Razer has finally announced the successor the Razer Phone, the Razer Phone 2, today. The Razer Phone was Razer’s attempt on delivering a high-performance smartphone that was targeted towards gamers who expect a great gaming experience from their mobiles.
Razer Phone 2
The Razer Phone 2 features a 5.72-inch IGZO-made IPS panel which has a Quad HD 1440×2560p resolution. The screen has a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and supports the HDR and DCi-P3 color gamuts. The screen has a faster refresh rate of 120 Hz and can reach a maximum brightness of 580 nits, which is almost 50% brighter than the panel found on the original Razer Phone.
SOC & Software
Powering the phone is the beefy Snapdragon 845 SOC with Adreno 630 GPU. Keeping it cool is the Vapor Chamber cooling system, which makes sure that the processor never throttles even under heavy workloads. The phone comes with 8 GB RAM, but only 64 GB of UFS internal storage, which is quite disappointing, given other smartphones are shipping with a 128 GB storage as a base variant. However, there’s room for storage expansion using a microSD card. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with a planned upgrade to Android 9 Pie.
For imaging, the Razer Phone 2 features a dual camera setup on the rear, which uses two 12 MP cameras. The primary 12 MP camera comes with Dual Pixel AF and OIS for faster focusing and better stabilization, while the secondary 12 MP shooter is a telephoto unit with a f/2.6 aperture that offers up to 2x optical zoom. The cameras can record videos at a maximum resolution of 4K at 60 fps, as well as record 1080p slow motion videos at a 120 fps.
On the front, the phone uses an 8 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.
Battery & Connectivity
Fueling the smartphone is a 4000 mAh battery, which now supports Quick Charge 4.0+ as well Fast Wireless charging up to 15W speed. To include wireless charging, Razer had to replace the aluminum back with a glass back, while the sides still have the same Aluminum frame, as the Razer Phone. For connectivity, the phone includes 4G VoLTE, 802.11 ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi with 2×2 MU-MIMO support, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS & GLONASS.
Audio & Security
The Razer Phone 2 comes with dual front-firing stereo speakers that have a dedicated amplifier each. The speakers are Dolby Atmos certified. As the phone doesn’t have a headphone jack, the phone comes bundled with a 24-bit DAC USB C to 3.5 mm dongle. The phone comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that resides underneath the power button.
Backlight & Ingress Protection
The Razer logo on the back is now RGB Backlit and supports Chroma software. The Chroma software allows users to synchronize the Razer Logo on the back to match the colors on your screen. Users can also sync the backlit color with the lighting on their new USB C headphones. Thankfully, the Razer Phone 2 is IP67 Certified for Dust & Water resistance, a feature that the last year’s Razer Phone lacked.
Pricing and availability of Razer Phone 2
The Razer Phone 2 is available for pre-order starting today, at a price of USD 800/ GBP 780/ EUR 850; however, the phone also comes in a premium Satin Finish variant which costs USD 900/ GBP 880/ EUR 950, that will go on sale, later.
Additionally, Razer has also announced few accessories for the Razer Phone 2. The accessories include a Razer Wireless Charger, a Leather & a Kevlar Case and a tempered glass screen protector. The pricing of the accessories are as follows:
Razer Wireless Charger: USD 100
Kevlar Case: USD 50
Leather Case: USD 40
Tempered Glass: USD 20