Razer Phone 2 is here with Snapdragon 845, Chroma lighting, Wireless Charging, and Huge Speakers
The Razer Phone 2 has been officially announced. Razer acquired Nextbit back at the start of 2017 following the release of the Nextbit Robin, and the new smartphone division at Razer then released the first Razer Phone. Deemed a success by the company, a successor to the first generation model was almost a certainty. This was confirmed in a recent earnings report by the company. Today, we’re finally getting a look at the Razer Phone 2, and it’s as much of a spec beast as last year’s model. The Razer Phone 2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset clocked at 2.8GHz, the company’s Chroma lighting, wireless charging, and a 120Hz IGZO LCD 1440p display that made their first smartphone really stand out. This isn’t just a phone for gamers, this is a phone for the masses as well.
Razer Phone 2 Specifications
|Category||Razer Phone 2||Razer Phone 1|
|Dimensions||158.5 x 78.99 x 8.5mm||158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 @ 2.8GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 @ 2.0GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 630||Adreno 540|
|RAM||8GB (LPDDR4X)||8GB (LPDDR4)|
|Rear Cameras||12MP (f/1.75 wide with OIS) + 12MP (f/2.6 telephoto) dual-tone LED flash, dual autofocus phase detection, 2160p @ 60FPS video recording||12MP + 13MP f/1.75 w/ dual-tone LED flash, dual autofocus phase detection|
|Front Camera||8MP f/2.0 w/ 1080p video recording||5MP F/2.0 w/ 1080p video recording|
|Storage||64GB/128GB (Satin Glass only) w/ microSD support||32GB/64GB w/ microSD support|
|Display||5.72-inch 1440×2560 16:9 IGZO LCD|
Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
645 nits maximum
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|5.7-inch 1440×2560 16:9 IGZO LCD|
Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Audio||No 3.5mm headphone jack (USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter included, 24-bit DAC), stereo front-facing speakers with dual amplifiers and Dolby Atmos||No, 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo front-facing speakers supporting Dolby Atmos|
|Battery||4,000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+, fast wireless Qi charging||4,000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+|
|Ports||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|Fingerprint scanner||Yes (Side-mounted)||Yes (Side-mounted)|
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo (upgradeable to Android Pie soon)||Android 8.1 Oreo|
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
LTE with VoLTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
LTE with VoLTE
Razer Phone 2 Performance
With the likes of the ASUS ROG Phone and the Xiaomi Black Shark making their way to the markets this year, you may be wondering just how good the Razer Phone 2 will be. Both of the aforementioned phones are tantalizing – the ASUS ROG Phone, in particular, has a great number of features and peripherals, while the Black Shark is available at a great price. As such, Razer has an uphill battle here to capture the attention of mobile gamers. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip clocked at 2.8GHz is a given, paired with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and fast UFS storage, but really, other smartphones offer that too. Those are the building blocks necessary for a gaming-centric phone as without those, the phone would be written off before it even reached the hands of consumers.
While sustained performance wasn’t really an issue on the original, Razer has upped the ante and has strived to maintain consistent performance over longer periods of time. That starts with the cooling system, which has been upgraded to a vapor chamber setup similar to that used on some of Razer’s laptops. Previously, the company said that its first device throttled to 80% after 20 minutes, which was pretty impressive already. Now, the Razer Phone 2 should have no need to throttle whatsoever.
Razer Phone 2 Display
This is one of the many areas where the Razer Phone shined, and its successor is no different. High refresh rates are almost essential for more competitive gaming, and the Razer Phone 2 packs a variable 120Hz display. That’s higher than any of the other gaming phones on the market, with the ASUS ROG Phone topping out at 90Hz. That’s not all though, as it features a 1440p 16:9 display. 16:9 seems “old-fashioned,” however, with most media still designed for 16:9 displays, it makes a lot of sense for this type of phone. The panel itself can reach a maximum value of 645 nits according to Razer, which is 50% higher than what the original could reach. It is also the only device to features Netflix HDR support (as well as Dolby Surround 5.1 for audio). Great visuals are at the heart of the Razer Phone 2 experience. All of that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which is also found in the recently announced Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, though it has been succeeded by Gorilla Glass 6 which came out earlier this year.
Razer Phone 2 Camera
There’s nothing innovative here, but that doesn’t mean you should write off the camera entirely. Featuring a dual setup on the back composed of a 12MP f/1.75 wide sensor with OIS and a 12MP telephoto secondary sensor, the camera hardware seems decent on paper. There are new tunings for HDR and portrait mode too, and Razer has redesigned the camera application from the ground up. The selfie camera is a single 8MP f/2.0 shooter. There are also three microphones present for video recording and noise cancellation. Photo taking isn’t the main focus of the Razer Phone 2, but a $799 phone should at least take decent quality shots. That would appear to be the goal here.
Battery and charging
This is where things get interesting. The Razer Phone 2 packs a 4,000 mAh battery which is pretty large given the increased efficiency of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 over last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. When that battery does run out though, you can charge it to 50% in half an hour thanks to the inclusion of Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+. Razer has also included wireless charging for the first time with the Razer Phone 2, thanks to its glass back. Razer claims that the Razer Phone 2 will support fast wireless charging, apparently much faster than conventional Qi wireless charging. How fast it is they didn’t say, though. One disadvantage of most Qi wireless charging solutions is that it’s much slower at charging, so any improvement in speed is worth getting excited over.
Oh, and there’s a wireless charging dock that supports Chroma lighting effects, so that’s pretty neat. You’ll be able to pick up the wireless charging stand for $99.99.
Audio and water resistance
The Razer Phone 2, just like its predecessor, lacks a headphone jack. While that may be a deal breaker for many, for audiophiles, in particular, there are a few features to make up for that. On top of the 24-bit included DAC, the dual-front facing speakers are enhanced with software from Dolby (Dolby Atmos). Even better, the Razer Phone 2 is IP67 rated for dust and water resistance. As this decreases the overall output volume, Razer increased the speaker box which in turn creates a better resonance chamber. This means that the speaker actually has better audio than last year’s model with a wider soundstage as well.
Razer Chroma and other software
The Razer Phone 2 is a pretty great gaming phone, but it’s got even more to offer than just improved specifications. The glass back’s logo shifts color just like Razer keyboards thanks to Chroma lighting, and it can even act as a notification LED. Nova Launcher Prime – Razer edition is also included, just like last year’s device, with a close-to-stock Android version as well. Razer Cortex has now also been included to provide optimal settings for every game automatically, but you can override these settings if you wish. It will also recommend games that run great at 120Hz.
Razer Phone 2 Accessories
The Razer Phone 2, unlike its predecessor, will have a number of accessories available at launch. That doesn’t just include cases either, though there are a lot of those as well. At launch, you’ll be able to purchase the following cases.
|Word Case (Black)||$24.99|
|Word Case (Green)||$24.99|
|Rugged Kickstand Case||$29.99|
A green USB-C to USB-C connector can also be purchased for $24.99.
What’s really cool though is the newly released Razer Raiju Mobile, a gamepad controller that can be used not only with the Razer Phone 2, but other popular flagship smartphones as well. It retails at $149.99 or €149.99 and features 4 multi-functional buttons and mecha-tactile buttons and trigger buttons for quick actions. There’s a mobile app for your Android phone that you can use to configure it, and it will last up to 23 hours on a single charge. It will be available from Razer’s own website and worldwide from Q4 of 2018.
Just like last year, there’s a new iteration of the company’s Hammerhead earphones as well. The Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC earphones retail at $99.99 or €99.99, and they feature an in-line microphone and music controls as well. They will be available from Razer’s own website from October 22nd, and worldwide from Q4 of 2018.
Razer Phone 2 Pricing and Availability
The Razer Phone 2 will be available for pre-order from the 11th of October at 12:01 AM PST. It will cost $799 for the Mirror Glass variant, and the Satin Glass variant with 128GB of storage will set you back $899.