The newly unveiled Razer Phone 2 is a gaming powerhouse with unique features and various remodeling designs of the original.
Let’s begin with the phone’s gaming features. The screen display is a 5.7” IGZO LCD panel with QHD resolution. Razer believes 16:9 is the best ratio for multimedia. They did make the new screen 50% brighter than before, reaching a maximum of 580 nits (470 nits typical). The company states that the new panel is better at preserving microscopic details in the darker scenes.
The screen has also retained its variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz, which eliminates the stuttering and tearing. The phone supports HDR and DCI-P3 wide color gamut for better visuals in both games and videos.
Razer Phone 2
Razer Phone 2’s new Snapdragon 845 chipset comes with a new vapor chamber cooling system. The company’s aim was for the chip-set to never experience thermal throttling. It’s connected to 8GB of fast RAM with 64GB of UFS storage. Expanding the storage option is available with a microSD slot but it’s slower than the UFS.
The Razer 2 has a 4,000mAh battery which now supports QuickCharge 4.0+ and fast Qi wireless charging of up to 15W!
To create space for the wireless charging, the back of the Razer Phone 2 is now made out of glass while the body still maintains the CNC-machined aluminum. It is now also water resistant with an IP67 rating (1m, 30 min).
The logo on the back of the phone is RGB backlit and supports Chroma. Razer has also introduced a new pair of USB-C noise-canceling headphones that come with synchronized RGB lighting as well (both accessories can be purchased separately). The phone has no 3.5mm headphone jack, but Razer 2 packs a 24-bit DAC dongle with the phone.
The Razer Wireless Charger with Chroma RGB lights
A substantial and new improvement comes in the form of a dual camera on the back. It boasts new image sensors courtesy of Sony. The main 12MP image sensor gains Dual Pixel AF and optical image stabilization (OIS) and it has a f/1.75 lens. Then we have a second 12MP camera with a 2x telephoto lens (f/2.6) as well.
The phone’s video capture now goes up to 60fps and there’s a 1080p @ 120fps slow-motion mode available. The selfie camera is still mostly unchanged with an 8MP fixed-focus shooter.
The powerful front-facing stereo speakers have been bought back by Razer. They are Dolby Atmos-certified and each speaker is supported by a dedicated amplifier.
The phone is going to release with Android 8.1 Oreo, but Razer has promised an OS upgrade for the near future.
The Razer Phone 2 has started pre-orders at a retail price of $800/£780.
There are accessories being sold separately as well. The Razer’s Wireless Charger is a $100. Then there’s a Leather and Kevlar Case for $40 and $50, respectively, as well as a tempered glass screen protector for $20.