Gaming on mobile devices doesn’t show any signs of slowing down and manufacturers reacted. Just recently, game-centric devices have propagate into the market with optimizations designed to bring the best possible gaming experience and one old-time PC gaming accessories maker Razer caught-up with the hype than towards the end of last year, they unleashed the their first gaming phone named after the company.
This year like all other manufacturers, Razer brought an update to their first gaming phone with the new Razer Phone 2. With all the bells and whistles of the original Razer Phone and an updated hardware and some few improvements.
Games on mobile devices are best played on larger screen so the Razer Phone 2 has a large 5.7-inch IGZO display with QHD resolution screen. It has 580nits of brightness which is 50% brighter than its predecessor and sport a regular 16:9 Aspect ratio. It also maintains the same 120Hz refresh rate, HDR and DCI-P3 wide color gamut and this makes a stutter-free gaming experience and an overall better visuals for games and videos.
The new Razer Phone 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The handset support memory expansion with microSD cards which is viable for gaming platforms such as this. Though it would have been much better if Razer had at least 128GB in it but swapping microSD cards with games in it is somewhat nostalgic in my opinion.
With that power inside such a device, Razer equipped the second-gen phone with new vapor chamber cooling system. This new cooling system ensures that the handset shouldn’t experience thermal throttling and keep its gaming experience at optimum performance.
For imaging, the handset includes an improved sensors from Sony. The main camera module is a dual-camera setup that comprises two 12 Megapixel sensors. One has a bright f/1.75 Aperture lens with Dual-Pixel Autofocus and Optical Image Stabilization. The second sensor features a 2x optical zoom with an f/2.6 Aperture telephoto lens. These sensors now supports 4K video in 60fps and slow-motion video recording in 1080p at 120fps.
On the front, it carries the same 8 Megapixel camera from the first generation Razer Phone and pretty much has everything for Selfies and video calls. Video recording for the Selfie camera is now available in 1080p at 60fps.
Now for the features:
The Razer Phone 2 comes with Dolby ATMOS certified dual front-firing speakers with each speaker being handled by its own individual amplifier for an immersive gaming and entertainment experience.
There’s waterproofing, the Razer Phone 2 is certified as IP67 compliant so you can use it besides the pool, in the rain or wash it with water. And the frame is a full-metal CNC-aluminum for durability and sturdiness.
Gone is the metal back as the Razer Phone 2 features a full glass back cover which not only added a more premium look to it but also additional functionality.
The handset includes a 4000 mAh embedded battery and is being fed USB-C interface with Quick charging support. In addition to that, the handset also supports fast 15W Qi Wireless charging thanks to the glass back.
There’s a new Cortex app that’s going to replace Razer’s existing Game Booster. Users can optimize per game along with tuning of resolution, display FPS and even the processor clock speeds.
The new handset will boot Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box but you need not to worry as Razer will be rolling out an update to Android Pie pretty soon.
For Gaming Aesthetics:
The handset has a backlit Razer logo at the back and supports Chroma that syncs its colors according to lights on the phone. The handset doesn’t have a dedicated audio jack but that’s just fine as it includes a 24-bit DAC dongle in the box to crisp audio experience.
Accessories for the Razer Phone 2 has everything you’d expect for gaming accessories. There’s the wireless charging dock complete with RGB lighting, then leather and kevlar cases and tempered glass which are all sold separately.
The new handset is up for pre-order at the moment with a price tag of $799.99. There’s a premium version of the handset which offers a Satin finish that costs a $100 more.