Razer Phone 2 hands-on review: The best gaming smartphone so far

Razer is one of the biggest brands in the gaming industry. The American firm is best known for its gaming gears and accessories out there. Razer is facing a lot of competition on the market, which gives the company a driving reason to create innovative and exciting products. In reality, Razer has been busy expanding its business in recent years to boost its sales performance. Last year, the American firm announced its first gaming smartphone to the world called Razer Phone. The phone was well received at launch, with praise directed at its excellent speakers and optimized hardware under the hood. According to sources, Razer is selling millions of its smartphones every quarter, making it one of the best-selling phones on the market.

Earlier this year, sources claimed that Razer has been working on the next generation flagship phone for months and will ship the device later this year. True to rumors and reports, the gaming giant officially announced the Razer Phone 2, and there are still a few surprises when it comes to Razer’s latest version of the flagship smartphone. The second generation Razer Phone is a huge upgrade over its previous model as it comes with a revamped design and a new cooling system. Basically, the Razer Phone 2 might not seem like a gaming phone as it is a traditional flagship phone that offers more power and innovative features.

In the section below, we will give you a sneak preview of the second-generation Razer Phone so you can decide whether it is right for you or not. For some background, the Razer Phone 2 will be available sometime in October. Sources say that the device will see a global release later this year.

  1. Price

Razer-branded products never come cheap out there and there is no exception to the Razer Phone 2. If you are planning to go for the SIM-free unlocked model, you are looking at around $799 in the US. Sources say that the premium price tag will put the Razer Phone 2 in contention with the upcoming iPhone XR on the market.

Razer confirms that the Stain Black version will come later this year, with pre-orders starting on October 11. According to sources, Razer Phone 2 shipments are expected to hit 5 million units during its first weekend of availability. Besides, Razer is planning to lower the price of the first model during this year’s shopping holiday season.

  1. Design

The Razer Phone 2 is a huge leap over its predecessor in terms of design. In reality, the second generation Razer Phone retains what we have loved about the first phone like sizable bezels, power speakers, squared off edges, and side-located buttons. However, the company adds several elements while repositioning the existing ones. Specifically, Razer has incorporated a Gorilla Glass 5 into its phone while moving the camera bump to a central position at the rear. Besides, the new phone features the glass back, allowing for a premium look and a sturdy feel. The Razer logo sits on the back of the phone and is now an RGB LED. You can change the color of the logo to match with your apps or notifications thanks to its built-in Chrome app.

Razer phone 2

There is no headphone jack with the new phone, instead, a USB-C connection port sits comfortably on the bottom end of the phone. Besides, the dual front-facing stereo speakers support Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital 5.1, allowing for an enhanced audio quality. However, the Razer Phone 2 is IP67-certified for water and dust resistance. According to Razer, the phone can survive underwater for up to 30 minutes, which is a little bit disappointing as most flagship phones in 2018 are IP68-rated.

When it comes to the display, the Razer Phone 2 sports a 5.7-inch QHD UlraMotion display. That’s the same display technology we have already seen on the previous model. However, the screen retains its 120Hz refresh rate, allowing for smoother scrolling and responsive performance. The screen of the Razer Phone 2 is 50 percent brighter than that of the first model. However, it is a little bit black, which goes against what an LCD display would offer. The screen still offers an exceptional experience ranging from playing games to watching YouTube videos.

  1. Power

The Razer Phone 2 comes with what’s best of hardware. Specifically, the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 8GB of RAM, giving it enough power to handle every heavy task. We tested some graphics-intense games and the phone ran smoothly without any lags or crashes.

Razer phone 2

To make your gaming experience better, you can use Game Booster, a handy feature that allows you to fine-tune the settings to allow for smoother performance. The coolest part is that the phone now features a new cooling system called Vapor Chamber. Razer says that Vapor Chamber helps extend your gaming sessions thanks to its ability to spread heat across the entire surface of the phone. Besides, the phone features a 4000 mAh battery, which lasts a full day under intense usage.

The Razer Phone 2 is a great phone you can pick this year. The phone comes with a new design, a new cooling system, and an excellent gaming performance. If you are planning to grab the phone, then let us know in the comments below.

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