Razer Phone 2

Here is everything you need to know about the Razer Phone 2.

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Razer launched their next-generation gaming smartphone somewhere in the month of October. Razer Phone 2 is available in two variants – Mirror Black having 64GB onboard memory and Satin variant sporting 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone received a major upgrade over its predecessor. The key highlights of this gaming phone are Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, massive 4,000 mAh battery, IP67 water resistant, and Vapor-Chamber cooling system.

The Razer Phone 2 is the gaming brand’s second smartphone, succeeding the Razer Phone. For a great gaming experience, it features a 5.72-inch QHD IGZO IPS LCD screen with smooth 120Hz refresh rate and HDR. There are Dolby Atmos stereo loudspeakers powered by THX-certified amplifiers. The Razer Phone 2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s a 12MP dual-camera system at the rear and an 8MP front-facing camera. The phone has an IP67-certified dust and water-resistant body, a 4000mAh battery with 24W fast charging and a fingerprint reader.

Razer Phone 2 Price in India

The Razer Phone 2 price in India is expected to be Rs. 60,000. The Razer Phone 2 was launched on 11 October 2018. The 64GB variant costs around Rs. 60,000. The Razer Phone 2 comes in Mirror Black and Satin Black, and both are priced the same.

Razer Phone 2 Release Date

Status Upcoming Mobile
Expected Price Rs. 59,999
Launch Date 10th October 2018
Updated On 16th November 2018

The latest Razer Phone 2 news

Nov 14, 2018 -- Razer Phone 2 US Launch Set For November 16

The Razer Phone 2 will be launched officially in the US on November 16. It will be sold exclusively by telecom giant AT&T, which is providing monthly plans for the device. You can buy the gaming smartphone from select AT&T stores in the US, including flagship stores in San Francisco and Boston. The device can also be purchased for USD 800 from the website of Razer and AT&T both. The two companies have also partnered to hold some gaming events at AT&T stores in select locations for the launch of the device, so gaming buffs can try out the device before buying it. ...View more

Razor Phone 2 Survives 'Scratch, Bend and Burn' Test

The Razor Phone 2 was not fazed by the popular scratch, bend and burn test by Zack from JerryRigEverything. The handset survived the durability test and remained structurally sound, latest reports show. When it was scratched, the LCD screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 passed at level 6 of the test. The handset stayed strong and survived the bend test too. The burn test saw the screen of the device turning off, but then turning back on quickly, and without damage. Zack concluded that the new flagship device from Razor is 'surprisingly' even more rigid than its predecessor. ...View more

Razer Phone 2 Launched With Snapdragon 845, Improved Screen & Cameras, Wireless Charging - 11 October, 2018

The Razer Phone 2 is finally launched in a bid to offer a gaming-oriented device integrated with high-end specifications. The device comes equipped with Snapdragon 845, a whopping 8GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage capacity as well as a massive 4000mAh battery with quickcharge support. It is currently available in two variants....View more

Razer Phone 2 Colours Mirror Black Satin Black

Razer Phone 2 to get the major Android 9.0 Pie update soon

Even though Razer Phone 2 is a next-generation gaming smartphone from the brand, it still runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. Now, the device has surfaced on the GeekBench listing again after the launch. This time the device is flaunting the latest Android 9.0 Pie. The rest of the information including chipset, storage falls in line with the original specs. Coming to the benchmark scores, Razer Phone 2 got 2364 in single core performance and 8857 points in the multi-core. Again, these benchmark scores live up to our expectation from the Razer Phone 2. Since the device has now appeared on the GeekBench listing with Android Pie, it is safe to assume that the brand will soon roll out the stable update to its user.

Razer Phone 2 Preview

The Razer Phone 2 is the second-generation smartphone from Razer that’s focussed on mobile gaming performance, for what it’s worth. Last year’s Razer Phone offered excellent gaming performance, thanks to that brilliant 120Hz refresh rate screen, powerful stereo speakers, and excellent processing power. However, it wasn’t a good smartphone package due to its dim screen, below par speakers and average battery life. This year, Razer is trying to improve upon the shortcomings of its first phone with the Razer Phone 2.

The Razer Phone 2 keeps all the good things about the Razer Phone, including the IGZO LCD screen with 120Hz refresh rate and wide color gamut, powerful front-facing stereo speakers, a side-mounted fingerprint reader and a large 4000mAh battery. In addition, the Razer Phone 2 brings a faster processor, a brighter screen for improved gaming and HDR video streaming experience, an improved dual-12MP camera setup at the rear with OIS and 4K 60fps video recording, an IP67-certified body for dust and water resistance, and glass-back design with RGB-illuminated Razer Chroma logo for swanky looks.

As per the initial impressions of the device, it appears that most of the company’s claims regarding improvements have checked out. However, the camera could’ve been better, and that’s mostly due to strides competing smartphone brands have made in terms of image and video quality over the past few years. Moreover, every smartphone brand but Razer seem to feature a design with minimal bezels around the screen. The design of the Razer Phone 2 seems quite squarish and unwieldy in comparison.

Razer Phone 2

Razer Phone 2 Features 120Hz Screen & Dolby Atmos Stereo Speakers

Although the Razer Phone 2 didn’t adopt a bezel-less screen this year, like most other smartphones released in 2018, it did improve in more practical ways. The 5.7-inch IGZO IPS LCD screen on the Razer Phone 2 is a lot brighter now, at 580 nits, compared to the 380 nits screen that was used in last year’s Razer Phone. This makes up for much-improved sunlight legibility and HDR video streaming performance. Want to game on the go? The new screen should let you do that without much of a problem. It still features butter smooth response, thanks to 120Hz refresh rate. Moreover, the screen is now protected using a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 panel, which means better protection against drops and scratches. Razer has also covered the screen with an oleophobic coating, resulting in fewer fingerprints and stains.

Great gaming and multimedia consumption experience aren’t limited to the screen, though, and the Razer Phone 2 makes sure that audio quality is as good as it can get. It features Dolby powerful front-facing stereo speakers that can mimic Dolby Atmos audio on a smartphone. Audio amplifiers used to drive these stereo speakers are certified by THX, an audio expertise brand that was acquired by Razer a couple of years ago. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, though, so you’ll have to rely on either the bundled USC-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter (featuring a 24-bit DAC) or Razer Hammerhead Wireless Bluetooth earphones.

Razer Phone 2 Gaming Performance

Razer Phone 2 Gaming Performance

The gaming performance of the Razer Phone 2 is better than that of the Razer Phone, all thanks to the powerful Snapdragon 845 processor. Compared to the Snapdragon 835 chipset’s Adreno 540 GPU, the Adreno 630 GPU inside the Snapdragon 845 chipset is 40% more powerful. The phone also features vapor chamber cooling system for better heat dissipation and better overall gaming performance. There’s 8GB RAM, so no matter what game you’re playing, it won’t affect the system performance. Hence, the Razer Phone 2 can offer better frame rates for almost all high-end games, be it Asphalt 9, Fortnite, PUBG, or Street Fighter 4.

For a more immersive experience, the phone’s 120Hz refresh rate screen offers more perceived gaming fluidity. The Razer Cortex app not only lists a curated list of popular mobile games but also allows game optimization through CPU clock speed, frame rate, and resolution settings through Razer Game Booster feature. Razer has also announced that it has over 100 UltraMotion compatible games to take full benefit of its phones’ 120Hz refresh rate screens.

Razer Phone 2 Wireless Charger RGB Chroma Lighting

Thanks to a 4000mAh battery, you can game long without worrying too much about battery life, and when the battery is low, you can use the phone’s compatibility with Quick Charge 4+ (at up to 24W) charging technology through its USB Type-C port. There’s wireless charging, too, and Razer is also selling a wireless charger with funky RGB lighting, something the company is known for in the PC gaming industry.

Razer Phone 2 Gets Improved Cameras

The Razer Phone 2 also gets a much better rear-facing camera setup, including two 12MP sensors. The primary sensor has an f/1.75 aperture, OIS, and dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus. The secondary 12MP sensor has an f/2.6 aperture and 2x optical zoom lens. The rear-facing camera setup also features dual-tone dual-LED flash and 4K video recording at up to 60fps.

On paper, the Razer Phone 2 has as good a camera setup as many other current-generation flagship smartphones from competing brands which are known for terrific image and video quality. On the front, there’s an 8MP camera with fixed focus mechanism, f/2.0 aperture, and 1080p video recording at 60fps. Overall, the Razer Phone 2 has a much better imaging system than that of the Razer Phone, but it still can’t match market leaders like the Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, Mate 20 Pro, and the Pixel 3 XL.

Razer Phone 2 vs. ASUS ROG Phone vs. Xiaomi BlackShark Helo: Which One Is Better?

Since the Razer Phone was announced, a few brands have eyed the mobile gaming niche and released gaming-centric Android smartphones. ASUS launched the ROG Phone this year. BlackShark, Xiaomi’s subsidiary smartphone gaming brand, launched the BlackShark and its successor, the BlackShark Helo. All three phones are largely similar, featuring the Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM, Android Oreo, HDR screens, stereo speakers, USB Type-C ports, and 4000mAh batteries with fast charging. All phones also feature funky, gamer-ish color accents and even customizable RGB lighting, How cool is that!

Well, it’s hard to say which one is better, but for your convenience, we are listing down which phone has an upper hand in which segment. Although the Razer Phone 2 has a 120Hz refresh rate screen with QHD resolution, it’s still an LCD panel in the end, and it would be inferior to Full HD+ OLED panels used in the ASUS ROG Phone and the BlackShark Helo. The ROG Phone has 90Hz refresh rate while the BlackShark Helo has the regular 60Hz refresh rate. And as we all know, lower the screen resolution, higher the frame rates. Full HD+ is enough of resolution so that there are no visible pixels but the frame rate is higher at the same time. We think it’s a fair tradeoff. Overall, the screen on the ASUS ROG Phone looks better for gaming as well as general usage. Speakers on the Razer Phone 2 win hands down, though, thanks to THX-certified dual amplifiers and higher volume.

Performance should be similar on all phones due to the same Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB RAM, but the ROG Phone and the BlackShark Helo might have an upper hand due to lower screen resolution and 1:1 scaling is always better than lowering the resolution while gaming from QHD to Full HD. The ROG Phone will have the best gaming performance due to higher-than-usual clock speed of the Snapdragon 845’s CPU, at 2.96GHz. In the imaging department, the ROG Phone and the Razer Phone 2 have similar primary camera sensors but the secondary sensors take a different approach. The Razer Phone 2 has a 2x optical zoom (telephoto) lens, while the ROG Phone has a 120-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, both offering different perspectives and use cases. It depends on what you want from your phone’s camera. The BlackShark Helo’s camera setup lacks OIS as well as 4K 60fps video recording. We think that the ASUS ROG Phone offers a better camera experience.

The ROG Phone features not only a dedicated 3.5mm jack but also dual USB Type-C ports so that you can game and charge the phone at the same time. Both ROG Phone and BlackShark 2 come with additional accessories. The ROG Phone has six types of accessories: AeroActive Cooler, ASUS WiGig Display Dock, GameVice Controller, Mobile Desktop Dock, Professional Dock, and TwinView Dock. While the AeroCooler comes bundled with the ROG Phone, you’ll have to spend some extra bucks to buy the other accessories. The ROG Phone also features advanced haptics and programmable Air Triggers. The BlackShark Helo comes bundled with a Nintendo Switch Joy Con-style gaming controller that fits onto a custom case. The Razer Phone 2 lacks any such accessory, which is a shame.

In terms of battery life, all three phones feature 4000mAh batteries and fast charging through USB Type-C ports. However, the ROG phone has the fastest charging mechanism, with up to 30W charging, and it is compatible with Quick Charge 3, Quick Charge 4, Quick Charge 4+ and USB-PD 3.0 standards. The BlackShark Helo is compatible with 18W Quick Charge 3.0, while the Razer Phone 2 is compatible with up to 24W Quick Charge 4+ standard. The ASUS ROG phone lacks wireless charging, though, something that is present in the Razer Phone 2. Overall, we think that the ASUS ROG Phone has the best features and better performance overall, but it is up to you to decide whether you want to spend upwards of USD 1,000 on that phone or settle with the cheaper but still decent Razer Phone 2 at USD 850 or less than half the price for the BlackShark Helo 2 at USD 450.