We’ve been talking about the Razer Phone 2 for a while now because anything from Razer is usually expected to establish a new standard and now that the device has finally been released, we can finally see if everyone’s expectations have been met.
The design might not have changed that much – the phone is nearly identical to its predecessor. It has more rounded edges, for example, and a 5.7 inch screen with 2560 x 1440 qHD resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.
As far as what’s under the hood, well, that’s a different story.
The phone comes with a Snapdragon 845 chipset that clocks in at 2.8GHz with an Adreno 630 visual chip. The device even has a much smaller version of the vapor chamber cooling technology we’ve seen used on Razer’s Blade 15 laptop, which helps it to deal with heat dissipation.
The Razer Phone 2 also got an upgrade of 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, alongside a solid 4,000mAh battery, which is exactly what everyone was hoping for.
It runs Android 8.1 with a Nova Launcher by default but apparently Android Pie is also undergoing testing and is planned as an over-the-air upgrade in the future. That’s a bit of a bummer, since the OS is a tiny bit outdated but there’s no doubts Razer will deal with the issue in no time and upgrade to Android Pie quite swiftly.
You can charge the phone wirelessly now as well because it benefits from a glass back. You can either use your own charging pad or purchase Razer’s Chroma charging stand for $99. If you’re not into the whole glass back trend, Razer is also planning on a matte finish version in the near future that will have the exact same specs but more storage.
As far as speakers go, you can find them on the top and bottom of the screen. They have Dolby Atmos support and 24-bit DAC over USB-C.
The cameras are Sony, with optical image stabilization. They’re both 12-megapixel ones – one is wide angle, the other regular and they’ve been repositioned around on the back of the phone.
A really cool feature which no, you might not actually need to have in your life but which is pretty cool is the back-lit logo on the back of the phone – it’s now a notification blinker and supports 16.8 million colors and has different lightning modes you can play around with.
The Razer Phone 2 will be sold in the U.S for $799 and pre-orders have already started, so what are you waiting for?