Razer Phone 2 – Ready for Round 2

The Razer Phone 2 is here and it builds upon its predecessor with updated design, new internals, and new features. Do all those make it worth a consideration?

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If smartphones were placed in classes instead of segments, the Razer Phone 2 would have been in the heavyweight class. After all, it aims not for the likes of OnePlus 6 but the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and Apple iPhone XS Max (the most powerful phones out there). The unique bit about the Razer Phone 2 is that it is a gaming phone (Razer is a gaming PC maker). This makes it an Asus ROG Phone competitor as well. The question now is does the Razer Phone 2 have enough pull to attract buyers of gaming smartphones and mainstream flagships?

Specifications Razer Phone 2
Price US$ 799 (approx Rs 59,000 at current exchange rate)
Processor 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU
RAM 8GB
Display IGZO LCD, 5.72-inch with Quad HD (2560x1440p) resolution with 120Hz refresh rate
Internal Storage 64GB/128GB (expandable up to 1TB)
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Battery 4000mAh with fast charging and wireless charging
Dimensions 158.5mm x 78.99mm x 8.5mm
NFC N/A
Fingerprint scanner Side-mounted
Water/Dust resistance IP67-certified

What’s new about the Razer Phone 2?

The Razer Phone 2 is similar to its predecessor, the Razer Phone, in looks department. To that end, it has retained its predecessor’s design too. This means big forehead and chin up front, blocky edges, and similar button layout as before. The major design change on the phone is on the back.

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The dual rear-camera setup has moved to the centre of the phone above the Razer logo and LED flash located between the two lenses. In short, if you are a fan of notched/bezel-less displays, thin frames, and an overall sleek aesthetic, this phone isn’t for you. If the Galaxy Note9 or the iPhone XS/XS Max aren’t for you, this might just be the one you’re looking for.

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The presence of Razer Chroma lighting in the Razer logo on the back is intriguing. You can program it to light up in a different colour for each app’s notifications. Moreover, you can choose how the logo lights up – static, breathing, or spectrum. It’s nice to see how Blackberry continues to influence the smartphone industry in different (and subtle) ways.

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This phone’s design renders it a sense of heft. This will make the phone feel sturdy and durable, if not luxurious. The blocky edges will make it easy to use one/two-handed without feeling slippery. I, for one, am a stickler for these qualities and this phone earns some big recommendation points from me.

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Razer has extended the Chroma lighting effect to its wireless charger. When you place your Razer Phone 2 on its wireless charger, it lights up the same way you have customized the rear logo to light up when different apps notify you. In effect, even when the phone is charging, you always know which app is trying to notify you and can choose to check it out or leave it for later.

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Razer Phone 2 has retained one crucial thing from its predecessor – the Razer Phone. The display panel is an IGZO LCD panel measuring 5.72 inches and has Quad HD (2560x1440p) resolution. The best bit? Even after a year, Razer is the only phone maker to offer a display with 120Hz refresh rate. You owe it to yourself to check this phone out in person for that display. When an LCD is this good, who needs an OLED display?

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The Razer Phone 2 has a 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with Adreno 630 GPU. The Vapor Chamber Cooling system ensures the internals keep running cool for long hours. The phone has 8GB RAM and is offered in two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB. Both have a microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 1TB.

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The Razer Phone 2 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. Its rear camera setup consists of a 12-megapixel lens with f/1.75 aperture and OIS. The second lens is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The rear setup gets PDAF and LED flash support. The front camera consists of an 8-megapixel lens with f/2.0 aperture.

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The Razer Phone 2 offers connectivity features like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, single SIM, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB Type-C. The USB Type-C is the only port on the phone (bye bye 3.5mm headphone jack). This port has a 24-bit DAC feature to make your music come alive. Or you can also use the phone’s dual front-facing speakers to listen to your music.

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The Razer Phone 2 is powered by a 4000mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging support. The latter is a result of Razer opting for a glass rear panel for the phone. The phone is IP67 water and dust-certified as well. The phone measures 158.5mm x 78.99mm x 8.5mm. It is available in Classy Mirror or Rugged Satin rear finishes.

Is the Razer Phone 2 worth consideration?

If the Razer Phone 2 is available in your country, you should definitely check it out. You must have heard about powerful processors and crazy amounts of RAM. However, their effects across phones remain the same. Not with the Razer Phone 2. Due to that 120Hz screen, you know that it is not powerful on paper but in usage too. Is the Razer Phone 2 the best smartphone out there? That’s another debate for another time. What is not debatable is that it is a powerful smartphone, isn’t afraid to show its muscle and DOESN’T COST $1,000. That is worth a consideration, isn’t it?

Razer Phone 2 – Synopsis

  • Prices start from US$799 (approx Rs 59,000)
  • Available in two finishes – Mirror Black and Satin Black finishes
  • Packs a 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with Adreno 630 GPU
  • Has 8 GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage options (expandable up to 1TB)
  • Has a fingerprint scanner under the side-mounted power button
  • Features a glass back, retains the same basic shape as 2017’s Razer Phone
  • Dual rear camera setup now relocated to just above the Razer logo
  • Razer logo gets Chroma lighting treatment, can be programmed to light up in different colours; Chroma lighting effect extended to wireless charger as well (sold separately)
  • Retains the 5.72-inch IGZO LCD display with Quad HD (2560x1440p) resolution and 120Hz refresh rate
  • Dual rear camera setup consists of 12-megaixel standard lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens
  • Front camera gets an 8-megapixel lens
  • Runs on Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and USB Type-C
  • Has IP67 water and dust resistance certification
  • Powered by a 4000mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging support
  • USB-C port has 24-bit DAC to help music feel more lively

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