Razer Phone 2 goes official with Snapdragon 845 and better camera

Razer jumped in the smartphone arena with the launch of Razer Phone last year. Before we could see the phone launch in India, it’s successor – Razer Phone 2 has arrived.

Back then, it was marketed as a gaming phone. But, this year, the company is playing safe and staying away from gaming buzzwords. It’s now targetted to the flagship audience of all types with improvements in camera and other departments.

Razer Phone 2

Razer Phone 2 Specifications and Price

First up, you have the 5.7-Inch IGZO LCD panel with QHD resolution on the front. There’s no notch and the aspect ratio still remains the same – 16:9. The new panel is 50% brighter than last year with a maximum of 580 nits (470 nits typical). It has also retained the amazing 120 Hz refresh rate with HDR and DCI-P3 wide color gamut support.

All this tech requires a powerful chipset, and the choice is none other than Snapdragon 850 SoC with a new vapor chamber cooling system. It’s aided by 8 GB RAM and 64 GB of UFS storage. There’s also micro-SD support for further expansion.

The 4,000mAh battery now supports QuickCharge 4.0+ and fast Qi wireless charging – up to 15W!

To facilitate the wireless charging tech, the back panel is now made up of glass, while the body is still CNC-machined aluminum. It’s now water resistant with an IP67 rating (1m, 30 min).

The Razer logo on the back is RGB backlit and supports Chroma. You can tweak with the lightning effects in the settings. The company has also thrown in new USB-C noise-canceling headphones. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, but Razer bundles a 24-bit DAC dongle with the phone.

The dual camera on the back is new and substantially improved. It sports new image sensors courtesy of Sony. The main 12MP image sensor gains Dual Pixel AF and optical image stabilization (OIS) and it has a bright f/1.75 lens. Then there’s the second 12MP camera with a 2x telephoto lens (f/2.6).

The phone’s 2160p video capture now goes up to 60fps and there’s a 1080p @ 120fps slow-motion mode. The selfie camera is mostly unchanged, an 8MP fixed-focus shooter, though it does gain support for 1080p @ 60fps video capture.

The Razer Phone 2 brings back the powerful front-facing stereo speakers. They are Dolby Atmos-certified and each is fed by a dedicated amplifier.

The phone is launching with “near-stock” Android 8.1 Oreo, but Razer is promising an OS upgrade “soon”.

Razer Phone 2 Price

The Razer Phone 2 can be pre-ordered starting today at a price of $800/€850/£780. Note that there’s a premium version with a Satin finish that costs $900/€950/£880, which will be available later on.

There is a variety of accessories too. The Razer Wireless Charger is $100. There are Leather and Kevlar Case for $40 and $50, respectively, as well as a tempered glass screen protector for $20.

A new Cortex App will be released soon to replace the Game Booster. It will offer per-title game optimizations and tuning of resolution, frame rate, and even CPU clock speeds.

Pankaj U

Pankaj is a tech blogger with interests in mobile, PC, apps and more.

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