The second generation of Razer Phone could launch before 2018 ends. The powerful Android smartphone that started the trend, and compelled companies like Asus, Xiaomi, Honor, etc. to develop high-end Android gaming mobiles, first launched last year. Interestingly, the smartphone could first launch in China before releasing in other parts of the world, hinted Razer Global vice-president Chen Xiaoping.
Razer, the company that designed, developed and launched one of the first truly powerful Android gaming smartphones, is reportedly deep in development of the second iteration of Razer Phone. Surprisingly, the company did not launch the Razer Phone in China, a country where there are several eager buyers for the Asus ROG Phone and the Xiaomi Black Shark. Hence, this time around, Razer will first launch the Razer Phone 2 in China, hinted Razer’s Global VP at the ongoing annual gaming trade show ChinaJoy 2018 in Shanghai.
Razer Phone 2: Expected Specifications
As expected, detailed specifications of Razer Phone 2 aren’t available yet. In fact, the VP’s interview is the first instance wherein the company admitted the existence of the gaming Android smartphone. Interestingly, Xiaoping did indicate that the Razer Phone 2 will have the finest and top-end hardware. He specifically mentioned that the smartphone will have Qualcomm’s latest chip to further improve performance.
The current flagship SoC from Qualcomm is the octa-core Snapdragon 845. The chipset is embedded in almost all high-end and premium smartphones, including the OnePlus 6, Asus Zenfone 5Z, Xiaomi Mi 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and many more. However, Qualcomm is rumored to be developing the next iteration, believed to be called the Snapdragon 855 chipset. Given the presumed released of the Razer Phone in the final or fourth quarter of 2018, the smartphone could feature the yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 855 SoC.
Razer Phone 1: Specifications
The original Razer Phone was launched last year and was specifically meant for gaming enthusiasts. Needless to add, it came with high-end specifications. The smartphone even boasted of desktop-level gaming technology. An octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset clubbed with Adreno 540 GPU and 8GB of RAM powered the smartphone.
The smartphone is still available in limited quantities. It features a 5.7-inch IGZO LCD screen with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution. The screen has an amazing 120Hz refresh rate. Although it runs the slightly dated Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, Razer does offer Nova Launcher Prime Razer Edition app launcher for customization.
The phone has 64GB of internal storage. The smartphone can take up to 2TB micro-SD card. It features a 12MP + 13MP dual camera setup at the rear, with f/1.75 aperture and f/2.0 aperture, respectively. The rear camera setup also includes dual-tone LED flash, Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and 4K video recording support. There’s an 8MP selfie snapper on the front with f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording capability.
For connectivity, the Razer Phone has dual-SIM, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ ac, GPS/A-GP, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and USB-Type C port. A large 4,000mAh battery completes the package with support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+ technology.
Razer Phone 2: Expected Release Date, Price and Availability
The original Razer Phone came in a single color: Black. It sported a price tag of $699 (Rs. 47,000 approx.). At present the device is officially available only in the US and Canada. However, there were confirmed reports that the Razer Phone would soon land in India. But there are currently no updates about confirmed dates.
Incidentally, the Razer’s Global VP indicated that Razer Phone 2 will first launch in China. It is obvious that the company wants to explore the Chinese smartphone market that’s witnessing a huge growth. Since the original Razer Phone is yet to arrive in India, the second iteration may not arrive soon. Still, enthusiastic Indian smartphone buyers do have the Asus’s ROG smartphone. The high-end Android gaming smartphone could launch in the Indian market, later this year.