The Razer Phone 2 is the second generation smartphone specialized in video games of this renowned company. With this new phone, the company wants to show its ability to fulfill what is looking for someone demanding in general entertainment.
At first glance, the Razer Phone 2 is not very different from its first generation because it continues with the same rectangular design with very sharp corners that allows it to stand on its own on a flat surface. In addition, you find large bevels in the front.
The Razer Phone 2 is one such smartphone that improves multiple features of the Razer Phone last year. For example, the Razer Phone 2 has the basic specification update that includes the Snapdragon 845 processor found in virtually all flagship Android phones in the second part of 2018.
In addition, the Razer Phone has 8GB of RAM, an LCD screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz that makes not only video games have the ability to offer greater fluidity, but in the day to day you can see the difference by just browsing the interface; everything feels much more fluid.
This is outstanding because it has a high-end feature of 120 times per second. Razer says that the screen was improved and integrated HDR to improve the gaming and content experience of Netflix, for example. However, it is worth keeping in mind that not all games take full advantage of this screen and you can adjust the refresh rate to your liking.
Although the Razer Phone 2 still has two large front speakers with great sound as its predecessor, this time the company promises that it improved the sound quality and are more powerful than before. Dolby Digital technology and a 24-bit DAC amplifier are also present in the Razer Phone 2. According to the company, this cell phone is the only one that is certified to offer a Dolby Digital 5.1 sound experience with Netflix HDR content.
Those two front speakers represent most of the bezels that have the screen and although phones such as the Galaxy S9 Plus, the LG V40, and even the Sony Xperia XZ2 have reduced their bevels in one way or another to be more fashionable, the Razer Phone 2 has larger bevels than these phones. The company says it does this on purpose. For example, this allows the Razer Phone 2 to be securely held and when playing video games or watching movies you can hold it without blocking the screen.
The back also had its changes, since it is now made of glass and although it attracts finger spots with ease, it looks more elegant and refined than before. In addition, its back includes the recognized logo of the company that is now illuminated to give it an aspect aimed at gamer sensibility, the main sector where the company is specialized.
That LED light makes the brand stand out more and can change color to alert you that you received a specific notification, be it from Gmail, Instagram or another app. That alert is identified through different colors that represent each app. In addition, the company allows you to customize the color of that logo through the Razer Chroma app so you can give a little more personality to your cell phone. You can even select if you want the logo to always be on or off, only turn on when you receive notifications or turn on depending on how you use your cell phone.
Something important to keep in mind is that the company also heard many of the criticisms that its predecessor had and improved them here. For example, the Razer Phone 2 is now waterproof (IP68), supports wireless charging and promises that its cameras not only include new Sony lenses, but also other improvements that would allow them to compete in the high-end.
The double rear camera remains at 12 megapixels, but now it has another location and are more separated than before. According to the company, this separation allows the blurred background effect that is applied in portrait mode to work better. The combination of the two cameras is maintained with a regular (wide angle) and a telephoto, but the only one that has optical image stabilization is the regular one.
On the front, the camera of the Razer Phone 2 is 8 megapixels but does not allow to take photos with bokeh effect. The camera app also had a redesign that allows you to switch between modes and functions by simply sliding your finger, instead of having to select specific modes or menus.
Another novelty is that the Android phone received an improvement in the cooling system with technology that the company has used in its laptops. On the other hand, the Razer Phone 2 also brings the same control that allows optimizing video games to get the most out of it, has a theme store to customize the interface a bit and has a 4,000mAh battery (like the Galaxy Note 9 ) with Compatibility with Quick Charge 4+ fast charging.
Razer started the trend of smartphones for video games last year with the arrival of the first generation of his phone, Razer Phone. After that, many alternative companies followed the footsteps of Razer.
The Razer Phone 2 stands out within the range of cell phones for video games and against high-end cell phones, it has its strengths. It is still necessary to test its new cameras and the general experience it offers to know how well it competes in the most general market.
Price and availability
The Razer Phone 2 is priced at the US $ 799. The pre-sale begins on October 11 and will be available soon after.
Razer Phone 2: Features and specifications
- Display: 5.7 inches (LCD HDR) with a refresh rate of 120Hz]
- Resolution: 2,560x, 1440 pixels
- Aspect ratio: 16: 9
- Processor: Snapdragon 845
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 64GB
- MicroSD card slot: Yes
- Battery: 4,000mAh
- Wireless charging: Yes
- Fast charging: Yes, compatible with Quick Charge 4+
- Fingerprint reader: Yes, on the right side edge
- Water resistance: Yes, IP67 (up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes)
- Rear cameras: Double of 12 megapixels, one regular (wide angle) with optical image stabilization and another telephoto with Sony IMX sensors
- Front camera: 8 megapixels
- Sound: Double horn with Dolby Digitaal and 24 bit DAC
- Operating system: Android Oreo