With the new Pixel smartphones launched yesterday which according to Google offer “The best Camera on the world’s most helpful phone”, here’s Razer a day later with its new smartphone which is also acclaimed to be a gaming phone.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new offering from Razer:
The Razer Phone 2 is designed just how a gaming smartphone should be, with a boxy and compact feel in the hand that makes holding it for hours much easier and enjoyable. The significant difference between the previous generation’s phone versus this year’s phone is that the latter now has an all-glass back to give it a more appealing feel, and also allow for the addition of ‘Chroma’, which is nothing but a back-lit version of the same Razer logo with a combination of around 16 million colors to choose from. This also doubles as a notification light and thus the notification colours for various applications can be configured separately using an application.
The device also has an IP 67 rating for dust and water resistance but still manages to keep the sound quality as crisp and loud as the previous model. For the sound quality, Razer provides Dolby 5.1 digital surround sound on the front-firing speakers and also a 24-bit DAC over USB-C to give that crisp and loud sound while playing games or consuming media.
Talking about specifications, the Razer Phone 2 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor – which has become a top-notch preference for flagship phones, 8GB RAM, a 5.7-inch 120Hz 2560x1440p IPS LCD display coming at a brightness of up to 645 nits, and a 4000mAh battery to power the entire thing. Since the device is aimed primarily for gaming, there needs to be a way to keep the device cooler to prevent the internals from frying, and this time around Razer took a different approach and implemented a “vapour chamber” cooling system.
In terms of the Camera setup, the device has a Sony sensor with 12MP (dual) Camera at the rear – one standard with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and the other telephoto lens. Compared to the previous model where the camera was deemed as the Achilles heel, the Razer Phone 2 with the new Sony sensor is expected to perform much better this time around.
The device still runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, which is strange but is expected to get the Android 9.0 Pie update sometime later.
And NO, there’s no NOTCH on the device.
The device starts at $799 in the United States with pre-orders starting today.