 is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset. This year all premium Android flagships have this chipset. It brings significant improvements in terms of performance over the processor Snapdragon 835 which was running the last year's Razer phone. The built-in native storage on both the devices is 64GB and supports memory expansion via MicroSD. Both the devices have 8GB RAM.

The Razer Phone has thermal layers to ensure the device maintains temperature whereas the Razer Phone 2 has vapor-liquid cooling tech which ensures the device remains cool even on hefty usage. Last year the company claims the thermal layers are best-in-class but this year they certainly stepped up their game by introducing vapor-liquid tech. So if you are gaming geek the Razer Phone 2 will certainly attract you but the last year's Razer phone is still amongst the best in terms of performance.

Specs Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone
Display 5.7-inches 5.7-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels 1440 x 2560 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 835
RAM 8GB 8GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP wide-angle+12MP telephoto sensor Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
Battery 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
Fast charging Quick Charge 4+ Quick Charge 4+
USB Type-C Type-C
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Upgraded to Android Oreo

Battery

Both the Razer and Razer Phone 2 have 4,000mAh battery cell. The Qualcomm' Quick Charge 4.0+ is on board for ultra-fast charging. The Razer Phone lacks support for wireless charging due to metal rear whereas the latest Razer Phone 2 supports Qi Wireless charging.

Cameras

Both the devices have dual sensors on the rear side. The Razer Phone's dual sensors were not amongst the best due to lack of software goodies and also due to the less wide aperture. The primary sensor features Digital image stabilization, the dual sensors are accompanied with dual LED flashlight. It seems like Razer learned a lesson from last year's failure that's why they brought new camera sensors for the Razer Phone 2. The selfie sensor on the Razer Phone is 8MP.

The Razer Phone 2 primary sensor is a wide-angle 12MP lens with Optical image stabilization and f/1.8 aperture. The secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto sensor with f/2.6 aperture, it provides optical zoom up to 2x. It is too early to claim that the Razer Phone 2's camera is better than the last year's phone but on paper, it definitely brings a lot of improvements not only in hardware but also in software department as well. Both the devices support 4K video recording at 30fps. Up front, the selfie snapper on Razer Phone 2 is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture.

Software

Last year the Razer phone was announced with Android Nougat 7.1.1, later on, the company rolled out Oreo 8.1 update. The Razer Phone 2 is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 straight out of the box. Unfortunately, the company didn't ship the device with Android Pie as it is out for quite some time. The custom UI launcher is specially optimized for the gaming experience. Overall the UI experience is quite close to the stock version of Android. The Razer Phone 2 has an advantage of being the latest, So it will receive new updates earlier and for a longer period than the Razer Phone.

Price

The Razer Phone was announced at $700 whereas this year Razer Phone 2 is $100 more expensive at $800. Both the devices are available from purchase from Razer official store. If you are living in the US, the device lacks support for Sprint and Verizon's network. The best thing is you can grab the Razer Phone for as low as $499 from Amazon. So if you are a gaming fan and looking forward to grabbing a budget-friendly gaming phone the Razer Phone is certainly a great choice.


Conclusion:

Apart from regular yearly hardware upgrades, Razer Phone 2 brings improvements in a number of aspects which were missed on the first gen phone. The Razer Phone 2 has glass rear instead of unibody metal design which brings support for wireless charging and also it is water and dust resistant. The eye-catching glowing Razer Phone on the rear is quite attractive.

In the display department, Razer improves the brightness by 50% which means if you have issues with an average brightness of Razer Phone that won't be the case anymore. Under the hood, it brings significant improvement due to the latest chipset. As OS it is disappointing to see the Razer Phone 2 on the older version of Android OS when the latest is out for quite some time. All these goodies come at $100 more than the predecessor.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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DevRahul

What's changed in a year? Well, the outlook certainly has. The outlook that even smartphones can be well developed into gaming smartphones.

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